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Employers Awards Luncheon for the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

October 13, 2008

Seaside, CA – On Thursday, October 23, 2008, the Monterey County Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities in partnership with the Monterey County Workforce Development Board will host an Employers Awards Luncheon to recognize employers who successfully employ individuals with disabilities.

The event is scheduled from 12:00noon to 2:00pm, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside, CA.

Recognition awards will be given by elected officials to honor nine local employers and employees throughout the county. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a disabled youth participant who is enrolled in the Monterey County Office for Employment Training program and attending Hartnell College. A special presentation will be given by Kathy Martinez, Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability, internationally recognized for its strength in the disability movement through research, training, advocacy and public education. Included in the program will be a recognition of an American Veteran, Captain D.J. Skelton, US Army, Infantry, who served in Iraq and was severely wounded during the second battle for Fallujah.

“Life is not over for those who are physically and mentally challenged… it has just begun again, in a unique way. Deal with it and keep pushing forward…not living a life that is second rate, but pursuing a life that is just as enriched and fulfilling as everyone else's. Does one really need arms to climb? How about legs to ski? With modern technology and the positive power of the human spirit, there truly is no limit to how far one can push themselves in life.

We train our soldiers, educate them, and give them phenomenal responsibilities in stressful situations. When our soldiers get wounded, they still have so much to offer. With an organization that houses almost every job reflected in society, if we tell them they can no longer contribute, how can we expect society to do what we are not willing? Heart and intellect are never found in an appendage.” - Captain D.J. Skelton, US Army, Infantry

October is Disability Awareness Month. To mark this occasion, this event will help to increase disability awareness and to celebrate the successes and opportunities of individuals with disabilities.

Businesses, individuals and members of the disability community and their supporters are welcome to attend this event.

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