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The American Association of People with Disabilities Celebrates a Successful Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.  ΜΆΜΆ The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) celebrates a successful Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) 2012. DMD 2012, held on October 17th, saw over 16,500 young students and job seekers with disabilities engaged with mentors in job shadowing programs across the country, making the 13th annual DMD the largest in the history of the event.

The various job shadowing events that are part of Disability Mentoring Day expose young people with disabilities to a wide range of career opportunities. The program also gives employers the chance to become workplace mentors, and seeks to increase employer awareness of the available community of qualified candidates with disabilities. DMD provides young people with essential firsthand experiences in the workplace, as well as powerful relationships with their mentors, who offer valuable lessons and career advice.

DMD is organized by AAPD and held annually on the third Wednesday of October as a part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Under the leadership of AAPD, DMD continues to grow. What started as a group of 11 students job shadowing at the White House in 1999, is now a national program placing over 16,500 students and job seekers with mentors through a network of 250 volunteer coordinators across the country.

“For a young person with a disability, a strong relationship with a mentor can be life-changing. DMD mentors provide mentees with the encouragement, support, and advice essential to a successful career. Disability Mentoring Day ensures that members of our community get personalized career advice, and build lasting relationships with people already successful in their chosen fields.” – Mark Perriello, AAPD President & CEO.

Disability Mentoring Day is sponsored by: Walmart, CSC, Comcast, United Cerebral Palsy, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, Darden, Fannie Mae, Marsh and McLennan Companies, Amerigroup Foundation, Bayer, National Security Agency, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Time Warner.

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