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October 22, 2012

DNR Hosts Disability Awareness Program

by Martha

Keynote speaker Matt Rutherford who sailed 10 months nonstop, raising more than $60,000 for the Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating (CRAB).

Who: Open to the Public

When: Thursday, October 25 at 12 p.m.

Where: Tawes Building (Room C-1) 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: 410-260-8058

The National Disability Employment Awareness Month program, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will highlight the importance of raising awareness and creating equal opportunities for those with disabilities.

The program will include a light lunch and feature keynote speaker Matt Rutherford who sailed nonstop around North and South America, raising more than $60,000 for the Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating (CRAB). CRAB is a nonprofit  organization based out of Annapolis which helps those with physical, mental and emotional handicaps, and those who can’t financially afford it, to set sail. Guests will learn more about Rutherford’s solo, 10-month sailing journey, which shed national light on the importance and need for accessible for people with disabilities.    

National Disability Employment Awareness Month was initiated in 1988, to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of Americans with all types of disabilities. Each year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy coordinates a national campaign of employers, educators, associations, unions, disability-related organizations and federal agencies, in creating educational and outreach activities to raise awareness and encourage the of hiring of people with disabilities.

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