Wis. groups find work for people with disabilities

CREATED Mar 24, 2014

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin groups are helping to change negative perceptions about hiring workers with disabilities and help them put them in permanent jobs.
 
Press-Gazette Media reports Monday that a bill Gov. Scott Walker signed will extend by 6,000 the number of people helped by the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
 
A group in northeastern Wisconsin called N.E.W. Curative is also providing training for specific types of work.
 
About 62 percent of working-age adults with disabilities are unemployed in Wisconsin.
 
N.E.W. Curative finds permanent work for about 50 people a year, or about a third of those the group works with. Others focusing on the issue hope the recent momentum continues as the economy improves.