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'Ability You Can Count On'
October Is Disability Employment Awareness Month

The theme for this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October) is "Ability You Can Count On." The skills and talents of 7.8 million working-age people with disabilities are ready to be tapped by NIH employers. Persons with disabilities can get jobs done in a cost-effective, high-quality manner. They represent ability you can count on.

Listed below are two activities planned for this October. These events highlight the abilities and skills of Americans with disabilities.

The kickoff will start Wednesday, Oct. 4. There will be a fast and furious game of basketball played by 10 persons in wheelchairs. The NIH Police are challenging the Baltimore Ravens Wheelchair Basketball Team. Tip-off time is high noon on the Bldg. 1 parking lot. Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, acting NIH director, will throw the first jump ball. For those who can't make the noon game, another match is scheduled for later that evening in the Bldg. 10 gymnasium, on the 14th floor. It promises to be a fun day for all.

On Tuesday Oct. 24 in the Visitor Information Center, Bldg. 10, a variety of national and local vendors will display disability-related resources and services from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Disability Awareness Fair's objective is to highlight the benefits of tapping into the labor pool of persons with disabilities and provide practical information and resources about assistive technologies to the NIH community.

If you are an individual with a disability who needs any assistance or special accommodation, call Carlton Coleman, 496-2906.

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