February 8, 2000
# CN1-26-00

Starting a New Training Program
For People with Disabilities at Brookhaven Lab


UPTON, NY - In a first for Suffolk County, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Abilities, Inc., are offering a training program for individuals with disabilities who wish to become laboratory assistants. The program is designed to prepare participants to qualify for entry-level positions in clinical, pharmaceutical, environmental and research laboratories in the community.

Abilities, Inc., located in Albertson, Long Island, is supported by and works in partnership with the National Center for Disability Services. The laboratory assistant training program is being offered for 12 students, three times per year, for 15 weeks per semester. The training will be conducted in Brookhaven's Medical Department, an environment well-suited for the program.

Celebrating the new training program at Brookhaven Lab are (from left) Edmund L. Cortez, President and CEO, National Center for Disability Services; Francine Tishman, Executive Director, Abilities, Inc.; John Marburger, Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory; and George J. Malosh, U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven Group Manager.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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