Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) which occurs on the third Wednesday of every October, began in 1999.  Created to bring greater awareness and national attention to employment opportunities for people with disabilities, DMD gives students with disabilities the opportunity to visit a business or government agency to learn about a career of their choice and to experience the workplace environment for a day. Bender Consulting' involvement in this initiative began when Jonathan Young, who worked in disability policy in the Clinton White House, asked Joyce Bender to encourage businesses to become involved.

Bender Consulting serves as the regional coordinator for DMD.  Joyce’s regional coordination team encourages businesses to provide mentoring opportunities, recruits students with disabilities and matches those students with job shadowing opportunities according to their career interests. Companies who have participated in DMD include; Highmark, Bayer Corporation, Bender Consulting Services, Inc., FedEx Ground, LanXess, Achieva, Philips Respironics, PNC, BNY Mellon, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Robert Morris University, Leeds, MEDRAD, UPMC, Hill House, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the Heinz History Center.

For further information on Disability Mentoring Day please visit www.aapd.org or email Scott Hammerstrom at scotth@benderconsult.com.