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Kessler Foundation Senior Vice President, Grants and Communications Elaine Katz at NJBIZ panel discussion on diversity in the workplace

Diversity is Good for Business (VIDEO)

September 14, 2019

Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, senior vice president, Center for Grant-making and Communications at Kessler Foundation was part of a NJBIZ panel discussion on diversity in the workplace that also included Lloyd Freeman of Archer & Greiner, Armond Kinsey of Atlantic Health System, and Avonia Richardson-Miller of Hackensack Meridian Health, on July 30, 2019.

Below is a compilation of Katz's comments on the oft-forgotten side of diversity and inclusion, beyond race and gender -- disability.

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Cancer Related Fatigue

September 12, 2019

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Dr. Ashish Khanna, MD, attending physician, Cancer Rehabilitation, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, presents on "Cancer Related Fatigue," a common symptom that cancer patients complain about. This is part one of five to be posted in the coming weeks.

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

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Uh-Oh the Sky is Falling: Emergency Preparedness for People with Spinal Cord Injury

September 5, 2019

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Robin Bischoff, nurse manager of the spinal cord injury unit at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation presented “Uh-Oh, The Sky is Falling: Emergency Preparedness for People with Spinal Cord Injury.” The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow depends on the planning and preparation done today.


Be sure to download the presentation slides which includes emergency preparedness worksheets, lists, tips, and items to build an emergency

Richard Anderson and his wife Rose

Personal Perspective: Richard Anderson – Called to Be an Advocate

August 27, 2019

In August 2004, I sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while on a family vacation at the Jersey Shore. To this day, my short-term memory has limits. I struggle with finding the right words to express my thoughts and emotions. And, I no longer have the ability to taste and smell. I am sharing this because looking at me, you might not know I have a brain injury. These challenges are what we call "invisible losses."

Despite these challenges, I try and help other individuals with brain injury by increasing awareness of TBI and advocating on behalf of the TBI community. I am a volunteer board trustee of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) and a member of the Kessler Foundation TBI Consumer Advisory Board. My wife Rose (

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GI GO Fund and JobPath - Disability Employment

August 22, 2019

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit one of our grantees, the GI Go Fund in Newark, New Jersey. The mission of the GI Go Fund is to support veterans and their families by connecting them with services they need to lead fulfilling lives in the civilian sector. In 2018, the GI Go Fund held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the Jackson Drysdale Veterans Center, a veteran incubator where veterans receive support for starting and growing their own businesses.


The center itself was launched through a community partnership of Kessler Foundation,

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Kessler Researchers Travel to Expand Research

August 5, 2019

This spring and summer Kessler Foundation’s scientists are traveling the globe, to present their research, moderate events, and build connections with the goal of improving the lives of people with disabilities. 

International Multiple Sclerosis Cognition Society, Amsterdam

John DeLuca, PhD, senior vice president of research and training, at Kessler Foundation presented on strategy training in multiple sclerosis. His presentation offered other scientists data and information to move their studies forward.

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Joey Travolta instructing students

Joey Travolta, Sephora, and Accessibility Goes Punk

August 4, 2019


By Rob Gerth

Here's what's been Trending@KesslerFdn. Items that might be of interest to our community.

Joey Travolta's Short Film Camp

We visited Tenafly, New Jersey, last week to check in on a grantee of ours, Joey Travolta's Short Film Camp produced by MarbleJam Kids. Joey Travolta (yes, he's John's older brother) and his crew of nine professional filmmakers, teach young kids and teens with special needs the art of film making from creative concept to completion. He's been running these camps for 10 years.

The campers are divided into three teams, each with the goal of scripting, shooting, and editing a short film during a two-week period. The end result is three short films, which are