Kessler Foundation has awarded over $2.4 million in 2019 in grants to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create or expand job training and employment programs for people with disabilities. Since 2000, the Foundation's distribution of more than $46.7 million has led to improved job skills and paid employment for thousands of individuals with disabilities.
"On July 26, 2020 it will be 30 years since the ADA was passed addressing discrimination against people with disabilities in education and employment," said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. "While we have come a long way, much work still needs to be done. Our grants support model initiatives that help pave new directions for increasing inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, examine techniques and procedures, and improve participation rates of people with disabilities in integrated, competitive employment."