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Sandoval Signs Order Designed to Help Disabled Workers

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This week Governor Brian Sandoval issued an Executive Order telling all state agencies to make a greater effort to hire workers with disabilities. The order asks the agencies to consider hiring more disabled employees, or to pass more disabled applicants through initial screening processes "to lead the way for businesses and other organizations to do the same."

Sandoval says his administration has been working on the order for some time. The Rehabilitation Division of Nevada's Department of Training and Rehabilitation says that roughly one in five people in Nevada have a disability. They estimate that as the "baby boomer" generation ages, that number could increase to one in three people.

Under the new Executive Order, the state will also begin gathering more data on employees who have disabilities.

Nevada also has a "700 Hour Program" which helps state agencies fill vacancies by temporarily hiring a qualified candidate with a disability for 700 hours.

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