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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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DWD Officials Recognize Three Southeast Wisconsin Businesses for their Dedication to Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

Rushing Waters Fisheries, FedEx Ground and ProHealth Care Recognized During Disability Employment Awareness Month Events

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson visited Rushing Waters Fisheries in Palmyra, FedEx Ground in New Berlin and ProHealth Care Waukesha Memorial Hospital to recognize them for their efforts to train and hire individuals with disabilities. Governor Walker recently proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month to raise awareness of the value that workers with disabilities bring to their employers and the positive effect that an inclusive workforce has on employers' bottom line.

"Disability Employment Awareness Month provides an opportunity to recognize the countless contributions that individuals with disabilities bring to their employers each and every day," Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson said. "I would like to congratulate Rushing Waters, FedEx Ground and ProHealth Care for being recognized by Governor Walker for their commitment to an inclusive workforce."

All three employers recognized today were presented with an Exemplary Employer Award from Governor Scott Walker, which recognizes the employer's dedication to hiring individual with disabilities.

In addition to the 25,000 individuals reaching their employment goals in the last six federal fiscal years, under Governor Walker, Wisconsin has expanded the number the Project SEARCH program from 7 to 27 registered sites statewide and currently serves over 2,000 youth with disabilities and their families through the Wisconsin Promise program. The Promise program is designed to help youth with disabilities achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing post-secondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting, ultimately reducing long-term reliance on government benefits.

For more information on the services provided through DVR, please visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/.