WHITE PLAINS -- Westchester County celebrated the first Disability Mentoring Day on Thursday. The event was co-sponsored by the Office for the Disabled, CAREERS for People with Disabilities and ACCESS-VR. Ten county departments provided mentoring opportunities to 11 disabled individuals.
Disability Mentoring Day began in 1999 with about three-dozen students as part of a White House effort to increase the profile of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is celebrated every October.
By 2011, its popularity soared and events took place in over 200 locations across the country. With October serving as NDEAM, the County Executive and the Office for the Disabled will honor the county’s disabled workforce and employers at the annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month breakfast to be held on Monday, October 28 at the Westchester Marriot.
The primary objectives of Disability Mentoring Day are:
· To enhance internship and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
· To promote disability as a central component of diversity recruitment for a more inclusive workforce.
· To dispel employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities.
· To increase confidence among students and job seekers with disabilities.
· To launch a year-round effort to foster mentoring opportunities.