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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

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Thursday, October 8, 2015
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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Honors Green Bay Area Businesses That Hire People with Disabilities

Governor Walker has declared October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Wisconsin

GREEN BAY – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Georgia Maxwell joined Green Bay area businesses in celebration of their commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) co-hosted the event with ASPIRO, an agency that provides job search and supports for job seekers with disabilities, at the Comfort Suites in Green Bay.

The recognition event is part of Disability Employment Awareness Month, which Governor Walker has proclaimed for the month of October in Wisconsin to promote employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities and encourage businesses to experience how hiring people with disabilities can improve their bottom line.

"In Green Bay and across Northeast Wisconsin, employers are tapping a pool of loyal, capable and motivated workers when they hire job seekers with disabilities," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "Today we are recognizing companies that have gone above and beyond in their recruitment efforts to improve their bottom line and provide opportunities for job seekers with disabilities to achieve greater independence."

The businesses being recognized received plaques signed by Governor Walker declaring them Exemplary Employers for their efforts to create inclusive workplaces that include people with disabilities. Award recipients from Brown County include two Walmart stores in Green Bay, the Walmart store in DePere, Bellin Health and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital.

A Better Bottom Line
Governor Walker launched the year of A Better Bottom Line initiative in 2014 in support of overcoming obstacles to employment for people with disabilities. A Better Bottom Line, tailored after Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s initiative with the National Governor’s Association, promotes employment opportunities for people with disabilities through recognition, education and investments in programs including Project SEARCH, which helps young people with disabilities transition from high school to the workplace. Governor Walker’s Blueprint for Prosperity increases the number of participating Project SEARCH businesses by 20, up from seven, over three years. Governor Walker also signed legislation to increase the number of people served by DVR by 6,000 to reduce the Category 2 waiting list for persons with significant disabilities.

DVR actively serves 17,000 job seekers with disabilities and helped 4,875 consumers reach their employment goals during the most recent federal fiscal year.

For more information: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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