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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Thursday, October 23, 2014
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Recognizes Central Wisconsin Employers for Efforts to Hire Persons with Disabilities

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

WAUSAU – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson today recognized 32 area businesses that have demonstrated a strong commitment to employ job seekers with disabilities. Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson 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.

"With over 30 employers in the region being honored today, we celebrate not just these businesses' successes but also the broad commitment across Central Wisconsin to help those with disabilities achieve greater independence by achieving their employment goals," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "Employers, in turn, are achieving a better bottom and are sharing their successes with other businesses about the value that job seekers with disabilities bring to the workplace."

At today's recognition, 32 employers were recognized for providing opportunities and job supports for people with disabilities to help them learn new job duties and be successful in employment.

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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