The Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is part of a national initiative to raise awareness of employment and the empowerment of the disability community with the goals of taking away the stigma of being labeled disabled.
Founded by a White House initiative bill in 1999, the Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) remains one of the biggest initiatives to promote career development for students and job-seekers, mentor them on inclusion, accessibility, how to relate and partner with people with disabilities, the initiative is managed by AAPD.
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) was initially slated for every 3rd Wednesday of October in 1999 and it is held on National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) but today, the one-day event is now an all-year-round initiative.
The initiative has become a daily affair, volunteers and schools are trying to create their own Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) to help the youth understand disability inclusiveness and accessibility, these events have not only produced life-changing results for mentees, but it has also helped participants gain full-time employment and internship opportunities.
People with disabilities with successful careers, many area service providers, businesses and colleges are always coming together to help provide logistics and support for Disability Mentoring Day activities across the country.
This week alone, approximately 125 high school students in Pittsburgh from 11 different school districts across Crawford County, Cherokee County, and other area counties came together under the same roof for a Disability Mentorship Day event at Pittsburgh Memorial Auditorium.
"I have always known my disability is not the end of the world, but I needed encouragement, I needed to speak with people who have succeeded despite their disabilities. I am happy to listen to Mr. John Coyler who mentored us at this event, the Disability Mentorship Day is really a great day for me. I am going back home as a happy person and I know someday, I would become a coordinator and mentor too," Jude Wright, a student at the event held at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium said.