DHS News March 2014
National Disability Mentoring Day
to Launch in Pittsburgh
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.
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.
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.”
information on Disability Mentoring Day, including how to participate, can be
found on the AAPD website.
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