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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Visits Hayward to Recognize Businesses for Commitment to Employ Job Seekers with Disabilities

Presents Governor's Exemplary Employer honors, part of Disability Employment Awareness Month

HAYWARD – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson today recognized businesses across the region that recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. The recognition took place as part of the 17th Annual Opportunities for Success Awards, an event hosted by DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

Governor Walker has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Wisconsin to promote employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities and encourage businesses to learn how hiring people with disabilities can improve the company's bottom line.

"Job seekers with disabilities offer Wisconsin employers a pipeline of skilled, motivated and dedicated workers," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "We salute these employers for their strong commitment to provide opportunities for job seekers with disabilities to work and achieve greater independence."

Area employers that were recognized at today's event include: Dog Patch Grooming (Spooner), Stueber's Ace Hardware (Park Falls), North Star Ford (Duluth, MN), Walmart Supercenter (Ladysmith), Culver's (Ashland), Staff management\SMX (Phillips), Copps Food Center (Phillips), SmartDataSolutions (Superior), Jack Link Snack Foods (Minong), OLYNICKS (Gilman), Chequamegon Bay Golf Club (Ashland), and Still Life Taxidermy Studio (Fifield).

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: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/


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