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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Appleton Area Employers Honored for Efforts to Hire Persons with Disabilities

'Exemplary Employer' recognition part of Disability Employment Awareness Month, proclaimed by Governor

APPLETON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry today recognized area businesses that have demonstrated a strong commitment to employ job seekers with disabilities. Deputy Secretary Barry presented the companies with "Exemplary Employer" plaques signed by Governor Walker as part of a ceremony hosted 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, 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.

"The businesses we recognize today are setting a positive example by creating inclusive workplaces that include people with disabilities," Deputy Secretary Barry said. "In the Appleton and across the state, our Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is ready to help any employer that wants to learn more about the rewards of employing more job seekers with disabilities."

The following businesses were presented with plaques signed by Governor Walker declaring them "Exemplary Employers": Pennelopy's Pizza, Wal-Mart (Chilton), Floors by Us, The Dog House, Touchmark on West Prospect, Cinder's Charcoal Grill (Appleton) and 7 area Kwik Trip locations.

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 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.

For more information:

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/

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

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