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MCGRAW-HILL/BUSINESS WEEK RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM THE DOLE FOUNDATION FOR EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

 MCGRAW-HILL/BUSINESS WEEK RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM
 THE DOLE FOUNDATION FOR EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
 NEW YORK, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Two programs implemented by McGraw-Hill, Inc. to raise awareness and employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities have received special recognition from the Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities. A joint leadership award was presented to McGraw-Hill's longstanding Intensive Clerical Skills Building Development Training Program and to Business Week's 1991 special advertising section, "Willing and Able: Americans with Disabilities in the New Work Force."
 Dole Foundation Chairman Senator Bob Dole (R-Kan.) presented the award last evening at the Foundation's Seventh Annual Contributors Celebration, held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The award was accepted by Libert Diaforli, manager of office training - Corporate Training & Development at McGraw-Hill, and by William H. DeGraff, director of sales and strategic programs for Business Week.
 "As our nation focuses this week upon the second anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the implementation of its Title I/ Employment Provisions, we are delighted to highlight the efforts of McGraw-Hill/Business Week's programs," Senator Dole observed. "Our foundation established the Leadership Awards to galvanize private/ corporate sector support and to recognize program excellence for the disability community," he added.
 The Dole Foundation praised McGraw-Hill's Intensive Clerical Skills Building Development Training Program for "its vision and leadership in assisting the disabled long before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was conceived." Since 1968, when the course was introduced, 92 percent of its 2,049 graduates have been employed at McGraw-Hill and other Business Week 1000 companies, while 369 graduates have matriculated at colleges and universities.
 In addition, the Dole Foundation commended Business Week's "Willing and Able" special advertising section "for placing valuable information on ADA's Title I employment provisions at corporate America's fingertips." The section further demonstrates that disabled Americans not only are capable but also offer a tremendous competitive edge to employers as the shortage of qualified workers intensifies in the 1990s.
 Other award recipients at last night's ceremony included the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation in the leadership category, and in the media awareness category TV news anchors Jim and Bree Walker Lampley, NBC "Reasonable Doubts" program creator Robert Singer and jazz pianist/composer Michel Petrucciani.
 Established by Senator Bob Dole in 1984, the Dole Foundation is the only national non-political tax-exempt non-profit foundation focusing solely on competitive employment for people with disabilities. The Dole Foundation is an unprecedented bridge between the corporate world and disability community of 43 million Americans. The Funding Partnership (a consortium of 19 foundations and corporations) raised $1,152,500 in private sector funds to be awarded to 35 entities.
 Headquartered in New York, McGraw-Hill is one of the world's leading publishing and information services companies, serving global markets in education, business, industry and government. Sales for 1991 were $1.94 billion.
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