Disability Mentoring Day
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)
DMD is a large-scale national effort coordinated by AAPD to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships.
When is it?
While DMD has been and continues to be officially launched the third Wednesday of each October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the foundation of the program has expanded from a one-day event to a year-round initiative across the country.
How did it begin?
DMD was founded in 1999 through a White House initiative with less than three-dozen students participating to increase the awareness of NDEAM. Since that event, DMD has springboarded from a one day event for a small group of students to an extensive national mentoring program for young professionals with disabilities across the United States, territories and abroad.
What does AAPD do?
The growth of DMD was made possible by the unwavering work of DMD Coordinators across the country who volunteer their time to host and manage the logistical requirements for a DMD. These events produce life changing results for mentees, such as full time employment and internship opportunities. AAPD continues to endeavor to increase the reach of DMD through growing its network of DMD coordinators. If you or anyone you know may be interested or want additional information on becoming a DMD coordinator, please email us at DMD@aapd.com.
How do I get involved?
The first step to becoming a DMD coordinator is to submit an application, which can be found here. AAPD will then review your qualifications and notify you of the decision. Once accepted, you’ll have an abundance of resources to take advantage of to produce your first and successful DMD. Your responsibilities as a coordinator includes, but are not limited to, coordinating outreach to potential hosts and mentors for your DMD, such as businesses, corporations, government agencies, and advocacy organizations. You’ll also search for mentees from local high schools and colleges to participate in your DMD event. We’ve received countless stories from DMD coordinators on the profound difference this one day can have for young people with disabilities, including leading to their first paid internship or job.
Best Practices for Coordinators (PDF)
How do I become a mentor or a mentee?
AAPD has an extensive list of active DMD coordinators across the country that we can share with potential participants interested in becoming a DMD mentee or mentor as well as businesses and organizations looking to help host and/or sponsor a DMD. If interested, please email us at DMD@aapd.com.
How can my organization get involved with DMD?
Whether it’s through serving as a sponsor, host, and/or mentoring, corporations, local businesses, government agencies, and other organizations have been the driving force for moving the success of DMD forward. To learn more about the opportunities to have your organization get involved with DMD in a local community, please email us at DMD@aapd.com.
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