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National Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) was established by the White House in 1999 with fewer than three-dozen participants as part of an effort to increase awareness of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In celebration of NDEAM this past October, the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and the Commonwealth Human Resources Division (HRD) partnered to host our first “Disability Mentoring Week (DMW).” DMW was an opportunity for people with disabilities to explore career opportunities within Massachusetts state government. Several Massachusetts state agencies welcomed approximately 30 mentees. Each mentee was paired with a state employee working in the mentee’s field of interest. Mentees also attended workshops on MassCareers, the state’s hiring system, interviewing, and resume building. Feedback from both mentors and mentees has been overwhelmingly positive. We are looking forward to hosting this program again in the future.

group photo of DMW participants and hosts in training classroom

A Few of DMW 2017 Mentees in a MassCareers workshop

 

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