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Returning to Work after Spinal Cord Injury

May 17, 2019

Megan Helsel had a passion for the outdoors and dreamt of working with wildlife. After earning an associate’s degree in natural sciences from Bergen Community College in 2010, she completed a bachelor’s degree in biology from Montclair State University. Megan excelled during her undergraduate studies, winning a competitive scholarship from the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals. With a love for ornithology (the study of birds), she volunteered with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society. There, Megan participated in educational programs, led nature walks, and participated in conservation campaigns.

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Highlighting Research in Gulf War Illness, Spinal Cord Injury and Women’s Health

May 16, 2019

This week spotlights women’s health, Gulf War illness and spinal cord injury. To help raise awareness on these topics Kessler Foundation is sharing rehabilitation research information, news, and podcasts from its team of scientists in the field.

National Women’s Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is a reminder to encourage women to focus on their health and wellbeing. In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer that affect women’s health. At the Center for

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A Story for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2019

Luciana McGuire with her daughter, Ariana, who sustained a TBI when she was seven years old.Happy Mother's Day! At Kessler Foundation, we recognize how important moms can be for people with disabilities—and how important our donors are for advancing life-changing rehabilitation research. Today, I share a story to demonstrate how a mother’s love, optimism, and support make all the difference, and how you make a difference with your support.

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Former Postdoctoral Fellow Wins ACRM and INS Awards

April 24, 2019

Former postdoctoral fellow at Kessler Foundation, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, PhD, was honored with mid-career awards from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the International Neuropsychological Society. Both awards recognize Arango-Lasprilla's contributions and leadership to the field of brain injury research. Arango-Lasprilla will accept the Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award at the ACRM 96th Annual Conference in Chicago, IL

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DeLuca Named Fellow of SNS

April 18, 2019

John DeLuca, PhD, senior vice president of Kessler Foundation’s research and training was named Fellow of the Sports Neuropsychology Society. This recognition is granted to members who have made significant contributions to Sports Neuropsychology Society and other areas through their work in clinical, scholarly, and teaching/training activities related to sports brain injury.

“It’s a great honor to be

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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, 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


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