Mentors lend hand to people with disabilities navigating corporate world

But both sides learn from mentoring relationship
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/14/2011

Twelve years ago, Pina D’Intino lost her sight due to complications from congenital glaucoma. Returning to work at Scotiabank, after 13 years on the job as a sighted employee, was one of the hardest things she has ever done, she said.

The bank provided her with the necessary accommodations, such as text-reading software, and partnered with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to ensure the workplace was physically accessible. But it was still a lonely and frustrating journey, she said.

“When I came back after losing my sight, I did not have a mentor, I did not have anyone to turn to,” said D’Intino, who is the senior manager of enabling solutions and support management at Scotiabank in Toronto. “It was a huge adjustment.”