Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

World Congress and Exposition on Disabilities Announces Impressive Keynote Line-Up. (on the Road Again to Atlanta)

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

World Congress and Exposition on Disabilities Announces Impressive Keynote Line-Up. (on the Road Again to Atlanta)

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The World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (WCD) has announced its Keynote Speakers for the Second Annual event, taking place September 28-30, 2001 at the handicapped accessible Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. In addition, the WCD will present a Family Forum for the first time as its Closing Keynote.

Kicking off the WCD Keynote Program will be an introduction from Bernard Marcus on Friday, September 28th at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Marcus is one of the co-founders of The Home Depot, Inc., where he has served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors since the company's inception and as Chief Executive Officer until May 1997. Mr. Marcus is also Chairman of the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Inc.

Mr. Marcus' personal civic involvement is a strong influence on the company's active participation in community and national projects. In 1991, he and his wife, Billi, established The Marcus Institute in Atlanta, an affiliate of Emory University, which provides programs for children and adolescents with disorders of the brain and their families. An additional commitment in 1998 led to a national expansion when The Marcus Institute joined forces with the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. At the same time, the Kennedy Krieger Marcus National Foundation was created to further enhance the lives of this special population through national advocacy, professional training, and research. Mr. Marcus is the Chairman of the National Foundation.

Rear Admiral Ray Smith will immediately follow Mr. Marcus with the second Keynote Address on Friday. He will speak on the challenge of life in the modern world and discuss the wisdom of our nation's founders as they confronted the societal and family challenges of their time and the sacrifice and stress they faced so successfully in building our great nation. Admiral Smith will relate this to the many challenges people with disabilities and their families face today and show the effect family values have on their lives.

As the former Commander of the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Command including a 5,500 Navy Special Operations Force including Navy SEALS world-wide, Admiral Smith will also comment on the values of teamwork, morale building, learning to look out for one another and maintaining one's spirit in the face of extreme hardship and adversity. …

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