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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 296-95
October 17, 1995

No. 296-P:10/17/95:Sixteen Department of Defense employees

Sixteen Department of Defense employees with disabilities will be honored during the 15th Annual Department of Defense Disability Awards Ceremony today at 2 p.m., in the Pentagon Auditorium, Rm. 5A1070.

Three DoD components will also be presented the Secretary of Defense Trophy for Achievement in Employment of People with Disabilities.

The ceremony is part of National Disability Employment Awareness month throughout the Department of Defense. Every year since 1945 the President of the United States has proclaimed a national observance in October to promote employment of people with disabilities.

The keynote address will be delivered by Deborah Kaplan, Esq., vice president and director, division of technology policy, World Institute on Disability.

Opening remarks and awards presentation will be done by Edwin Dorn, undersecretary of defense for Personnel and Readiness. Dorn will also present the awards for outstanding employee with disabilities and awards to organizations being cited for outstanding affirmative action programs. Closing remarks will be given by William E. Leftwich III, deputy assistant secretary of defense of Equal Opportunity. Dr. Stephen C. Joseph, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs, will deliver remarks about the DoD Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program.

Everyone attending the observance is invited to a reception in the corridor outside Room 2A259, site of the Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program Technology Evaluation Center (CAPTEC). There will be an exhibit of adaptive hardware, software and equipment in the corridor across from the Pentagon cafeteria. The center features voice recognition systems for Windows, teletypewriter modems, screen magnification software, scanners with voice output, numerous alternative keyboards, screen-reading software, and many other accommodations in the work environment.

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