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Call for Nominations for Kessler Foundation's DeLisa Award: Deadline Dec. 14

January 22, 2014

3rd Annual Award for Excellence in Research & Education

A single award of $50,000 will be made in Spring 2013

Kessler Foundation announces the 2012-2013 Call for Nominations for Kessler Foundation’s Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). This $50,000 annual award recognizes a physician or scientist who is a leader and role model in the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation. The second recipient of the award (in 2012) was John Whyte, MD, PhD, founding director of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia and leader of its Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program


Kessler Foundation Debuts ‘Walk Away from No’ PSA

Kessler Foundation Debuts ‘Walk Away from No’ PSA

January 22, 2014

2014-01-22 17:07:37 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation, a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of people with disabilities through research and employment initiatives, released a nationwide public service announcement (PSA), “Walk Away from No.” The PSA features a man getting out of his wheelchair and walking with the help of robotics.

“’Walk Away from No’ is a very powerful PSA that creates awareness of the research advances that Kessler Foundation is helping to bring to the market to increase independence for people with disabilities,” said


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Kessler Foundation Awards $450,000 for Faith Communities to Support Disability Employment

January 20, 2014

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded a $449,961 grant to Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center, in Nashville, Tenn., to expand, “Putting Faith to Work”—an initiative to equip faith communities with tools to support employment for their members 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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December Employment Numbers Continue Last Month's Downward Slide for People with Disabilities

January 10, 2014

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release December TIDE Report - National Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – January 10, 2014. Fewer people with disabilities were working in December 2013 than the same month in 2012 – essentially mirroring November 2012's employment figures for people with disabilities and in contrast to the relatively positive employment figures for people without disabilities.  This according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Monthly Update (TIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

In 


DETR and OfficeMax Partner to Train People with Disabilities

DETR and OfficeMax Partner to Train People with Disabilities

January 10, 2014

Two-Year Grant Provided by Kessler Foundation

Las Vegas, NV —The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), Kessler Foundation  and OfficeMax® Incorporated, now part of the new company formed through the merger of equals with Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services and solutions, celebrated its new partnership that helps provide employment training for people with disabilities. The celebration included a ribbon cutting and graduation ceremony for the first class of work training participants on Jan. 10, 2014 at the OfficeMax distribution center in Las Vegas. 

The work training partnership, part of the


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Kessler Foundation to Improve Home Care for Spinal Cord Injury with Dept. of Defense Grant

January 2, 2014

Systematic Assessment of Caregiving Skill Performance by Individuals with Tetraplegia and their Caregivers’ is funded by a $590,540 grant from a special program in the Department of Defense

West Orange, NJ. January 2, 2014. Kessler Foundation is conducting a 3-year research study to improve the health and quality of life of military personnel and civilians with spinal cord injury (SCI).  The study, ‘Systematic Assessment of Caregiving Skill Performance by Individuals with Tetraplegia and their Caregivers’, is funded by a $590,540 grant from a special program in the Department of Defense (W81XWH-12-1-0553).

Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT, senior


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Kessler Foundation seeks proposals for survey of employment status of people with disabilities

January 2, 2014

Proposal Deadline March 3, 2014

West Orange, NJ. Jan. 2, 2014. Kessler Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified public or non-profit teams experienced in survey research and design to conduct a comprehensive survey on the employment status of working age persons (18-64) with disabilities.  The project is expected to begin on or about June 1, 2014 and must be completed by April 30, 2015. Extending the period of performance is not permitted.

The objective of this nationally representative survey is to inform the general public, disability advocates, business community, government, funders and others on the status of employment for individuals with disabilities. This information can be used for research, employment recruitment and hiring, policy development and


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Kessler Foundation awarded grant to study self-generated learning in multiple sclerosis

December 31, 2013

Drs. DeLuca and Goverover will conduct pilot study aimed at improving memory and function in persons with MS

West Orange, NJ. December 31, 2013. Kessler Foundation has been awarded a new grant by the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society for a pilot study of memory and learning difficulties in individuals with MS. Scientists will test the effectiveness of using of self-generated learning in a treatment intervention to improve memory and functional performance. Yael Goverover, PhD, visiting scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, is the study’s principal


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Stroke researchers report improvement in spatial neglect with prism adaptation therapy

December 27, 2013

Benefits shown in subset of patients with spatial neglect following right brain stroke. Findings support behavioral classification and early intervention

West Orange, NJ. December 27, 2013. Stroke rehabilitation researchers report improvement in spatial neglect with prism adaptation therapy. This new study supports behavioral classification of patients with spatial neglect as a valuable tool for assigning targeted, effective early rehabilitation. Results of the study, “Presence of motor-intentional aiming deficit predicts functional improvement of spatial neglect with prism adaptation” DOI: 10.1177/1545968313516872 were published ahead of print in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair on December 27, 2013.

The article is authored by Kelly M. Goedert, PhD, of Seton Hall


Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine Publishes Year-end Issue

Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine Publishes Year-end Issue

December 9, 2013

Vol 36 no. 6 features reviews and research articles on wide variety of topics in SCI

West Orange, NJ. December 9, 2013. The year-end issue of the peer-reviewed  Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) has been published. This issue features three reviews on a variety of topics: management of pressure ulcers, the thoracolumbar classification system, and cardiac arrhythmias after spinal cord injury. Research articles address ambulation, bone loss, nutritional supplementation, mortality, quality of life issues, and canine assistance. Nontraumatic spinal disorders featured include multiple sclerosis, epidural hematoma, spinal cord metastases, and demyelination disease. JSCM is the official journal of


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nTIDE November 2013 Jobs Report:Employment Results Show Stark Contrast between People with and without Disabilities

December 6, 2013

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release November TIDE Report - National Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – December 6, 2013. When compared to this time last year, the employment and labor force participation of people with disabilities has substantially declined, at a time when the general employment picture for the country is positive, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Monthly Update (TIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

In Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “first-Friday”


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International Day of Persons with Disabilities Op-Ed by Rodger DeRose Published by NJ.com

December 3, 2013

Read the December 3rd op-ed, "Why we must pass the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," by Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, published by NJ.com. As today marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, DeRose cites the importance of the U.S. Senate ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Civil rights for all people with disabilities; international travel for business, education, and pleasure for Americans with disabilities; and the expansion of American businesses and values were among the reasons given for passing the U.N. Treaty.

To read more, visit


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Happy Holidays!

December 1, 2013

Art work courtesy of Ronaldo Byrd of Arts UnBound

We are pleased to share our 2013 holiday greetings! This year's card features the art work of Ronaldo Byrd, a talented young artist affiiated with Arts UnBound in Orange, NJ. This painting is titled, "Winterscape."

Arts UnBound cultivates the creative talents of artists with disabilities. More of Ronaldo's artwork can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/ronaldosartcorner


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Dec. 15 Webinar on Creating Jobs for People with Disabilities

December 1, 2013

Experts from Kessler Foundation and Heldrich Center Discuss Successful Social Enterprises

Register now for this December 15, 1:00 pm EST webinar, “Social Enterprise Businesses: A Strategy for Creating Good Jobs for People with Disabilities.” Kessler Foundation’s Elaine Katz, VP of Grant Programs and Special Initiatives joins Ronnie Kauder, employment strategist for the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University for a practical discussion of successful social enterprises that are employing people with disabilities.  The talk will focus on two ‘green’ enterprises that received seed funding from Kessler Foundation—Arthur & Friends Greenhouse Project, a growing agribusiness venture, and Hudson Community Enterprises  in Jersey City, which is making inroads