Emerging & Promising Practices
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) program connects nearly 13,000 students and job seekers with disabilities to thousands of employers each year. The 2011 events took place in over 200 locations across the country. DMD, held the third Wednesday in October, promotes career development through hands-on programs, job shadowing, and ongoing mentoring. This experience has helped thousands of past participants develop lasting relationships and secure internships or jobs.
E-Connect is a school-based mentoring program that utilizes e-mail and face-to-face meetings to connect high school students with disabilities to employees from local companies to help them develop employment skills. E-Connect was developed at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. This website contains the E-Connect curricula, as well as tools, samples, handouts, and presentations for those interested in implementing E-Connect in their school.
The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities founded the Bridges…From School to Work program in 1989. Bridges works with youth with disabilities, who are in their last year of high school, and with local employers, to develop paid internship work experiences that are mutually beneficial for students and employers. Since its inception in 1990, Bridges has placed more than 6,000 youth with a variety of disabilities into competitive employment with more than 1,500 different employers. The Bridges program operates in Montgomery County, MD, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, Fairfax County, VA, and Philadelphia, PA.
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