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GREEN BAY, Wis. - Wisconsin groups are helping to change negative perceptions about hiring workers with disabilities and help them put them in permanent jobs.

Press-Gazette Media reported Monday that a bill Gov. Scott Walker signed will extend by 6,000 the number of people helped by the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

A group in northeastern Wisconsin called N.E.W. Curative is also providing training for specific types of work.

About 62 percent of working-age adults with disabilities are unemployed in Wisconsin.

N.E.W. Curative finds permanent work for about 50 people a year, or about a third of those the group works with. Others focusing on the issue hope the recent momentum continues as the economy improves.

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Group finds work for people with disabilites Monday, March 24 2014, 02:27 PM CDT

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