[announce] Recruiting Mentors and Mentees Part I
mitch.pomerantz at earthlink.net
Wed Jun 15 21:27:53 EDT 2011
The American Council of the Blind is working with the Rehabilitation
Research and Training Center at Mississippi State University on several
interesting projects including one to ascertain the positive impact on blind
and visually impaired college students of employed blind and visually
I am posting the first of three flyers; this one is a general information
and recruitment piece. I would also urge those of you who can, to please
forward this information to your affiliate website or newsletter to
facilitate the widest dissemination possible.
It is my sincere hope that a number of ACB members will participate, either
as mentees or mentors. If you are interested, please direct all
communication to Jamie O'Mally, at the telephone number or e-mail address
Mitch Pomerantz, President
American Council of the Blind
Subject: Mentoring Project Seeking Students and Professionals Who Are
We work at the Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision at
Mississippi State University and we are seeking college students and
professionals who are legally blind to participate in an employment
mentoring project. We hope that you will help us reach potential
participants for this opportunity by distributing, posting, or forwarding
the attached flyers to individuals or groups that might be interested.
Students will be paired with mentors based on location and field of
interest, and we will examine the influence of a mentor relationship on
employment outcomes for graduating students including: development of job
seeking-skills, job placement, job satisfaction, and self-efficacy.
We anticipate that students and mentors will find this program to be highly
beneficial. Potential benefits for students include: assistance in career
goal development, skills training, job seeking, job placement, and
opportunities for job shadowing. We expect that mentors will benefit from
working closely with college or graduate students who are blind and the
opportunity to assist in research that seeks to benefit the blind community.
This research is funded by the National Institute on Disability and
If you are willing to distribute the attached flyers on our behalf to help
us find participants, please respond and let us know. It is important that
we reach as many people as we can across the United States, and we
appreciate your help in spreading the word. Please feel free to forward the
body of this email to others that you think might know someone who would be
interested in participating.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this request. Please contact
Jamie O'Mally at 662-325-2001 or at rrtc2 at colled.msstate.edu if you have
any questions or require additional information.
Dr. Jamie O'Mally, Assistant Research Professor
Dr. Brenda Cavenaugh, Research Professor
Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision
Mississippi State University
P.O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762
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