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2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey Release

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, Kessler Foundation funded a national employment survey, conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

This survey was administered to 3,000 people with disabilities who answered questions about their experiences in the workplace−the challenges they faced, as well as their successes. We expect the Kessler Foundation Employment Survey to yield new information that will inform researchers, grant makers and policymakers, influencing the development of effective strategies for promoting long-term, meaningful employment opportunities.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015  •  12:00 – 1:30 pm

Join us in Person:
B-339 Rayburn House Office Building

This event provides the opportunity for Congressional leaders and representatives of the disability community to learn about the survey firsthand from the experts at Kessler Foundation and UNH. On our panel are:

  • Rodger DeRose,  President and Chief Executive Officer of Kessler Foundation
  • John O’Neill, PhD, Director of Disability and Employment Research
  • Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, Senior VP of Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation
  • Andrew J. Houtenville, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics at UNH and Director of Research at UNH-Institute on Disability
  • Andrew Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science and Director of the UNH Survey Center

A live webcast and Twitter Chat will be held during the June 3 panel discussion. For updates, follow @KesslerFdn on Twitter #KFSurvey15.  

Presentation Materials:
About the Survey
Executive Summary
Final Report
Questionnaire Design