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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, which is of


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.


Pilot study will look at ability of patients with hemiplegia to stand and walk in newest robotic device from Ekso Bionics

Pilot study will look at ability of patients with hemiplegia to stand and walk in newest robotic device from Ekso Bionics

April 20, 2015

West Orange, NJ. April 10, 2014.  Kessler Foundation has acquired its second Ekso - the Ekso GT™ - the newest exoskeletal device from Ekso Bionics™. The Foundation is one of first to implement the Ekso GT, which will be studied solely in patients with hemiplegia who are less than three months post stroke. Ekso GT, a wearable bionic suit, enables individuals with lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight-bearing, reciprocal gait.

Ekso has been undergoing clinical investigation in patients with spinal cord injury at Kessler Foundation since


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Blog explores relationship between immune & nervous systems

April 20, 2015

Featured on Dr. Jon Lieff’s Scientific American's MIND blog - the Kessler stroke team’s important research article on the relationship between the immune mechanisms and the nervous system:

Pasquale G. Frisina, Ann M. Kutlik, Anna M. Barrett. Left-Sided Brain Injury Associated With More Hospital-Acquired Infections During Inpatient Rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013; 94 (3): 516 DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2012.10.012

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/2013/03/14/wired-and-wireless-components-of-the-brain/


Raymond Martin Wins all Gold in First Paralympics

Raymond Martin Wins all Gold in First Paralympics

April 20, 2015

Raymond Martin has participated in wheelchair sports since he was 5 years old and always had one goal in mind—to reach the Paralympics. Now 18, he spent the last year training extremely hard in order to qualify. Despite the demands of senior year and preparing to move to Illinois for college, he kept a strict 6-day per week training schedule.  His hard work paid off; as a result of his incredible performance in the Paralympics, Ray was named Paralympic SportsMan of the year.

“Making the US Paralympics’ team felt amazing because it's the pinnacle of sport,” Ray declared. “I was really looking forward to just getting out there and competing to the best of my abilities. It was my first games so I was really excited to just get some experience under my belt.”

For more than


Destination Desserts Provides 'Sweet' Opportunities for Employing People with Disabilities

Destination Desserts Provides 'Sweet' Opportunities for Employing People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

David decorates the cupcakes early in the morning to get ready for the day’s sales. Ally hops in the food truck and begins setting up—ten varieties of cupcakes, coffees and lattes, smoothies, pastries, cookies, brownies, and other mouth-watering creations. Tiffany goes out with the truck and fills customer orders. This is a typical day for employees at Destination Desserts; they just happen to have disabilities. In 2012, Kessler Foundation awarded a $500,000 Signature Employment Grant to the Center for Head Injury Services, in St. Louis, Missouri, to establish Destination Desserts—a social enterprise to expand job training and employment opportunities for individuals with brain injury and other cognitive learning disabilities. Following the trend of a mobile unit that brings products


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Opens 2015 Grants Cycle

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Opens 2015 Grants Cycle

April 1, 2015 Psychosocial Research and Spinal Cord Injury Grants

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Announces 2015 Psychosocial Research and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Grants

GRANTS OVERVIEW

 The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its 2015 Psychosocial Research Grants cycle, with awards ranging from $100,000 to $300,000.

 Under this competitive grants process, proposed research projects should focus on the interrelation of psychological (e.g., behavioral, emotional, cognitive) and social (e.g., interpersonal, community, environmental) factors with health, disability, participation and other quality of life factors relevant to people living with SCI.

 Research topics of particular interest


Cross-Country TBI Ride to Victory Supports Kessler Foundation

Cross-Country TBI Ride to Victory Supports Kessler Foundation

March 30, 2015

On March 30th, Daniel Mollino kicked off his cross-country journey on his bicycle to bring awareness to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and raise funds for Kessler Foundation. He began his ride, known as 'TBI to Victory,' at Kessler's West Orange campus.

“Riding cross-country was a goal I had before my injury,” said Mollino. “Now, I’m regaining the life I once had. This ride shows what is possible after a traumatic brain injury and raises awareness of survivors. It’s also a way to give back and say ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped me in my recovery. That’s why I’m asking people to donate to Kessler Foundation, so that researchers can make more advances that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.”

In 2010, Mollino sustained a TBI after falling 20 feet


Dr. O'Neill speaks on Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill

Dr. O'Neill speaks on Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill

March 14, 2015 Returning to Work: Making Headway after Brain Injury

West Orange, NJ. March 13 was Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol HIll. John O'Neill, PhD, of Kessler Foundation spoke at an afternoon panel sponsored by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.  This year's theme was Returning to Work: Making Headway after Brain Injury. Dr. O'Neill is director of Disability & Employment Research and an investigator for the federally funded Northern NJ TBI System. "Identifying barriers to returning to work is critical for the TBI population," said Dr. O'Neill. "In order to develop effective strategies for getting people back to the workplace, we need to conduct research into what those barriers are." Dr. O'Neill co-authors the monthly Trends in Disability Employment, a national update on


Stroke researchers report uniqueness of KF-NAP for assessing spatial neglect after stroke

Stroke researchers report uniqueness of KF-NAP for assessing spatial neglect after stroke

February 17, 2015

2015-02-18 13:27:20 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process compared with FIM and Barthel Index during ADL

West Orange, NJ. February 17, 2015. Stroke researchers have determined that the Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP ™) measures severity of spatial neglect during activities of dailiy living. “Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process Uniquely Measures Spatial Neglect during Activities of Daily Living)” (doi:  10.1016/j.apmr.2014.10.023) was epublished   by the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The authors are