|Monday, December 3, 2001 |
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STATE CAPITOL EXHIBIT HONORS WORKERS WITH DISABILITIESWisconsin First Lady Laurie McCallum to attend opening
MADISON – An exhibit honoring Wisconsin workers with disabilities will be on display in the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda beginning with a Noon opening ceremony and reception on Tuesday, December 4, 2001.
Working: Ten Years and Counting is a photographic and oral history exhibit featuring 24 black and white photographs, and corresponding text panels, of people on the job. All of those featured are people with disabilities.
"The primary goal of the exhibit is to educate its viewers about the spirit, determination and level of contribution that Americans with disabilities make in our communities," said Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Jennifer Reinert.
Several of those featured in the exhibit are either former or current consumers of the DWD, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), which helps people with disabilities find and keep employment.
DVR Administrator Charlene Dwyer said, "It is such an honor to know that we played a role in helping many of these people seek independence through employment. This exhibit recognizes Wisconsin citizens with disabilities who have been able to work or who have continued working with renewed support from the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990."
In addition to Secretary Reinert and Charlene Dwyer, Al Balinsky, the exhibit’s photographer and Dean of Fine Arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Wisconsin First Lady Laurie McCallum will also attend the opening.
The exhibit will be on display in the Capitol rotunda until December 16. It then moves to the Waukesha State Office Building.
Two DVR consumers who participate in the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) will provide catering for the reception. BEP offers people who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to operate their own businesses.
Working: Ten Years and Counting and its tour are sponsored by DVR, Independence First in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
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