EXETER, PA – Pride Mobility Products® and Quantum Rehab® offered approximately 20 students with disabilities an opportunity to be mentored by career professionals in various fields at Pride and Quantum during Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) 2017 on Wed., Oct. 11, at the company’s Duryea facility.
DMD is designed to bring students with disabilities into the workplace where they can learn about various career paths. Through Pride and Quantum’s 8th Annual DMD event, participants had the opportunity to meet with professionals to learn the typical job responsibilities and the necessary knowledge and skills needed for a specific vocation. Careers in research and development, sales, technical service, and production were highlighted. By hosting the event at the Duryea facility for the first time this year, the students were able to tour the production area and see a brand-new, expanded test lab. Scott Meuser, Chairman and CEO, addressed the group and thanked them for being a part of this special day, while promising to continue to participate in future years.
Denise Truesdale, Vice President of Human Resources, was pleased to help organize the event.
“We are privileged to have the opportunity to showcase the amazing work we do at Pride and QuantumRehab while educating the students, teachers, and aides about the many career opportunities available to individuals with disabilities,” Truesdale said. “It was a fun-filled day that allowed us to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Many students said the highlight of their day was visiting the state-of-the-art test lab.
“I loved how the wheelchairs moved,” said Sarah Moran, a student at Pittston Area High School. “I never got to drive one before! I also was able to see one go through water in the test lab.”
DMD originated at the White House in 1999 with less than three dozen local individuals participating. Now hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities, the nation’s largest cross-disability membership organization, DMD has evolved significantly to encompass participation in all 50 states and many countries around the world. To find out more about DMD, visit http://www.aapd.com/disability-mentoring-day/.
Pride Mobility Products® Corporation is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of consumer-inspired mobility products including Jazzy® Power Chairs, Jazzy Air®, Go-Go® Travel Mobility, Pride® Mobility Scooters, Pride® Power Lift Recliners, and Pride® Lifts and Ramps. The Pride® family of companies also includes Quantum Rehab®, a leader in complex rehab power chairs including the Q6 Edge® 2.0, 4Front™, iLevel® seat elevation technology, and Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls, as well as Stealth Products®, the foremost manufacturer of positioning components. Headquartered in Exeter, Pennsylvania, Pride also has operations in Australia, Canada, China, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.