Disability Mentoring Day 2015

DMD WelderDisability Mentoring Day is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities through hands-on career exploration. 

How does it work? DMD is a two fold process.

  1. Students with disabilities (mentees) are matched with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests. The career field is totally their choice. Mentees experience a typical day on the job and learn how to prepare to enter the world of work.
  2. Employers gain an increased awareness that people with disabilities represent an overlooked talent pool. Disability Mentoring Day is a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). 

Background

Disability Mentoring Day began in 1999 with fewer than three-dozen student participants as part of a White House effort to increase the profile of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), celebrated every October. By 2005, 9,000 youth with disabilities participated nationally and in 20 international locations. They were mentored by more than 2,000 private, non-profit, governmental, and educational organizations. Moscow and Lewiston hosted over 40 students in 2014. Keynote speakers, and a catered lunch round out the day.

Who participates?

Employers (private, non-profit, government, educational), students with disabilities, local disability advocacy groups, and educators participate in Disability Mentoring Day.

Moscow will host theirs on October 29th and Lewiston will host theirs on November 19th.

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