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Winner of outstanding employee with a disability smiles and shakes hands with South Dakota Governor Daugaard

In the News: Governor Honors South Dakota “Employee with a Disability”

October 04, 2016

With the highest employment rate for people with disabilities among all states, South Dakota recently showed just how appreciative it is of its hardworking citizens.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard gathered a group in the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre on Sept. 13 for a ceremony to honor South Dakotans with disabilities for their outstanding achievements.

We’re proud to announce that one of Ability for Hire’s own featured success stories was among the recipients.

According to the Governor

While South Dakota’s employment rate is very encouraging, there’s still more to do, the governor said. He cited that another 50 percent of people with disabilities still are not employed, according to the Capital Journal.

“Ability for Hire promotes the benefits of hiring people with disability by showcasing those who are already working and showing them as examples to others,” Daugaard said.

Meet Aaron Ready

Rapid City’s Aaron Ready received the “Outstanding Employee with a Disability” award. He’s currently employed at Rick’s Body Shop, where he’s become an important fixture among the staff.

“He has also earned a reputation with customers at the body shop, at least one of whom has named him ‘Magic,’ because of the quality of work that Aaron displays,” Gov. Daugaard said, according to the Capital Journal.

Find out more about Aaron’s story here.

Among the other winners at this year’s ceremony were:

Outstanding Citizen with a Disability: Eric Bowers, Spearfish
Outstanding Private Employer (Small): NAPA Auto Parts, Watertown
Outstanding Private Employer (Large): Nyberg’s ACE Hardware, Sioux Falls
Outstanding Transition Services: Cindy Kirschman, Aberdeen
Distinguished Service: Strider Sports International, Inc., Rapid City

Read the full Capital Journal story here.

Sources: Capital Journal

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