Kessler Supervisor Perspectives Employment Survey

The 2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives (KFNEDS:SP) identifies ways that employers strive to hire and retain employees with disabilities by utilizing different approaches to successfully avoid or overcome barriers.  This research generates actionable information to support the adoption of promising practices across the country.

Following the 2008 ODEP survey, the KFNEDS:SP survey used a nationally representative sample of 3000 supervisors from a variety of sectors and industries across the US.  Supervisors responded to questions related to (1) employer procedures and policies, (2) practice approaches to employ people with disabilities, and (3) the perceived effectiveness of practices and policies. Practices were both pre-identified (according to those in the literature) and self-nominated. Responses were collected using multiple choice items, with probing questions about linchpin issues. In addition, open-ended questions asked respondents to self-nominate challenges and successes related to supervising people with disabilities.

The KFNEDS:SP is part of a larger, longstanding effort to generate actionable information about the employment of people with disabilities.

Access survey findings and related materials on the Kessler Foundation website.


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