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nTIDE August 2013 Jobs Report - Employment Data for People with Disabilities Show Disappointing Results

September 6, 2013 Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release September TIDE Report - National Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – SEPTEMBER 6, 2013. When compared with last year’s data, a smaller percentage of people with disabilities is working and fewer are participating in the labor force, while a higher percentage are looking for work, 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,


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Kessler Foundation Stroke Researcher Named “Teacher of the Year” by Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

September 3, 2013 Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, assistant director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research, honored for excellence in physical medicine and rehabilitation

WEST ORANGE, N.J. September 9, 2013 – Mooyeon Oh-Park, M.D., of Kessler Foundation was named 2013  “Teacher of the Year” in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. This award is given each year to a faculty member who demonstrated outstanding knowledge in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as dedication and skills in teaching.

“When someone asks me, ‘what wakes you up in the morning?’ I can confidently say ‘my students.’ Teaching is always bidirectional in enhancing our knowledge and wisdom --


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Kessler Foundation Researcher reports pilot results from a virtual reality executive function task

August 31, 2013 Denise Krch, Ph.D., research scientist, presented “Pilot results from a virtual reality executive function task,” at the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation.

WEST ORANGE, N.J. August 27, 2013. —Denise Krch, Ph.D., research scientist for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research at Kessler Foundation, presented “Pilot results from a virtual reality executive function task,” at the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR). In the pilot study, Dr. Krch evaluated the Assessim Office (AO), a virtual reality office task, in participants with


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Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine publishes September conference issue

August 30, 2013 Conference theme: The Changing Face of Spinal Cord Injury

West Orange, NJ. August 30, 2013. The September issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine focuses on, “The Changing Face of Spinal Cord Injury,” the theme for the 2013 meeting of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Professionals. Research articles address topics in urology, neuroscience, rehabilitation psychology, physiology, gastroenterology, and infectious disease.The conference dates are September 2-4 at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conference abstracts are available for free download at: http://tinyurl.com/n95jnoy

The issue’s lead article is a state-


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John DeLuca, PhD, to Address PVA Summit 2013 + EXPO in Orlando

August 29, 2013 Aug. 29th Invited Lecture: Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis: It's About Time

On August 29, 2013, John DeLuca, PhD, will give an invited talk to more than 1000 attendees of the annual meeting of the Paralyzed Veterans of America – Summit 2013 + EXPO:  Delivering Excellence - Achieving State-of-the-Art Healthcare. The meeting, which  will be held at the Renaissance Sea World in Orlando, Florida,  August 27-29, brings together doctors, nurses, occupational, recreational and physical therapists, social workers, and researchers to explore and implement holistic strategies to strengthen the continuum of care, empower clinicians and patients, and improve quality of life for all people living with SCI, MS, ALS and other chronic neurological conditions. Dr. DeLuca


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A.M. Barrett of Kessler Foundation authors editorial on spatial neglect study in Neurology

August 28, 2013 Study by Rousseaux and colleagues in Neurology contributes to translational stroke care

West Orange, NJ. August 28, 2013.  A.M. Barrett, MD, a cognitive neurologist and clinical researcher, authored the editorial, Picturing the body in spatial neglect: Descending a staircase, (doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182a82571) published ahead of print on August 28 by Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The editorial addresses the research article in the same issue: Rousseaux M, Honoré J, Vuilluemeier P,  Saj A:


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Rodger DeRose Discusses Disability Employment on CNBC

August 27, 2013

Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, was interviewed on CNBC's Power Lunch, on Tuesday, August 27th. Live from the New York Stock Exchange, he discussed why employing people with disabilities is a good business decision, how Kessler Foundation is expanding opportunities through funding disability employment initiatives, the current employment environment for people with


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Rodger DeRose to discuss Disability Employment on CNBC, on August 27

August 23, 2013 Tune in to CNBC's Power Lunch TODAY at 1pm EST

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, will be interviewed live on CNBC's Power Lunch, on Tuesday, August 27th at 1:30pm EST, from the New York Stock Exchange. He will discuss:

Why employing people with disabilities is a good business decision How Kessler Foundation is expanding opportunities through funding disability employment initiatives, sponsoring governors' conferences to discuss ideas to increase employment for people with disabilities, and working with the US Business Leadership Network and Chamber of Commerce The current employment environment for people with disabilities,

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Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine publishes special issue on assistive technology for Individuals with spinal cord injury

August 21, 2013 Rory Cooper, PhD, of University of Pittsburgh is guest editor for JSCM special issue

West Orange, NJ. August 21, 2013. The July issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine focuses on, “Advances in Technology for People with Spinal Cord Injury.” Guest Editor Rory Cooper, PhD, is a member of the journal’s Editorial Board. Dr.  Cooper is the FISA/PVA Endowed Chair and a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.  He is also the Center Director at the


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Grand Opening of Training Center to Support Employment for People with Disabilities at OfficeMax

August 6, 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—With the grand opening of the Aspire CareerLink Training Center on August 6, in Illinois, OfficeMax® will begin training people with disabilities for jobs in its distribution and retail centers, an initiative supported by Kessler Foundation.

In 2012, Kessler Foundation awarded the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) with a $323,333 Signature Employment Grant to partner with OfficeMax, a leading provider of office and facility supplies, technology and services, in the


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nTIDE July 2013 Jobs Report: Employment Data for People with Disabilities Show Mixed Results

August 2, 2013 Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release JUly 2013 nTIDE Report - National Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – August 2, 2013. When compared with last year’s data, a smaller percentage of people with disabilities is working, while a higher percentage is engaged 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 Friday, August 2, the employment-to-population


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John DeLuca, PhD, speaks at APA Convention in Honolulu

August 2, 2013 Lecture topic: Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis: It's About Time

On August 2, 2013, John DeLuca, PhD, gave an invited talk on behalf of Division 40 at the American Psychological Asosciation's 121st Annual Convention at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. DeLuca's topic was "Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis: It's About Time," Dr. DeLuca, who is vice president for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation, also serves on the Division 22 Board of Directors as Member-At-Large.

About John DeLuca

Dr. DeLuca is VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation, which conducts cognitive and physical research in brain injury (TBI), MS, spinal cord injury, and stroke. He specializes in the study of disorders of


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Kessler Foundation Commemorates ADA Anniversary by Supporting Disability Employment Initiatives and Research

July 26, 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—As July 26th marks the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Kessler Foundation continues to pledge its commitment to change the lives of the 56 million Americans with disabilities.

Earlier this year, Kessler Foundation began collaborating with the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD) to release Trends in Disability Employment—National Update (TIDE Update). John O’Neill, Ph.D., director of Employment and Disability Research at Kessler


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Congressman Frelinghuysen visits Kessler Foundation

July 26, 2013 Tours new Neuroimaging Center

On July 26, 2013, Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ-11) toured the new Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation in West Orange with Rodger DeRose, president and CEO and John DeLuca, PhD, vice president for Research and Training. The Foundation has the only freestanding research facility with a scanner dedicated solely to rehabilitation research. Dr. DeLuca explained the extraordinary capabilities of the Center’s 3T Siemens-Skyra scanner, the most powerful of its kind.  “We are now able to explore not only how the brain and spinal cord function, but to measure the effects of experimental treatments. This will provide the data needed to document the efficacy of rehabilitation interventions. Having this new Center will expand our collaborations with


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Reeve Foundation Visits Kessler Foundation

July 13, 2013 Wilderotter and Goldberg tour new Neuroimaging Center and Gait Lab

On July 30, Peter Wilderotter, president and CEO, and Maggie Goldberg, senior VP for Marketing and Communications of the Reeve Foundation visited Kessler Foundation.  They toured the Foundation’s new Neuroimaging Center and Gait Lab with Rodger DeRose, president and CEO. “These additions greatly expand our capabilities to perform rehabilitation research in cognition and mobility,” said DeRose. “The Neuroimaging Center’s 3T Siemens Skyra scanner is the most powerful of its kind, enabling our scientists to study the relationships between brain structure and behavior and document the effects of rehabilitative interventions. Having a scanner on site that is dedicated to research is a unique asset that will enable more rapid