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Service to Others

October 16, 2015

Humanitarian and boxing legend Muhammad Ali once said to me, “Service to others is the rent we pay for our space here on Earth.” Ever since that day back in the 90’s, I remind myself of that purpose, each and every day. Just a few short years after that, I combined that purpose with my passion—motivational and inspirational speaking—and my career took off.

I spoke for a non-profit organization, for which I shared my personal experiences of living life with paralysis and medical advances in spinal cord injury research. But then, a calling came to travel the world, make peace with the past, and deepen my purpose to help others. Shortly after my first journey, which took me to 26 countries in one year, I felt an urge to begin speaking to all types of audiences and not only share my


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Why Hire People with Disabilities?

October 1, 2015

October marks the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month - a time to acknowledge the substantial contributions made by workers with disabilities. It's also a time to reflect on our attitudes as a society and find ways to expand employment opportunities for this talented population – the largest minority in the U.S.

According to the 2015 Kessler Foundation Employment and Disability Survey, 69 percent of Americans with disabilities are working, actively preparing for employment, searching for jobs, or seeking more hours. What does this mean? Clearly, it means that work is important to the majority of people with disabilities.

Survey respondents also shared their experiences with barriers to


Foot drop stimulator may improve walking after stroke

Foot drop stimulator may improve walking after stroke

September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015. Researchers have found that use of a foot drop stimulator (WalkAide) improves walking in individuals with foot drop as a result of stroke. "Changes in center of dispalcement withthe use of a foot drop stimulator in individuals with stroke" was publsihed in the journal Clinical Biomechanics (doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.03.016) The authors are Dr. Karen Nolan and Mathew Yarossi of Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, and Patrick Mclaughlin of Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


Foundation Researchers Explore Role of Dopamine in MS fatigue

Foundation Researchers Explore Role of Dopamine in MS fatigue

September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015. Scientists at Kessler Foundation authored a review article that describes a specific hypothesis for fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS). “The dopamine imbalance hypothesis of fatigue in multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders,” was published in the open access journal, Frontiers in Neurology (doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00052). This hypothesis builds upon evidence from studies in neuropsychology, pharmacology, immunology, and neuroimaging that point to a critical role for dopamine, a modulatory neurotransmitter. Authors Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, Helen Genova, PhD, John DeLuca, PhD, and Glenn Wylie, DPhil, recommend further investigation of the role of dopamine in fatigue


Register for Kessler Foundation’s 14th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll!

Register for Kessler Foundation’s 14th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll!

September 27, 2015

Join us on Sunday, September 27, 2015, from 10am to 1pm at Verona Park in Verona, NJ for Kessler Foundation’s 14th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll! This exciting family event brings together hundreds of people of all abilities to raise vital funds to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. We have planned a fun-filled day of games, prizes, crafts, and music, plus a scenic walk around Verona Lake. The cost to register is $25 for individuals or $50 for families/teams. Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $25,000. Every dollar you give or raise changes the lives of people with disabilities. For more information and to register, visit


Assemblywoman Mila Jasey presents resolution at opening of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey presents resolution at opening of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation

September 26, 2015

Jasey, Codey and McKeon sponsored joint legislative resolution of state Senate and General Assembly

At the September 26 Opening of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27-NJ) presents a joint legislative resolution of the Senate and General Assembly. The resolution, sponsored by Jasey, Senator Codey and Assemblyman John McKeon, acknowledges the Center as unique in its dedication solely to rehabilitation research and affirms its “importance to the citizens of West Orange, this State, and the world…"


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Employment is priority: People with disabilities have value as workers and consumers

July 30, 2015

By Rodger DeRose

This opinion piece, written by Kessler Foundation's President and CEO Rodger DeRose, was published in The Hill, on July 24, 2015. To view the piece on The Hill's website, visit http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/249021-employment-is-priority-people-with-disabilities-have-value-as-workers-and

Sunday, July 26, marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant pieces of civil rights legislation – the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA – prohibiting


Spatial Neglect Assessment: A Web-based Learning Opportunity

Spatial Neglect Assessment: A Web-based Learning Opportunity

July 15, 2015

For the past year, at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, Dr. Peii Chen, research scientist, and Kimberly Hreha, stroke clinical research coordinator, felt as if they had changed their job titles!  An ambitious goal led to expanding their daily work tasks to include scriptwriting, interviewing professional videographers, casting patients, and learning to read off a teleprompter (just to name a few)! This effort was all toward developing a web-based video tutorial of the assessment process they developed called the Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP). You may be asking yourself…

Why: In 2012, occupational


Celebrating Independence Day

Celebrating Independence Day

July 1, 2015

At Kessler Foundation, we celebrate Independence Day through our work that promotes independence for Americans with disabilities at home, in their communities and in the workplace. Thank you artist Ronaldo Byrd for capturing the spirit of the Fourth in this joyous painting.

See more of Ronaldo's work on Facebook at Ronaldo's Art Corner.  


Close Finish in the 15th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

Close Finish in the 15th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

May 31, 2015

 

The morning of Memorial Day was perfect—cool, with very little wind, and excitement in the air. It was the ideal setting for the kick off the 15th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K, the wheelchair division of the Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run. Representing the US, Spain, and Costa Rica, 29 racers competed for a total purse of $15,000. The race saw close finishes, new victors, and returning athletes.

Laurens Molina, 36, from Costa Rica, edged crossed the finish line just a second before James Senbeta, 28, from Illinois, to secure the top spot in the Men's Open with a time of 22.11 minutes. Born without bone below the knees, he has been racing since he was 19. "Competing helped me overcome my depression and made


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Volunteer Research Participants Needed

May 13, 2015

Researchers at Kessler Foundation are conducting a large, multi-site study to develop test norms for a commonly used measure to assess thinking speed, the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT). To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 18 to 74 and  medically healthy. You also must not have any past or present diagnosis of a learning disability, alcohol or drug problems, or diagnosis of a significant mental health disorder (e.g., bipolar disorder, psychosis). Please contact Monika Michalec at 973-324-8428 or mmichalec@kesslerfoundation.org to find out more and to see if you are eligible.  The study visit should take about one hour and you will be compensated for your time. You must be within commuting distance to West


Check Out the Latest Issue of TBI News ‘N Views

Check Out the Latest Issue of TBI News ‘N Views

May 12, 2015

 

Kessler Foundation announces the Winter 2015 issue of TBI News & Views (Vol. 6, No. 1), a consumer newsletter of the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS). Read the story of Tracy Matos, who expanded her family and returned to work after her injury. Learn the latest discoveries, news, sleep strategies, and the impact of neuroimaging on research. Gain resources to access transportation to independently navigate the community. Caregivers can also learn how a positive attitude and asking for help relieves stress.

TBI News & Views, a semiannual publication,


Register Now for the 15th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

Register Now for the 15th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

May 12, 2015

 

Register now for the 15th Annual Kessler Foundation WTFUSA National Wheelchair 10K Championship, part of the Fred D’Elia Ridgewood Run, on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 at Graydon Pool–201 North Maple Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ. This event is one of the largest integrated races in the country, as wheelchair athletes compete on the same course, at the same time, as the runners. Racers compete for cash prizes!

The Wheelchair 10K begins at 8:15am, with registration opening at 7am. Registration is $25 per racer. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Kessler Foundation will


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Our TBI Research In the News

May 7, 2015

Actual Reality & Emotional Processing featured on Medical News Today

Our recent TBI research is being featured online at Medical News Today. Please visit these links and give your star rankings for the achievements of our scientists:

 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/292132.php

Kessler Foundation scientists link emotional processing deficits with white matter damage 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/291134.php

Kessler Foundation scientists test Actual Reality in functional assessment post-TBI


Support Kessler Foundation While You Shop

Support Kessler Foundation While You Shop

May 7, 2015

Choose Kessler Foundation as your charity on smile.amazon.com

It’s easy to change the lives of people with disabilities - you can do it while you shop on Amazon.  

All you have to do is shop on AmazonSmile—identical to Amazon, with the same variety and pricing. But AmazonSmile has one major difference: Each time you shop through smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Kessler Foundation.

To add Kessler Foundation as your charitable organization, follow these easy steps:

1.    Visit smile.amazon.com

2.    Sign in with