Under the leadership of Rory Cooper, PhD, McGowan Institute faculty member, the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh was rewarded with receiving one of four 2007 Power of Work Awards. The 11th annual award, sponsored by the Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh, honors employers that help people with special needs overcome barriers to employment.
An awards ceremony and Winners’ Celebration Reception was held on October 18 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. Dr. Cooper accepted the award along with Pitt Rehab Counselor, Greg Traynor. There were over 100 nominees for the award and approximately 300 individuals committed to rehabilitation attended the evening program.
Goodwill has sponsored the Power of Work Awards since 1997 to recognize employers that make a major, positive impact on the lives of people with barriers to employment by offering them opportunities to earn the self-esteem and self-sufficiency that comes with having a meaningful job. Winners of the 2007 Power of Work Awards were cited for their exceptional efforts in providing employment opportunities and job accommodations for people with special needs.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Pitt Rehab Blogspot (10/19/07)
South Pittsburgh Reporter (10/22/07)
University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology