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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


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Kessler Foundation collaborates with UNH on NIDRR Rehabilitation Research and Training Center grant

December 20, 2013 Drs. Botticello and O’Neill to study ways to improve disability statistics toward the goal of more effective programs for people with disabilities

West Orange, NJ. December 20, 2013. Kessler Foundation scientists John O’Neill, PhD, CRC and Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, were awarded a subcontract on the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center


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 the


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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” data 


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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.

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A picture of the Painting "Winterscape" by Ronaldo Byrd

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 in the


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Kessler Stroke Researchers Explore Five New Avenues for Rehabilitation Research

November 26, 2013 Treatments based on behavioral or non-invasive physiological stimulation show greatest potential

West Orange, NJ. November 26, 2013. Because the concept of permanent neurological injury has given way to recognition of the brain’s potential for long-term regeneration ad reorganization, rehabilitations strategies are undergoing radical changes.  The potential for five new translational interventions was examined in an article published ahead of print on November 13 by Neurology Clinical Practice: Barrett AM, Oh-Park M, Chen P, Ifejika NL: Five New Things in Neurorehabilitation. doi: 10.1212/01.CPJ.0000437088.98407.fa. Drs. Barrett, Oh-Park and Chen are affiliated with Kessler Foundation. Dr. Ifejika is with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.


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nTIDE September 2013 Jobs Report: Employment Results for People with Disabilities Optimistic for the First Time Since May

November 22, 2013 Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release October TIDE Report - National Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – OCTOBER 22, 2013. When compared with last year’s data, a higher percentage of people with disabilities are employed, while a lower percentage of people without disabilities are participating in the labor force, 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” data released Tuesday,


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Kessler Foundation study provides first Class 1 evidence for cognitive rehabilitation in MS

November 21, 2013 MEMREHAB Trial shows a significant effect for cog rehab in MS that lasts 6 months

WEST ORANGE, NJ November 21, 2013. Kessler Foundation researchers published the results of the MEMREHAB Trial in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, providing the first Class I evidence for the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis (MS). The article, Chiaravalloti N, Moore NB, Nikelshpur OM, DeLuca J: An RCT to treat learning impairment in MS. Neurology 2013(81), was released as an epub ahead of print on November 8. It


Prof. Jeroen Geurts with Dr DeLuca

Noted Dutch MS scientist gives 2013 Baird Lecture

November 21, 2013 Prof. Jeroen Geurts presented research on gray matter and cognition

On November 21, Kessler Foundation welcomed its 2013 Baird Lecturer, noted MS researcher Prof.dr. Jeroen Geurts. Dr. Geurts chairs the department of Anatomy and Neurosciences at VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam where he is  Professor of Translational Neuroscience.  Dr. Geurts presented his research on the clinical impact of grey matter damage in MS and its role in cognitive decline.  The Baird Lecture series is a professional educational series sponsored annually by Kessler Foundation.  Dr. Geurts met with Dr. John DeLuca, VP for Research & Training, after the lecture.


Dr John Oneill

October Employment Results for People with Disabilities Skewed by Government Shutdown

November 8, 2013 Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release November TIDE Report - National Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – November 8, 2013. When compared with last year's data, there are substantial decreases in the employment and labor force participation of people with disabilities, which may be the result of the government shutdown, 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” data released Friday


Steven Benvenisti

Kessler Foundation Names First Recipient of Kessler Foundation Neurorehabilitation Award

November 7, 2013 Steven Benvenisti Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Public Awareness of Neurorehabilitation

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Steven Benvenisti, Esq., partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, personal injury attorney and motivational speaker, has been named the first recipient of the Kessler Foundation Neurorehabilitation Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to social and public awareness of neurorehabilitation. The American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) Educational Foundation Board selects the honoree. Benvenisti will receive this award at the ASNR Foundation dinner on November 7, 2013 in San Diego at the Hard Rock Café. 

“It is very humbling to receive an award on behalf


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Kessler Foundation neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of cognitive fatigue in MS

November 1, 2013 Neuroimaging findings indicate presence of ‘fatigue-network’ in persons with MS and cognitive fatigue

EMBARGOED UNTIL NOV. 1, 2013 at 5 pm.

West Orange, NJ. November 1, 2013. A new study by Kessler Foundation scientists sheds light on the mechanisms underlying cognitive fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis.  Cognitive fatigue is fatigue resulting from mental work rather than from physical labor.  Genova H et al: Examination of cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis using functional


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Kessler researchers find aerobic exercise benefits memory in persons with MS

November 1, 2013 Kessler researchers find aerobic exercise benefits memory in persons with multiple sclerosis Collaborative study reveals novel finding that aerobic exercise results in increased hippocampal vol

West Orange, NJ. November 1, 2013. A research study headed by Victoria Leavitt, Ph.D. and James Sumowski, Ph.D., of Kessler Foundation, provides the first evidence for beneficial effects of aerobic exercise on brain and memory in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).  The article, “Aerobic exercise increases