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3 Ways to Give Less to the IRS—and More to Change the Lives of People With Disabilities

April 12, 2019


Tax day is here. If we haven't done so already, we all must file our taxes. Here's something to know for next year's tax filing: When your charitable giving is part of your overall financial plan, you can give more and have a greater impact, without actually giving more.

Today, I share three ways to give less to the IRS—and more to change the lives of people with disabilities.

1. Donate highly appreciated assets, such as stock or real estate. You will avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation and can claim the full value of the assets as a charitable contribution. If made to fund an income-returning gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust, recognition of the capital gain is postponed and typically

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Celebrating Women at Kessler Foundation

April 12, 2019

We are proud to say 70% of Kessler Foundation staff are women. As an organization, we embrace efforts to identify and leverage the authentic leadership strengths that women bring to the equation. To celebrate women at Kessler Foundation, we highlight three out of our many deserving employees, each at different stages of their careers. In an interview, these women gave career advice, shared about inspirational figures in their lives, and more. See their full interview below.



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Welcome to Our New Website

April 10, 2019

After months of hard work by our entire staff, we are pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned

Our goal with this redesign is to provide visitors an easier way to learn about Kessler Foundation’s mission to change the lives of people with disabilities through our advanced rehabilitation research and employment initiatives. 

The responsive design makes it easier to access the site on all of your devices. The new navigation means it’s faster to find what you’re looking for. Accessibility features include a screen reader, color controls, and keyboard navigation, and more.


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Connections: Sexuality and Relationships after Spinal Cord Injury

March 25, 2019

Join us to learn more about intimacy, sex, dating, long-term relationships, supporting family caregivers, parenting and family life.

Spinal cord injury is life-changing. Much of the focus of rehabilitation care is on the medical and functional aspects of life with SCI, with less attention paid to the profound effects that SCI has on the dynamics of one’s relationships.

Through the generous support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and other sponsors, The Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System is hosting two inter-related events discussing sexuality and intimacy, starting and raising a family, supporting family caregivers, and other topics relevant to cultivating healthy and fulfilling relationships.  

The June 21st event will be a full-


ReelAbilities Film Festival

March 18, 2019

Kessler Foundation is a proud sponsor of the ReelAbilities Film Festival New Jersey.

ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.

Screening information are as follows:

Screening at JCC Metrowest

760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052 

Monday, April 1

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Elaine Katz of Kessler Foundation Attends "Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0"

September 28, 2018

This past spring, TV Guide attended "Lights Camera Access 2.0," a disability and media summit supported by various organizations including Kessler Foundation, EIN SOF Communications, the Loreen Arbus Foundation, PolicyWorks and the National Disability Mentoring Coalition. One in a series of regional summits, the event was designed to facilitate connections between people with disabilities looking to break into the media industry and representatives from media companies who are looking to hire. The day's events included guest speakers, resume reviews and speed-interviewing workshops, and networking opportunities for aspiring media professionals with disabilities.

Elaine E. Katz, Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation, spoke to TV Guide about how

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Dr. John Deluca interviewed at 2018 annual Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers conference

June 22, 2018

While in Nashville, TN, for the 2018 meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers, Dr. John DeLuca, senior VP for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation, was interviewed by Neurology Reviews about advances in cognitive rehabilitation. With permission, we are sharing reporter Erica Tricario's interview with Dr. DeLuca, who is well known in the field of MS research as an expert in cognitive rehabilitation.

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Kessler Foundation Awarded Four Grants by NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Research

June 12, 2018

Foundation scientists received more than $1.5 million to develop new strategies to improve rehabilitative care for complications of spinal cord injury

East Hanover, N.J., June 11, 2018. —The New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Injury Research has awarded four grants to scientists at Kessler Foundation. The grants, which exceed $1.5 million, fund diverse studies aimed at expanding knowledge of learning deficits after spinal cord injury, developing new tools for cognitive assessments, identifying types of neuropathic pain, and studying brain activity during exoskeleton-assisted walking. In May, the Commission announced a total of $3 million in grants to successful applicants from qualified research organizations in New

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Kessler Foundation Researchers Honored at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Graduation

June 12, 2018

East Hanover, NJ – June 12, 2018.  Kessler Foundation’s researchers and post-doctoral fellows were honored at The Annual Graduation Reception of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The reception was held at Ravello’s restaurant in East Hanover on June 6.

This year’s honorees are Gail Forrest, PhD, associate director of Human Performance & Engineering Research - Mentor of the Year; Yael Goverover, PhD, visiting scientist - Alumna of the Year Award; Kam Momeni, PhD, Kessler Fellow Inspiration Award; and Pei-Pei Liu, PhD, recipient of the Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, Fellow Research Award.

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Seeking Healthy Volunteers for Important MS Study of Processing Speed

May 31, 2018

East Hanover, NJ, May 29, 2018.  Kessler Foundation in East Hanover, NJ, is seeking healthy volunteers for a study investigating a standard tool - the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) - for assessing processing speed in individuals with MS. By updating this tool with normative data from the healthy population, researchers aim to more accurately assess how an individual’s processing speed changes over time.

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Dr. A.M. Barrett Accepted as Fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women

November 30, 2017

A.M. Barrett, MD, director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation, has been accepted as a Fellow in the 2017-2018 Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University, College of Medicine. The year-long program is specially designed for senior women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry or public health who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions. The ELAM program provides fellows with the professional and personal skills needed to lead in today’s dynamic health care environment.

Despite the increasing number of women enrolling in medical, dental

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Jerome “Jerry” Kessler, Pioneer in Prosthetics and Orthotics

October 24, 2017

Son of Dr. Henry H. Kessler, founder of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, passes away at age 93. 

Jerome “Jerry” S. Kessler’s life was shaped by his belief that “all men, regardless of their handicap, are created equal.” Kessler combined his love of medicine with his expertise in engineering to create solutions for individuals with missing limbs due to amputation or congenital anomalies.  His pioneering work in prosthetics and orthotics was based ‘not just on bolts and nuts, but on an understanding of what is going to be most useful to make that patient independent.” His leaderships contributed to the professional standards for the education of modern practitioners


AXSChat Hosts Elaine Katz, Senior Vice President for Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation

October 4, 2017



Elaine Katz, MS, CCC-SP, Senior Vice President for Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation, talks on AXSChat about the rise and influence of collaborative funding to enhance inclusion of people with disabilities (PwD) in the workplace in the United States and internationally. Katz goes on to discuss her views on the future of disability employment, highlighting the Foundation’s monthly, custom report detailing the participation of PwD in the workplace: National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE). nTIDE is currently tracking an upward 17-consecutive-month trend of labor-force participation among PwD. In addition, Katz