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Learning Disabled Students at Bentley Reach Out To Local Children with Learning Challenges

October 24, 2005

Waltham, MA - Bentley College launches "Project Eye-to-Eye", a new program that teams local elementary school children who have learning disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with a Bentley college student who has a similar learning disability. The Bentley students will use their first-hand experience to serve as tutors, mentors and role models.

 

The goal of Project Eye-to-Eye, a non-profit program offered through the Bentley Service-Learning Center and the Office of Disability Services, is to address the academic and emotional needs of LD/ADHD children. Through a partnership with the Waltham School District, Bentley College students meet with students from the MacArthur and Northeast Elementary Schools in classrooms for one hour, each week for the entire semester.

 

Bentley students received training from professionals to help them design art projects for the elementary school students designed to boost confidence and self esteem. "A lot of school curriculums assume everyone is processing things the same way and that's definitely not the case," according to Bentley student Lauren McHugh, one of the Project Eye-to-Eye coordinators. "These projects recognize that not everyone has the same way of expressing themselves. There are no right or wrong answers."

 

Project Eye-to-Eye was founded as a grassroots mentoring program in 1997 by several Brown University students with learning disabilities. It has grown into a national program being used at more than a dozen colleges and universities around the country and is recognized by several prominent organizations, including CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Disorders), The Learning Disabilities Association and The International Dyslexia Association, as one of the most innovative programming initiatives for LD/ADHD individuals in the country.

 

This is the first time the program is being put into action in Massachusetts. Bentley's Coordinator of Disability Services, Chip Kennedy, first came up with the idea of bringing Project Eye-to-Eye to Bentley after attending a speech by one of the program's founders. He says creative expression is the key to the program's success, "The purpose of this program is to empower these students to celebrate their differences through the use of art. Through art, Project Eye-to-Eye mentees have an opportunity to access their gifts for project-based, spatial, tactile and interpersonal learning within an academic environment."

 

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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