SOURCE: EP Global Communications, Inc.

August 10, 2007 09:32 ET

Disability Awareness Night at the Oklahoma RedHawks

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--(Marketwire - August 10, 2007) - On August 13, 2007, the Oklahoma RedHawks, EP Global Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: EPGL), and Shire Pharmaceuticals will welcome cheering fans to Oklahoma City's AT&T Bricktown Ballpark for Disability Awareness Night (DAN). As part of this DAN event, just prior to the game at home plate, the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award will be presented to John R. Pittman, M.D. for his work, life, and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. The award is presented by EP Global Communications, Inc. and EP Foundation for Education. EP Global Communications, Inc. publishes the nation's most highly respected peer-reviewed journal serving the special needs community, Exceptional Parent. The EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award is named after the late founder and editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent, a true advocate for people with special needs.

John R. Pittman, M.D. serves as an advisor to the local chapter of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). Dr. Pittman has been a physician at the Putnam North Family Medical Center in Oklahoma City for over 20 years. On hand to present Dr. Pittman with the award will be Emily McGraw from Shire Pharmaceuticals.

DAN is a national program intended to increase awareness and support for the 54.6 million Americans classified as having some form of intellectual or physical disability in the United States. The DAN Program, which now encompasses both Major League and Minor League baseball venues, is supported by Shire Pharmaceuticals. In addition to raising awareness, the DAN event provides an opportunity for many clients and staff of local disability organizations to attend the ballgame, thanks to free tickets donated by EP and Shire Pharmaceuticals.

"Our goal is to help all Americans understand that we will become a stronger nation and better human beings when we learn to regard people with disabilities and special needs as people to be respected, not as problems to be confronted," said Joseph M. Valenzano, President and CEO of EP Global Communications, Inc.

"Due to my extensive work in the ADHD community, it is very important to me that people are aware ADHD is a real and treatable disorder that affects approximately 7.8 percent of all school-age children and that with proper treatment people with ADHD can lead normal lives," said Dr. Pittman.

Disability Awareness Night began in the summer of 2002 when Exceptional Parent magazine combined forces with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to create the first event of its kind focused on people with special needs.

About EP Global Communications

Based in Johnstown, PA, 36 year old EP Global Communications, Inc. is an award-winning publishing and communications company providing information for families and professionals involved in the care and development of people with disabilities and special healthcare needs. EP uses a multi-media approach to disseminate information via: its publication, Exceptional Parent; Web site (; custom communications projects; the EP Bookstore of disability books, videos and DVDs; live and on-line interactive seminars through EPLiveOnLine, a joint venture with Vemics, Inc; and community outreach programs such as the national Disability Awareness Night (DAN) campaign.

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