Kessler Foundation has awarded nearly 2.5 million in grants to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create or expand job training and employment initiatives for people with disabilities. Since 2000, the Foundation's distribution of more than $36 million has led to improved job skills and paid employment for more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities.
"Our goal through these programs is to raise awareness that people with disabilities are often an untapped resource for employment opportunities, and have the ability to help grow a company's bottom line," said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. "Our National Employment and Disability Survey found that 69% of people with disabilities are striving to work. Some are actively job-hunting, and others are preparing by getting the training, education, and rehabilitation they need to succeed in the workplace. These grants help support them."