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Powerful Role that Mentorship can Play in Supporting Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities

Derek Shields of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition

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Derek Shields

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Derek Shields, Vice President & Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee

The mission of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) is to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Member organizations share core values and align with the Coalition’s initiatives to streamline communication, standardize and systematize data collection, reduce duplication of efforts, increase mentoring opportunities, and improve outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. The Coalition integrates mentoring into its own operational model to transfer historical knowledge, incorporate reverse mentoring to generate innovation and develop new opportunities for individuals with disabilities across their lifespan.

Speaker Bio: President of ForwardWorks Consulting, LLC for PolicyWorks, Derek serves as Vice President and is the Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee that guides the Susan M. Daniels Mentorship Fund. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Derek has experience in strategic planning, program and performance management. Former contract work included: Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program, Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Assistive Technology Training Program, the Defense Department’s Office of Family Policy and the Family Advocacy Program Office in support of their Domestic Violence and Child Abuse initiatives, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Assistive Services and Technology and projects at HUD, DOI, DOT, the State Department, the Access Board, GSA, and the VA.

Special thanks to JP Morgan Chase for making this webinar with live captioning available for free.

Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to stand up against ableism and other prejudice – while promoting positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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