WESTCHESTER, NY -- Westchester County celebrated its 2nd Annual Disability Mentoring Day last week. The event was co-sponsored by the Office for the Disabled, CAREERS for People with Disabilities and ACCESS-VR. Several county departments provided mentoring opportunities to eleven disabled individuals.
“This program is excellent because it opens the path for two-way communication between employers and people with disabilities,” said Astorino. “I want to thank our partners and all the participants for making this day a success.”
Astorino and the Office for the Disabled will honor the county’s disabled workforce and employers at the county’s annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month breakfast to be held on Thursday, October 30 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.
Private, non-profit, government and educational employers; people with disabilities; and educators are all encouraged to participate in Disability Mentoring Day.