Kessler Foundation has awarded approximately $2.5 million in 2018 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 $43 million has led to improved job skills and paid employment for thousands of individuals with disabilities.
“Through these grants, the Foundation aims to bring awareness to the diverse and often overlooked talent pool that is individuals with disabilities,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “Finding and retaining skilled employees is a challenge for many companies today. Our National Employment and Disability Survey, Supervisor Perspectives, however, found that many companies are underutilizing recruitment practices that can help them achieve their hiring goals. These grants support model initiatives that help pave new directions for increasing inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.”