NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- JCPenney received the 1997 Corporate Citizenship Award from the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) today at the Merrill Lynch World Headquarters in New York City. Christopher Reeve, Vice Chairman of the National Organization on Disability praised JCPenney at the ceremony. In presenting the award, Alan A. Reich, President of N.O.D. recognized JCPenney for its commitment to people with disabilities. He noted that JCPenney stores nationwide not only meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but in many cases exceed them. The company actively recruits and hires people with disabilities at all levels. JCPenney provides ongoing training for its employees to ensure that customers with disabilities receive the accommodation and assistance they need. The company publishes a special needs catalogue and features people with disabilities in national advertising campaigns. Moreover, the company encourages all employees to volunteer. "The National Organization on Disability -- on behalf of 49 million Americans with disabilities -- proudly presents the 1997 Corporate Citizenship Award to one of America's foremost corporate citizens -- The JCPenney Company," said Mr. Reich. Mr. James Oesterreicher, Chairman and CEO of JCPenney received the award on behalf of the company. "JCPenney is very proud to be associated with the National Organization on Disability and to do what we can, as a company, to promote their mission," said Mr. Oesterreicher. "My N.O.D. colleagues and I are grateful for the support and commitment of corporate America that is enabling so many people with disabilities to lead full and productive lives. We are proud that JCPenney is setting the pace for our N.0.D. CEO Council of over 20O companies and for the nation's entire corporate community," said Mr. Reeve. "JCPenney embraces our N.O.D. philosophy that it is ability, not disability that counts in a job -- and in life," stated Michael R. Deland, Chairman of the National Organization on Disability at the award luncheon. "JCPenney has recognized that people with disabilities -- our nation's largest minority -- are potential customers and employees. As a company, JCPenney has benefited from this healthy attitude and is a model for other companies," stated Mr. Deland. Former President George Bush, who is N.0.D. Honorary Chairman, wrote to Mr. Oesterreicher congratulating JCPenney on winning this N.O.D. award. In his letter, read at the ceremony, he stated, "It is essential that our nation's top business leaders signal their personal concern for opening opportunities for employees and customers with disabilities." The National Organization on Disability, headquartered in Washington, DC, promotes the acceptance and full participation of America's 49 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. Founded in 1982, N.O.D. is the only nationwide network organization that is concerned with all disabilities, all age groups and all disability issues. N.O.D. involves people with and without disabilities in carrying out its programs. N.O.D. is supported entirely by private contributions from individuals, companies and foundations and accepts no government funding.
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