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October 17, 2011
Melanie Mowry Etters
Communications Director
(850) 488-4257

APD to Host Disability Mentoring Day

PENSACOLA, FL—The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is organizing several mentoring opportunities in the Pensacola area for Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) on October 19.

DMD is celebrated nationally on the third Wednesday of each October as a chance for students and job seekers with disabilities to participate in a one-on-one job shadowing experience. This is the 11th anniversary of DMD in Florida.

Students have been invited to Sam's Club in Pensacola to participate in a manager's meeting to learn about the company’s values, participate in the store’s motivational cheer, and take a tour of the business.

The manager of the Best Buy in Pensacola has invited DMD participants to his store for a day of job shadowing.
Also on October 19, 25 employers will go to eight locations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to do mock interviews with students with disabilities from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to help them improve their job-seeking skills.

Escambia County

Pensacola High School
500 West Maxwell Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
(850) 595-1500
Contact: Yauna Dailey

J. M. Tate High School
1771 Tate Road
Cantonment, FL 32533
(850) 937-2300
Contact: Shirley Godwin

Booker T. Washington High School
6000 College Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32504
(850) 475-5257
Contact: Nancy Bennet or Fannie Malden

United Cerebral Palsy
2600 West Fairfield Drive
Pensacola, FL 32505
(850) 432-7477
Contact: Stacy Davis or Penny Williams

Escambia Westgate
10050 Ashton Brosnaham Road
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-5700
Contact: OJT Coordinator, Gretchen Parrish

Santa Rosa County

Navarre High School
8600 High School Blvd.
Navarre, FL 32566
(850) 936-6080
Contact: Angie Taylor or Tamy Gazoo

Milton High School
5445 Stewart Street
Milton, FL 32570
(850) 983-5600
Contact: Jacqueline Steiner
Gulf Breeze High School
675 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, FL
(850) 916-4100
Contact: Victor Strozier

For more information about Disability Mentoring Day activities in the Pensacola area, contact Katrina Washington at (850) 595-8351.

APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome.

For more information on the agency, call 1-866-APD-CARES or visit