SAVE THE DATE: October 20, 2004

Career Development for the 21st Century

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud
to present "Disability Mentoring Day: Career Development for the 21st
Century," which will be commemorated on Wednesday, October 20, 2004
as the official kick-off for a year-round effort.

What Is Disability Mentoring Day?
Disability Mentoring Day promotes career development for students and
job-seekers with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on
career exploration.  With leadership, coordination and resource
materials from AAPD, local communities around the country organize
their own activities that bring students and employers together for
informational sessions about career opportunities and one-on-one
mentoring with volunteers at public and private places of employment.

What Happens on Disability Mentoring Day?
Disability Mentoring Day is officially commemorated on the third
Wednesday of every month and implemented in locations around the
country and internationally throughout the year.  It is designed to
benefit from local creativity, with each community planning
activities to best suit the interests and abilities of its students,
job-seekers and local employers.  Although the core experience is
one-on-one job shadowing, event planners may choose to open with a
meeting for a group of students and job-seekers featuring several
presentations and/or close with a reception where students,
job-seekers and mentors can share their experiences.  The type of
mentoring experience will depend in large part on the participants'
interests, education level, and work experience.  Job-seekers can
focus on specific career advice and discuss potential internships and
job openings.

How Will Students and Job-Seekers with Disabilities Benefit from
Disability Mentoring Day?
Disability Mentoring Day enables students and job-seekers to spend
part of a day visiting a business or government agency that matches
their interests and have one-on-one time with volunteer mentors.
It's an opportunity to underscore the connection between school and
work, evaluate personal goals, target career skills for improvement,
explore possible career paths, and develop lasting mentor
relationships.  History of the program shows that students' and job
seekers' participation in Disability Mentoring Day can result in an
internship opportunity with the host employer, function as a first
interview on the way to a part-time or full-time employment offer, or
even an on-the-spot firm job offer.

How Will Employers Benefit from Disability Mentoring Day?
Disability Mentoring Day provides public and private employers with
an opportunity to recruit interns, tap a pool of potential future
employees, learn more about the experience of disability, develop
lasting relationships with disability community leaders, demonstrate
positive leadership in their communities and attract positive media
attention.  Additionally, employers can get involved by enabling
employees to serve as volunteer mentors, functioning as a Local
Coordinator for a community, and sponsoring Disability Mentoring Day
at the national or local level.

For more information contact:

Bryan Dague
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DMD Web Site:

Bryan Dague
University of Vermont
Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
Mann Hall, 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405-1757

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Phone: 802-656-1345
Fax: 802-656-1357