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Disability Awareness Week Concludes with Musical Performance

October 10, 2002

The Neal Perry Duo, featuring blind musician Neal Lipson, performed to an intimate gathering of students in the Bentley Coffeehouse on October 10. The event was the conclusion to Bentley's first annual celebration of Disability Awareness Week, themed "Attitudes are the Real Disability."

Chip Kennedy, Bentley's coordinator of disability services, staffed information tables in the Student Center and Faculty/Staff Dining Room during the week. He and other staff from the Office of Counseling and Student Development distributed highlighters, stickers and answered questions from students and staff.

"Our goal for the week was to make people a little more aware of people with disabilities," Chip said. "We wanted to educate the community and make them aware of disability issues."

Next year Chip said he would like to get a committee together to organize a larger event or series of events to celebrate Disability Awareness Week.

October is National Disability Awareness Month. The new position of coordinator of disability services within the Office of Counseling and Student Development at Bentley College was created last spring to expand the institute's services to students with physical, psychiatric, cognitive and other disabilities.

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