Letters Schafer eager to work hard

To the editor:

Election year is here. This year we have an excellent opportunity to send to Pierre a retired school teacher as our state senator.

Donna Schafer is concerned about quality education, keeping rural communities alive, family values and medical care for all ages.

She was born and raised in our community, the mother of five successful children and is eager to work hard for the people of Clay and Turner counties.

Wilbur Tiahrt

Marcine Tiahrt


Disabled offer wealth of abilities

To the editor:

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Under the theme "Ability You Can Bank On," vocational rehabilitation offices across the state and nation are urging businesses and industries to tap a potential personnel resource: Americans with disabilities.

With the country's lowest unemployment rate in 30 years, employers must search for new labor pools. Job candidates with disabilities offer a natural solution. The passage of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act late in 1999 heralds the new millennium for employment of persons with disabilities. This landmark legislation represents one of the most important legislative advances since the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It can make the transition to the world of work easier for people with disabilities who are concerned about health care needs.

Keeping individuals with disabilities on welfare, social security and other benefits programs, rather than in jobs; is not cost effective, nor does it help this nation's economy. Businesses who actively recruit qualified applicants with disabilities have discovered a wealth of untapped skills, talents and abilities.

Working with the local SD Vocational Rehabilitation Services office, I have come to appreciate all that VR does in their community and the surrounding seven counties it serves. Our main job is to assist people with either a physical or mental disability into the labor market by providing job coaching, on-the-job training, job referral and placement, or training programs at post-secondary schools. If you know of someone who has a disability which causes an impediment to obtaining or maintaining employment, he/she may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Our local office number is 605-668-3050 or toll free 1-800-265-9677 in Yankton.

Remember ? employing people with disabilities provides employers with "ability they can bank on."

Gloria Kohoutek

Secretary for SD Vocational

Rehabilitation Services

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