Madison - - Governor Jim Doyle and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today that the department's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) successfully placed almost 3% more people with disabilities in employment than were placed in Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2002. During the FFY ending September 30, 2003, DVR placed 3,701 individuals with disabilities into employment.
"Despite the current labor market challenges, DVR has exceeded the number of job placements achieved for the previous Federal Fiscal Year," said Governor Doyle. "The division credits the efforts of its consumers, and its dedicated professional staff who continue to work hard to find and seize job opportunities for individuals with disabilities." Governor Doyle also praised "the employers who recognize the great work ethic of our citizens with disabilities."
DVR has a long history of working with local employer partnerships. The uniqueness of DVR services is that individualized plans for employment services are designed to meet the individual needs and vocational goals of the person served. During the month of October, DWD is promoting DVR-related events around the state by raising public awareness of the increasing number of people with disabilities who have been successful in seeking and obtaining employment. DVR staff are located in forty-two locations around the state. To learn more about DVR and the services available to the employer community, contact DVR at (800) 442-3477.