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Disability Awareness Workshop making a difference in the local community!
On March 17, 2011, Northampton High School held an assembly featuring performances by BHMA students, allowing them to share their talents and personal stories with their peers, among them members of the high school’s Best Buddies group. Touched and inspired by the assembly, a freshman writing class sent heartfelt letters of thanks and admiration to the performers the next day. Here are some of the students’ responses, illustrating BHMA’s success at changing hearts and minds in regards to disabilities through the power of music:
“What you have done for me is made me really think about what everyone has to offer. John Libera’s story really touched my heart, and it hurts to know that people would make fun of him for his disabilities when he was younger…I have never heard a group of people with so much confidence as you all have.” – Stephanie Skowronek “In Best Buddies, I met some of the nicest and caring people I have ever met, the experience really showed me how much of a difference we have made and how far we have come…I think the best part…was when John talked about having Williams Syndrome and how it brought him down every time he heard the R-word… Although I don’t use the R-word, I am going to call everyone out on it if I hear it in the halls so everyone can feel safe in this school and wonderful city.” – Lucy Pullan “The performance was a great way of showing that people with disabilities or special needs can do things just as well, if not better than, people without them…For those of us who knew of their talent, it was just reinforcing our profound respect for the performers and what you aim to accomplish at your school.” – Kyle Cote-Houghton “I was amazed and inspired by your talents and your overwhelming spirit…I was especially blown away by the comfort and the confidence of every single person onstage.” – Ora Castelli “The way [Etienne] played the pan pipes was beyond me; it gave me goosebumps! I have never head that instrument before, and he played it so well.” – Isabelle Page “Eamon Anderson captured my attention frequently. I play guitar, and I wish my hands could fly from chord to chord as well as his!” – Valerie Ingmann “I wish I had half the musical talent, and guts, your group has. A thousand thank yous for your time and effort to perform in front of a large crowd like us…I also adored A.J. (the new Stevie Wonder!), and admired his talent…I believe you all opened the eyes of those who think mentally challenged people are ‘different’ or ‘not normal.’” – Clara Flynn “You all deserve high admiration. The concert was astounding.” – Morgan Ludwig “You all really proved that anyone can do what they put their mind to and not let people tell you otherwise. You were all an inspiration to me and I’m grateful to have gotten the chance to watch you all perform.” – Nadine Harris