FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Putnam County’s Disability Mentoring Day


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

October 11, 2013

County Executive MaryEllen Odell would like to remind the media that County departments will be participating in this year’s Putnam County Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) which will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Members of the media are cordially invited to meet with participants at Cornerstone Park at 1 p.m. 

“Disability Mentoring Day allows students and jobseekers with a disability to spend part of their day visiting a government agency to not only target career skills for improvement but to also explore possible career paths,” said Odell.

The goals of Disability mentoring Day are fourfold:

  • To enhance internship and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • To dispel employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities
  • To promote disability as a central component of diversity recruitment for a more inclusive workforce and,
  • To increase confidence among students and job seekers with disabilities.

County agencies participating in the program include the Office of Emergency Management (IT Dept.), Consumer Affairs, County Clerk, County Executive, Health, Finance, Highways, Industrial Development, Law, Personnel, Purchasing, Sheriff, Tourism, and Youth Bureau. Also participating is the Sullivan Insurance Agency.

Coordinators for the day include Tina Cornish-Lauria, executive director for CAREERS for People with Disabilities (845) 222-4273; Kimberely Coleman Yedowitz from Carmel High School (845) 863-5975; Lillian Earle from PARC (845-225-5650 x 1131; and Maria Mastragiavani from Putnam Family & Community Services (845) 225-2700 x 168.