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Governor appoints panel in South Dakota to boost employment of disabled

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July 14, 2013

South Dakota

By Jennifer Springer

PIERRE, South Dakota: Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed on July 11, 2013 a task force to study ways of increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.[1] The panel comes as part of his as part of his Employment Works! initiative.[2]

The state Human Services Department will lead the task force, which will include business representatives, state officials and people with disabilities.[1]

“Every South Dakotan should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment, and I intend to show employers in this state the real benefits of hiring people with disabilities,” Gov. Daugaard said. “Helping people with disabilities help themselves is not only the right thing to do, it is good business.”[2]

Daugaard says he will ask state government to act as a role model, starting with a focus on how state agencies can improve their policies and hiring practices and also said the task force will help dispel misconceptions that businesses have about hiring people with disabilities.[1][2]

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