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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, October 02, 2014
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Lt. Governor Kleefisch, Secretary Newson Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Recognize local businesses who hire job seekers with disabilities

BURLINGTON – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today recognized area businesses who recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. The recognition took place as part of a Business Summit hosted by DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

Governor Walker proclaimed October as "Disability Employment Awareness Month" to encourage and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities. "We're encouraging Wisconsin employers to recruit and hire people with disabilities because we see firsthand the talent that they can add to businesses," said Lt. Governor Kleefisch. "On behalf of Governor Walker, I am pleased to recognize these businesses who understand that people with disabilities help their companies achieve a better bottom line."

The businesses being recognized were presented with plaques from Governor Scott Walker, declaring them Exemplary Employers for their efforts to create inclusive workplaces that include people with disabilities.

"People with disabilities have much to offer employers," Secretary Newson said. "We encourage all Wisconsin employers to follow the example of these businesses and consider hiring qualified job seekers with disabilities."

Recognized at today's Business Summit were: Above and Beyond Adult Family Home, Best Buy—Racine, Deloitte, Dynamic Workforce Solutions, Festival Foods—Kenosha, Marvin Alison Sentry and Strobbe’s Flower Cart.

Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom Line to highlight successful operations thanks in part to the contributions of people with disabilities, while urging other employers to consider this skilled and capable workforce.

DVR is actively serving almost 17,000 job seekers with disabilities, and in the last twelve months, DVR has placed 4,415 consumers in jobs. These newly employed individuals are projected to earn $78.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services.

To learn more about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/

For the Governor's Proclamation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/newsreleases/pdf/disability_employment_awareness_month.pdf

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