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June 04, 2007

OnStar President Teams With da Vinci Awards Celebrating Universal Design

Ap_davinci_awards_logo_2 OnStar — a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors and the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security, and communications services to more than 5 million subscribers — has announced that President Chet Huber is pledging his support for the 2007 daVinci Awards. Initially a tribute to assistive technologies for the disabled, the awards have grown in stature and now also salute individual accomplishments of people who are mobility impaired. Huber will assume the duties of this year's Leadership Chair.

"At OnStar, a company recognized for innovation, we feel a particular synergy with the goals and philosophy of the da Vinci Awards," says Huber. "We recognize a mandate to grow our technologies in a manner that not only competes on a global stage, but also fulfills the promise of better lives for everyone."

The daVinci Awards were founded seven years ago by Michael J. Rokosz, former Ford Motor Co. research scientist, President of MJR Labs and Board member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. Named for the renaissance artist and engineering genius Leonardo da Vinci, this international awards program salutes achievements in those sciences that serve to empower and enrich the lives of individuals physically challenged. The da Vinci Awards honor the Principles of Universal Design...designing for ease of use by as many people as possible, regardless of their capabilities.

The 2007 da Vinci Awards will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Dearborn, MI, on Friday, September 28, 2007. For details on the event, please visit

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't, helping each person address the challenges of living with MS through a 50-state network of chapters. Proceeds from the da Vinci Awards have totaled more than $1.4 million and benefit the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. If you are also somebody who wants to do something about MS now, you can join the movement at

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