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Welcome to Disability Mentoring Day KC!

Career Exploration for People with Disabilities

2020 is Kansas City Disability Mentoring Day's 16th Anniversary!

Disability Mentoring Day Kansas City will have just one event in 2020, an online event on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. 


To received DMDKC group emails send your request to DMDinKC@aol.com.


2020 VIRTUAL EVENT

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

  9:00 am – Noon  

   Zoom Meeting Broadcast

Workforce Partnership/Kansas Works in Lenexa, Kansas


ABOUT DMD KC

Kansas City Disability Mentoring Day started 16 years ago as the local event recognizing Disability Awareness Month.  In previous years it grew into two events, one on each side of the state line offering sessions on Job Searches, Entrepreneurship, Interviewing and Resume Help as well as Career Exploration with employers and networking with Service Organizations that can help the job seeker.
Events are organized by local volunteers. 


In 2020 the world shifted in many areas due to COVID-19.  The DMDinKC Committee remains committed to providing information and tools to job seekers with disabilities, and invites you to sign up for our online virtual broadcast in November.


WHAT IS DISABILITY MENTORING DAY?

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.


Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a national effort coordinated by the American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD) to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships. 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 DISABILITY MENTORING DAY?

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 spring-boarded 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.


In Kansas City the event in years past,  included presentations on entrepreneurship and interviewing tips and participants received one-on-one resume assistance and interview practice. Career exploration with employers and meeting with local service organizations have always been a part of Disability Mentoring Day in Kansas City, something we will resume in 2021.  

DMD KC ORGANIZATION TEAM

Brian Ellefson

Chuck Kennedy

 

The Disability Mentoring Day Kansas City (DMDKC) committee is grateful to the Employers, Service Providers and Government Agencies who support our work and mission. Each year we are fortunate to have an abundance of employers and service organizations supporting this Kansas City Metro Area event.


To received DMDKC group emails send your request to DMDinKC@aol.com.