Oct. 15, 2002 This week the territory will observe Disability Mentoring Week in honor of the more than 1 million people who have entered the labor force since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, allowing further contribution to society and their own fulfillment as taxpayers, consumers and workers.
Wednesday is Disability Mentoring Day in the Virgin Islands, and ancillary events will be coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment, the American Association of People with Disabilities and Work-Able Inc.
"The observance also points out that new generations of young people with disabilities are growing up in the Virgin Islands, graduating from high school, going to college and preparing to participate fully in the workplace," a Government House news release said. "They have the right to maximize their potential by making the most of their intellect, talents and abilities."
Young people in the territory with disabilities will spend part of the day gaining insight into career opportunities by shadowing employers and touring various workplaces.
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