National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."
Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and DWD Secretary Reggie Newson recently joined the newest class of interns at the Project SEARCH site at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton for their 2014-15 school year kick-off event.
Project SEARCH is a 9-12 month program for students with disabilities in their last year of high school. It provides training and education that lead to integrated employment for the interns after graduation. Since 2008, 140 students with disabilities have graduated from Project SEARCH programs throughout Wisconsin. Besides the program at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Project SEARCH sites operate in Menomonie, Marshfield, Appleton, Madison, Middleton, Milwaukee and Waukesha. Governor Scott Walker's Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative included funding to create 20 new Project SEARCH sites in Wisconsin over three years.
Are you a person with a disability who wants to work? If so, then DVR may be for you. DVR can provide employment and training services to you if you have a disability that makes it hard for you to find or keep a job.
Call (800) 442-3477 to find a DVR office near you. Or visit DVR's Job Seekers webpage to learn more about DVR.
Recruiting the right employee and retaining existing, well-trained and productive workers has never been more important to Wisconsin business owners than in today's economy. To reach the business and organization success you desire, DVR can assist you to:
- Tap into highly-reliable and qualified job applicants who can put their diverse abilities to work for you.
- Build strategies to ensure that you maintain that critical edge and competitive advantage by holding onto your existing workforce.
Connect with DVR Business Services in your area.