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SD Employment Works Initiative

March 13, 2015

PROMOTION AND INCLUSION OF SOUTH DAKOTANS WITH DISABILITIES INTO THE WORKFORCE

Myth: “Providing accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.”
Fact: “Of the minority of workers with disabilities who do need some sort of special equipment or accommodation, 56% of these accommodations cost less than $600, with many costing nothing at all?  And available tax incentives make it even easier for businesses to cover accessibility costs.” 

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Alishia-Testimonial

Success Story: Alishia

March 01, 2015

Over the years, Alishia has worked primarily in physically demanding positions.  She was a corrections officer in a prison for more than eight years and worked in a factory setting more than six years. 

Alishia was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, which causes symptoms such as joint pain and disfigurement, stiffness, fatigue and swelling. She also has inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis in both hands and wrists, which affect her mobility and range of motion. This also limits grip strength and causes swelling in the hands, knees, ankles and legs.  Alishia has limitations with climbing or standing for long periods of time.  She also has a history of mental health issues, which are effectively treated through the use of medications. 

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