DOL Awards Recognize Exemplary Disability Employment Practices

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao will present seven awardees with national awards for their contributions toward enhancing the employment of Americans with disabilities during the sixth annual New Freedom Initiative Award ceremony, held today at 11:45 a.m. EST, at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C.

"The New Freedom Initiative Awards recognize exceptional commitment to helping Americans with disabilities succeed in the workplace and build careers," Chao said.

Awards will be presented to following businesses: The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich.; Gap Inc., San Francisco, Calif.; and Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles, Calif.

Organization awards will be presented to The Laurie Mitchell Employment Center, Alexandria, Va.; and the Positive Vibe Café, Richmond, Va.

An individual award will be presented to John D. Kemp Esq., Powers, with Pyles Sutter & Verville P.C., Washington, D.C.

Marc A. Buoniconti, ambassador to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, located in Fla., will receive the second annual Secretary of Labor's SPIRIT Award for demonstrating qualities that inspire and enhance the ability of Americans with disabilities to enter and participate fully in the 21st century workforce. Those qualities--with letters forming the acronym "spirit"--are strength in leadership, perseverance in unyielding commitment to achieving success, integrity, serving as a role model, independence, and acting as a trailblazer.

For more information, visit www.dol.gov/odep.

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