Kessler Foundation is a public charity dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
Kessler Foundation bears the name of Dr. Henry H. Kessler, an orthopedist who founded Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in 1947 to provide comprehensive rehabilitation for people with physical disabilities and help them achieve maximum independence. Today, the rehabilitation research and community employment programs of Kessler Foundation continue Dr. Kessler’s legacy.
Kessler Foundation maintains its charitable mission; Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, the largest and most comprehensive hospital for medical rehabilitation in New Jersey, operates as a for-profit institution (within Select Medical).
Kessler Foundation strives to improve the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal cord injury, and other chronic neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. Over the past decade, Kessler Foundation has invested almost $50 million in the work of its researchers, who develop ways to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles to leading full and productive lives in our communities.
Kessler Foundation maintains two locations in West Orange, New Jersey. Located at 1199 Pleasant Valley Way are Operations & Grants Administration, a medical library, and five specialized research departments:
◾Human Performance and Engineering Research,
◾Outcomes and Assessment Research,
◾Spinal Cord Injury Research,
◾Stroke Rehabilitation Research, and
◾Traumatic Brain Injury Research.
Located at 300 Executive Drive:
◾Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research,
◾Employment & Disability Research, and
◾the Foundation's Grants & Communications, Development, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, and executive offices.