August 1, 2007

Greetings!

We are pleased, once again, to join partners throughout the state in announcing plans for this year's Disability Mentoring Day and to invite you to participate in the activities offered in your region, or anywhere else 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.

Our Kick-off event is Wednesday, October 17,2007, with a 9:00 a.m. start at Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building on the UVM campus in Burlington. Festivities will run through noon and include a presentation by the Awareness Theatre Company and tours of jobsites throughout the University.

The Kick-off is only the beginning, with a wide variety of tours, breakfasts, and mentorship opportunities being held throughout the state - all year long. Information on events being planned in your area is available through your regional coordinator. Planning is underway throughout the state, and new partners are welcome. Businesses, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Supported Employment Providers, and Educators who work with students who will be seeking jobs, are especially invited to join their regional planning team.

To find out more about Disability Mentoring Day, its benefits to employers, students and job seekers, who your regional coordinator is, participant forms for mentors and mentees, employer partners nationally and in Vermont, and links to national resources, check out the Disability Mentoring Day website, found at: www.vermontapse.org  (Click on the DMD Logo.)

We are looking forward to an exciting Kick-off day and to events throughout the coming year. We hope you will join us in creating opportunities in your region for persons with disabilities and employers to get to know each other better. We will all share the rewards of work communities that utilize the diverse talents of all Vermonters.

Sincerely,
The Statewide Steering Committee for
Disability Mentoring Day, 2007
Dale Hindmarsh and Bryan Dague, Co-chairs.
Phone: 802-656-1345
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Bryan Dague, Ed.D.
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
TTY: (802) 656-8499
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