Organization: American Association of People with Disabilities
Beginning with Mitsubishi Electric Automation in Vernon Hills, Il., Mitsubishi Electric company locations in the US have been hosting Disability Mentoring Days (DMD) since 2007. DMD provides opportunities for students with disabilities to learn about vocational and career options in experiential settings at companies, like Mitsubishi Electric, across the country.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation recently partnered with the American Association of People with Disabilities, which coordinates DMD nationally, by providing a two-year $35,000 grant to expand this popular program into a year-round Pipelines of Talent Program helping youth with disabilities progress from mentoring to shadowing to internships and, ultimately, employment.
In 2011, Disability Mentoring Day expands to multiple Mitsubishi Electric company locations, and a past Disability Mentoring Day participant became a paid summer intern at Mitsubishi Electric Automation in Vernon Hills, Il.
In 2012, American Association of People with Disabilities publishes a case study of the Chicago Mayor's Office of People with Disabilities DMD program.
In 2013, two Disability Mentoring Day sites were selected in Iowa and Wisconsin to implement and add to the "pipelines of talent model."