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.