Concepts, Inc. Recognized for its Excellence in Communications

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Agency Work Wins Two Awards for Client, Disability.gov

Our team brings a great deal of passion and expertise to all the hard work they do on behalf of our clients. We are truly gratified to receive this recognition.

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Concepts, Inc., a woman-owned public relations firm in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, recently accepted two communications awards on behalf of its client, Disability.gov (http://www.disability.gov ), a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

In May 2010, Disability.gov received first place in the interactive website category from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). Concepts also accepted an Award of Excellence for its work on the site from the 16th Annual Communicator Awards (2010).

“We are pleased to have been a part of Disability.gov’s most recent successes,” said Karen H. Vaughn, Concepts, Inc. president. “Our team brings a great deal of passion and expertise to all the hard work they do on behalf of our clients. We are truly gratified to receive this recognition.”

Disability.gov is the first federal government website of its kind, enabling visitors to vote and comment on resources, participate in group forums and view additional resources that are recommended based on their previous site history. The new enhancements continue a nearly year-long effort to use innovative social media and information-sharing technologies to connect and engage Americans with disabilities, their families, Veterans and many others.

Concepts, Inc. handles all elements of project management for the website, including content aggregation, partnership development and awareness, education and outreach activities. Other clients include the Campaign for Disability Employment, America's Heroes at Work, National Resource Directory and the Job Accommodation Network. In 2009, Concepts was ranked 17 out of 22 privately owned public relations agencies by the Washington Business Journal, indicating its recent growth and success.

About Concepts, Inc.

Concepts, Inc. is a woman-owned business that specializes in developing and executing effective communications strategies, partnership programs and public outreach and education campaigns on behalf of the federal government, non-profit organizations and the private sector. For the past 12 years, Concepts, Inc. has successfully managed a range of communications activities, including the development and implementation of communications tools (i.e. online workspaces, websites, training tools); educational material development and distribution; specialized media relations; development and management of federal partnership programs; market research, such as the facilitation of focus groups; management of demonstration projects; and more. For more information, please visit http://www.conceptspr.com .

About the Award Competitions

The annual NAGC Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards competition recognizes superior communications efforts of government agencies nationwide. Blue Pencil Award categories acknowledge writing, editing, photography and published products; whereas Gold Screen Award categories are open to audio-visual and multimedia products. The NAGC panel of experts reviewed more than 440 entries in 51 categories.

The Communicator Awards is a leading international awards program that distinguishes the best creative work in the communications field. The competition is judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only organization consisting of executives and top-tier communications professionals. This year, judges reviewed more than 7,000 entries.

About Disability.gov

Disability.gov (http://www.disability.gov ) provides comprehensive information about disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits. Americans with disabilities, their families, veterans, employers, and others are connected to thousands of national, state and local resources from government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. New content is added daily across 10 main subject areas -- benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation. The site is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy in collaboration with 21 federal partner agencies.

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