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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,

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Tristate Advocacy Project: Helping Patients Gain Access to the Care and Coverage They Deserve

August 27, 2019

By Sarah Thomson, Research Assistant, Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience,
Kessler Foundation

After a traumatic injury, caregivers and patients are left with a common, yet challenging question: now what? Adjusting to life after a traumatic injury comes with its own set of complications, but the financial burden of rehabilitation and inpatient care makes this adjustment even more difficult. Patients often don’t know what questions to ask or how to find resources that will allow them to live on their own and maintain their quality of life. With the help of organizations like the Tristate Advocacy Project, patients can gain access to the support and guidance they need

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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

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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

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Kessler Researchers Travel to Expand Research

August 5, 2019

By Nicky Miller

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, 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

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Honoring the ADA

July 26, 2019

By Nicky Miller 

In honor of the Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary, Kessler Foundation is sharing its resources that support people with disabilities in the workforce. The purpose of the ADA law is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else, in all areas of public life. Kessler Foundation strives to help create equal opportunity through employment and disability research, and funding to organizations that specialize with assisting veterans, young adults, and individuals with disabilities in the workforce and various areas.

Employing People with Disabilities
From 2004 to 2019,

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Kessler Scientists in Germany to Expand Research

July 24, 2019

By Nicky Miller 

Seven Kessler Foundation scientists from the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering Research are headed to Berlin, Germany this week for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society’s 41ST International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, July 23-27. They will be presenting research posters, speaking at symposiums, and chairing two sessions.  

The theme this year is “Biomedical engineering ranging from wellness to intensive care.”

The seven scientists who are attending include: