Jen­nifer Keep­ing Ac­cess­Abil­ity Cen­tre to cel­e­brate fifth an­niver­sary

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SYD­NEY — The Jen­nifer Keep­ing Ac­cess­Abil­ity Cen­tre at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity will mark its fifth an­niver­sary with a cel­e­bra­tion Thurs­day.

The cel­e­bra­tion will take place from 12-2 p.m. in the Stu­dent Learn­ing Com­mons lo­cated in B Block at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity.

The Jen­nifer Keep­ing Ac­cess­Abil­ity Cen­tre ( JKAC) opened in 2005 and, un­der the di­rec­tion of Mel Clarke, the dis­abil­ity re­source fa­cil­i­ta­tor at CBU, the JKAC has ex­ceeded any and all ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Since 2005, Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity's Jen­nifer Keep­ing Cen­tre has been help­ing stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties reach their full aca­demic po­ten­tial,” says Les­ley Tucker, one of the cel­e­bra­tion’s or­ga­niz­ers. “From its fo­cused be­gin­nings, the cen­tre has grown into the vi­brant place it is to­day.”

The JKAC serves to pro­vide sup­ports and ser­vices to stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties. Its pri­mary pur­pose is to as­sist in pro­vid­ing equal ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tional re­sources, fa­cil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties to its stu­dents by re­mov­ing ed­u­ca­tional and en­v­i­ron- men­tal bar­ri­ers that pre­vent or limit stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties from achiev­ing their goals and from par­tic­i­pat­ing in a post-secondary set­ting. The cen­tre aims to as­sist stu­dents to over­come th­ese chal­lenges, both aca­dem­i­cally and per­son­ally, in or­der to en­sure a healthy and friendly uni­ver­sity ca­reer through­out their stud­ies.

Jen­nifer Keep­ing be­gan her aca­demic ca­reer at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity in 1995 where she en­rolled in the Bach­e­lor of Arts pro­gram. Fac­ulty, ad­min­is­tra­tion and stu­dents re­mem­ber her as an ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­ual, not be­cause she was vis­ually chal­lenged, but be­cause of the unique way in which she blended two crit­i­cal el­e­ments: out­stand­ing peo­ple skills and a so­phis­ti­cated ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the flex­i­bil­ity and in­no­va­tion re­quired to be suc­cess­ful in a post-secondary learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Awarded her de­gree posthu­mously in 2001, Jen­nifer's determination and drive in the face of great chal­lenges has been a source of in­spi­ra­tion to all who knew her.

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