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Announcing our Winter 2013 Issue of TBI News & Views

April 20, 2015

A newsletter for people with traumatic brain injuries

Read about Anna's challenges to find independence, TBI research updates and resources

Kessler Foundation announces the Winter 2013 issue of TBI News & Views, a consumer newsletter of the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS). Read how Anna Nicasio continues to overcome challenges to find independence, get updated on the latest TBI research and news, learn brain injury health information, and discover how to stay active and enjoy your favorite activities after an injury.

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Kessler Institute Fundraiser Benefits Kessler Foundation's Research and Programs

April 20, 2015

Together, we are changing the lives of people with disabilities

A big thank you to our colleagues at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation for their fundraising efforts for their annual Triumph of the Human Spirit event. More than $8,600 was donated to support Kessler Foundation’s rehabilitation research and disability employment initiatives. Together, we are changing the lives of people with disabilities.


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Kessler Foundation Awards Grant to Christie Administration to Improve Access to Food Pantries for People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

Kessler Foundation awarded a $10,000 Special Initiatives Grant to the New Jersey Department of Human Services' Division of Disability Services (DDS) to increase the accessibility of NJ food pantries for people with disabilities. DDS will distribute the funds to emergency food providers to build mobility ramps and widen doorways. This is the second grant that the Foundation awarded DDS to help NJ residents with disabilities independently navigate food pantries. For more information, read, "Christie Administration Awarded


nTIDE 2013 REVIEW/2014 PREVIEW - Optimism Mixed With Serious Concern after Numbers Decline in Last Quarter of 2013

nTIDE 2013 REVIEW/2014 PREVIEW - Optimism Mixed With Serious Concern after Numbers Decline in Last Quarter of 2013

April 20, 2015

Optimism Mixed With Serious Concern after Numbers Decline in Last Quarter of 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – Although there are reasons for optimism, the job picture for people with disabilities remains uncertain entering 2014, according to authors of the monthly report that tracks disability employment.

In 2013, Kessler Foundation teamed with the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD) to release a monthly report - Trends in Disability


IndyCar racer Michael Johnson Visits Kessler Foundation

IndyCar racer Michael Johnson Visits Kessler Foundation

April 20, 2015

Johnson with Rodger DeRose, Kessler Foundation president and CEO

Thank you, IndyCar racer Michael Johnson for inspiring us today. Despite a spinal cord injury, you have continued to pursue your passion to race professionally. You showed us Only Abilities Matter!


Study seeks participants with relapsing MS who have stopped using disease-modifying medication

Study seeks participants with relapsing MS who have stopped using disease-modifying medication

April 20, 2015

Do you have relapsing-remitting MS?  Do you choose not to take medication to prevent flare-ups?  If so, researchers at Kessler Foundation are looking for you! You are NOT required to take disease-modifying treatments to be part of this study. Instead, we are interested in learning about your reactions to telephone counseling. Compensation: $200.

Our goal is to understand why some patients with MS choose not to take medication. Each participant will undergo a baseline evaluation consisting of pencil-and-paper tests and questionnaires lasting approximately 1½ hours.  Following this, participants will complete five 20-minute telephone conversations about MS medications. Finally, participants will complete additional questionnaires at home at the completion of the


Seeking Individuals with MS for Clinical Studies

Seeking Individuals with MS for Clinical Studies

April 20, 2015

Kessler Foundation MS researchers are seeking volunteers with MS for two clinical studies in West Orange, NJ. These cognitive studies will examine ways to improve memory and processing speed. If you are aged 18-59, are not taking steroids, and have not had a flare-up in the last month, you may be eligible. You will not be eligible if you have a history of substance abuse, significant psychiatric problems, or neurological conditions such as epilepsy and stroke. Must speak and read English fluently.

Contact Angela Smith; 973-324-8448;


Kessler Foundation Awards $412,000 Grant to Easter Seals for Veteran Employment Initiative

Kessler Foundation Awards $412,000 Grant to Easter Seals for Veteran Employment Initiative

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded a $412,000 Signature Employment Grant to Easter Seals Greater Washington Baltimore Region to expand Veteran Staffing Network (VSN)—a social enterprise employment agency for veterans with and without disabilities. The grant is part of more than $2.7 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations around the U.S. to create or expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

VSN enables all veterans, wounded warriors, reservists, National


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Kessler Foundation Grants $438,000 to Improve Employment for College Graduates with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded a $437,888 Signature Employment Grant to San Diego State University Research Foundation to expand the project, “Bridging the Gap from College to Careers”—an initiative to increase employment outcomes for college graduates with disabilities. The grant is part of more than $2.7 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations around the U.S. to create or expand job training and employment opportunities for people with


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Kessler Foundation Grants $438,000 to Improve Employment for College Graduates with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded a $450,000 Signature Employment Grant to Ability Beyond, in Bethel, Conn., to expand a disability employment initiative with PepsiCo called Pepsi ACT (Achieving Change Together). The grant is part of more than $2.7 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations around the U.S. to create or expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

In 2013, PepsiCo funded a thorough internal study


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Kessler Foundation Announces $2.7 Million to Improve Employment for People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded $2.7 million in grants to organizations throughout the U.S. that increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and improve quality of life. Grants fund major programs in four states, support smaller disability employment initiatives in the N.J. region and provide relief from Hurricane Sandy to organizations that serve people with disabilities. Since 2005, the Foundation has distributed more than $30 million to support employment for people with disabilities.

“We’re proud to announce our new recipients of our grant funding to create or expand employment opportunities for people with


Register for the 14th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

Register for the 14th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

April 20, 2015

Register now for the 14th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K! Part of the Fred D'Elia Ridgewood Run, it is one of the largest integrated races in the country as wheelchair athletes compete on the same course, at the same time, as the runners. The Wheelchair 10K will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th at Graydon Pool–201 North Maple Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ. Racers compete for cash prizes!

Registration is $25 per racer. All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt. Kessler Foundation hosts a brief awards ceremony with refreshments immediately following the Wheelchair 10K.

Online registration closes on Thursday, May 22nd. If you wish to register after that date,


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Dr. Harkema & Kent Stephenson visit Kessler Foundation

April 20, 2015

Update on Innovative SCI Research into Electrical Stimulation & Locomotor Training

West Orange, NJ. Kessler Foundation hosted Susan Harkema, PhD, noted neurorehabilitation researcher from the University of Louisville, and Kent Stephenson, a research participant with tetraplegia, on March 14. Dr. Harkema provided an update on her research to restore mobility after spinal cord injury using combination therapy with electrical stimulation and intensive locomotor training.  Dr. Harkema has studied five patients so far, with promising results. Kessler Foundation provided part of the funding for the study of Mr. Stephenson, the second patient to receive an implanted stimulator and intensive training. Dr. Harkema collaborates with Gail Forrest, PhD, PT, assistant director of Human


Kessler Foundation Receives the LADACIN Network’s Humanitarian Award

Kessler Foundation Receives the LADACIN Network’s Humanitarian Award

April 20, 2015

Kessler Foundation received the LADACIN Network’s Humanitarian Award at their 33rd Annual Rosebud Gala in Eatontown, NJ on March 15. “On behalf of Kessler Foundation, we are honored to receive LADACIN’s Humanitarian Award,” said Elaine E. Katz, senior vice president of Kessler Foundation, upon accepting the award. “Both Kessler Foundation and LADACIN share a commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities by focusing on work readiness preparation, employment training, and placement in real jobs. We believe that having a competitive job that pays a living wage leads to independence and financial self-sufficiency,


Lauren Scrivo comments on love and disability at JCC Metrowest Film Festival

Lauren Scrivo comments on love and disability at JCC Metrowest Film Festival

April 20, 2015

Lauren & her fiance onstage at JCC Metrowest in West Orange

In case you missed it! Lauren Scrivo of Kessler Foundation comments onstage at at JCC MetroWest’s New Jersey Jewish Film Festival.  With fiance Spencer Harris, Lauren addresses questions from the audience on disability and love following the screenings of “Do You Believe in Love” and “Autism and Love”.  The films will also be shown at Reelabilities: New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival in November. NJ ReelAbilities is sponsored in part by a grant from Kessler Foundation.