American Association of People with Disabilities’ Disability Mentoring Day Events to take place in October
“Disability Mentoring Day is a testament to what responsible employers, energized volunteers, and AAPD can do together to promote employment opportunity,” said AAPD President and CEO Mark Perriello
Washington, D.C. – (September 19, 2011) – The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announces its 2011 Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) events. Disability Mentoring Day events at work sites, workshops and job fairs provide valuable first-hand experience to students and job-seekers with disabilities. This experience has helped thousands of past participants develop lasting relationships and secure internships or jobs.
DMD began as an event at the White House for a few dozen students in 1999. In 2010, AAPD worked with over 200 volunteers and 19 DMD National Sponsors to support 13,000 students and job-seekers with disabilities participating in DMD events at sites across the country.
This year, AAPD and the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) will host the DMD National Launch at Malcolm X College in Chicago. The National Launch will mark the start of hundreds of DMD programs nationwide.
“Disability Mentoring Day is a testament to what responsible employers, energized volunteers, and AAPD can do together to promote employment opportunity,” said AAPD President and CEO Mark Perriello. “With unemployment among people with disabilities nearly twice as high as for our peers without disabilities, this is critical work. This program provides students and job seekers with disabilities a hands-on experience with the workforce that lays a foundation for future success,” he added.
AAPD is proud to partner with:
Platinum Partners Walmart, American Airlines, CSC
Gold Partners AT&T, IBM, SAP, SCI
Silver Partners Darden Restaurants
Bronze Partners ARAMARK, the US Office of Personnel Management, the US Office on Disability Employment Policy, Siemens, Walmart Sam’s Club
Patrons Amerigroup, Bayer, FedEx Ground, the Job Accommodation Network, the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, the National Security Agency, TimeWarner and USA Characters Unite.
The American Association of People with Disabilities promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. www.aapd.com