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Dahlgren, VA - DAHLGREN, Va. - Joseph Aukward - guest speaker at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month - is flanked by Tara Roane, NSWCDD Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, and Mike Purello, Acting NSWCDD Electromagnetic and Sensor Systems Department Head, after the Oct. 29 event. Legally blind since his mid-twenties, Aukward became a champion for others with disabilities who want to work in the federal government. The Naval Sea Systems Command Disability Program Manager told the Dahlgren audience that he established a program with three goals - increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, educate the workforce to encourage a culture of inclusion, and ensure employees with disabilities have the resources they need to be successful.


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