Jeanne Argoff 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 Jeanne Argoff into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.  Jeanne is currently retired and serves as a board member of Westside Center for Independent Living.

Previous positions:

  • Co-founder of PolicyWorks, Inc., a national nonprofit with the mission if developing and applying innovative practices to make policy work for people with disabilities.
  • Co-founder and Executive Director of the Disability Funders Network, an association of grantmakers committed to funding disability programs.
  • Vice President of The Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities.

Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame: Information and Inductees

Robert (Bob) Vetere 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 Robert (Bob) Vetere, Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist in the Global Corporate Responsibility organization with Northrop Grumman, into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame as the Mentor of the Year.  Bob Vetere has a very successful career with Northrop Grumman Corporation since March 20, 1978, with many achievements in the Business Management organization.

Bob is a strong advocate for the employment of qualified individuals of all abilities and has served in many roles and has achieved many accomplishments inside and outside of Northrop Grumman, including the following:

  • February 2015, served on a Viscardi Center panel at the US Chamber of Commerce on creating a welcoming environment, where individuals are comfortable and included..
  • June 2015 – Presented low hearing initiatives at the HLAA – Hearing Loss Association of America’s national conference, St Louis.
  • August 2015 – Presented Creating a Welcoming Environment at the NILG – National Industry Liaison Group, NYC..
  • In 2014, Bob was elected to serve as Chairperson of the USBLN’s Corporate Advisory Board (CAB).
  • 2014 USBLN Conference Presenter & Moderator on panel, “Creating a Harmonized Reasonable Accommodation Process”
  • 2013 US Business Leadership Network (USBL) Conference Track Chair & Presenter on Employing College Student with Disabilities
  • 2012 USBLN Conference session presenter on Cornell/ODEP Mentor Pilot Program & Introduction to Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker
  • 2011 USBLN Conference presenter on employing injured service personnel
  • 2010 Virginia Governor’s Forum on Economic Growth for the Disabled Community
  • 2009 Maryland Governor’s Forum on the Inclusion and Employment of Individuals with Disabilities
  • January 2009, appeared on the cover and was the featured article in “Careers & The disABLED” magazine

Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame: Information and Inductees

Claudia Gordon Inducted into 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 Claudia Gordon into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Claudia has been a member of the Obama Administration since December 2009 initially serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and currently as OFCCP’s Chief of Staff.  OFCCP is a worker protection agency that enforces the civil rights of American workers who either work for or seek employment with companies that benefit from government contracts.

From July 2013 to March 2014 Claudia conducted a detail assignment with the White House Office of Public Engagement (OPE) where she was an Associate Director of Public Engagement.  In that capacity, she served as the liaison to the disability community and advised on disability policies.

Prior to DOL she was a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL).  In 2000, Claudia received the prestigious Skadden Fellowship to work as a staff attorney with the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center.  She also worked as a consulting attorney with the National Council on Disability.

Claudia, a native of Jamaica W.I., graduated with honors from Howard University in Washington, DC (the first in her family to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree) in 1995 and went on to complete law school with honors at American University’s Washington College of Law in 2000.

Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame: Information and Inductees

Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame is accepting 2016 nominations

2015 Hall of Fame inductees receive their awardsPYD is proud to be a founding organization of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC). The mission of the NDMC is to increase the awareness, quality, and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Since its inception 18 months ago, the NDMC has grown to include 27 leading organizations around the U.S. We are pleased to be able to partner and collaborate with this committed group of organizations. We have also found the sharing of best practices to be beneficial for all involved.

One of the NDMC’s initial projects was the development of the The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, which was created to honor those 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. The Hall of Fame’s namesake, Susan M. Daniels, devoted her life to improving the lives of others with disabilities. As a person with a disability who achieved enormous professional and personal success, she had significant impact as a senior policy maker and as a mentor to hundreds of individuals.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) last year, the NDMC named 25 outstanding leaders as the first inductees into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. These inductees were selected for their demonstrated commitment to mentoring and for the impact of their contributions on improving the lives of people with disabilities. You can see last year’s inductees here.

In honor of National Thank Your Mentor Day (January 21), the NDMC opened the 2016 Nominations for the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted in the categories of individual mentor and business/organization and are being accepted until May 1, 2016. To submit a nomination or learn more: www.disabilitymentors.org.

Peer Mentors Help Youth Transition to Work

This blog post was written and contributed by BroadFutures, a member organization in the National Disability Mentoring Coalition.

BroadFutures is a young non-profit located in Washington, DC with a mission to empower young adults (18-26) with non-apparent disabilities through a holistic training, mentoring and paid internship program. BroadFutures partners with specialists in drama, speech therapy, yoga and meditation, bringing an innovative and unique perspective to the area of transition and workforce preparedness. BroadFutures has completed three successful pilot programs and is now taking its model to scale with its winter 2016 program.

One of the key components to BroadFutures’ success has been its peer mentoring model. Interns are supported by peer mentors (who are guided by an executive functioning coach) throughout the program. The peer mentors also serve as liaisons between interns and employers, ensuring successful outcomes for both.

In an effort to highlight the powerful impact and benefit of peer mentoring, we spoke with one of our alumni interns, Daniel Soya, who participated in the BroadFutures’ third cohort in the summer of 2015 and is now employed by the employer partner that hosted his internship, Marshall Moya Design.

When asked why he applied to the BroadFutures program, Daniel explained, “I did not have a clear idea of what I wanted to do and wanted to get experience in the workplace. I felt I got that experience.”

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