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Dr. DeLuca Comments on Neuroimaging Center Opening in The Star-Ledger

April 21, 2015

John DeLuca, PhD, vice president for Research and Training, explained the importance of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation in an article in The Star-Ledger, titled, “Kessler opens $6 million research center in West Orange, one of a kind in U.S.,” by Dan Goldberg. Upon its opening on September 26, Kessler Foundation became the only freestanding rehabilitation facility in the nation with a rehabilitation research-dedicated scanner.

In the article,


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Delay in Trends in Disability Employment Update

April 21, 2015

Due to the government shutdown, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will not be releasing first-Friday employment data. Therefore, Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability are unable to release Trends in Disability Employment—National Monthly Update. We will know the date of our next release when the government resumes normal operations. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


 Brain Injury Conference Coming to West Orange

Brain Injury Conference Coming to West Orange

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—“Brain Injury: The Challenge of Change,” a conference for individuals with brain injury, will be held on Friday, October 11 at Kessler Conference Center—1199 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, N.J.—from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is presented by the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) and sponsored by Kessler Foundation and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

“A traumatic brain injury impacts a person’s life forever,” said Nancy Chiaravalloti, Ph.D., director of NNJTBIS. “Through this conference, individuals with brain injury and their loved ones can gain insights into staying healthy and maintaining social relationships to enjoy life.” Dr. Chiaravalloti is also director of Neuropsychology and Neuroscience


Kessler Foundation Commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Kessler Foundation Commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—To commemorate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Kessler Foundation continues to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities through new partnerships, grantmaking, education, research and expanding opportunities.

"As we commemorate NDEAM, we remember that only abilities matter," said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “People with disabilities can, and want to, work. They just need to be given the opportunity to prove their skills. When more people


Stroll ‘N Roll Sets Record-Breaking Year to Change the Lives of People with Disabilities

Stroll ‘N Roll Sets Record-Breaking Year to Change the Lives of People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

On Sunday, 460 people came out to support Kessler Foundation’s 12th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll at Verona Park. In total, $105,000 was raised to change the lives of people with disabilities through the Foundation’s rehabilitation research and funding of disability employment initiatives, the most ever raised in the event’s 12-year history.

“We are thrilled to have a record-breaking year in the attendance and dollars raised at Stroll ‘N Roll,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “Kids and adults, and even dogs, of all ages and


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Carson Family Makes Major Gift to Kessler Foundation to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Russell Carson, co-founder of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and head of the Carson Family Charitable Trust, recently pledged $250,000 in unrestricted support to Kessler Foundation—a major nonprofit organization in the field of rehabilitation research and disability employment

Mr. Carson is also a member of the Board of Directors of Select Medical Corporation, the parent company of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. "I'm greatly impressed by Kessler Foundation's rehabilitation research and witnessed firsthand how it is life-changing for people with disabilities," said Mr. Carson. "The Foundation's


One Year Later, Kessler Foundation Supports Hurricane Sandy Relief for People with Disabilities

One Year Later, Kessler Foundation Supports Hurricane Sandy Relief for People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—After the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Kessler Foundation pledged its support to help people with disabilities recover from the storm. To date, the Foundation awarded 29 grants, totaling more than $160,000, to organizations that support people with disabilities.

“People with disabilities lost housing, medical equipment and supplies and accessible vehicles; in essence, they lost their means of independence,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “This led to lost wages as well as some having to be relocated to temporary


Dr. Strober blogs on neuropsychological evaluations for persons with MS

Dr. Strober blogs on neuropsychological evaluations for persons with MS

April 20, 2015

MSAA features 2-part guest blog

Neuropsychologist Lauren Strober, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, published a two-part guest blog on the value of the neuropsychological evaluation in persons with multiple sclerosis. Part 1: The Neuropsychological Evaluation: Allaying your Fears and Recognizing its Value, and Part 2: The Neuropsychological Evaluation for Persons with MS, were featured in the blog of Multiple Sclerosis Association of


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Kessler Foundation MS Research in the News

April 20, 2015

Online Site Medical News Today Features Recent MS Findings

Medical News Today, a popular site for medical/scientific news, is featuring Kessler Foundation’s recent MS research studies on aerobic exercise, cognitive fatigue and weather.   Please click the links below to access the two news items. You are encouraged to give a star ranking, which will further highlight our research.

• MS and cognition focus of recent studies (article about all 3 studies)

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/268403.php

• Neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis (PlosOne article released Nov. 1)


 Kessler Foundation Commemorates Veterans Day through Funding Disability Employment Initiatives

Kessler Foundation Commemorates Veterans Day through Funding Disability Employment Initiatives

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—On Veterans Day, Kessler Foundation highlights its programs that improve employment outcomes for veterans with disabilities.

"Our men and women risked their lives for us," said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. "Many return with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and mobility impairments including spinal cord injury. After all of their sacrifices, it's our duty to ensure that they have the resources they need to find employment and feel independent and self-sufficient."

In 2011, Kessler Foundation awarded a $30,000 Community


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International Rights for Persons with Disabilities Op-Ed by Rodger DeRose Published in "The Hill"

April 20, 2015

Read the November 13th op-ed, "Why we need to pass the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," by Kessler Foundation's President and Chief Executive Officer Rodger DeRose, published in The Hill—the congressional daily paper. In the op-ed, DeRose cites civil rights for individuals worldwide; increased international accessibility for Americans with disabilities, including veterans, so they can work, study, and travel abroad; exporting products overseas; and maintaining American leadership as reasons that the United States Senate should ratify the international treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

To


Veterans Highlights the G.I. Go Fund, Supported by Kessler Foundation

Article in The Record on Employment for Veterans Highlights the G.I. Go Fund, Supported by Kessler Foundation

April 20, 2015

The December 1st article, "N.J. employers pilot new ways to recruit veterans," by Linda Moss, explains the struggle veterans face when returning home and trying to find employment, the importance of hiring veterans and the value they add to the workplace, and programs that are committed to hiring veterans. The article highlights the Newark-based G.I. Go Fund, which received a $30,000 grant from Kessler Foundation. With the grant, the


Kessler Research Study on MS and Employment Seeks Participants

Kessler Research Study on MS and Employment Seeks Participants

April 20, 2015

Participate in a Research Study to Help Define the Factors Associated with Employment and MS

Researchers at Kessler Foundation are interesting in learning more about the factors associated with maintaining employment in MS. Individuals who are gainfully employed and/or considering leaving the workforce or needing to cut back on hours are eligible to participate. All participants will complete an evaluation consisting of self-report questionnaires and two paper-and-pencil tasks. Questionnaires can be completed either in person or online. All participants will be compensated for their time. To be eligible, participants must be: (1) age 20 to 64; (2) diagnosed with definite MS; and (3) have no other neurological illness. This study is federally funded. If you meet