BETHESDA, Md. (February 5, 2019) – Concepts, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has joined the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) network, which comprises more than 60 organizations and individuals committed to expanding mentoring opportunities for people with disabilities.
As a member of the NDMC network, Concepts recently attended the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Induction Ceremony, an event recognizing individuals and organizations committed to making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring. Established in 2015, the program honors the legacy of disability advocate and lifelong mentor, Susan Daniels.
“We are excited to join the NDMC network and contribute to its mission. Mentoring is a key experience that can set up people, both with and without disabilities, to succeed in their personal, academic and professional endeavors,” said Karen Herson, president and founder of Concepts. “As a small business, we work to mentor young people with disabilities interested in entrepreneurship in particular. We have also promoted mentoring through several of our projects focused on disability and employment.”
According to the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, “mentoring relationships provide valuable support to young people, especially those with disabilities, by offering not only academic and career guidance, but also effective role models for leadership, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.” Research indicates that youth experience a multitude of benefits from mentoring, including higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations, enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence and improved career awareness and decision-making.
Although mentoring is usually considered in the context of young people, adults can also benefit from engaging in mentoring relationships. According to the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), mentoring can be used as a disability inclusion strategy in a workplace setting. Benefits of mentoring for employees include, but are not limited to, an easier transition into the workplace or new positions, reinforced collaboration among employees within an organization, increased technical skills and enhanced opportunities for career advancement.
About Concepts, Inc.
Concepts, Inc., a small, woman-owned communications firm in Bethesda, Md., specializes in developing and executing targeted public outreach campaigns focused on areas that impact people with disabilities, veterans, families and caregivers. Among its core capabilities, Concepts provides substantial experience in the creation of impactful messaging and branding, website design and information architecture, as well as content management and database support services. Also included in the firm’s expertise is media relations, photo shoot coordination, partnership development and the design, writing and editing of print and online materials. This year, Concepts ranked number seven on the Washington Business Journal’s Book of Lists for Public Relations Firms. For more information, please visit http://www.conceptscommunications.com/services/.
About the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC)
The National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) aims to raise awareness about the importance and impact of mentoring in the lives of people with disabilities and to increase the number and quality of disability mentoring programs around the country. Established in December 2014, NDMC transitioned in March 2018 to residing as an initiative of Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD). NDMC’s core activities focus on awareness, connections, resources, inclusion and recognition.