PITTSBURGH, PA--On Thursday, December 6, 2001, Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (Bender Consulting ), a Pittsburgh-based information technology consulting firm gave the First-Annual Tony Coelho Award to Russ Owen, President of the Chemical Group of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) at the Dupont Country Club in Delaware.

The award was named after the Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed in July 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. This award will be presented annually to a CEO, President, or government leader who has demonstrated a significant commitment to employ people with disabilities in competitive positions, and worked to influence other business and/or government leaders. This award is to honor the work of Tony Coelho, the author of the Americans with Disabilities Act - a true civil rights leader for people with disabilities.

Russ Owen and CSC have exemplified promoting employment and empowerment of people with disabilities on a daily basis during its partnership with Bender Consulting . In his remarks after receiving the award, Mr. Owen said, "I look forward to the day when awards are not given for employing people with disabilities.

Rather, I hope that soon the practice will become a natural part of business, because it is the right thing to do."

Joyce Bender, President and CEO of Bender Consulting conceived the award. Bender Consulting is an information technology consulting firm that hires computer professionals with disabilities.

Incorporated in 1995, Bender Consulting is headquarted in Pittsburgh, PA, with a presence in Newark, DE, Washington, DC, and Harrisburg, PA.