After learning that employers had some misconceptions about hiring people with disabilities, we went to work to dispel those myths. Through real stories, we showed that people with disabilities actually makes up a powerful workforce. And we encouraged employers to focus on ability, not disability when hiring. With social media and television leading the charge, South Dakota now boasts the highest employment rate in the nation for people with disabilities.
People with disabilities can face an uphill battle when it comes to finding quality, fulfilling work. While South Dakota was already ranked within the top five states for disability employment, there was still much work to be done.
Working with the South Dakota Department of Human Services, we set our sights on the prize – making South Dakota #1 in disability employment nationwide.
State moved from No. 3 to No. 1 rank for disability employment nationwide
16 percentage points higher employment rate than national average
161,000 social video views
1.7 million Facebook impressions