Kessler Foundation Grants $ 2 Million in 2021 to Expand Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities Striving to Work in the United States |
HANOVER EAST, NJ, January 10, 2022 / PRNewswire / – The Kessler Foundation has approved approximately $ 2 million in grants in 2021 to support initiatives promoting the professional integration of people with disabilities. The Foundation has allocated funds to three categories: Foundation-Led Grants, Community Employment Grants, and Special Initiative Grants. Since 2005, the Foundation’s Center for Grantmaking has awarded more than $ 50 million to nonprofit programs that expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities who strive for work, adding diversity to American workplaces and increasing productivity.
The Kessler grant has improved the professional skills and paid employment of thousands of people with disabilities.
The Foundation’s contributions have improved the professional skills and paid employment of thousands of people with disabilities, according to Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, senior vice president for grants and communications at the Kessler Foundation. âOur grants support inventive initiatives that open new avenues to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace,â she added.
More … than $ 600,000 in Foundation-led grants – the Foundation’s biggest awards – were awarded to launch five initiatives in 2021, providing funding for projects targeting unemployment and other disability issues identified by the Foundation and collaborating agencies, often distinguished by the active participation of Foundation staff. This year’s fellows plan to train human resource professionals to effectively recruit qualified people with disabilities; analyze statistics on the employment of disabled and non-disabled people and share the results with the public; conduct a survey identifying changes in the effectiveness of employment practices to support workers with disabilities; and explore hiring biases against people with disabilities in the data collected by artificial intelligence candidate filters. “These grants will go a long way in ensuring that job seekers with disabilities are considered among applicants for job opportunities available now and in the future,” Katz said.
Community employment grants
In 2021, the Foundation also distributed nearly $ 1 million in Community Employment Grants for 28 programs started by nonprofit organizations that serve New Jersey residents with disabilities. These grants fund a range of on-site and virtual supports related to employment and workforce development. The initiatives will help people with disabilities acquire job development skills, job preparation and vocational training, as well as expand services for young adults making the transition from school to work.
Special Initiative Grants
Special Initiative Grants support a variety of efforts in New Jersey to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Foundation distributed nearly $ 200,000 to fund proposals that promote independence, building communication skills, inclusion and physical / emotional well-being. Programs include interactive eye, hand and spirit stimulation through music therapy, a summer camp experience for sleeping, sports demonstrations, a sensory garden and horticultural activities, installation of a all-inclusive playground, adapted riding lessons and leadership training for young people with disabilities, to name a few.
For a full list of all our 2021 grants, click here.
For more information on our available grants and our cycle for 2022, click on Center for Grantmaking.
About the Kessler Foundation
The Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit in the field of disability, is a world leader in rehabilitation research that aims to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disorders caused by disease and brain damage. and the spinal cord. The Kessler Foundation leads the country by funding innovative programs that expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. For more information visit KesslerFoundation.org.
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