Kessler Foundation publishes annual reports, newsletters, and other informative pieces for consumer and professional audiences. Please see below for our recent publications, including:

Annual Reports
Traumatic Brain Injury Newsletters
Spinal Cord Injury Newsletters
Disability Employment Publications
Special Research Publications
Kessler Foundation's e-Newsletters

For news, visit Kessler Foundation's news page.

Annual Reports:

Kessler Foundation's 2014 Annual Report (online edition:
Kessler Foundation's 2013 Annual Report
(view our online edition, with multimedia and bonus content:
Kessler Foundation's 2012 Annual Report
(online edition:
Kessler Foundation's 2011 Annual Report

Kessler Foundation's 2010 Annual Report
Kessler Foundation's 2009 Annual Report
Kessler Foundation's 2009 Interactive Annual Report
(features video clips, a slide show, and audio clips from Kessler Foundation's senior staff and research scientists that highlight Kessler Foundation's research and program developments)

Traumatic Brain Injury Newsletter:

TBI News & Views Winter 2015

TBI News & Views Spring 2014

TBI News & Views Winter 2013

TBI News & Views Spring 2013
TBI News & Views Fall 2012
TBI News & Views Winter 2012
TBI News & Views Summer 2011
TBI News & Views Winter 2010
TBI News & Views Summer 2010

Spinal Cord Injury Newsletter:
SCI Connections 2014, Vol. 3, No. 1
SCI Connections Summer 2013
SCI Connections Winter 2012


Research and You

Neuropsychology and Neuroscience - Research and You

Traumatic Brain Injury/ Multiple Sclerosis - Research and You 

Multiple Sclerosis Study Insert -  (Invitation to Participate - Employment in Multiple Sclerosis)

Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System - Research and You

  Special Research Publications (visit each lab page in Kessler Foundation's Research Center for a complete list of publications):
Neurologic Disability: A Hidden Epidemic for India


Kessler Foundation's e-Newsletter:

e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 10: A Job for One Veteran Leads to a Better Life for Many

e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 9: Robert Thanks You On World Stroke Day
e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue, 8: Thanks to You, Kevin and Shane Regained Independance

e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 7: Friends Like You Make It Happen

e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 6: It Was A Beautiful Day In Case You Missed It

e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 5: Life After Stroke

e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 4: Improving Social Relationships through Research
e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 3: Achieving Cross Country Dreams after TBI

e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 2: Veteran Finds Renewed Independence

e-Newsletter 2015 - Vol. 5, Issue 1: Americans with Disabilities are Striving to Work and Overcoming Barriers

e-Newsletter Summer 2014 - ADA Edition
e-Newsletter Spring 2014 - Disability Employment Edition
e-Newsletter Winter 2013 - Holiday Edition 
e-Newsletter Spring 2013
e-Newsletter Winter 2012
e-Newsletter Fall 2012
e-Newsletter Special Edition: ADA Anniversary - Summer 2012
e-Newsletter Spring 2012
e-Newsletter Winter 2011
e-Newsletter Fall 2011
e-Newsletter Summer 2011

2015 Kessler Foundation Employment and Disability Survey logo with a blue figure of a standing man, a green figure of a standing woman, and a mango figure of a person pushing a wheelchair. To the right, there is a box with a blue heading, "Reframing the Dialogue, Shaping the Future." Underneath, there is a pale green text box stating, "Not Working," with a green arrow pointing to text on the right, "Striving to Work." Below it is "Facing Barriers" with a blue arrow pointing to text on the right, "Overcoming Barriers"Americans with Disabilities are Striving to Work and Overcoming Barriers

Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to employment. This is a key finding of the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey on the workplace experiences of Americans with disabilities, presented by experts on June 3rd, on Capitol Hill. The biggest finding: Nearly 69 percent of those surveyed are striving to work, defined as  working, actively preparing for employment, searching for jobs, seeking more hours, or overcoming barriers to finding and maintaining employment.

“This clearly demonstrates that people with disabilities are ready and able to contribute their talents in the workforce,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “By providing a better perspective on workplace experiences, this survey will help us prioritize our grant-making efforts and refine our approach to expanding employment for Americans with disabilities. The key information will also aid legislators and the disability field as they develop targeted strategies and programs that ignite long-term increases in workforce participation among people with disabilities.”

The survey, commissioned by Kessler Foundation and conducted by the University of New Hampshire, interviewed 3,013 people with disabilities, ages 18 to 64. Results revealed that Americans with disabilities who are employed work an average of 35.5 hours per week, with 60.7 percent of those working more than 40 hours per week. Other findings show that Americans with disabilities are encountering – and overcoming – barriers as they look for work. The top three barriers included the lack of sufficient education or training, the employers’ assumption that they couldn’t do the job, and a lack of transportation. In the workplace, the top three barriers were getting less pay than others in a similar job, negative attitudes of supervisors, and negative attitudes of coworkers. A substantial percentage of employees reported overcoming these barriers.

Figures of a blue standing man, green standing woman, and mango figure in a wheelchair behind a desk. The text reads: Americans with disabilities work an average of 35.5 hours per week. 40.6% want to work more hours. 60.7% work more than 40 hours per week.

“The Kessler Foundation Employment Survey is the first such survey to take a rigorous in-depth look at the workplace experience of Americans with disabilities,” said economist Andrew Houtenville, PhD, director of Research for the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. “This survey reframes the usual dialogue by highlighting successes in finding and maintaining employment, instead of focusing on the disparities between people with and without disabilities and barriers to employment.”

Bar chart stating the top three activities that Americans with disabilities do to prepare for employment. The green bar represents that 72.7% obtain medical treatment/rehabilitation. The mango bar represents that 62.4% get other help from friends. The blue bar represents that 47.1% go to school/college.The survey also found that the top three activities used to prepare for employment are obtaining medical treatment or rehabilitation, getting other help from friends, and going to school or college. Responses indicated that workers were mostly comfortable disclosing their disability when necessary and requesting accommodations. The most common accommodations were flexible schedules, followed by modified job duties and addressing building accessibility.  


A horizontal bar chart stating the top three accommodations most frequently used by people with disabilities. The mango bar depicts that 28.4% receive flexible schedules (flexible start and end times, work at home, taking more breaks). The green bar depicts that 14% receive modified job duties (reduced hours, light duty, less demanding job tasks). The blue bar depicts that 13.6% need the building accessibility to be addressed.

“Findings support Kessler Foundation’s work in research and funding disability employment initiatives,” DeRose explained. “Through our research, new interventions are improving the function of people with disabilities so that they can return to their communities and the workforce. Employment initiatives are providing training for these individuals to succeed, creating an accessible workplace, and working with employers and employees to ensure that production standards and all needs are met. With the help of our generous donors, we know that more Americans with disabilities will earn a paycheck and contribute their many skills to their place of employment.”


The full report of the survey is available online at the Kessler Foundation website at


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