Kessler Foundation (previously known as The Henry H. Kessler Foundation) is a non-profit organization with approximately 70 dedicated research staff, including 20 doctoral level staff and postdoctoral fellows. Its two main divisions are Kessler Foundation Research Center and Kessler Foundation Program Center.
Established in 1985, Kessler Foundation is one of the largest public charities supporting people with physical disabilities. Kessler Foundation has a full-time staff of 90 individuals, divided between two locations in West Orange, New Jersey.
Since August 2003, Kessler Foundation has been operating as a separate legal entity from Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (KIR), although both were founded by Dr. Henry H. Kessler. KIR is a for-profit hospital owned by Select Medical Corporation. Kessler Foundation Research Center and KIR collaborate to develop the best possible ways to help patients overcome their physical disabilities.
Kessler Foundation Research Center, previously known as Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation (KMRREC), conducts a range of research programs designed to improve function and quality of life for persons with physical disabilities due to spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. It is funded through Kessler Foundation as well as grants from the federal government and other agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research, New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, United Spinal Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and charitable contributions from private donors. Its operating budget is approximately $9 million per year. The Research Center has nationally recognized Centers of Excellence for programs in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Affiliated institutions include KIR, ranked as one of the top two rehabilitation facilities in the US News and World Report, and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
Kessler Foundation’s grant and education programs are combined under the umbrella of Kessler Foundation Program Center, which supports programs through grants that help improve the quality of life of individuals with physical disabilities. Due to the historically low employment among people with physical disabilities, the Program Center concentrates its external grant allocation on increasing the employment of people with physical disabilities, and has distributed millions of dollars to programs that promote the employment of people with disabilities through its “Transition to Work” Signature and Community Employment grants. The Foundation’s Special Initiative grants also support educational programs like “ThinkFirst,” an injury prevention program aimed at children and teens.
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