County Executive Leopold Announces Disability Awareness Day Celebration
Features information for citizens and recognition for advocates
Annapolis (October 7, 2008)-County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that Disability Awareness Day in Anne Arundel County will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at Westfield Annapolis. October is National Disability Awareness Month.
This event highlights the many contributions of people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities, family members and service providing agencies will be in attendance to provide information on resources in a festival-like atmosphere.
"I invite everyone with and without disabilities to attend," said County Executive Leopold. "People with disabilities accomplish great things every day. This event encourages and supports them in those efforts."
County Executive Leopold will provide welcoming remarks at 1 p.m. and will personally honor award recipients. Awards will be given in many categories, including business accessibility, historic district accessibility and to employers with excellent records in hiring people with disabilities. The highest award category is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to people with disabilities over an extended period of time.
The event, organized by the Anne Arundel Commission on Disability Issues, will be held for the first time in the newly-renovated wing of the Mall. "Westfield Annapolis is very proud to recognize such wonderful contributions from members of our local community," said Manager Adam Tracey.
This year’s Disability Awareness Day honoree is former State Delegate Lorraine Sheehan of Edgewater. Ms. Sheehan has dedicated both her personal and professional life to advancing the rights and value of all people with disabilities. Consistently, she has advocated for full community inclusion in work, home, recreation and worship.
For more information, the public should call (410) 222-4383 or use Maryland Relay 7-1-1.