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Americans with Disabilities to Be Recognized at Team Redstone Event Oct. 25
10.23.06
 
Betty Humphery
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media advisory: M06-119



What: Team Redstone, which includes NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and Army organizations located on and off-site Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, will observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month on Oct. 25 with a luncheon featuring several guest speakers. The theme of this year's event is "Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce." Media are invited to attend.

Congress enacted a law in 1945 declaring the first week in October as a time to focus on educating Americans about issues related to disability and employment. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and renamed it National Disability Employment Awareness Month to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m. CDT

Where: Redstone Officers' and Civilians' Club, Redstone Arsenal

Who: Speakers include Robin Henderson, associate director of the Marshall Center;

Becky Pillsbury, vice president and co-founder of Still Serving Veterans, a non-profit organization based in Huntsville committed to career and life skills development for wounded veterans and their spouses; and Commissioner Christine Griffin of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington.

Media availabilities will be immediately following the luncheon. Media interested in arranging interviews must contact the Marshall Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 by 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25. Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications, vehicle registration and proof of car insurance.