The event, held as part of Disability Mentoring Day 2017 on October 11, took place at Quantum Rehab’s Duryea, Pa, facility.
Disability Mentoring Day, which originated at the White House in 1999 and has evolved to encompass participation from all 50 states and many countries around the world, is designed to help students with disabilities learn about various career paths by bringing them directly into the workplace.
During Pride and Quantum’s 8th annual DMD event, the students had the opportunity to meet with professionals to learn the typical job responsibilities and the necessary knowledge and skills needed for a specific vocation.
Careers in research and development, sales, technical service, and production were highlighted during the students’ visit. By hosting the event at the Duryea facility for the first time this year, the students were able to tour the production area and see a brand-new, expanded test lab.
Scott Meuser, Chairman and CEO, addressed the group and thanked them for being a part of this special day, while promising to continue to participate in future years. Denise Truesdale, Vice President of Human Resources, helped organize the event, notes a media release from Pride Mobility and Quantum Rehab.
“We are privileged to have the opportunity to showcase the amazing work we do at Pride and Quantum Rehab while educating the students, teachers, and aides about the many career opportunities available to individuals with disabilities,” Truesdale says, in the release. “It was a fun-filled day that allowed us to make a difference in people’s lives.”
According to the students, the highlight of their day was visiting the state-of-the-art test lab.
“I loved how the wheelchairs moved,” shares Sarah Moran, a student at Pittston Area High School, in the release. “I never got to drive one before! I also was able to see one go through water in the test lab.”
[Sources: Pride Mobility, Quantum Rehab]