Inclusive Mentorship for the Career Success of Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities encounter many barriers to workplace inclusion. Prior research on strategies to mitigate such barriers has primarily been focused on recruitment and access to entry-level positions, with limited consideration given to career success. However, mentorship has been identified as an important element of career success for persons with disabilities—even though we know little about the design and implementation of disability inclusive mentorship programs, or how successful mentor-mentee relationships are fostered and sustained for persons with disabilities. Thus, the primary objective of the proposed research in partnership with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is to build a knowledge base on mentorship specific to persons with disabilities and career success. Sub-objectives include examination of mentorship programs and less structured mentor-mentee relationships, separately and in combination. The intern will use qualitative research methods to achieve these objectives. This will include interviews with mentees, mentors, and mentorship program organizers. Expected outcomes of this research include academic articles and practitioner resources, such as reports and guidance documents.

Daniel Samosh
Faculty Supervisor: 
Emile Tompa
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