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TARGET STORES' EFFORTS TO SUPPORT PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES RECOGNIZED BY THE ARC FOUNDATION

 TARGET STORES' EFFORTS TO SUPPORT PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
 RECOGNIZED BY THE ARC FOUNDATION
 MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Foundation of The Arc, formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens, recognized Target Stores today for the retailer's efforts to support people with disabilities. Target is the first employer to receive "The Circle of Inclusion Award" from the Foundation and was applauded for its inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in national advertisements and for its efforts to employ citizens with disabilities in the company.
 "People with disabilities are consumers, students, employees, athletes and kids," said Fred Patterson, chairman of the board of The Arc Foundation who presented the award to Target. "Thanks to the efforts of Target Stores, citizens with disabilities are more visible in the community and the public is learning that people with disabilities are like anyone else. Target is a company that is trying to break down the barriers and recognize the value of each individual."
 Target began featuring disabled models in its national advertising campaigns and circulars more than two years ago under the direction of Robert Thacker, vice president of marketing. The adds were noticed by thousands of customers who sent Target letters of approval. Many of Target's 500 personnel managers in local stores also have been recognized by state and local agencies for supporting Target's diverse employee population.
 "Target is very pleased to receive the Arc Foundation Award," said Susan DeNuccio, Target vice president of Personnel for Stores and Distribution. "We hope our efforts reflect the change that is taking place in society where the mentally and physically challenged are being recognized for their value as individuals."
 Minneapolis-based Target Stores is an upscale discount department store chain with 508 stores in 32 states and is the largest division of Dayton Hudson Corporation, one of the nation's leading retailers.
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 /CONTACT: Gail Dorn, director of communications and community relations, Target Stores, 612-370-8888, or Kim Harbinson of Tunheim Santrizos, 612-851-1686, for Target/
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