Center for Employment and Disability Research

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Center for Employment and Disability Research

Closing the Employment Gap 
Although the majority of people with disabilities are striving to work, many lack the opportunity to contribute their talents in the workforce. The Center seeks new ways to expand employment for individuals with disabilities, including veterans, through collaborative research with national surveys, medical rehabilitation centers, universities, and vocational services.

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2022 National Employment & Disability Survey: Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Supervisor Perspectives

The findings from the 2022 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives share firsthand knowledge of the profound effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on workplace processes, procedures, and the ways employers recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities in the workforce. The data also compare the perspectives of supervisors today with those of their counterparts surveyed in 2017. Read the fourth in a groundbreaking series of surveys aimed at getting detailed information on ways people with disabilities achieve inclusion in workplace.

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Monitoring the Disability Employment Gap

Kessler Foundation, in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, issues a customized, monthly release titled National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE). The release is based on the monthly jobs report issued on the first Friday of every month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. nTIDE compares the economic indicators for people with and without disabilities. The release of nTIDE, the only report of its kind, is widely anticipated among business leaders and the disability community. Following every nTIDE, experts host a noon (ET) Lunch & Learn Webinar featuring in-depth analyses, guest speakers, and news updates.

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Color bar graphs comparison of labor force participation rate from November 2022 to December 2022 for people with or without disabilities.

People with disabilities reached new employment levels in 2022, outperforming their peers without disabilities

National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) 2022 Year-End Special Edition – issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire.

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Maintaining Employment after Spinal Cord Injury

A successful, pilot-tested narrative and guide concerning a “Vocational Resource Facilitation Model within Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation” is now available to help patients return to work after spinal cord injury. The guide was authored by two Kessler Foundation directors and a Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation certified Spinal Cord Injury Vocational Resource Facilitator. A key element to the project’s success is a dedicated facilitator who intervenes early during the inpatient rehabilitation stay and continues to provide support after discharge. You can hear inspirational stories of individuals with spinal cord injury who have participated in the Vocational Resource Facilitation Program and successfully returned to work.

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Improving Educational Outcomes for Children

Researchers are looking at ways to ensure that children continue their education after disabling injuries. By matching patient data from Children's Specialized Hospital in New Jersey with educational records of the New Jersey Department of Education, researchers are defining the impact on children’s educational outcomes on the state level. Findings will help inform parents and professionals of the need for changes in planning, advocacy, and educational policy.

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More Groundbreaking Surveys Establish New Directions for Inclusion

 



2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates

The 2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates reports on the experiences of the first “ADA Generation” in the workplace. It provides the inside story, comparing the college experiences and work lives of graduates with and without disabilities. The survey also identifies disparities in career choices and employment outcomes that need the attention of educators, advocates, researchers, and policymakers.

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2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment & Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives

The 2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives was the first survey of workplace practices from the perspective of supervisors of employees with and without disabilities. Researchers learned about the effectiveness of approaches used by employers to recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities. The findings offer insight into how effective these processes and practices are for all employees.

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2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey

Continuing to develop effective employment strategies means understanding the realities of the workplace. The 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey 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. These findings have helped reframe the traditional dialog about disability and employment.

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Falling through the Cracks: Implications of Artificial Intelligence on Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

The 2020 Kessler Foundation Virtual Grantee Symposium educated attendees on how employers use artificial intelligence (AI) in the hiring process to streamline resume screening, interviewing candidates, and onboarding new hires. Increasingly, this machine-learning process is reshaping the world of work. Disability professionals working in job search, placement, and support need to understand how disability is defined within the context of AI and the perils of bias in these systems.

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Celebrate Inclusion

Access to a competitive job is an essential component to living independently. But for people with disabilities like Eliza, employment opportunities can be scarce. Your support drives efforts to increase inclusion in the workplace.

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