Funders Launch $7.5 Million Initiative for People With Disabilities

New York Collaborates for Autism, in partnership with Autism Speaks, the Kessler Foundation, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, and the Poses Family Foundation, has announced a $7.5 million effort to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and accelerate the adoption of disability inclusion initiatives.

Through the end of 2015, the three nonprofit organizations and two foundations will join forces with leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector to support new and innovative work aimed at expanding employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Among other things, the funding will support the Pepsi ACT (Achieving Change Together) initiative, a national multiyear project to expand the number of people with disabilities employed by PepsiCo; the U.S. Business Leadership Network's Going for the Gold project, which uses an innovative cohort model to facilitate the efforts of six national employers to aggressively implement high-impact disability and inclusion efforts; and disability and inclusion employment efforts supported by public/private partnerships in a number of local communities.

In addition, the group plans to distribute a guide to corporations across the country that outlines the steps they can take to create greater more effective disability and inclusion programs.

"National Funders Collaborate to Support Groundbreaking Work in Disability and Employment." New York Collaborates for Autism Press Release 10/29/2014.