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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

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
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DWD Deputy Secretary Honors Sheboygan County Businesses for Commitment to Hire People with Disabilities

Governor Walker proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month

SHEBOYGAN FALLS – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Georgia Maxwell took part in a Sheboygan County recognition event today to honor businesses for their commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) co-hosted the event with RCS Packaging, an agency that provides job search and supports for job seekers with disabilities, at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls.

"Today we salute Wisconsin employers hat have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to an inclusive workforce that includes people with disabilities," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "Employing people with disabilities improves a company's bottom line, helps workers achieve greater independence and moves our economy forward."

Governor Walker has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Wisconsin to promote employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities. 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 Sheboygan County included two Pick 'n Save stores in Sheboygan, and the Pick 'n Save store in Plymouth.

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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