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Appreciation, Awareness & Action [Janet Evans '83]

“I developed close friendships at PBHA. I also developed tremendous respect for the tenacity and strength people with different abilities demonstrate daily in school, work and everyday living.”

During my years at Harvard, I participated in PBHA through being a friend and mentor to a pre-teen with spina bifida. Amy was a 12-year-old only child with older parents, who walked with braces and crutches. She and I bonded over shared meals and adventures in the city. Her Dad would often drive us to museums, festivals or restaurants, accompanied by his faithful, ever-barking schnauzer. Although I did not realize it at first, he would always call ahead to check on accessibility. When my parents were abroad my senior year, I was honored to have Amy and her Dad attend my Harvard graduation luncheon at Mather House.

I developed close friendships at PBHA. I also developed tremendous respect for the tenacity and strength people with different abilities demonstrate daily in school, work and everyday living. Amy went on to become a beloved teacher. I am currently a Director of Volunteer Services at a community hospital where many of our valued volunteers cope with physical or cognitive disabilities. One of my daughters has started an access group on her college campus. So the interest sparked at PBHA has led to deepened appreciation, awareness and action. Thank you PBHA for leading the way!

Janet Evans ’83

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