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DHS News March 2014     


National Disability Mentoring Day to Launch in Pittsburgh

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) will launch the national marking of Disability Mentoring Day 2014 (DMD) in Pittsburgh. In a news release announcing the city’s selection, the AAPD said the county’s commitment to economic equality is among the reasons it selected Pittsburgh for the launch.

Disability Mentoring Day is held on the third Wednesday of October. At DHS, for the past five years, Judy Barricella, Director of Disability Connection in the Department of Human Services and Allegheny County ADA Coordinator, has hosted students for the day.

Besides the Allegheny County administration, AAPD singled out the work of the Allegheny County Conference on Community Development and the Allegheny County 365 Committee in making its decision. The committee is co-chaired by AAPD board member Joyce Bender.

“The work of the Allegheny 365 Committee and its commitment to inclusion and accessibility for all people with disabilities has made a significant difference in our region,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in an AAPD news release. “We are thrilled that Allegheny County was selected for its leadership in this realm, and very excited to be a part of the 2014 DMD launch.”

 “Allegheny County is a model for DMD sites across the nation,” said Mark Perriello, President and CEO of AAPD. “We are extremely excited to work with Allegheny County, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and corporate partners throughout the region for our launch of DMD in Pittsburgh.”

More information on Disability Mentoring Day, including how to participate, can be found on the AAPD website.             


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