Best Buddies Case Study

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Prospective members of Best Buddies listened intently to Kaitlynn Farrell, a Senior at Salve Regina, as she gleamed while talking about the difference the organization has made on her life. This is Farrell’s fourth year as a member of the Best Buddies chapter on campus, and her second year as president. Farrell is an Elementary Education and Special Education double major. She is currently student teaching at Claiborne Pell Elementary School in Newport, RI. In addition to being the Best Buddie’s president, she is a chairwoman of the special olympics. During the summertime, she works as a nanny for two children in hometown of North Haven, Connecticut. When Farrell was in the 8th grade, she began dancing at the Judith Parks Academy of Dance and Music. It was there that she started working with her favorite …show more content…
As president, she’s in charge of pairing up students with a buddy, organizing events, fundraising, conducting training sessions and more. She loves the organization and wants to encourage more Salve students to get involved. It’s very close to her heart and she explained, “Best buddies is a thing because people with special needs are often excluded. I wish it was the norm for people to form friendships like this on their own. Hopefully in the future, best buddies won't need to be a thing because people will realize what amazing friends people with special needs to be”. As for Farrell, Best Buddies has made a permanent effect on her life. She believes it's a great organization,she said, “Best buddies doesn't force you to be friends, it gives you the opportunity. I never realized how much of an impact it would have on me. Kelsey is truly one of my best friends. I actually want her to be one of my bridesmaids one day. I can't imagine my life without her”. This friendship will continue long after Farrell graduates in