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In these hectic times, the holidays are vital to families

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Déjà Vu : This column was originally published in the Journal-News, a newspaper distributed in Rockland County, New York, December 23,1991 . I'm re-publishing this column as part of my online blog. I still believe the message is appropriate today and is an example of the activities many of us with disabilities can enjoy in the United States, and perhaps around the world. Photos may be added to this posting from my collection or the web.   Some of the organization names may have changed or no longer exist in New York State as of this writing.  I hope you find this column helpful and informative. Christmas tree This time of year is special for families. With the pressures families must face to survive these days, there were very few occasions that really bring family members together. That's why this holiday season is so important. More than ever before, both mothers and fathers are working and nurturing separate careers. Children are in school and then of

2015 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Announced

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Awardees from the United States, Canada and Kenya On December 10, The Viscardi Center , a network of non-profit organizations providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower people with disabilities, announced nine 2015 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards recipients at an event in New York City. The international Awards recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of the Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who himself wore prosthetic legs.  As one of the world’s leading advocates for people with disabilities, Dr. Viscardi served as a disability adviser to eight U.S. Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter. John Kemp “Every day people with disabilities are leaving their mark in communities all over the world, and their work often transcends the geographical boundaries of where they live,” said John D. Kemp, President and CEO of Th

Would you hire a person with a disability?

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Déjà Vu : This column was originally published in the Journal-News, a newspaper distributed in Rockland County, New York, November 11, 1991. I'm re-publishing this column as part of my online blog. I still believe the message is appropriate today.Photos, web links or other annotations have been added to this posting from my collection or the web, as noted. Some of the organizations and programs mentioned here may have changed or no longer exist in New York State as of this writing.  I hope you find this column helpful and informative. If you are a manager looking to hire new employees, would you consider hiring a qualified, disabled person for the job? And let's say you did hire a disabled employee, would you be able to treat both your "non-disabled" and "disabled" employees fairly?  Would you be able to offer raises, special assignments and promotions equitably, and not discriminate? These are just some of the questions facing manager