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Gov. Dennis Daugaard uses sign language to interact with honorees and attendees of the 2013 Governor's Awards.Governor's Awards to be held Sept. 3

Awards recognize contributions to employment of South Dakotans with disabilities

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities during a Sept. 3 ceremony at the Capitol.


Logo for Ability for Hire campaignSD launches campaign about benefits of hiring people with disabilities

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the Aug. 11 launch of its “Ability for Hire” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to promote the benefits of, as well as change public perceptions about, hiring people with disabilities. The campaign starts Aug. 11 with the debut of the website, to be followed by TV and radio outreach, informative videos, employer/employee testimonials, print materials and more.

Governor Dennis Daugaard photoGovernor's Column: Employing people with disabilities

My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment first state.” This means making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. As a result of the Employment Works Task Force I established in 2013, the Department of Human Services is now providing technical assistance to employers and connecting them with qualified individuals. I am also challenging the state of South Dakota to become a model employer of people with disabilities.

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