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October -- National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)!
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) are celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month during the month of October. DVR is the state agency that provides employment services to people with disabilities.
DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman said, “National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to highlight the talents and skills of job seekers and working Wisconsin citizens who have disabilities. It also gives us a forum to draw attention to the many challenges to achieving economic self-sufficiency faced by people with disabilities who are not currently involved in Wisconsin's workforce.”
During the month, DWD will feature DVR consumers who have made strides in achieving their employment goals. Gassman said, “We are excited to highlight the many talents and abilities that individuals with disabilities bring to our state and our communities.”
Employment opportunities for people with disabilities can become a critical component in their ability to move from a life of dependency to a life of independence and inclusion in their communities. DVR, in partnership with other advocacy groups and businesses, provides various programs and services that provide choices for those needing assistance.
For information about employment and other services for people with disabilities in your area, you can contact your local DVR office or independent living center: