Many of our brand ambassadors and Q Roll Models are advocates for the Disabled Community, breaking down barriers and advocating accessibility and inclusivity. However, their passion goes beyond educating able-bodied individuals and promoting positive changes. Several of our brand ambassadors also look to make an impact in the lives of other wheelchair users, specifically the next generation. Whether at an organized event, summer camp, or program, you can do your part in leaving a legacy for future generations.
Disability Mentoring Day
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is mentoring program designed to increase awareness of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). DMD was founded in 1999 through a White House initiative and began with less than three dozen students. At first, it was just a one-day event, but has now become an extensive national mentoring program for young professionals with disabilities around the United States. This program promotes career development for students and job seekers with disabilities by giving kids the opportunity to explore different careers. Both Bryan Anderson and Kiel Eigen have participated in DMD and share what it’s like to play a part.
Center for Courageous Kids
The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky, is a not-for-profit medical camping facility for children living with life-threatening illnesses. Children and their families can visit free of charge and try fun activities such as fishing and horseback riding. This camp changes the lives of thousands of children every year from the United States and around the world. For years, Kiel Eigen has volunteered at the Center for Courageous Kids and talks about the importance of showing up and being a role model for the young campers.
In addition to the Center for Courageous kids, there are other opportunities to volunteer at summer camps for kids with disabilities.
Develop Your Own Mentorship Program
Stephanie Woodward, in partnership with other disabled women, is developing a new program to help the next generation of girls with disabilities become leaders. This was sparked by Stephanie’s desire for young women to confidently take the reins in promoting a more diverse, innovative and better world.
If you can’t find an opportunity to mentor younger individuals in your area or you have a specific idea in mind, create your own mentorship program, or meet one on one with younger individuals to make a difference.