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Labor rates increasing for the disabled, but more work to do -Elaine Katz

February 13, 2015 Presidents' Day Guest Editorial published Feb. 13, 2015

Elaine Katz, senior VP at Kessler Foundation, authored a Star Ledger guest editorial on February 13. Katz details factors contributing to progress in the hiring of Americans with Disabilities, and calls for a concerted effort to continue to expand opportunities in the workplace. http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/02/more_must_be_done_in_nj_us_to_employ_the_disabled.html


Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on MS Research at Kessler Foundation

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on MS Research at Kessler Foundation

February 13, 2015 Gupta's EveryDayHealth.com team videos Drs. Genova & Lengenfelder's Emotional Processing Study

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s team was here in March to film this segment at the Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation.  Starring Drs. Helen Genova and Jeannie Lengenfelder, this informative piece details their multiple sclerosis study of the inability to recognize the facial expressions of six universal emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust. 


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nTIDE January 2015 Jobs Report: New Year Shines Bright for People with Disabilities Finding Employment

February 6, 2015

2015-02-06 10:43:21 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release January nTIDE Report – Monthly Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – February 6, 2015. As 2015 begins, Americans with disabilities continue to make employment gains for the fourth consecutive month, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

In the Bureau of Labor


Stroke research director provides expert commentary for study published in Neurology

Stroke research director provides expert commentary for study published in Neurology

December 11, 2014 Anna Barrett, MD, quoted in press release on magnetic stimulation findings by Italian group

Dr. Barrett, director of stroke rehabilitation research at Kessler Foundation, is an expert in hidden disabilities like spatial neglect.  She commented on the significance of new findings by stroke researchers in Rome, who found improvement in patients treated with magnetic stimulation. The press release is provided below:

NEW YORK. Dec. 14, 2011. New York. (Reuters Health, G. Pittman) - Treating stroke patients who have lost control and awareness of one side of their body with magnetic stimulation to the brain may improve their symptoms, researchers said today.

In a new, small study published in the journal Neurology, patients who were given quick bursts of stimulation over a


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Foundation research featured on Medical News Today

August 14, 2014

Top online site posts three recent studies on brain injury and multiple sclerosis

Four recent Kessler Foundation research studies in brain injury, stroke and MS are being featured on Medical News Today, the largest independent medical news site on the web. Please visit each page and submit your star ranking!

The effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/280852.php

Findings published on the impact of task constraint on task switching

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/280929.php

Predictors of prospective memory


Kessler Foundation hosts National MS Society NJ Metro Chapter

Kessler Foundation hosts National MS Society NJ Metro Chapter

July 30, 2014 Scientists presented MS cognitive research findings

July 30, 2014. Kessler Foundation recently hosted members and staff of the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for an update on the Foundation’s MS research studies funded by the Society. Pictured from left to right at the Kessler Conference Center are John DeLuca, PhD, the Foundation’s senior VP of Research & Training, Jim Roberts, chapter president and Jonathan Staunch, senior director, Donor Relations, National MS Society.


Lauren Scrivo of Kessler Foundation Publishes Op-ed on NJ.com to Comment on the ADA and Employment for People with Disabilities

Lauren Scrivo of Kessler Foundation Publishes Op-ed on NJ.com to Comment on the ADA and Employment for People with Disabilities

July 26, 2014 Scrivo shares her experience growing up with a disability and struggling to find employment

Lauren Scrivo, communications specialist at Kessler Foundation, was born with a form of muscular dystrophy. In a wheelchair and on a ventilator, she started kindergarten in the September following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). July 26, 2014 commemorates the 24th anniversary of the ADA. In “Why More People with Disabilities Aren’t Working,” Scrivo cites that while the ADA removed the physical barriers to employment, the attitudinal barriers of employers remains the biggest obstacle to employment.

Scrivo details growing up in the age of the ADA, discrimination she faced when


Kessler Foundation’s CEO Rodger DeRose Publishes Op-ed in The Hill to Reflect on the ADA

Kessler Foundation’s CEO Rodger DeRose Publishes Op-ed in The Hill to Reflect on the ADA

July 26, 2014 New strategies need to be developed in order to expand employment opportunities for PWD, says DeRose

July 26, 2014 marks the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  To commemorate this landmark legislation, Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, published an op-ed piece for The Hill—a congressional daily paper. In “People with Disabilities Still Find Job Market a Challenge,” DeRose discusses the current employment environment for Americans with disabilities and recognizes that while positive


North Jersey Navigators set new records at 2014 National and World Championships

North Jersey Navigators set new records at 2014 National and World Championships

June 7, 2014

At the 2014 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) in Iowa, the North Jersey Navigators set 23 new national records. The twelve athletes who represented the Navigators took home a record 131 medals (104 Gold, 20 Silver, and 7 Bronze).  The team placed FIRST in the Large Team category!

In addition, four athletes and one member of the Navigators’ staff were selected for the USA Junior Team in the 2014 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, UK, netting 7 Medals (5 Gold and 2 Bronze).

The NJDC and IWAS Junior World Championship Games give young athletes with


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College Career Ready Academy July 7 - 10

June 2, 2014

4-Day Summer Experience for High School Students with Mobility Disabilities

June 2, 2014. The College Career Ready Academy will be held July 7 - 10 at Horizon High School in Livingston, New Jersey. Sponsored by Kessler Foundation, this 4-day experience for students with mobility disabilities is free, but registration is required. Limited to 30 college-bound students who are entering 9th through 12th grades in September, and who have a condition that limits physical abilities. Featuring motivational speaker Scott Chesney. Register at: http://www.learndoearn.org/events.html For more infornation, contact Donna Custard at donna.custard@njchamber.com.


Now Available from Kessler Foundation - Materials for Assessing and Treating Spatial Neglect after Stroke

Now Available from Kessler Foundation - Materials for Assessing and Treating Spatial Neglect after Stroke

May 19, 2014

 Developed and distributed by Kessler stroke rehabilitation experts

West Orange, NJ. May 19, 2014. Kessler stroke researchers have developed a manual for the Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAPTM), as well as a manual and devices for the Kessler Foundation Prism Adaptation Treatment (KF-PATTM). These two programs facilitate the diagnosis and treatment for spatial neglect, a common complication of stroke that hinders rehabilitation and recovery.

Kessler Foundation now makes it possible to order the KF-NAP™ 2014 Manual or the KF-PAT™ 2014 Manual/Devices for use in your facility or organization. Learn more about these materials and the Network for Spatial Neglect at http://tinyurl.com/qcpyuu6.


Kessler Foundation Awarded >$718,000 in Research Grants from Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

Kessler Foundation Awarded >$718,000 in Research Grants from Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

May 17, 2014

West Orange, NJ. March 17, 2014. Kessler Foundation has received more than $718,000 in grant funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. The funding, comprised of five grants, supports a variety of rehabilitation research projects in spinal cord injury (SCI), including pain management, functional outcomes, quality of life, and factors affecting cognitive function.

Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, research scientist, was awarded a two-year grant for $284,012 for ‘Role of the Built Environment in Quality of Life for Adults with SCI.’ Research shows that where people live is important to


Kessler Foundation Launches Workplace Culture and Socialization Survey (WCS)

Kessler Foundation Launches Workplace Culture and Socialization Survey (WCS)

May 9, 2014 Volunteers with spinal cord injury needed for surveys

West Orange, NJ. May 9, 2014. U.S. volunteers with spinal cord injury are needed for research study of people with disabilities in the workplace. Study involves completion of two online surveys. Compensation: $50 

You are eligible to participate if you:

are age 25 to 64 years are competitively employed (part-time or full-time) have been in your current job for at least 3 months but not more than 1 year

You are not eligible to participate if you:

are self-employed or work in a business owned by your family

To participate, contact John O'Neill, Ph.D., CRC, Director, Employment and Disability Research at


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Dr. Kalpakjian presents SCI Grand Rounds at Kessler May 27

May 7, 2014

Makes You Want to Just Give Up…and Hide”: The Gynecological Health Care Experiences of Women with Disabilities

Title: “Makes You Want to Just Give Up…and Hide”:  The Gynecological Health Care Experiences of Women with Disabilities

Tuesday, May 27 4:15 - 5:15 pm

Speaker: Claire Z. Kalpakjian, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan Medical School

Location: Kessler Conference Center, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052

Audience: clinicians, researchers, and persons with SCI.

Presented by the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS) with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education, Grant #H133N110020.