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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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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Recognizes Waukesha-Area Businesses for Hiring People with Disabilities

Governor Walker has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month

WAUKESHA – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell today recognized Waukesha-area businesses for their 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 Easter Seals Lily Conference Center.

"Recognizing businesses for their outstanding commitment to employ people with disabilities helps build appreciation for these employers and raises awareness of the many contributions that these capable, dedicated and skilled workers can offer," Deputy Secretary Maxwell. "On behalf of Governor Walker, we encourage more businesses to hire people with disabilities and experience how doing so will help their bottom line."

Deputy Secretary Maxwell spoke at the Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin's Business Partner Appreciation Breakfast, where 2015 Business Partners of the Year were honored for their commitment to employ job seekers with disabilities. The area businesses that were recognized include: Cream City Casseroles, Citizens Bank, Elmbrook School District, Lakeland Supply Inc., and Roundy’s Supermarkets.

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.

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.

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