ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Governor Mark Dayton announced two state programs will be re-launching to help people with disabilities. The goal is to increase employment for disabled Minnesotans.

Dayton said the timing of these programs comes during National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. The two programs he is bringing back are part of a goal to improve state agency employment for people with disabilities by at least 7 percent by August 2018.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday morning, Dayton said the programs, Connect 700 and Supported Worker, will be coming back.

Connect 700 gives people with disabilities up to 700 hours in job trials so hiring managers can better match them based on their skills.

The Supported Worker program offers up to 50 full-time positions in state agencies that can be shared by more than one person with disabilities.

Following Dayton’s announcement, state leaders within the disabled community talked about the impact creating jobs has on disabled workers but also on the state agencies as well.

“I believe inclusion leads to innovation and that by fostering work place respectful of cultural differences, including disabilities, organization benefit from varied perspectives on how to achieve success,” Joan Willshire, the executive director of the Minnesota State Council, said.

Dayton’s announcement comes two years after he signed an executive order requiring all of the state’s executive agencies to take steps to increase their employment of people with disabilities to reach that 7 percent employment goal by August of 2018.

Dayton said, right now, about 6 percent of the employees in state government have disabilities. That’s around 2,000 Minnesotans. To reach the 7 percent goal, about another 350 jobs would need to be added.

Comments (8)
  1. Bud Smith says:

    Have these programs been cancelled? How can he bring them back if they haven’t been cancelled?

  2. I’m wondering is this how Dayton got his job?

  3. Kally Waters says:

    People working in non-government job supporting those in government jobs and those just not working is 10 to 1. by 2030 it will be 5 to 1. So adding more jobs to the non-producers side is helping who?

  4. Dan Mack says:

    Be nice if there were some opportunity for ordinary folks. Dayton mandated 40% minority hiring on the State project of building Ziggy’s new dome when the state population of minorities is less than 20%. I guess he means to import a few more hundred thousand illiterate third world non-English speaking ingrates to Minnesota to put on the welfare roles in order to get Minnesota’s demographics down to that level of 40% non-citizen unemployables to subsidize.

    1. Dan Mack says:

      Thankfully anyone who can point to Minnesota on a map is covered for free with no deductibles on our MinSure Obamacare. They just come for a better life here in the Socialist Welfare Village, and we are happy to provide it. No skills and no English is a pre-existing condition expected to last more than a year, and qualifies as a disability. The Hmong have been using that for more than forty years and actually got the only exemption in the history of the United States from the requirements to learn enough English to Pledge Allegiance before being awarded citizenship and permanent welfare..

      1. Thomas Evenstad says:

        Right you are Danno. As a submissive gay male you understand social programs better than anyone. Hey, I see they have Vaseline on sale at the Wowlmort. I thought you would want to know.

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