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EmployAble Seeks Pilot Study Participants and Mentors

EmployAble is now seeking pilot study participants for “EmployAble: A World without Barriers,” a model virtual employment center for people with disabilities.

EmployAble uses the virtual world platform Second Life to provide training, networking, mentoring, and employment resources for people with disabilities and employers.

EmployAble is recruiting Americans with disabilities over the age of 18 to participate in a three month pilot study to evaluate the EmployAble Virtual Employment Orientation, Resource, Support, and Training Center site content, features, and use. They are especially interested in reaching out to veterans and those with Traumatic Brain Injuries. However, other individuals with disabilities may also participate.

EmployAble is committed to mentoring matches that will assist both mentees and employers in learning about available resources. During the pilot study, EmployAble will set up group and individual mentor matches. 

They are especially looking for mentors who are:

  • People with disabilities who have been successfully employed and who are interested in doing online mentoring using Second Life and other online social media
  • Employers (who may also be people with disabilities) who want to work with people with disabilities and who are interested in doing online mentoring using Second Life and other online social media

More Information:

EmployAble is funded by the Kessler Foundation and is a project of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center on Disability Studies (www.cds.hawaii.edu).

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