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October 12, 2010
Melanie Mowry Etters
Communications Director
(850) 488-4257

Students to Participate in Disability Mentoring Opportunities

GAINESVILLE, FL - More than two dozen people with disabilities in the Gainesville area will have the opportunity to learn about possible career choices as part of Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) activities throughout October. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is coordinating DMD activities in Alachua County, as well as in the surrounding counties.

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. Several businesses in Alachua and surrounding counties have agreed to participate in mentoring activities throughout the month.

The scheduled activities follow:

APD will be hosting an event to bring DMD to a close on October 20 at the Thomas Center beginning at 5 p.m. The agency will be recognizing all participants and their efforts in making this DMD in the Gainesville area a success. The Thomas Center's address is 302 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville.

This is the 10th anniversary of the state of Florida participating in DMD. This year, more than 3,000 individuals in all 67 counties across Florida will be participating in DMD.

For more information about DMD activities in the Alachua County area, contact Coordinator Jennifer Valenzuela at (352) 955-5121 or

The agency annually serves about 35,000 Floridians with developmental disabilities of mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information on the agency, call 1-866-APD-CAREs or visit