Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, addresses U.S. Department of Agriculture employees during National Disability Employment Awareness Month event in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. To Dr. Merrigan’s left are: Carmen Jones, Senior Advisor, Departmental Management the moderator of the USDA Panel of Success: Hiring and Employing Individuals with Disabilities and panel members Elaine Jones, Food and Nutrition Service, Robin Heard, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Francesca Yabraian, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Gari Jo Green, Office of Inspector General, Richard Swenson, Departmental Management, William Bethel, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Merrigan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are dedicated to establishing the USDA as the lead Federal agency in employing individuals with disabilities. The theme for the event is “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities.” USDA is committed to ensuring that all our programs are accessible and inclusive of individuals with disabilities. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.