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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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DWD Deputy Secretary Visits Janesville to Recognize Business for Commitment to Employ Job Seekers with Disabilities

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

JANESVILLE – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell today recognized the Italian House of Janesville for its commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. Along with Deputy Secretary Maxwell, leaders from DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) took part in the award ceremony at the local restaurant and banquet facility.

"Governor Walker is encouraging Wisconsin employers to recruit and hire the talent that people with disabilities can bring to their businesses," said Deputy Secretary Maxwell. "On behalf of Governor Walker, I am pleased to recognize Italian House, which understands that people with disabilities can help companies achieve a better bottom line."

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.

"For over 25 years working with our associates with disabilities, we have been proud to have had the ability of giving them an opportunity to grow and develop their skills to help us succeed in our business," stated Edmund Halabi, owner of the Italian House.

Deputy Secretary Maxwell presented a plaque signed by Governor Walker declaring the Italian House an Exemplary Employer for its efforts to create an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.

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 like DVR.

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/
Proclamation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/pdf/1015_disability_employment_awareness_month.pdf

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