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This month the e-Beat interviews two e-Buddies Volunteers, Bill T. from California and Ginney R. from Maryland. Both have been matched in an e-Buddies friendship with a person with a developmental disability. Ginney and Bill talk about how they found out about e-Buddies and what their friendship with their e-Buddy means to them.

e-Buddies Interview with Bill T.

e-Buddies: How did you find out about e-Buddies?
Bill: Through my daughter, Julie, who started the e-Buddies program at Stanford.

e-Buddies: Why did you want to be an e-Buddy?
Bill: Because of my daughter.

e-Buddies: What is the best thing about e-Buddies?
Bill: My e-Buddy and I have become great friends. We share a lot of common experiences. We both have learned something in this relationship.

e-Buddies: Has being an e-Buddy changed your views on people with developmental disabilities?
Bill: Yes - for the better.

e-Buddies: Describe e-Buddies in three words.
Bill: Helping one another.

e-Buddies Interview with Ginney R.

e-Buddies: How did you find out about e-buddies?
Ginney: Through the Washington Capitals hockey team.

e-Buddies: What is the best thing about e-Buddies?
Ginney: Everyone [people with and without developmental disabilities] feels like they are doing something good for someone else.

e-Buddies: What is the best thing about your relationship with your e-Buddy?
Ginney: He is totally awesome! He like the same things I do - sports, movies, and Oreos.

e-Buddies: Has having an e-Buddy changed your views on people with developmental disabilities?
Ginney: Yes. Jay is just like any other friend I have. He is not different in any other way.

e-Buddies: Describe e-Buddies in three words.
Ginney: Easy, Awesome, Fulfilling.



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