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ORAU Welcomes Community to Event Promoting Disability Employment Awareness

Sept. 18, 2006

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.To mark the recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) will present a special community event on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 2-3 p.m., at the Pollard Technology Conference Center on the ORAU campus. The program, titled "Technology Opening Doors for Differently-Abled Workers in the 21st Century," will promote disability awareness in the workplace and the opportunities technology brings to differently-abled workers.

The program will feature a special performance of "The Emperor’s New Clothes" by InterAct Children’s Theatre for the Deaf from Knoxville, Tenn. Guest speakers include Stephanie Brewer Cook, Disability Services Coordinator for the City of Knoxville, as well as Oak Ridge City Manager Jim O’Connor, who will both offer their perspectives on how technology has changed the face of disability employment awareness in the 21st Century.

Refreshments will be served at the free event, and the community is invited to enjoy the show while learning about the technological opportunities available to differently-abled workers in the Knoxville and Oak Ridge communities.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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