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Walker pushes jobs for disabled workers

Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday highlighted the importance of providing people with disabilities the opportunity to contribute to the local economy during a stop at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill in Platteville.

Walker met with a Division of Vocational Rehabilitation consumer, Olivia Bartelme, to call attention to the importance of DVR programs.

Benvenuto’s worked with Hodan Community Services shortly after opening, and has since hired three people through DVR’s Supported Employment program, Youth On-the-Job Training hiring initiative, and Direct Placement Program.

In 2015, 4,875 people with disabilities successfully reached their employment goal and entered the workforce with the help of DVR, which is the highest rate in more than 15 years.

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