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County Executive Leopold Encourages Public to Attend Disability Awareness Day

Fiume to be honored

Annapolis, MD (October 24, 2011) - County Executive John R. Leopold is encouraging the public to attend Disability Awareness Day this Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westfield Annapolis mall.

“I invite everyone with and without disabilities to attend,” County Executive Leopold said. “People with disabilities accomplish great things every day. This event encourages and supports them in these efforts. I also want to thank Westfield Annapolis for hosting Disability Awareness Day for the fourth time in a row this year.”

Carolyn P. Fiume, of Odenton, an attorney and an advocate for parents and their children with disabilities, has been selected to receive the 2011 Disability Awareness Day Award, the highest honor given by the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues. The event, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will take place near the courtyard area next to Crate and Barrel on the Bestgate Road side of the mall. October is National Disability Awareness Month.

The public can attend and meet with individuals with disabilities, family members, and service-providing agencies that will have information on resources available in a festival-type atmosphere. The Commission also will present its Disability Leadership Award to Alan Vandendriessche of Annapolis who served as the Commission’s Chairman for three years.

Carolyn Fiume has been corresponding secretary since September 2009 of the Anne Arundel County Special Education Citizens Advisory Council. Ms. Fiume was co-founder and president of the Friends of Early Childhood Intervention, a parent-teacher group for families of children in special education from birth to five years old. She assisted parents with working cooperatively with the public schools system, social service agencies, and nonprofits to find services and providers for families with disabilities.

The Department of Aging and Disabilities is providing accessible, curb-to-curb transportation for this event. Reservations for transportation are required by Oct. 26, 2011, and can be made by calling 410-222-4826. For information on Disability Awareness Day, call 410-222-4464 or TTY users call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.

Carolyn Fiume

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