Public Relations Society of America Recognizes NIDRR funded National Trends in Disability Employment-Update
2014-06-20 11:48:11 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
nTIDE is a joint project of Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire – Institute on Disability
WEST ORANGE, NJ. June 20, 2014. The New Jersey chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSANJ) recognized the National Trends in Disability Employment –Update (nTIDE), a monthly report based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report. nTIDE is a joint project of Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire – Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD) that is funded by Kessler Foundation and grants from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. It has been distributed nationally since March 2013. Media placements include the Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, CNBC, and US News & World Report.
nTIDE was submitted in the category of Multicultural/Diversity Communications by Winning Strategies, a Newark, NJ-based PR firm that represents Kessler Foundation. The award was presented at the PRSANJ award ceremony on June 18. PRSANJ established the Pyramid Awards in 1989 to recognize excellence in public relations and communications.
Andrew Houtenville, PhD and John O’Neill, PhD, CRC, customize the BLS data to reflect the statistics for men and women of working age (16 to 64) with disabilities. nTIDE focuses on the key parameters, including labor force participation rate, the employment-to-population ratio, and the percent looking for work. Dr. Houtenville is Associate Professor of Economics at UNH-IOD; Dr. O’Neill is director of Disability and Employment Research at Kessler Foundation.
“Closing the employment gap for people with disabilities is a priority for Kessler Foundation,” said Rodger DeRose, president and CEO. “Tracking the employment data for this population maintains the focus on this stubborn problem while providing information useful to government agencies, policymakers, and the disability community, as well as the business media.”
nTIDE is funded, in part, by grants from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (H133B130015 & H133B120005)and Kessler Foundation
About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.
About the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire
The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. For information on the NIDRR-funded Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, visit http://www.ResearchonDisability.org.
For more information, or to interview an expert, contact:
Carolann Murphy, 973.324.8382; CMurphy@KesslerFoundation.org
Lauren Scrivo, 973.768.6583; LScrivo@KesslerFoundation.org