Kessler Foundation publishes annual reports, newsletters, and other informative pieces for consumer and professional audiences. Please see below for our recent publications, including:
Traumatic Brain Injury Newsletters
Spinal Cord Injury Newsletters
Disability Employment Publications
Special Research Publications
Kessler Foundation's e-Newsletters
For news, visit Kessler Foundation's news page.
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 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 Winter 2012
Disability Employment Publications:
Strategies 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 Spring 2012
- Putting Veterans Back to Work
- Rehabilitation Research Funding Surpasses Record Levels to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities
- Disability Employment Supported by Kessler Foundation with $2.17 Million in Grants
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
Kessler Foundation's e-Newsletter:
Like many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, Sergeant John Irwin faced challenges upon returning to civilian life. His transition was complicated by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disabling conditions that affect one third of recent veterans. He received help from Project Connect, a veterans employment program. Kessler Foundation's grant funding for this program targets veterans with disabilities. SGT. Irwin is one of 55 veterans with disabilities to be placed through Project Connect.
Back in the workplace, he gained experience for his dream job—helping other veterans. Today, this decorated soldier is the Veterans Field Representative for Congressman Pallone's (D-6) office, where he informs veterans of their benefits, directs them to resources, and ensures their needs are met.
SGT. Irwin, an infantry squad leader from Toms River, NJ, spent 8 years in the US Army. During his tour in Afghanistan, he was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with “V” (Valor) device. During his tour in Iraq, he sustained a brain injury, which earned him a Purple Heart. He returned home in 2005 after a final tour in Afghanistan.
A big part of adjusting to civilian life was overcoming obstacles to finding employment. From his wife, daughter, and two sons, he gained the motivation he needed to find a way to provide for his family. Project Connect provided the opportunity.
In 2010, Kessler Foundation awarded a $450,000 Signature Employment Grant to launch Project Connect, a collaborative effort of Jewish Employment and Vocational Service (JEVS), Jewish Vocational Services, Tip of the Arrow Foundation--a volunteer organization staffed mostly by veterans--and the Garden State Council-SHRM. Through Project Connect, veterans undergo a rigorous vocational assessment to determine their skills and interests. Career counselors may recommend skills training or an internship. Lastly, Project Connect makes connections between veterans and employers who have employment opportunities that closely align with each individual’s abilities and interests.
For SGT. Irwin, Project Connect helped him land a job with PRIDE Industries at Joint Base-McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst. Project Connect assisted with interview preparation, discussing potential questions and coaching him on how to keep his answers concise—a common struggle for individuals with brain injury. Hired as service order dispatcher, he successfully applied skills learned in the military. Soon, he was promoted to training instructor, where he trained and provided ongoing support for employees with disabilities.
“Once I started working again, my emotions and self image changed,” he declared. “I came to the realization that we all have it in us to overcome our obstacles.”
As Jamie Kelly, director of employment services at JEVS, explained, “Veterans need to know that the skills and vocational experiences they acquired in the military are valued in civilian life and will enable them to provide for their families,” said Kelly. “Our program not only connects them to jobs, it connects them to other people who value the contributions they’ve made. As a result, quality of life improves for individuals who use the program’s services and become successful in employment.” With his experience, SGT. Irwin was the perfect candidate for his current position with Rep. Pallone.
SGT. Irwin is will do everything he can to help a neighbor, or even a perfect stranger. Those who have served, however, will always have a special place in his heart. In addition to his job, he volunteers for Tip of the Arrow, where he helps veterans find treatment programs, financial assistance, and employment. For SGT. Irwin, it’s an opportunity to continue to serve his country.
“These men and women are my brothers and sisters who would do anything for me,” SGT. Irwin exclaimed. “That's when I realized that our mission doesn't change. We are warriors and the best our country has to offer. We swear an oath that we will never leave a fallen comrade behind. For me, that does not change when the uniform comes off.”
Rehabilitation research at Kessler Foundation earned record-level funding in 2012, totaling $10.8 million. Research advances made at the Foundation help people with physical and cognitive disabilities—including spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), and other neurological conditions—improve their daily function and prevent further complications.
Top funders include federal and state agencies, specifically the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Education/National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and the New Jersey Commissions on Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research; clinical research organizations, device manufacturers, and national organizations, such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and Craig H. Neilsen Foundation; and local organizations, such as the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.
Here are the highlights:
To participate in research, visit http://kesslerfoundation.org/researchcenter/joinourresearchstudies.
Your support, along with major funding organizations, funds the studies that help people with disabilities live full and productive lives at home, in our communities, and in the workforce.
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Disability Employment Supported by Kessler Foundation with $2.17 Million in Grants
To improve the employment rate for nearly 56 million Americans with disabilities, Kessler Foundation awarded $2.17 million in grants to organizations that create or promote employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Since 2005, the Foundation has distributed more than $27 million to support disability employment initiatives. Through this funding, 3,000 individuals are now earning a paycheck and contributing to society. The new 2012 grants will launch exciting projects and expand current employment and job training programs.
”We are excited to announce the newest recipients of Kessler Foundation’s grants,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “I’m proud of the diversity of the funded programs as well as the potential of these new collaborations. The impact of our grant funding is clear; when talented individuals with disabilities join the workplace, society sees their abilities instead of their disabilities.”
Kessler Foundation awarded three Signature Employment Grants, its largest grants, totaling $1.3 million.
The Foundation also distributed 20 Community Employment Grants, totaling $702,670, to fund education, training, and placement programs for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. These grants support businesses that primarily employ people with disabilities and career development for students and adults with disabilities, mainly in the New Jersey area. Highlights include:
Kessler Foundation also awarded 12 Special Initiative Grants totaling $159,500. These invitation-only grants support grass roots initiatives in the arts, sports, film and education for people with disabilities. Highlights include:
View all of the 2012 grantees.
Your support and generosity helps fund these programs that are improving the lives of people with disabilities and giving them an answer to the age-old question, “What do you do?” Employers are also enjoying the benefits of having highly dedicated and productive employees on their staff.
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