There are several ways to find good mentoring opportunities for your child. Many mentor programs are Internet-based, enabling students and mentors to build a relationship online. To learn more about how mentorship programs work and might benefit your child, contact the following organizations:
The University of Washington DO-IT Program (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) hosts an electronic community of teens with disabilities planning for college and careers. The program offers mentorship opportunities between students and professionals in common fields of interest. Many DO-IT mentors have disabilities themselves.
Phone: 888-972-DOIT (3648) (toll free voice/TTY)
This is a free online community where children/youth with disabilities and their parents find role models and mentors. Online support 24/7 and ongoing monitoring makes this a family friendly experience.
Toll Free: 866-650-6207
Connecting to Success is a nation wide electronic mentoring program, begun in 1999 by National Center on Secondary Education and Transition at the University of Minnesota (NCSET). This program is designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Electronic uses a combination of e-mail and face-to-face meetings to facilitate mentoring relationships between young people and caring adults.
For more information, please contact: