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Curtis Richards Inducted into Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

Headshot: Curtis Richards, Director, Center for Workforce Development, Institute for Educational Leadership

Curtis Richards Inducted into Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

Curtis Richards, the director of IEL’s Center for Workforce Development was recently inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, along with 24 other individuals and four organizations.

The National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) recently inducted 25 individuals and four organizations into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. Curtis Richards, the director of IEL’s Center for Workforce Development, is among this year’s honorees. The honorees — nominated by their mentees — were selected based on their dedication to mentoring and their impact on the lives of youth and adults with disabilities.

Richards is a nationally recognized leader in the disability community. He serves as the lead technical assistance provider for IEL’s National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD/Y). With support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, NCWD/Youth is a national technical assistance center focused on assisting the workforce development system to better serve youth, including youth with disabilities.He has spoken extensively on disability issues throughout the country, on a wide range of topics including the disability civil rights movement, the Americans with Disabilities Act, education of disabled youth and adults, and disability and employment. And, as a freelance writer, he has a number of magazine, journal, and newsletter articles in his portfolio, many addressing the same subjects.

The NMDC established the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame in 2015 to honor those who are making a significant difference through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities. The Hall of Fame’s namesake, Susan M. Daniels, devoted her life to improving the lives of others with disabilities.

Read the NMDC press release.

Read Richards’ honoree bio.