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Reggie Newson is secretary of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

...As a national leader in the delivery of vocational rehabilitation programs, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation actively serves almost 17,000 consumers a year. Services range from transitional employment opportunities and on-the-job training to permanent work environments. Additionally, Wisconsin's vocational rehabilitation program placed 4,415 individuals with disabilities into employment during the last twelve months.

Traveling throughout Wisconsin, I have heard and witnessed many DVR success stories from both employers and workers with disabilities.

In Wausau, I met a man named Jay who works with the DVR. Jay has a hearing impairment and had been on federal assistance. We helped Jay establish his employment goals and subsequently land a job at Linetec as a lab technician. Linetec was so impressed with the services by our DVR staff that it has hired several DVR job seekers with disabilities....

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