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Kessler Foundation researchers find education attenuates impact of TBI on cognition

February 27, 2014 Results support the hypothesis of cognitive reserve in traumatic brain injury

West Orange, NJ. February 27, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have found that higher educational attainment (a proxy of intellectual enrichment) attenuates the negative impact of  traumatic brain injury (TBI) on cognitive status.  The brief report, Sumowski J, Chiaravalloti N, Krch D, Paxton J, DeLuca J. Education attenuates the negative impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on cognitive status, was published in the December issue of


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Kessler Foundation MS researchers find task meaningfulness influences learning and memory

February 20, 2014 Self-generation may be influenced by variables such as task meaningfulness during learning and memory

West Orange, NJ. February 20, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have found that among persons with multiple sclerosis, self-generation may be influenced by variables such as task meaningfulness during learning and memory. They also found that type of task (functional versus laboratory) had a significant effect on memory. This is the first controlled investigation of therapeutic and patient-specific factors that supports the inclusion of self-generation in cognitive rehabilitation. The study was published in the January issue of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: An International Journal. (


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Kessler Foundation researchers study impact of head movement on fMRI data

February 19, 2014 Head movement during fMRI may bias sampling toward subjects with lower cognitive ability

 

West Orange, NJ. February 19, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have shown that discarding data from subjects with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exhibit head movement during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may bias sampling away from subjects with lower cognitive ability. The study was published in the January issue of Human Brain Mapping. (Wylie GR,


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Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grants Now Available

February 7, 2014 Grant Concept Submittal Deadline: February 7, 2014 at 5pm EST

Kessler Foundation opened its application process for nonprofit organizations to apply for its Signature Employment Grants. Awarded annually to organizations around the country, Signature Grants fund innovative initiatives that create or expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Programs awarded include pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas that solve the high underemployment and unemployment rate of people with disabilities.

Signature Employment Grants range from $250,000 to $500,000 and are given over a period of two years.

Grant Concepts are due by February 7, 2014 at 5pm EST. Notification of accepted Grant


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nTIDE January 2014 Jobs Report - Employment Numbers Continuing Downward Trend for People with Disabilities

February 7, 2014

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire Release December nTIDE Report – Monthly Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – February 7, 2014. To begin the New Year, employment numbers continue to decline for people with disabilities when compared to January 2013, while jobs data are mixed for people without disabilities, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

In Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “first-Friday” data released Friday, February


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Kessler Foundation MS researchers study predictors of employment status

January 31, 2014 Comparison of cognitive tests shows SDMT effective in determining employment status in MS

West Orange, NJ. January 31, 2014. Researchers at Kessler Foundation have studied the measurement tools used in multiple sclerosis for their effectiveness in predicting employment status. They compared the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite (MSFC), the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task (PASAT), and the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT), and found the SDMT effective in differentiating employed from unemployed individuals. The article, Unemployment in multiple sclerosis (MS): utility of the MS Functional Composite and cognitive testing, was published in the January


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Severity of spatial neglect after stroke predicts long-term mobility recovery in the community

January 27, 2014 Findings suggest early detection and intervention of spatial neglect may be necessary to achieve better return of mobility

West Orange, NJ. January 27, 2014. Stroke rehabilitation researchers at Kessler Foundation report an association between acute, severe spatial neglect post stroke and long-term recovery of mobility. This new study indicates that severity of spatial neglect during the acute inpatient rehabilitation for right brain stroke may predict functional mobility in the community after discharge. The article, “Severity of spatial neglect during acute inpatient rehabilitation predicts community mobility post stroke,” was epublished ahead of print in Physical Medicine &


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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. Click for more


Kessler Foundation Debuts ‘Walk Away from No’ PSA

Kessler Foundation Debuts ‘Walk Away from No’ PSA

January 22, 2014

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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 research


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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 grantmaking.


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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