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Thank You for an Amazing Virtual Stroll 'N Roll!

October 1, 2020

Many thanks for a successful and special day! People of all ages and abilities gathered in their own neighborhoods on September 27 for Kessler Foundation’s first-ever virtual Stroll ‘N Roll to prove that abilities are what matter.

Together we raised over $165,000 to advance rehabilitation research and employment initiatives that return people with disabilities to their homes, their communities, and the workplace. The generosity of champions like you made this happen.

Inspiring leaders created teams of champions to give back while making a lasting impact on the lives of people with disabilities. We selected three of the top winning fundraisers along with the person with the most posts about Stroll ‘N Roll on social media.

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A Woman with a Disability: Finds Strength, Conquers Barriers and Creates Success in the Workforce

September 30, 2020

By Nicky Miller

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Nicky Miller, spoke with Annemarie Veira, MSEd, CRCC, a coordinator for Disability Resources at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and a certified rehabilitation counselor. They talked about her trials and triumphs of conquering barriers at college and the workforce, as a person with a disability.

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2020 Kessler Foundation Grantee Symposium

September 29, 2020 Falling through the Cracks: Implications of AI
for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities


Friday, November 13, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00pm EST 

Registration info:
Free and open to the public, pre-registration required

Join us at our virtual grantee symposium to learn how employers use artificial intelligence (AI) in the employment process for streamlining resume screening, interviewing candidates, and onboarding new hires. Increasingly, this machine learning process is reshaping the world of work. It is important for disability professionals working in job search, placement, and support to understand how disability is defined and understood in the context of AI, and the perils

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August 2020 COVID Update: Shift to Actively Looking for Work May Signal Slowing Recovery

September 22, 2020

Following April’s sharp rise, unemployment has declined since May 2020 for people with and without disabilities, accompanied by a marked shift in
the proportion on temporary layoff/furlough to actively looking for work, as jobs are permanently lost. This shift may be a sign that economic recovery is slowing.    



nTIDE experts examine factors underlying the fluctuations in unemployment numbers for people with and without disabilities

East Hanover, NJ. September 22, 2020. While the number of unemployed people with disabilities has slowly declined since May 2020, there is more to this picture. “Looking at August’s numbers, we are also seeing a substantial decline in the unemployed who are waiting to

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Preventing Illness, Developing Preparedness, and Reaching Out During a Pandemic

September 21, 2020

By Kari Kaminski, RN, BSN, CRRN and Agata Buczek, RN, BSN, CRRN, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Chester Campus

Although the spread of COVID-19 has begun to wane in many areas of the country, the importance of staying vigilant and following state and local precautions remains a high priority for all. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in ways we never could have anticipated. These unprecedented times have added an extra burden to brain injury survivors and their caregivers. It’s important to prevent becoming infected, plan for what to do if you or someone in your family becomes ill, and know how to reach out for help to prevent increased stress, anxiety, and isolation.

As we receive new information

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Part 2 - Shifting the Culture in Fashion: Creating Adaptive Clothing for People with Disabilities

September 21, 2020

By Nicky Miller 

In episode two of Kessler Foundation's "Fashion meets Accessibility" podcast series, Nicky Miller, spoke with Mindy Scheier. Learn about how Scheier, a fashionista and entrepreneur is helping the fashion industry rethink the runway. Scheier, stopped by to talk about her partnership with Tommy Hilfiger and, she discusses inclusion, accessibility and adaptable clothing for people with disabilities.

Episode 2

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Entrepreneurs with Disability: Reframing Our View of Disability Employment

September 16, 2020

By Carolann Murphy, PA

As the nation continues to grapple with the effects of the ongoing pandemic, intense pressures are transforming every aspect of society, including education, government, health care, business, and employment. For all Americans, the world of work is changing rapidly, requiring workers to consider all the options for staying in the labor force. Starting one’s own business is an option that gains traction during periods of recession, according to Kate Caldwell, PhD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Disability & Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Innovation is a necessity for people with disabilities, who are

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Stroll 'N Roll Goes Virtual

September 4, 2020

Kessler Foundation will host our first-ever virtual Stroll 'N Roll on Sunday, September 27. Even though we can’t be together physically, the strength of our community working together will change lives. And virtual Stroll ‘N Roll means anyone, anywhere can get involved from home!

With the support of our donors, Kessler Foundation drives positive change for people with disabilities. Generous donors like you fund groundbreaking rehabilitation and disability employment research and fund innovative initiatives to provide access to job opportunities.

You help Kessler Foundation researchers seek new ways to improve mobility and cognition for people with disabilities. Our researchers also investigate how disabilities affect employment and ways to optimize outcomes. And

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Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

August 27, 2020

September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. You change lives with your generosity. When you support Kessler Foundation, you give the gift of independence to people with SCI like Peter, Chris, and Natalie, and for that we thank you.

Recovery from spinal cord injury, long considered impossible, is now on the horizon. The Tim and Caroline Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation is accelerating the pace of discoveries—Peter, Chris, and Natalie share how these discoveries are changing their lives.

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Volunteering Has Given Us Both a Purpose - 2020 BIANJ Honoree Jane and Joe Concato

August 21, 2020

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast Dr. Erica Weber, chatted with Jane and Joe Concato, to learn about their volunteer work and how they are helping the community. At this years's Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) Virtual Gala, the Concato's were recognized as Volunteer Service Champions to honor their service to the brain injury community in North Jersey.




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Tireless Efforts in Meaningful Brain Injury Research - 2020 BIANJ Honoree Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti

August 20, 2020

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti, director of the Centers for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research and Traumatic Brain Injury Research, discusses her efforts in brain injury research. 

Dr. Chiaravalloti was this year's 2020 Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey's honoree. She was designated Research Innovation Champion for her tireless efforts in meaningful brain injury research. 



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Caregiver Corner: Finding Hope after TBI

August 18, 2020

By Angela Smith, Senior Research Coordinator, Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research, Kessler Foundation

On July 3, 2011, Joan Enker’s life as a busy wife, mother, grandmother and caregiver to her aging parents changed in an instant. During a family trip to upstate New York, a young driver struck her husband Warren while he was on an errand to purchase additional folding chairs for his family to watch the holiday fireworks display. The trauma was compounded by the fact she had no idea what happened until he failed to return. After several desperate hours of searching, Joan learned Warren had been medevacked to a local facility, but because of the severity of his injuries and the increasing fog, he had been taken by ambulance to Westchester Medical Center

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Kessler Staff Honored at Rutgers Medical School Graduation and Awards Ceremony

July 15, 2020

By Nicky Miller


This year’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School graduation and award ceremony was held virtually, honoring several Kessler Foundation staff members for their work in rehabilitation research. The “Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration” was held in June and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was moved online.

Diplomas were given to five Kessler postdoctoral fellows:

• Fatma Eren, MD, Centers for Spinal Cord Injury Research and
   Outcomes and Assessment Research

• Nathan Hogaboom, PhD, Centers for