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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014
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Neenah Employer Honored for Efforts to Hire Persons with Disabilities

Recognition event is occurring during Disability Employment Awareness Month, proclaimed by Governor Walker

NEENAH – Zuppas Market, Café and Catering of Neenah today received recognition from the state of Wisconsin for its commitment to recruit and hire persons with disabilities. The company received an "Exemplary Employer" plaque signed by Governor Scott Walker at an event hosted by the Department of Workforce Development's (DWD) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

Governor Walker proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month to encourage and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities, which is also part of his initiative titled A Better Bottom Line to showcase the ways in which employing persons with disabilities improves a company's bottom line.

"People with disabilities have much to offer employers," said DWD Secretary Reggie Newson. "We encourage all Wisconsin employers to follow Zuppas' example and hire qualified job seekers with disabilities."

Representatives from DVR thanked Zuppas for providing temporary work experiences and job shadowing opportunities for high school students with disabilities. DVR noted that some participating students were subsequently hired for permanent jobs in areas such as food preparation, front counter service, cashier and other positions.

In addition to declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness Month, Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom Line to highlight successful operations thanks to the contributions of people with disabilities, while urging other employers to consider this skilled and capable workforce.

DVR assists over 17,000 individuals with disabilities, and in fiscal year 2014, it helped 4,415 job-seekers with disabilities to achieve their employment goals. 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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