Dear Employment Coordinators,

   We have been preparing for this year's Disability Mentoring Day in Vermont.   Disability Mentoring Day is a large-scale, broad-based effort designed to promote career development for students and other job seekers with disabilities (mentees) through hands-on career exploration, job shadowing, and internship or employment opportunities, and matching of mentee/mentor relationships.  Disability Mentoring Day: Career Development for the 21st Century, will be commemorated on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 as the official kick-off for a year-round effort.

       We invite you to participate in this annual event to promote the career exploration of people with disabilities.  Our local web site includes all the materials and information you should need to participate in DMD.  Check our site at: http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/programs/vtapse/dmd/index.html

      The site includes mentor and mentee applications and other useful links.  We encourage you to recruit mentees first, then recruit employers to match their request.  In order to keep track of all mentor partnerships throughout the state, we ask that you maintain the attached Mentor Log 2006.  This way we can submit our report to the national office of AAPD in Washington DC.

We will be hosting an event at UVM on Wednesday October 18 from 9:00-12:00 at Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building.  This event will include a welcoming with breakfast, a performance of "Bill's Bill" by the Awareness Theater Company, followed by group tours of various departments within or near the University of Vermont.  More details of the group tours will be coming shortly.

Please check our web site and consider getting involved with DMD if you have not already done so.  The mentor concept is a great way opening doors for people with disabilities and potential employers.

If you have any questions, please email me or contact any of our steering committee members.

Thank you,

Vermont DMD Steering Committee:

Bryan Dague: [log in to unmask]
Dale Hindmarsh [log in to unmask]
Becky Leggett: [log in to unmask]
Karen Hussey: [log in to unmask],
Jenna Mazza: [log in to unmask]
Lindsey Hescock: [log in to unmask]
Michael Kingsbury: [log in to unmask]
Michelle Stevens: [log in to unmask]
Stefani Hartsfield: [log in to unmask]
Tara.Pfeiffer-Norrell: [log in to unmask]
Terry Lavely: [log in to unmask]
Jeff Scott: [log in to unmask]
Eric Johnson: [log in to unmask]
Susan Patch-Crandall: [log in to unmask]

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

Email: [log in to unmask]
Phone: (802) 656-1345
Fax: (802) 656-1357
TTY: (802) 656-8499
Website: http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/