Inclusive Mentorship for the Career Success of Persons with Disabilities: A Pilot Study

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 is to build a knowledge base on mentorship specific to persons with disabilities and career success. Expected outcomes of this research include a pilot study. The partner organization is expected to benefit from this project by a) growing its applied research portfolio in the understudied area of disability and career success and b) gaining evidence-based resources that can be used to educate relevant stakeholders.

Daniel Samosh
Faculty Supervisor: 
Emile Tompa
Partner University: