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Call for Nominations for DeLisa Award: Deadline Dec. 16

April 30, 2011 2nd Annual Award for Excellence in Research & Education A single award of $50,000 will be made in May 2012

Kessler Foundation announces the 2011-2012 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 first recipient of the award (in 2011) was Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of PM&R and Physiology at the University of Puerto Rico. Click here for more


Kessler Foundation Celebrates 25 years at May 12th Event!

Kessler Foundation Celebrates 25 years at May 12th Event!

April 11, 2011

April 4, 2011 - Kessler Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 12, 6:30 pm,
Capitale, 130 Bowery Street, New York, NY for this milestone event celebrating 25 years of research, education and grantmaking that has benefited people with disabilities. Our honorary co-chairs are Governor Tom Ridge, Chief of the US Chamber of Commerce Security Task Force and the Hon. Bill Pascrell, Jr., US Congressman from New Jersey.

Three honors will be bestowed -- Rocco Ortenzio, Executive Chairman of Select Medical Corporation receives the Lifetime Achievement Award; Mark Pollard receives the Henry Kessler Human Dignity Award; and Walter Frontera, MD, PhD, of the University of Puerto Rico, is the first recipient of Kessler Foundation's Joel DeLisa Award for Research and


Kessler Foundation and NJ Nets

Kessler Foundation and NJ Nets

March 23, 2011

The NJ Nets featured Kessler Foundation's logo at Tuesday's game at the Prudential Center in Newark!

March 23, 2011
Stay tuned for more on the Foundation's new partnership!


New Legislation for Improved Helmets in Youth Sports

New Legislation for Improved Helmets in Youth Sports

March 18, 2011

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, Director of Neuroscience Research,commented on the legislation proposed by

March 18, 2011. WASHINGTON, D.C.—A bipartisan bill aimed at decreasing the concussion rate in youth and high school football players by improving helmet safety was introduced to Congress on Wednesday, in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Day.     Senator Tom Udall (D—NM) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D—NJ) sponsored the bill, which would give companies that make football helmets for youth and high school athletes nine months to improve helmet safety standards. If they fail to do so, the Consumer Product Safety Commission would be required to set standards. The bill would also enforce stricter penalties for companies that make false safety claims.

At a press conference


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Times Features Grant-funded Greenhouse Project

March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011

This Kessler Foundation-funded Greenhouse Project was featured in the March 2 New York Times Dining Section. Arthur & Friends trains people with disabilities for jobs in agribusiness.  Trainees, called 'friends' learn hydroponic farming methods and grow and market  a variety of produce to restaurants and caterers. Kessler Foundation has provided more than $500,000 in funding for this innovative approach that provides fresh, locally grown produce as well as meaningful employment for people with disabilities. This successful model is being repilcated at sitesi n New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    

 

 


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Katz & DeRose Publish Call to Action

March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011

The January 2011 issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine features a Call to Action by two Foundation executives: Elaine Katz, VP, and Rodger DeRose, President and CEO. The commentary was prompted by the results of the Harris survey released in July 2010 on the 20th anniverary of the ADA.  The 2010 Survey of Employment of Americans with Disability was sponsored by Kessler Foundation in partnership with the National Organization on Disability.  The survey showed a persistent gap in employment between Americans with and without disabilities. Katz and DeRose call for broader implementation of corporate poliices and programs that support hiring and retention. They also called on employers to use agencies that specialize in placing people with disabilities.  Those


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Traumatic Brain Injury Newsletter

January 17, 2011

Interested in traumatic brain injury? Considering volunteering for a research study?

January 17, 2011

Interested in traumatic brain injury? Considering volunteering for a research study? Click here to read TBI News & Views, our newsletter for people with brain injury and their care givers. Learn more about care and research at Kessler Foundation and Kessler Institute--partners in the Northern New Jersey TBI Model system. Click here to check out our new Interactive Newsletter.


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Zulin Dou, MD, PhD, to talk on Nov. 21 about neural network mechanisms after acute stroke

November 21, 2010 Effect of Cognitive Interventions on Physical Function in Acute Stroke and its Neural Network Mechanism

Guest speaker Zulin Dou, MD, PhD, will share his research in rehabilitation after acute stroke at a lecture on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:15 - 1:00 pm at Kessler Conference Center, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052. Dr. Dou, an expert in cognitive assessment and treatment after neurological injuries, will speak on "Effect of Cognitive Interventions on Physical Function in Acute Stroke and its Neural Network Mechanism." Please RSVP to

A noted researcher, he is affiliated with Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, China.


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One-Day TBI Consumer Conference

November 5, 2010

Thank you for making our conference a success! �Brain Injury: Strengthening Connections Through Health and Wellness.�

Friday, November 5, 2010 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Kessler Conference Center
1199 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, New Jersey 07052

For more information,
contact: ; 973.243.6812

People with brain injury and their families are encouraged to attend to learn about ways to maximize health and wellness, manage relationships, and use technology effectively. This conference features speakers, panel discussions, and exhibitors.

Sponsored by Kessler Foundation, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and


MS Expert Dr. Nocentini Presented Baird Lecture on Nov. 9

MS Expert Dr. Nocentini Presented Baird Lecture on Nov. 9

November 1, 2010

A Continuing Education Activity Sponsored by Kessler Foundation
Aging, Cognition and Domestic Accidents in Multiple Sclerosis
November 9, 2010 10:30 - 11:30 am
Kessler Conference Center
1199 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange, NJ 07052

Presented by

Ugo Nocentini, MD
Neurologist, Santa Lucia Foundation - Rome, Italy
Assistant Professor in Neurology, Neuroscience Department, University of Rome
Kessler Foundation will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities.

Please contact us with your requests.

Cherie Davide, Education Coordinator at Kessler Foundation cdavide@kesslerfoundation.org or 973-243-6813
As a


2010 Stroll NRoll Wrap-up

2010 Stroll N Roll Wrap-up

October 30, 2010

On a beautiful September morning, about 300 strollers and rollers gathered at the starting line of Kessler Foundation�s 9th annual Stroll �N Roll.

To see photos from Stroll'N Roll 2010 click here

On a beautiful September morning, about 300 strollers and rollers gathered at the starting line of Kessler Foundation's 9th annual Stroll 'N Roll. The North Jersey Navigators, junior athletes with disabilities, led the crowd. After a few opening remarks, they were off to complete a 5k, or three laps, around Verona Park. Families came out to enjoy the music, refreshments, face painting, and balloon artistry. They were joined by actor, producer, and disability advocate Daryl "Chill" Mitchell; Extra correspondent A.J.


New Kessler/NOD Issue Call to Hire People with Disabilities

New Kessler/NOD Issue Call to Hire People with Disabilities

October 5, 2010

HARRIS INTERACTIVE SURVEY FINDS LARGEST MINORITY GROUP FALLS BEHIND IN COMPANIES ATTEMPTS TO DIVERSIFY

Kessler Foundation/NOD Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities finds that largest minority group falls behind in companies' attempts to diversify.

NEW YORK (October 5th, 2010)  A new survey sponsored by Kessler Foundation and National Organization on Disability (NOD) finds that although corporations recognize that hiring employees with disabilities is important, most are hiring very few of these job seekers and few are proactively making efforts to improve the employment environment. These results, from the Kessler Foundation/National Organization on Disability 2010 Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities conducted by Harris Interactive, are


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Kessler Foundation's Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

September 27, 2010

Deadline for applications for this $50,000 award is December 15, 2010.

September 27, 2010 Kessler Foundation has established an annual award program in honor of the Founding Director of its Research Center, Joel A. DeLisa, MD, who retired from the Foundation this year. This $50,000 award seeks to identify and reward the physician or researcher who has demonstrated a significant impact on the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, particularly as it relates to the translation of research or education to patient care.

The first of these awards will be presented at the Kessler Foundation Awards Gala on May 12, 2011 in New York City. See links below to access the announcement, instructions for nominations, and the required cover letter. The deadline for applications


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NBC Today Show Features Kessler Foundation/NOD Survey!

July 26, 2010

Bonnie St. John and Alana Wallace gave their perspective on the new Survey, as people with disabilities. St. John, who has a prosthetic leg, is a member of the board of National Organization on Disabi

July 26, 2010 Wallace stars in the public service announcements for www.ThinkBeyondTheLabel.com. Click here to see the NBC Today Show interview in its entirety.


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Kessler Foundation Convenes Aphasia Summit

July 8, 2010

Opinion leaders from around the nation gathered to share their experiences with the latest in intervention.

Kessler Foundation Convenes First National Aphasia Summit

July 8, 2010  WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation, in association with Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (KIR), hosted the first national Aphasia Summit, entitled “Innovative Physiologic Treatments for Aphasia,” on Monday, June 21. The goal was to develop a plan of treatment for aphasia, encourage responsible innovation in rehabilitation, and develop a research agenda for this disabling complication of stroke.

 

Experts in the field of aphasia—physicians, researchers, psychologists and speech-language pathologists (S.L.P.)—gathered from around the country to share their