“In a way, I owe my success story to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and its director,” Office of Personnel Management director Sid Seman told the crowd in the governor’s conference room.
Seman is a former client of OVR, an agency that provides services to people with disabilities to promote independent living, skills development, and eventual employment.
“I would also like to thank the governor for continuing to have me gainfully employed,” Seman said, and the crowd cheered.
Seman was among those who witnessed Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider’s sign a proclamation declaring October as 2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Inos and Hofschneider, in their proclamation, said workplaces welcoming of the talents of all people, including individuals with disabilities, are a critical part of the CNMI’s efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy.
“In this spirit, the CNMI is recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities,” they said.
Activities are lined up for the monthlong celebration, including the Autism Society of the CNMI’s Quiz Nite at Kanoa Resort & Spa in Susupe at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 5; employer workshops on Oct. 10, 16, and 17 on the three islands; an OVR Open House on Oct. 11; and a Center for Independent Living Open House on Oct. 31.
Breast cancer awareness
“Early detection is your best protection,” Joanne C. Ogo, cancer registrar at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Non-Communicable Disease Program, told the crowd to witness yesterday’s signing of a proclamation declaring October 2013 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In the crowd were Commonwealth Cancer Association executive director Juan L. Babauta, health care professionals, advocates, community members, and Tanapag Elementary School students.
Inos and Hofschneider, in their proclamation, urged all women in the CNMI to discuss a preventive and screening program with their healthcare provider and become aware that they are at risk of getting breast cancer.
“We also ask all citizens to encourage the women in their lives to do the same,” Inos and Hofschneider said.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among CNMI women, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women nationally, exceeded only by lung cancer.
Mammogram, an x-ray picture of the breast, is recognized as the most effective method of detecting breast changes that may be cancer long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt in women 40 years of age and older.