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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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Highlighting National Aphasia Awareness Month

Aphasia is a disorder that affects how individuals communicate, usually caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury. At Kessler Foundation, Olga Boukrina, PhD, senior research scientist in the Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research, is studying the effectiveness of aerobic exercise training combined with targeted reading treatment for post-stroke aphasia. 


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nTIDE May 2024 Jobs Report: People with Disabilities Succeeding in Finding Jobs

National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) – Issued semi-monthly by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire

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Research Findings Amplified: Announcing Our Enhanced Newsletters

Kessler Foundation has revitalized and reimagined several research-focused newsletters targeting clinicians, individuals with disabilities, and their families. The publications will offer a more comprehensive exploration of the latest breakthroughs and interventions from our scientists. You’ll also discover invaluable insights from experts on the complexities of multiple sclerosis (milestones), autism (facets), and traumatic brain injury (brainwaves and real-life science).

facets - Autism Research

brainwaves - Traumatic Brain Injury Research

milestones - Multiple Sclerosis Research

real-life science - Traumatic Brain Injury Research

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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.


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.

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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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You Accelerate Groundbreaking Research

Independence. Inclusivity. Innovation. Your generous support makes all this possible. And more. Read Our 2023 Impact Report to learn more about the research and inspiring stories donor support makes possible.

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Kessler Foundation Ranks among 'Best Nonprofits to Work For' in the U.S.

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability rehabilitation, has placed among The NonProfit Times' "Best Nonprofits to Work For," a yearly award recognizing the top 50 nonprofits across the U.S. The awards program is designed to identify and honor the best employers in the nonprofit industry, benefiting the industry's economy, workforce, and businesses.

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