MEDIA ADVISORY: National Survey Provides Insight into Postgraduate Employment of College Graduates with Disabilities

First-of-its-kind Survey on the Experiences of the “ADA Generation” in the Workplace

For Immediate Release:                                                                         
June 1, 2020                                                                       

Contact: Carolann Murphy
201-803-0572 (cell)


Release of key data from the 2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates, the first national survey of college graduates with disabilities from The ADA Generation – students coming of age under the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law 30 years ago on July 26, 2020. This survey is the third in a groundbreaking series focused on deconstructing the employment barriers and key workplace influencers for people with disabilities.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET


Live Zoom webinar: The ADA Generation: New Perspectives on Employment & College Graduates with  Disabilities Register:


  • Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
  • Rodger DeRose, President & CEO, Kessler Foundation
  • Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, Senior VP, Center for Grants and Communications, Kessler Foundation
  • John O’Neill, PhD, Director, Center for Employment and Disability Research, Kessler Foundation
  • Andrew Houtenville, PhD, Economist/Director of Research, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability
  • Kimberly Phillips, PhD, Project Director, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability


Learn how graduates with/without disabilities compare in their choices of college settings, majors, advising, services, internships, degrees, career goals and work experiences. Learn how these factors relate to finding employment post-college, income, occupations, and job satisfaction.

Survey provides insights into undergraduate pursuits, current jobs, and job search activities of recent college graduates establishing the basis for higher education and employment policies that promote equitable employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

Registration is open for our June 24th followup webinar featuring recent college graduates with disabilities sharing their workplace experiences.


About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire issue National Trends in Disability Employment (#nTIDE), a customized analysis and monthly report that compares employment data for people with and without disabilities based on monthly reports by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more by visiting

About the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability

The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Learn more at


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