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DNR Hosts Disabilities Awareness Month Program On October 18

Annapolis, Md. (October 14, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office of Fair Practices will sponsor a 2011 Disabilities Awareness Month program at 12 p.m. on October 18 in the C-1 Conference Room of the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis.

The keynote speaker will be Larry Tyrone Hughes, a longtime member of the DNR Disabilities Advisory Council. Hughes is also a 1996 Atlanta Para-Olympic Gold Medalist and Executive Director of the Maryland Wheelchair Athletic Promotions, Inc. Hughes’ address will focus on his inspirational story of triumph.

The program is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. A light lunch will be served. Please contact Richard W. Allen of the DNR Office of Fair Practices at 410-260-8058 for further information. Hughes’ efforts in support of People with Disabilities and his life story are well chronicled on his website,

   October 14, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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