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Disability Mentoring Day 2019
October 16, 2019 12:00am
Location: Arkansas, National
Disability Mentoring Day 2019 is Wednesday October 16th!
Each year on the 3rd Wednesday of October, during NDEAM, we bring awareness to Disability Mentoring Days, a year-round initiative across the country to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships.
October is NDEAM! National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual, month-long event which celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. NDEAM also celebrates employers who practice inclusive hiring.
During NDEAM, another focus is on mentoring. Mentoring of youth and adults with disabilities who are job/career seekers about the process and the benefits of competitive integrated employment. And mentoring by organizations practicing disability inclusion to orgs and businesses that are interested in disability inclusion and inclusive hiring as a strategy during an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent.
Disability Mentoring Day offers employers an opportunity to:
1)Engage an untapped demographic of people with disabilities,
2) Help people with disabilities develop confidence about their own employability,
3) Recruit short-term and long-term interns/employees, and
4) Demonstrate positive leadership to other employers.
DMD events look different across the country depending on the participating individuals and employers and may be customized to best meet the needs and experience of all parties.
Overall, a DMD event should connect with the two primary objectives of the program:
1) Help participating students and job seekers with disabilities learn more about potential employment opportunities and develop connections to the local business community;
2) Counteract unconscious biases, myths, and stereotypes held by employers to make them more comfortable with disability and more likely to hire employees with disabilities in the future.
The growth of DMD is made possible by the unwavering work of DMD Coordinators across the country who volunteer their time to host and manage the logistical requirements for local and regional programs. These events produce life changing results for mentees, such as full-time employment and internship opportunities. AAPD continues to increase the reach of DMD through growing its network of DMD coordinators. If you or anyone you know may be interested or want additional information on becoming a DMD coordinator, please email us at DMD@aapd.com.
The American Association of People with Disabilities is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.
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