The recruitment, retention and development of individuals with disabilities is an important component of the firm's diversity program. In July 2004, we began an initiative to hire employees with special needs—individuals who, with training, could contribute to the productivity of the firm in spite of their varying physical and cognitive challenges. Our efforts in this regard provide us with a unique way to add to the diversity of our work force and, at the same time, give something back to the communities in which we work and live. These employees are hired to work in a variety of our support service departments. We currently employ individuals with varying levels of cognitive and physical disabilities in each of our U.S. offices.