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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 14, 2016
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD Officials Participate in Opportunities for Success Award Banquet in Hayward

Disability Employment Awareness Month event recognizes workers with disabilities and their employers

HAYWARD– Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson participated in the 18th Annual Opportunities for Success Banquet in Hayward and recognized seven area businesses for their dedication to employing individuals with disabilities. The event is part of several occurring throughout October designed to recognize employers and individuals with disabilities for their commitment to advancing Wisconsin's economy.

"Without active Wisconsin businesses, DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation couldn’t have had the successes they have had the last two fiscal years," DWD Secretary Allen said. "I would like to thank the seven businesses that were honored today for recognizing the benefits of employing individuals with disabilities and valuing an inclusive workplace."

Governor Walker recently proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Wisconsin to promote employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities and encourage businesses to learn how an inclusive workplace improves the company's bottom line.

A Better Bottom Line

Governor Walker launched the Year of a Bette Bottom Line initiative in 2014 in support of overcoming obstacles to employment for people with disabilities. In the two fiscal years since launching the initiative, DWD's DVR program has helped over 9,500 individuals with disabilities reach their employment goal. The annual earnings of these individuals is over $167 million. 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.

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