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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

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Fire or False alarm? Restoring confidence in fMRI research

March 8, 2019

By Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, research scientist in Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation.

During the past few weeks I have been bombarded with text messages, Facebook posts and face-to-face questions and remarks from friends, colleagues and relatives. The theme I heard from very different people contained very similar information: several Internet posts with a very glum message were asserting that years of neuroimaging research are invalidated. For example, some posts like this one from the UK’s Register: fMRI bugs could upend years of research, sounded an alarm about a bug in analysis software that neuroimaging researchers use to analyze brain data, while others called into question the whole analysis strategy, e.g., A bug in fMRI software could invalidate 15

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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.