"Ability for Hire" Campaign Launched


By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: August 23, 2015
News Source: South Dakota's Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services of South Dakota announced through a press release the launching of its "Ability for Hire" campaign, the goal of which is to "to promote the benefits of, as well as change public perceptions about, hiring people with disabilities."





The campaign started on August 11, and information about it was spread through "TV and radio outreach, informative videos, employer/employee testimonials, print materials and more."

The press release quoted DHS Secretary Gloria Pearson. “At its heart, Ability for Hire is about seeing the ability of a person instead of the disability – and all the possibilities that are opened by taking that step,” said DHS Secretary Gloria Pearson. “Employers in South Dakota are currently having a hard time meeting their staffing needs due to a low unemployment rate, and Ability for Hire will show them there is an untapped workforce waiting. It’s a win-win for businesses in South Dakota and the many qualified individuals with disabilities who want to work.”

What makes the "Ability for Hire" campaign is its two-fold aim of educating employers as well as the public, the press release stated.

Moreover, the launching of the campaign came at a most opportune time at the the heels of the 25th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

In a column he issued coinciding with the launching, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard wrote: 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.[...] I am also challenging the state of South Dakota to become a model employer of people with disabilities. - <a href="http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/opinion/columns/3814800-opinion-pay-attention-ability-hire">click here</a>

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Read the full article at South Dakota's Department of Human Services




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