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Kessler Foundation publishes annual reports, newsletters, and other informative pieces for consumer and professional audiences. Please see below for our recent publications, including:

Annual Reports
Traumatic Brain Injury Newsletters
Spinal Cord Injury Newsletters
Brochures
Disability Employment Publications
Special Research Publications
Kessler Foundation's e-Newsletters

For news, visit Kessler Foundation's news page.

Annual Reports:
Kessler Foundation's 2012 Annual Report
(or view our first ever online annual report, with multimedia and bonus content, at www.kesslerfoundation.wix.com/2012annualreport)
Kessler Foundation's 2011 Annual Report

Kessler Foundation's 2010 Annual Report
Kessler Foundation's 2009 Annual Report
Kessler Foundation's 2009 Interactive Annual Report
(features video clips, a slide show, and audio clips from Kessler Foundation's senior staff and research scientists that highlight Kessler Foundation's research and program developments)

Traumatic Brain Injury Newsletter:
TBI News & Views Winter 2013
TBI News & Views Spring 2013
TBI News & Views Fall 2012
TBI News & Views Winter 2012
TBI News & Views Summer 2011
TBI News & Views Winter 2010
TBI News & Views Summer 2010

Spinal Cord Injury Newsletter:
SCI Connections Summer 2013
SCI Connections Winter 2012


Brochures:
Research and You
Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System - Research and You

Disability Employment Publications:
Kessler Foundation Funded: Best Practice Examples to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities - Completed and Ongoing Examples
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trategies to Support Employer-Driven Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Employees with Disabilities
Creating a Pathway to a Better Financial Future: Developing State Strategies for Asset Development and Wealth Creation for People with Disabilities
Social Enterprise Businesses: A Strategy for Creating Good Jobs for People with Disabilities
A Call to Action: The 2010 Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities
The ADA 20 Years Later: The 2010 Survey of Americans With Disabilities

  Special Research Publications (visit each lab page in Kessler Foundation's Research Center for a complete list of publications):
Neurologic Disability: A Hidden Epidemic for India

 

Kessler Foundation's e-Newsletter:
e-Newsletter Winter 2013 - Holiday Edition
          - The Gift of Taking Your First Steps
          - Public Service Announcement: WALK AWAY FROM NO
          - Read More Stories of How Your Support Changes the Lives of People with Disabilities
e-Newsletter Spring 2013
e-Newsletter Winter 2012
e-Newsletter Fall 2012
e-Newsletter Special Edition: ADA Anniversary - Summer 2012
e-Newsletter Spring 2012
e-Newsletter Winter 2011
e-Newsletter Fall 2011
e-Newsletter Summer 2011

 

 

On behalf of all of us at Kessler Foundation, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Holiday Season and a joyous New Year! This season, we remember to be thankful for the "little things" in life that most of us take for granted—such as taking steps, getting dressed, driving, speaking, reading a book, or going to work. Thanks to our donors, more people with disabilities are regaining independence through improving their function and finding employment and earning a paycheck.

Your support is deeply appreciated and crucial in helping us fulfill our mission to make research discoveries and fund employment initiatives that change the lives of people with disabilities. Please take a few minutes to read some inspiring stories as we ring in the holidays. As you'll see, a gift to Kessler Foundation will literally help people with disabilities get back on their feet!

 **The artwork at the top of this newsletter features the work of Ronaldo Byrd, a talented young artist affiliated with Arts Unbound in Orange, NJ. The painting is titled, "Winterscape." Awarded several grants by Kessler Foundation over the years, Arts Unbound cultivates the creative talents of artists with disabilities.

The Gift of Taking Your First Steps

Your generous gift during this season of giving will literally help people with disabilities get back on their feet. That's the best gift you can give to more than 56 million people.   

As an example, think of everything you do while standing—look people in the eye, give hugs, reach the higher shelves, cook. What else? Now, imagine how life would change if you were sitting – all the time. You have the opportunity to give someone the gift of standing and taking steps by supporting Kessler Foundation.

Chris Tagatac went to his roof to change a flood light. He never thought that the steps he had taken to climb the ladder could be his last. Chris fell 25 feet, paralyzing him from the chest down. With his wife and two children by his side, Chris had to listen to doctors tell him that he would never walk again.

“I was determined to find a way to walk again,” Chris declared. “My search led me to a research study at Kessler Foundation. I would travel anywhere for the opportunity to get back on my feet.”

Kessler Foundation is studying Ekso—a robotic, battery-powered exoskeleton—used to enable individuals in wheelchairs to stand and walk while also improving their overall health. Fitted in Ekso, Chris leaned forward and stood. As his mother, wife, and children looked on, he proceeded to take steps, just 6 months after his injury. They watched in amazement, as his daughter said, “I forgot how tall you are.”

In his first session with Ekso, Chris took 52 steps. He made the trip from Vermont to West Orange, New Jersey, three days a week. Soon, he was taking 3,000 steps in one hour in Ekso. Now, he travels the country showing people the power of Ekso and leaving his footprint on the lives he touches.

Kessler Foundation is one of the only organizations in the country that is studying the effects of Ekso on the overall health of people with paralysis. We are coming close to having people walking in their communities, but more work still needs to be done. We need your help.

Many people, just like Chris, are waiting to take their first steps. “The feeling of standing up and walking for the first time, after doctors told me that I would never be able to take a step again, was the best feeling,” said Chris. “I looked at my wife and children in the eye for the first time in six months. My perspective on what is possible changed.”

Chris now enjoys an active lifestyle and participates in adaptive sports. An athlete prior to his injury, Chris never lost his competitive spirit. With every step he takes, he feels his body returning to his athletic form.

We need your help to get others like Chris back on their feet. Please consider making a gift to Kessler Foundation that will do just that.

Thank you for your generosity to change the lives of people with disabilities. Without your support, Chris wouldn’t be walking today.

On behalf of Kessler Foundation, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

 

 

Public Service Announcement: WALK AWAY FROM NO
Many people living with paralysis know exactly what it's like to spend every day in a wheelchair. For these individuals, life changed in an instant—a car accident, a sports injury, a dive that went wrong, an act of violence, or even a sudden spinal stroke. Doctors tell them that they will never walk again. As they struggle to adapt to life in a wheelchair, they think that the days of looking others in the eye and reaching high shelves are over. In essence, they lost much of their independence. But what if we can change the perception of what's possible?

In the PSA, you'll watch as one man pushes his manual wheelchair, stops, holds crutches, and suddenly stands as robotics enable him to take steps. He is wearing a robotic, battery-powered exoskeleton. But what matters most is that this man can now walk. The impossible no longer exists.

A global leader in rehabilitation research, Kessler Foundation finds new ways to improve mobility and cognition in individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions. Robotics is just one of the techniques being tested by Foundation researchers to help individuals with spinal cord injury regain mobility. Research at the Foundation examines how walking with robotics, as opposed to sitting in a wheelchair, improves health so that individuals with paralysis will soon be able to stand and walk in their communities.

 

Read More Stories of How Your Support Changes the Lives of People with Disabilities

Through the stories of Eric LeGrand, Rupy J., Robert V., Kevin G., Sergeant Irwin, Chris M., and Paralympian Raymond Martin, you'll see how your donations gave them a better quality of life. Whether they improved their function and mobility through research, found a career through the Foundation's funding of employment programs, or crossed the finish line to win a gold medal in the Paralympics, they have you to thank for their improved independence. You can also learn more about some of our greatest accomplishments in research, employment activities, and other events.