Disability Mentoring Day 2017

On October 18, PILR hosted Disability Mentoring Day in Hutchinson. This year, 126 students with disabilities from all six Reno County public high schools as well as Sterling High School spent the day learning about a career they may pursue after high school. They were mentored at 56 different sites across the city of Hutchinson by businesses as diverse as dog grooming, heating and air conditioner repair, pest control, and dentistry.

At the afternoon reception, the students got to share what they did during their day. One student who road with police, was excited to see two people being pulled over. The students who went to the National Guard spent time doing physical fitness and got to see military weapons put together and taken apart. A student who went to a local restaurant got to make dessert pizza that he brought to the reception to share. One of the highlights was receiving a phone call after the event from a mentor who told us her student made her day easier because of the work he did.

PILR would like to thank the businesses and agencies who participated as mentors, the sponsors who made this day possible, the teachers who helped get applications from students, and the individuals who sponsored students. We would like to congratulate Marvin Hook who won the Target gift card in the drawing from those people who sponsored students this year. Finally, we would like to thank the members of the steering committee. Now for a little while we can rest, but DMD 2018 will be here before we know it.

-Roger F.

Students waiting to share their Stories from the day

Students waiting to share their Stories from the day

Students picking up their DMD t-shirts

Students picking up their DMD t-shirts

Students Picking up their DMD bags and giveaways

Students Picking up their DMD bags and giveaways

Participants gathering for Breakfast and DMD Intro

Participants gathering for Breakfast and DMD Intro

Lesley Weigel, DCF, sharing information about Pre-ETS

Lesley Weigel, DCF, sharing information about Pre-ETS

Adam and Roger Leading a sighted guide simulation for some DMD participants

Adam and Roger Leading a sighted-guide simulation for some DMD participants.