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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Thursday, October 6, 2016
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Recognizes Businesses and Individuals with Disabilities at Veterans Park

Five businesses and several DVR participants recognized as part of Disability Employment Awareness Month event in Burlington

BURLINGTON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson joined state and local officials at a Disability Employment Awareness Month event at Veterans Park in Burlington to recognize the commitment of five area employers to employing individuals with disabilities and the achievement of several workers with disabilities for their commitment to bettering not only themselves, but the Wisconsin economy

Governor Walker recently proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month to promote employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities and encourage businesses to expand their workforce and consider the many benefits individuals with disabilities bring to their business operations.

"DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is committed to assisting individuals with disabilities achieve their employment goal," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "In the two fiscal years since Governor Walker announced his 'Year of the Better Bottom Line' initiative, roughly 9,500 individuals with disabilities have achieved their employment goal, and now earn an estimated $165 million in annual wages. Workers with disabilities are a dedicated sector of the Wisconsin workforce, and as these employers will attest, their many skills and abilities prove to be a great benefit to any employer who is willing to hire them."

At today's event, five area employers were recognized for their commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities and several DVR participants were recognized with DVR Career Achievement Awards. The event was the first in a series of events highlighting the positive effect individuals with disabilities have on Wisconsin's workforce.

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.

For more information on DVR services: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/