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Governor’s Awards ceremony to be held Sept. 3

August 25, 2015

News Release

South Dakota Department of Human Services
Office of Cabinet Secretary Gloria Pearson
3800 E. Hwy. 34 – Hillsview Plaza
c/o 500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
(605) 773-5990
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
CONTACT: Patrick Baker, DHS communications officer, (605) 773-5990 or patrick.baker@state.sd.us

Governor’s Awards ceremony 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.

The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the Governor’s Awards will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol, 500 E. Capitol Ave.

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Governor’s Column: Employing People With Disabilities

August 25, 2015

Employing People With Disabilities

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:

My mom and dad took pride in self-reliance and taught me the value of hard work. They both worked hard on our family farm, and when the farm went upside-down financially, they both took jobs as janitors at Augustana College to make ends meet.

Mom and Dad were also both deaf, but their inability to hear did not prevent them from working to support my sisters and me. They taught us that all work has dignity and that idleness is not an option. Their disability led them to develop higher levels of determination and persistence.

In 2013, about 65 percent of Americans with disabilities were not working or looking for work. In South Dakota, that number is about 51 percent.

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