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Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Courtesy Photo (left to right): Canine Companions Puppy Raiser, Emerson Davis with puppy in program, Mahler II, Vicki Callahan, Chair of the CODI, Nanc Patterson with Service Dog Tango, Pamela Jordan, Director of the Department of Aging and Disabilities.
Disability Awareness Day 2017

Annapolis, MD (October 23, 2017) - The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues (CODI) held Disability Awareness Day 2017 on October 21st, at Westfield Annapolis Mall.  Businesses and individuals were awarded Executive Citations for their lifelong commitment to making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.  Ms. Kate Rollason, former Executive Director of The Arc, and long-standing member of CODI, was awarded as this year's Honoree.
Disability Awareness Day is held every October to recognize local business in persons within the community that hire individuals with disabilities. These individuals are given an opportunity to earn an income to live with independence and dignity, and able to contribute to the community.  Businesses that create an accessible, physical environment for the community free from any physical barriers, and individuals that advocate for persons with disabilities are also recognized. This year's awards included: Accessibility, Business Leadership, Community Organization, Employer of the Year, and Public Service Awards. 
Pamela Jordan, Director of the Department of Aging and Disabilities, stated, "We are grateful for the individuals and businesses that promote services and resources that give individuals with disabilities the chance to live independently within our community.  We thank them, and especially Kate Rollason, this year's Honoree, for advocating and dedicating their time to creating inclusiveness."
Performances for the day included:  Creative Force Dance Center, Hands of Harmony Sign Language Choir of Maryland, Fidos for Freedom, and The Musical Autist.  The public also visited with over 25 exhibitors who provided services to individuals with disabilities and their families. 
For more information, you may contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator's office at 410-222-4383 or go to our website at .  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.
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