[Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: Pearson Announces Career Exploration Mentorship Program for Students, Young Professionals with Disabilities

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Mon Mar 6 21:20:52 UTC 2017

>Release Date:
>Monday, March 6, 2017
>Chris Danielsen
>Director of Public Relations
>National Federation of the Blind
>(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
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><mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org
>Scott Overland
>Pearson Announces Career Exploration Mentorship 
>Program for Students, Young Professionals with Disabilities
>Collaboration with National Federation of the 
>Blind brings decades of experience preparing 
>blind and low vision students for career success
>Today Pearson, in collaboration with the 
>National Federation of the Blind (NFB), 
>the launch of a new career exploration 
>mentorship program for college students and 
>recent graduates who have disabilities. The 
>program will begin as a pilot, combining the 
>NFB’s expertise in mentoring and advocating for 
>career opportunities for blind and low-vision 
>students and Pearson’s commitment to providing 
>mentorship to a wide range of students with 
>disabilities. The program will provide 
>participants with access to guidance, advice, 
>and support from experienced professionals 
>working in a variety of legal-related positions at Pearson.
>Blind, low vision and students with disabilities 
>often face low expectations or unnecessary 
>roadblocks when identifying and pursuing career 
>paths.  This can result in a ‘channeling’ into 
>jobs that they are not passionate about or that 
>limit their true potential. Participants in this 
>three-month pilot program will be paired with a 
>mentor who has been specifically trained on how 
>to guide and advise blind or disabled students 
>who may be unfamiliar with the opportunities and 
>preparation necessary to succeed in corporate 
>environments. Mentors work in a variety of 
>functions on the Pearson legal team and will 
>help students access a breadth of resources – 
>from meetings with senior leaders to advice on 
>preparing and tackling education and career 
>goals to building a resume and identifying interesting internships and jobs.
>“I am excited and proud at the level of 
>enthusiasm we have seen in Pearson’s legal 
>department as we have prepared to announce this 
>program. Our goal is simple, yet incredibly 
>important: to help guide young professionals who 
>are disabled to find the career opportunities 
>that match their passions,” said Bjarne 
>Tellmann, general counsel for Pearson. “With the 
>experience and partnership of the NFB, we want 
>to open the door to careers that many young, 
>disabled people didn’t know existed or were 
>accessible to them, and support them as they 
>take the next step in their professional lives.”
>“For over seventy-five years, the National 
>Federation of the Blind has fostered mentoring 
>relationships in order to raise the expectations 
>of the blind and to help them achieve their 
>dreams and live the lives they want. Partnering 
>with Pearson is a natural outgrowth of this 
>important work, allowing aspiring blind 
>professionals to establish mentoring 
>relationships with their peers and obtain career 
>guidance that will increase the odds of success. 
>We look forward to working with Pearson to build 
>this program and get more blind people on the 
>pathway to the board rooms of major corporations 
>around the world,” said Mark Riccobono, 
>President of the National Federation of the Blind.
>Students can begin applying for the pilot 
>program immediately by e-mailing Elizabeth Delfs 
><mailto:elizabeth.delfs at pearson.com>elizabeth.delfs(at)pearsoned(dot)com. 
>Pearson and the NFB hope to continue and expand 
>the program past the pilot stage.
>About the National Federation of the Blind
>The National Federation of the Blind knows that 
>blindness is not the characteristic that defines 
>you or your future. Every day we raise the 
>expectations of blind people, because low 
>expectations create obstacles between blind 
>people and our dreams. You can live the life you 
>want; blindness is not what holds you back.
>About Pearson
>Pearson is the world’s learning company, with 
>expertise in educational courseware and 
>assessment, and a range of teaching and learning 
>services powered by technology. Our mission is 
>to help people make progress through access to 
>better learning.  We believe that learning opens 
>up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers 
>and better lives. For more, visit 
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