October is Disability Employment Awareness Month.

To promote employment of people with disabilities PILR coordinates Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) in Hutch and Pratt.  This is an internationally recognized program where people with disabilities/mentees are matched with an employer/mentor for a day of career exploration.  PILR has focused on our youth with disabilities.  High school students in and around Pratt/Reno County spend the day with an employer learning about work in a field of their interest.  We have placed students in all types of work experiences including radio, veterinary medicine, retail, pharmacies, chiropractors, the zoo, public works, information technology, district attorney offices and many other work sites.  Our communities are so welcoming to our youth with disabilities.  It is an exciting time for all of us.  Our goal is to give youth the opportunity to check out potential careers and then to become employed and self-sufficient contributing members in our communities.  Our other goal is to help employers utilize a currently untapped pool of employees…those of us with disabilities.  We want to work; we should be working and this program helps everyone see the potential of workers with disabilities.

DMD in Hutch is October 17th and in Pratt October 23rd.  It costs PILR $25 for each student.  If you would like to help fund a student, please send $25 to PILR, 17 South Main St.  Hutchinson, KS  67501.  You can also make a donation through PayPal on our website pilr.org.

Thank you to all the employers who are mentoring our youth!  Thank you to all the volunteers, educators and others who are helping to make these events successful.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts.  Thank you to all those who have already donated!  We couldn’t do this without the help of each and every one of you!