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Mentoring initiative matches employers with people with developmental disabilities

Summary: 
As part of Community Inclusion Month in October and through our Ready, Willing & Able employment initiative, Inclusion BC and our member organizations teamed up with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment to promote the employment of people with developmental disabilities in BC.

The mentorAbility initiative matched protégés (people with disabilities) and business leaders for a one day mentoring experience. Each protégé connected with a working professional who was employed in a career area in which they are interested. Protégés visited their mentor at the mentor’s place of business where they received career guidance, job shadowing and networking opportunities to better prepare them for getting the job of their dreams.

Research indicates that 1 in 6 Canadians have a disability and that nearly 60% of adults with disabilities are unemployed or under-employed. Most of these individuals can and want to work. 

MentorAbility makes it easy and comfortable for participants to check out career opportunities and learn from business leaders who are interested participant skills and potential. 

Stay tuned as we share stories of successful matches from across B.C.