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Moving Forward to Make a Difference

Kessler Foundation envisions a world where people with disabilities can achieve the greatest possible independence, pursue integrated, competitive employment, and live with dignity within our communities.

With the support of our generous donors, we drive positive change for adults and children with disabilities through groundbreaking rehabilitation research to improve daily functioning, disability employment research, and innovative employment grantmaking to create genuine economic opportunities for people with disabilities.

Learn how your support champions life-changing rehabilitation research and employment, helping people with disabilities maximize recovery, independence, and inclusion.

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Employment-Focused Grantmaking How Your Support Helps

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Look Closer. My Brain Injury Is Invisible

Tune in to our virtual speaker series to hear from Stacia Bissell, MEd, brain injury coach, educator, author, public speaker, and survivor.

Stacy specializes in helping others find personal and professional growth relating to brain injury. She is an established coach and mentor to other survivors and caregivers, and co-author of Deserts to Mountaintops: Choosing Our Healing Through Radical Self-Acceptance.

Attend our Summer Brainstorm Speaker Event with Stacia Bissell, MEd, on Thursday, August 20, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

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Attend Our Live, Full-Day TBI Event in West Orange, NJ

Join us in person on September 26, 2024, 8 am – 3 pm (EDT), for an inspiring program focused on embracing a positive outlook after traumatic brain injury. Learn from experts, connect with others facing similar challenges, and discover strategies for maintaining a healthy mindset. This free event is sponsored by the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (NNJTBIS), Kessler Foundation, and the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, a Select Medical hospital. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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ADA 34 (1990-2024) Americans with Disabilities Act. Celebrate the ADA! July 26, 2024

Honoring the Americans with Disabilities Act: 34 Years of Disability Rights Progress

Kessler Foundation avidly supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 34th Anniversary on July 26 and its enduring commitment to equality. We acknowledge and value this essential civil rights legislation, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in every aspect of public life. The ADA helps guarantee that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as nondisabled individuals.

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Help Mothers like Suzanne Cliff Striving to Recover

You can ensure that people like Suzanne, who are striving to live as independently as possible after stroke, enjoy life with those they love most, and receive the innovative treatments they need.

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Stroll ’N Roll Fall Fest Only Happens Once a Year!

Join us and return people with disabilities—in need now—to their homes, their communities, and the workplace with your support.

Kessler Foundation’s Stroll 'N Roll, now Fall Fest, will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2024, from 1 PM to 3 PM, at the Kessler West Orange Campus. This year’s celebration will unite people of all ages and abilities to raise vital funds to advance rehabilitation research and employment for people with disabilities.

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Expertly Explained: MS Insights with Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, is a widely recognized leader in cognitive rehabilitation for multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury at Kessler Foundation. Here are excerpts from her 2023 interview with Jon Strum, RealTalk MS.

What is cognitive rehabilitation? What is the modified Story Memory Technique? Which cognitive functions are commonly affected by MS? Listen to the entire interview

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Latest Insights from the Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research

Center researchers study environmental factors to understand how to promote better access to health care, employment, housing, transportation, and education for people living with disabilities.

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Your Impact

Your support maximizes recovery, independence, and inclusion for people with disabilities. Thanks to you, Dan Richter relearns to read after his stroke. Read our 2023 Fall Newsletter to learn more about the difference you make.

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