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Impact of Communications and Hearing Impairment

December 12, 2019

In this episode of Kessler Foundation’s podcast, Pamela Tamulevicius, MSR, CCC-SLP, of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation presents “Disability Disparities: The Impact of Communication and Hearing Impairments.”

 

This is part five of an eight part series. Listen to the series as it's posted. 

Listen to the podcast, view the transcript and download this episode and others for free on Apple Podcasts


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Questions about Disability and Loneliness

December 11, 2019

The holiday season can take a toll on your mind and body. There can be an extra level of difficulty, if you are living with an acquired disability.

We asked Helen M. Genova, PhD, assistant director of the Kessler Foundation's Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research and director of the Social Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory to share her thoughts on how dealing with an acquired disability can effect someone mentally and physically.

What are the emotional effects an acquired disability can have on an individual?

People who have an acquired disability may have a number of emotional issues


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Working Smart to Achieve Functional Outcomes

December 9, 2019

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Gretchen March, OTR, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, presents “Working Smart to Achieve Functional Outcomes Using ICF Framework for Goal-Writing and Treatment Planning.”

 

 

This is part four of an eight part series. Listen to the series as it's posted. 

Listen to the podcast, view the transcript and download this episode and others for free on Apple Podcasts


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Cardiovascular Fitness and Health Behavior Change for Individuals Post-Stroke

December 5, 2019

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Arielle Resnick, PT, DPT, NCS, of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation presents, “The Heart of the Matter: Cardiovascular Fitness and Health Behavior Change for Individuals Post-Stroke.”

 

 

This is part three of an eight part series. Listen to the series as it's posted. 

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Caregiver Corner

November 26, 2019

By Nicky Miller 

Caregivers spend time and energy supporting parents, spouses and loved ones with disabilities. Some caregivers juggle work and home life, while caring for a friend or family member. Their responsibilities are often overlooked. At times they forget to care for themselves, neglecting their health and wellness or simply not meeting their own needs.

According to a 2015 study by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than a third of caregivers were ages 50 to 64, about a quarter were 35 to 49, and another quarter were 18- to 34-year-olds.

As November is National Family Caregivers Month,


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Kessler Researchers Impact ACRM Conference

November 25, 2019

By Nicky Miller 

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference was held on December 5-8, in Chicago, IL. Over 14 of Kessler Foundation researchers attended, presenting posters, winning awards, and giving talks in various topics on rehabilitation research.

Awards

Taking home this year’s ACRM Fellowship award was Jeanne Zanca, PhD, senior research scientist, at the Centers for Spinal Cord Injury and Outcomes and Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation.

Fellows of ACRM are recognized for their outstanding service to the organization and have made a significance in the


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Ready for Rehab?

November 25, 2019

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Gretchen March, OTR, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, presents “Ready for Rehab?” This podcast focuses on using transtheoretical model concepts to optimize outcomes.

 

 

This is part two of an eight part series. Listen to the series as it's posted. 

Listen to the podcast, view the transcript and download this episode and others for free on Apple Podcasts


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There’s No Place like Home

November 22, 2019

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Uri Adler, MD, at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, presents “There's No Place like Home.” This podcast will focus on communication, motivation, spatial neglect, sleep issues, bowel and bladder management, and community integration. 

 

 

This is part one of an eight part series. Listen to the series as it's posted. 

Listen to the podcast, view the transcript and download this episode and others for free on 


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You Can Become A Champion

November 21, 2019


On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Kessler Foundation will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving and making an impact. Your generosity will return people with disabilities to their homes, their communities, and the workplace.

This year, our goal is to build an army of champions to change the lives of people with disabilities. We invite you to join the movement in support of Kessler Foundation.

When you champion rehabilitation research and employment this Giving Tuesday, you make a direct and profound impact on people with disabilities in need now. 

Giving is easy. Visit our


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Your Support Jumpstarts Natalie’s Future

November 18, 2019

 

Four years ago, Natalie was driving to Newark Airport with her dog, Dutchess. Her car was struck from behind. Seriously injured, she was rushed to University Hospital. Doctors saved Natalie's life, but she was paralyzed from the waist down. Dutchess was put in foster care.

Transferred to Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Natalie started her journey to recovery. Determined to get her life back, she began participating in spinal cord injury research led by Gail Forrest, PhD, director


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Mayor Mac Café Trains Special Needs Students for Workforce

November 11, 2019

By Nicky Miller

In October, Woodbridge, NJ mayor John E. McCormac and township officials, gathered at the newly renovated Cypress Recreation Center for the grand opening of Mayor Mac Café. They welcomed guests and students from R.I.S.E (Reaching Individual Student Excellence), part of Woodbridge Township School District’s special services program. The café, housed inside the Cypress Recreation Center, is unique. It was designed to train young adults with special needs for careers in the food service industry while serving as a place for the public to purchase food during activities at the center. The students learn cooking and customer


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Targeting Financial Stability for Jobseekers with Disabilities

November 10, 2019

By Carolann Murphy, PA

In the current climate of full employment, people with disabilities have achieved some success in finding their place in the labor market. As job gains begin to slow, however, the underlying problem looms large–the wide and persistent gap in employment between people with disabilities and without disabilities. This gap underlies the association between disability and poverty in the U.S.; 40% of people with disabilities live in poverty. The grip of poverty is difficult to elude, even for those who succeed in finding jobs.

According to


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Returning to Work After Spinal Cord Injury: Research Raises Expectations for Newly Injured

November 10, 2019

By Carolann Murphy, PA

For people with disabilities, the value of being employed goes beyond the financial gains afforded by salary and benefits. They view employment as important to their personal identity and self-esteem, and as a pathway to inclusion in society as well as the workplace. The majority are striving to work, according to Kessler Foundation's 2015 National Employment and Disability Survey, including people disabled by spinal cord injury, a group with employment rates


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You'll Be Inspired By This Wounded Warrior

November 8, 2019

On Veterans Day, we are proud to share how your support of Kessler Foundation helps our veterans with disabilities transition to the civilian workforce and gain meaningful employment. Imagine the frustration of serving your country, then returning home to find that you can’t get a job. This is a reality for many veterans, and the challenge is even greater for veterans with disabilities.

Thanks to friends like you, Kessler Foundation is a sponsor of the Jackson Drysdale Veterans Center, New Jersey’s first one-stop center offering assistance with employment and entrepreneurship. The Center