NYU Langone Medical Center recently hosted National Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) for the fourth consecutive year. The program aims to match individuals with disabilities with mentors from a range of organizations in New York City. During the October 17 program, participants had the opportunity to tour the mentor’s workplace, meet other employees, and learn about different types of jobs and related opportunities within that field. The release also notes that NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation (Rusk) coordinated the program, which saw a total of 14 participants.

The participants were hosted by the Medical Center at several locations, one of which included Tisch Hospital and Rusk. Following a tour of the medical center’s Sterile Processing Department and Robot-assisted Pharmacy, participants were paired with mentors based on their expressed areas of interest. Participants also learned about hospital job duties in various departments such as therapeutic recreation, speech-language-pathology (SLP), social work, and administration. 

Rusk adds that its vocational rehabilitation program provides interview and job training, placement services and an established network of business partnerships in order to assist individuals with disabilities in finding employment opportunities. The release reports, following the introduction of nine vocational rehabilitation participants to DMD in 2011, six participants were ultimately hired full-time with the Medical Center or at other organizations in the city.

Source: NYU Langone Medical Center