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IBM recognized with IT Works Ability Award by ITAA as a Leader in Disability Employment


At its sixth annual National IT Workforce Convocation in Arlington, Virginia, the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) announced the winners of a new award created to honor employers of people with disabilities in the information technology sector, the IT Works Ability Awards.

IBM was honored in the category of Recruitment and Hiring for its outstanding commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities. IBM's Workforce Diversity Executive Task Force for People with Disabilities has focused on recruiting and hiring since 1995, working to identify and attract outstanding candidates with disabilities.

IBM's successful programs such include the Project View Program, a recruiting program for students of color, women and people with disabilities; Entry Point, a program developed between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), IBM, and NASA whose mission is to place students with disabilities in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership; and Project Able, a program launched in 1999 to increase the hiring of people with disabilities, establish a network to identify top quality persons with disabilities, establish a network of line management champions to provide leadership, and enhance IBM's overall diversity hiring objectives.