For Immediate Release
October 21, 2011
Mayor's Press Office
For More Information Contact:
Dot Joyce, Chris Loh or Katie Ward
The Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities will be participating in “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” by hosting a “Disability Mentoring Day” (DMD) in Boston City Hall. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, and will include workshops, training, and job shadowing in various City departments for disabled residents who are working with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to gain employment.
Disability Mentoring Day is part of the national initiative held every year in October in cities across the country. DMD is a job-shadowing and career exploration program designed to link jobseekers with disabilities to employers interested in hiring people with disabilities. This event will mark the City of Boston’s first participation in Disability Mentoring Day, and will spearhead the efforts of the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities to develop employment initiatives in the City that open the door to employment for individuals with disabilities.
“All Bostonians are entitled to every opportunity that comes before them and that includes people with disabilities,” said Mayor Menino. “Their considerable talents are vital to strengthening our workforce here in Boston as our economy continues to grow through these tough times.”
“Mayor Menino is committed to expanding employment opportunities for all Boston residents, particularly those who have disabilities,” says Kristen McCosh, the City’s Disability Commissioner. “Individuals with disabilities have been traditionally excluded from the nation’s workforce – and the City of Boston is working to reverse this trend.”
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