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  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT November 23, 2010 Laura Field lfield@clearedgemarketing.com 312.961.5054 The forerunners, featuring nAblement Professionals, Wins Silver Hugo Award at Chicago International Film Festival Chicago, IL (November 23, 2010) — The forerunners, a documentary film created to encourage students with disabilities to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math, earned this year’s Silver Hugo Award in the Human Resources Category at the 46th annual International Communications Media Competition (INTERCOM). The documentary features professionals from nAblement, an Enterprise Service of SPR Companies that supports the training, mentoring, networking, placement and professional growth of qualified candidates with disabilities in the technology field. INTERCOM is one of the longest-running international competitions of its kind and was hosted by the Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago in October. The forerunners documents tenacious, hard-working individuals who demonstrate problem solving skills and creativity while managing a disability. In the film, they discuss difficulties encountered and how they succeed and cope. The film emphasizes the inherent strengths related to disabilities that can translate to valuable skills in the professional workforce. It also carries a message for parents, educators and employers: expect and support success. Co-produced by Patrick Maher, Managing Director of nAblement, and Fong Chan of MIND Alliance, a math and science educational initiative supporting students with minority backgrounds and disabilities, the film premiered last June at the Chicago Cultural Center. “The nAblement team was elated to help fashion this timely message, honor some of our respected clients, and to provide a forum for our skilled consultants to mentor students toward career success. The forerunners beautifully shows the tremendous pride and passion of this population and dramatically illustrates the depth of this under-tapped resource,” said Maher. Denver-based director and writer Sean J.S. Jourdan of Kekule Productions worked directly with Maher on the film. “The individuals that we interviewed honestly shared their hopes and fears and revealed, perhaps without even knowing it, their many strengths. Being a part of this project, and meeting our subjects, certainly enriched my life. I hope our audience will share in this experience and be both inspired and enlightened,” said Jourdan. “We are honored by this prestigious Award, and it is my hope that the recognition will result in a wider exposure for
  2. 2. the issues that the film covers.” The Award comes on the heels of another honor for SPR Companies. Earlier this month, the company was recognized by the Chicago Jewish Vocational Service for its dedication to employing professionals with disabilities in the technology field through nAblement. About nAblement Founded in 2004, nAblement is a unique channel of SPR Companies focused on supporting the training, mentoring, networking, placement and professional growth of qualified candidates with disabilities into technology roles. nAblement is a part of SPR Companies. About SPR Companies SPR provides Fortune 1000 and mid-market companies with world-class technology solutions and in-demand talent through its family of companies - Redpoint Technologies, MPS Partners and Talent Acquisition Partners. Through its specialized Enterprise Services — Impact Insights, Social Syntax and nAblement — SPR also offers high-value IT-business alignment, social media and diversity solutions. SPR has served the Midwest since 1973 and is proud of its award- winning track record of helping organizations achieve critical business objectives and solve even the most complex technology challenges. Learn more at www.sprinc.com. About Cinema/Chicago Cinema/Chicago is a nonprofit cultural and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. INTERCOM is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival (October 7-21, 2010), CineYouth Festival, The Hugo Television Awards, International Summer Screenings Program and Education Outreach programs. For more information please visit www.cinemachicago.org. ###