Wounded Warriors Attend White House ADA Celebration
WASHINGTON, DC, July 26, 2010 — Veterans from NOD's Wounded Warrior Careers Demonstration attended a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the ADA. "We could not be more thrilled with this opportunity," says Carol Glazer, NOD President. "This is a great way for President Obama to honor the men and women who have put everything on the line for our country."
Veterans outside the White House with NOD Director Bonnie St. John and President Carol Glazer.
After his remarks, President Obama signed an Executive Order that seeks to establish the Federal Government as a model employer of individuals with disabilities. The order directs several federal agencies to design model recruitment and hiring strategies for agencies seeking to increase their employment of people with disabilities, as well as mandatory training programs for both human resources personnel and hiring managers on the employment of individuals with disabilities.
The National Organization on Disability offers career services to over 200 of the most severely wounded Army veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Halfway into the demonstration program, over two thirds of these veterans are involved in education, job training, or work.