War Amps "WEBMASTERS" Seminar puts multiple amputee kids on road to independence



    OTTAWA, July 24 /CNW Telbec/ - A group of youngsters from across Canada
is in Ottawa this week to learn that, despite having multiple amputations,
their employment future is bright thanks to an innovative War Amps program.
    Aged 9 to 17, these "Super Champs" enrolled in The War Amps Child Amputee
(CHAMP) Program are taking part in a dynamic program called WEBMASTERS.
    Designed for children with three or more amputations, WEBMASTERS provides
training in the Web development field, with particular emphasis in creating
Web sites, all with the goal of future employment. They undergo extensive
training in areas such as: Web site planning, writing and content creation;
Photoshop; Dreamweaver; HTML coding; and audio visual production,
incorporating these skills into their own Web site, which they will unveil at
the completion of the seminar.
    WEBMASTERS was initiated by War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton after months of
studying the computer field. "Many organizations, mostly of the smaller
variety, wish to set up a Web site but lack the personnel to establish and
maintain it," he said. "There is a very real potential for these WEBMASTERS
graduates to be hired by companies in need of these specialized skills."
    Chadderton added, "The War Amps call computers 'the great equalizer,' as
they can be operated with very little physical input. By learning these skills
at a young age, WEBMASTERS graduates can be leaders in the computer field."
    Both this year's and last year's WEBMASTERS seminars have been funded by
the PIPSC Open Golf Tournament, held annually in Ottawa by the Professional
Institute of the Public Service of Canada. The Tournament raised $35,000 for
The War Amps in both 2006 and 2007, and again in 2008.

    WEBMASTERS is an extension of The War Amps JUMPSTART, which provides
computers, adaptive computer devices and training to multiple amputee
children.




For further information:

For further information: or to interview a participant: Communications,
1-877-60MEDIA, communications@waramps.ca; Media are welcome to visit the
WEBMASTERS seminar.


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