Robin Jenks Vanderlip inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Robin Jenks Vanderlip into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Robin Jenks Vanderlip, MA, CRC first got involved with aiding people with disabilities when she was in high school where she would volunteer in the special education classroom during her study hall. Robin is a 2017 honor graduate of The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development Masters of Arts (MA) Program in Rehabilitation Counseling where she was a US Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration Scholar. Robin previously earned a Masters Certificate from The George Washington University in Brain Injury Education and Family Transition Services. She has earned her National Professional Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). She completed this all as part of her ongoing recovery from her own severe Traumatic Brian Injury. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International- Chi Sigma Lota.

Robin’s practice focuses on working with people and families who need guidance, instruction, and support in the areas of physical, emotional, and social case management including housing. In her practice, she works with a wide variety of populations including veterans/wounded warriors, individuals and families with developmental disabilities, people over 50, survivors of brain injuries and post-traumatic stress, and victims of sex trafficking.

Robin is very sharp, smart, charming open minded professional with excellent interpersonal skills and sense of humor. She has over thirty years of successful experience working with people, with a proven
record of accomplishment and she is uniformly recognized as a change maker. In addition, she has earned a Certificate in Business Information Technology Leadership and has over 25 years of professional marketing, communications, and sales experience in the private and nonprofit sectors before becoming a rehabilitation counselor. Robin is a 1989 graduate of Salisbury University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Robin currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two children, her rescue dog, and cat.

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Subhashish Acharya inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Subhashish Acharya into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Subhashish Acharya–better known as Subs (pronounced Subes)–is the Founder of Project Starfish (www.pstarfish.org), a global workforce development platform that launches and re-launches the careers of unemployed professionals with disabilities, youth, ex-felons, veterans etc by transforming them into digital workers with the help of contemporary skills, work experience and business inclusion.

Subhashish is a business professional and works at Oracle in the field of Alliance Strategy, managing Accenture for North America. In 2013, Subhashish attended a job fair for the blind in Boston. He observed first hand the problems, professionals with disabilities experience and was shocked at the unemployment rates for professionals with disabilities. Subhashish believed that unemployment can be solved via a mentorship model he invented that is based on “experiential learning” , “role playing”, “business and workplace simulation” and business inclusion to gain skills and work experience to springboard into the workforce. In the last 4 years, the Project Starfish model has mentored over 600+ individuals and subsequently created jobs and opportunities for over 200+ individuals in 8 countries i.e. USA, Canada, India, UK, Australia, UAE, Philippines and Malaysia by working with over 100+ companies. It is perhaps the only model that prepares workers as an online digital workforce which is work beyond borders. Subhashish is passionate about the cause and strives to create a better tomorrow for those who need work opportunities.

Subhashish has been appointed by Former Massachusetts Governor, Mr Deval Patrick to lead the Employment and Labor committee of the Rehabilition Council for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. His work has been mentioned in several newspapers around the world – Chicago Tribune(USA), Boston Globe(USA), Khaleej Times ( Dubai), Australian Entrepreneur magazine to name some. Project Starfish is now part of MIT’s Startup Exchange company and is scaling to accommodate veterans, youth, ex-felons etc and also transform them as workers globally along with professionals with disabilities.

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DO IT inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals and organizations who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, & Technology (DO-IT) into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.

The DO-IT Center strives to:

  1. increase the success of people with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers;
  2. promote the application of universal design to physical spaces, information technology, instruction, and services;
  3. freely distribute online content, publications, and videos for use in presentations, exhibits, and the classroom; and
  4. provide resources for students with disabilities, K-12 educators, postsecondary faculty and administrators, librarians, employers, parents, and mentors.

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HERL inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals and organizations who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

The Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) is a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh, the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and UPMC Health System. HERL is dedicated to wheelchair and mobility research, specifically by improving the mobility and function of Veterans and all people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation on local, national, and international levels.

HERL also studies robotics in assistive technology, athletics in rehabilitation, assistive living spaces, wheelchair transfer efficiency, clinician training, and force and vibration on wheelchair users.

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Barbara Butz inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Barbara Butz into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Barbara Butz has served in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors and completed her public service career as the Assistant Secretary of the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security. Previous roles include leadership of non-profit organizations and management responsibilities for federal contracting for a public-school system. Since 2000, she has provided consulting services to public, private and government clients with a focus on inter-agency collaboration, workforce development, workforce inclusion, health care access and community living for people with disabilities. In this role, she served as the principal liaison between DOL’s Employment and Training Administration and the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program for three years.

Barbara currently serves as President of PolicyWorks, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support individuals with disability in their efforts to achieve independence through employment.  In this role, she has developed the successful California-based College to Career Transition model in partnership with San Diego State University’s Interwork Institute and developed a certification programs for Peer Mentors in partnership with Florida Atlantic University for use by state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies nation-wide. PolicyWorks  is also working as a partners in the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center, providing technical assistance to 11 states and developing training products and other tools for use by State VR agencies and members of the national workforce system.

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