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State Department Expands Employment Horizons for Persons with Disabilities

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 12, 2012


On Monday, October 15, the State Department will host a job fair for persons with disabilities interested in pursuing work in foreign affairs and international development held in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the event is co-sponsored by the Department’s Office of Civil Rights, Disability Reasonable Accommodations Division, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs/International Information Programs, as well as the Office of the Department’s Special Advisor for International Disability Rights in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor.

More than 150 college students and experienced professionals with disabilities are registered to attend. Hiring managers and human resources personnel from over twenty State Department bureaus and offices are expected to be represented at the job fair.

Earlier in the day, attendees will also participate in panel discussions on the disability prospective in federal employment and hear keynote remarks from Special Advisor for Disability Rights Judith Heumann.

The event will be held from 12:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the George C. Marshall Conference Center Auditorium. The event will provide participants with opportunities to network with Department personnel and educate applicants and employees with disabilities on the resources available for them at the Department.

The event will be open to the press. Pre set for camera crews: 12:15 p.m. from the 21st Street entrance. Final access time for writers and still photographers: 12:40 p.m. from the 21st Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact Evan Owen at or (202) 647-4747, or the Press Office at (202) 647-2492.

PRN: 2012/1635

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