Rendell Administration Recognizes Individuals, Employers for Outstanding Achievement at Blindness Awareness Expo

Jun 15, 2010, 16:25 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Individuals and employers were recognized today for their achievements in overcoming challenges related to blindness and visual impairment through awards presented as part of the 3rd Annual Blindness Awareness Expo.

"The Blindness Awareness Expo is important because it helps educate the public and debunk the myths associated with the capabilities of individuals who are blind or visually impaired," Labor & Industry Secretary Sandi Vito said. "The individuals and employers we are honoring today are excellent examples of what can be accomplished when you don't let loss of vision define how successful you will be in reaching your goals."  

During the Blindness Awareness Expo, young Pennsylvanians who are blind and visually impaired were recognized for their achievements in reading Braille; a worker was honored for obtaining a competitive job using services from a local Blindness and Visual Services office; and employers were recognized for hiring individuals who are blind or visually impaired and making their services accessible to individuals with vision loss.  

The event is sponsored by Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services and the Advisory Committee for the Blind of Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit, click "Disability Services" or call 717-787-7500 Voice or 717-787-1733 TTY.

Media contact: Sarah Cassin, 717-787-7530.

Editor's note: A list of the winners follows.  

Allegheny County

Bob Lichtenfels, Outstanding Employee

Pair Networks Inc., Outstanding Employer

Cumberland County

Lucas Leiby, National Federation of the Blind Braille Readers are Leaders Twin Vision

Rite Aid Corporation, Access Equals Success

Huntingdon County

Rebekka Kiefer, Outstanding High School Student

York County

Preston Gaylor, Braille Essay Contest

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry