National Survey Provides New Directions for Expanding Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Workplace

2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives

“Many companies are having difficulty finding qualified candidates,” said Rodger DeRose, “but are underutilizing practices that can help them achieve these goals. Companies that partner with a disability organization find this practice overwhelmingly effective for meeting their recruitment needs.”

Kessler Foundation released the results of a new national survey that shows that employers are striving to recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities, and reveals areas of opportunity for even greater successes in the workplace. The 2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives is the first survey to look at the effectiveness of these practices from the perspective of supervisors of employees with and without disabilities. Results of the 2017 Survey, which was commissioned by Kessler Foundation and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), were presented by experts today on Capitol Hill.

More than 3,000 supervisors responded to the Kessler Foundation Survey, providing detailed information on the processes and practices used by their employers to promote success in the workplace, and their effectiveness for employees with and without disabilities. When a practice was not available, they were asked whether it would be feasible for their organization to implement the practice. They also answered questions about their own commitment and their perceived commitment of upper management to specific processes and practices that support success of their employees.

Results of the Survey are encouraging, showing that the majority of…

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