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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
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Recognizes Area Employers

Three employers honored as 'Exemplary Employers' for commitment to hiring person with disabilities

MENOMONEE FALLS – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson today recognized three area employers for their commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. Each employer received an “Exemplary Employer” plaque signed by Governor Walker as part of a Business Recognition Breakfast 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. He also proclaimed 2014 as Year of A Better Bottom Line to showcase the ways in which employing persons with disabilities improves a company’s bottom line.

”As we raise awareness among employers of the value that job seekers with disabilities can bring to the workplace, we also want to recognize employers who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to this time and again,” Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. “Providing opportunities and job supports to people with disabilities will improve an employer’s bottom line, and we encourage other employers to follow the lead of the companies we are honoring today.”

RRecipients of the “Exemplary Award" include Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare of Glendale, Cintas of New Berlin and ProHealth Care Waukesha Memorial Hospital of Waukesha.

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 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, during the federal fiscal year that ended September 30, placed 4,415 individuals in a variety of positions. The 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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