Wednesday, Oct. 16 is National Disability Mentoring Day, and the annual job-shadowing experience for local disabled residents was headquartered at Emporia State's Health, Physical Education and Recreation building.
As many as 100 residents shadowed at local businesses. The goal is to possibly lead to internships or employment for disabled folks at some point. Billy Rainsbarger worked on a construction site for Flint Hills Technical College that morning.
Locally, Disability Mentoring Day has been held since 2005. Amy Townsend, organizer of the event, says the Emporia community has always demonstrated strong support of the event through the number of participating businesses.
It was the first year for Beverly Beers of the Granada Coffee Company participating in the mentoring day. She taught her student, Samantha Robinson, all about running a coffee shop, from inventory to cashiering and making her own drink.
In the middle of the day, the participants met back at the HPER building for lunch and activities. A photo gallery from those activities is linked above.