Survey: People with Disabilities Striving to Work

2015 Kessler Foundation Employment and Disability Survey logo with a blue figure of a standing man, a green figure of a woman, and a mango figure of a person pushing a wheelchair

Results from the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment & Disability Survey were announced on June 3rd, on Capitol Hill. The survey, which was conducted by the University of New Hampshire, identifies strategies that Americans with disabilities use to search for work and navigate barriers, accommodations that are helpful to obtain and maintain employment, and factors that contribute to unemployment. The main finding: Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to enter the workforce. We anticipate that survey results will help policymakers and leaders in the disability field as they develop programs that improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. View the results at Follow our news about this major survey @KesslerFdn, and join the conversation, using #KFSurvey15.

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photo of Jenna LuzzoTo commemorate National Family Caregivers Month, Jenna Luzzo, LMSW, shares advice for caregivers to maintain healthy relationships with others and limit caregiver burden. While she is a therapist and life coach, Jenna also has a unique perspective because she has a physical disability and relies on care from others to maintain an active lifestyle. She explains that the attitudes of caregivers are passed on to dependent, which can either result in a positive or negative self-image—significantly impacting mental health and recovery. Jenna emphasizes the importance of a strong support network, making time for other relationships and alone time, and open communication between the caregiver and the individual receiving care. With the proper system in place, Jenna believes that caregiving can bring families closer than ever.  Read more>

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