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ODEP News Release: [10/24/2007]
Contact Name: Jennifer Kaplan or Richard Manning
Phone Number: (202) 693-5052 or x4676
Release Number: 07-1622-NAT

Secretary of Labor to host event marking 5th anniversary

New video with overview of Web site’s resources to be displayed

WASHINGTON — On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Web site, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao will pay tribute to the organizations and individuals that continue to make this federal interagency portal a tremendous success. An event will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon EDT, at the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C.

"From its inception, our vision for the Web site has been to make it an effective and widely available means of helping people with disabilities tap information they can use to make a better life for themselves and their families," said Secretary Chao. "Five years later, is an award-winning collaboration among 22 federal agencies that has reached more than seven million visitors from 180 countries."

The event will premiere a video providing an overview of information and resources available at the Web site. During the afternoon of Oct. 26, streaming video will become available online.

Additionally, Secretary Chao will be joined by Maj. Daniel Gade, the White House's associate director for domestic policy, and representatives from many federal agencies that contribute content to and support the Web site. The program will feature remarks by David Eisner, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is's newest federal agency partner.

Three awards, one for "outstanding commitment and support by an individual" and two for "outstanding commitment and support by a federal agency," will be presented.

Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, is a collaborative effort among 22 federal government agencies dedicated to making it the leading, one-stop federal source for disability-related information. The site aims to provide nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities and others with national, state and local tools on numerous subjects, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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