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Moving Forward to Make a Difference

Kessler Foundation envisions a world where people with disabilities can achieve the greatest possible independence, pursue integrated, competitive employment, and live with dignity within our communities.

With the support of our generous donors, we drive positive change for adults and children with disabilities through groundbreaking rehabilitation research to improve daily functioning, disability employment research, and innovative employment grantmaking to create genuine economic opportunities for people with disabilities.

Learn how your support champions life-changing rehabilitation research and employment, helping people with disabilities maximize recovery, independence, and inclusion.

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April 2024 nTIDE Month-to-Month Comparison of Labor Market Indicators for People with and without Disabilities

nTIDE March 2024 Jobs Report: Despite Recent Declines, People with Disabilities Remain Engaged in the Labor Market 

National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) – Issued semi-monthly by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire

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Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month

Individuals on the autism spectrum may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from neurotypical people. The Center for Autism Research is developing accessible and evidence-based protocols that provide new interventions for children, adolescents, and adults on the spectrum, with particular focus on the critical transition from adolescence to adulthood.


Expertly Explained: MS Insights with Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, is a widely recognized leader in cognitive rehabilitation for multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury at Kessler Foundation. Here are excerpts from her 2023 interview with Jon Strum, RealTalk MS.

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Latest Insights from the Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research

Center researchers study environmental factors to understand how to promote better access to health care, employment, housing, transportation, and education for people living with disabilities.

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Your Impact

Your support maximizes recovery, independence, and inclusion for people with disabilities. Thanks to you, Dan Richter relearns to read after his stroke. Read our 2023 Fall Newsletter to learn more about the difference you make.

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You Accelerate Groundbreaking Research

Independence. Inclusivity. Innovation. Your generous support makes all this possible. And more. Read Our 2023 Impact Report to learn more about the research and inspiring stories donor support makes possible.

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Kessler Foundation Ranks among 'Best Nonprofits to Work For' in the U.S.

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability rehabilitation, has placed among The NonProfit Times' "Best Nonprofits to Work For," a yearly award recognizing the top 50 nonprofits across the U.S. The awards program is designed to identify and honor the best employers in the nonprofit industry, benefiting the industry's economy, workforce, and businesses.

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