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Valentina Morales, FEDCAP’s senior director of Justice Initiatives.

Coordinating Care from Detention to Release to the Community: The Women’s Project

June 8, 2020

By Carolann Murphy, PA


Even in a strong economy, finding and maintaining employment is difficult for those living with disability, and making that transition is complicated further by poverty, mental illness, and incarceration. Women dealing with these issues need comprehensive and consistent services in order to achieve personal freedom, meaningful work, and financial independence while meeting their personal goals and family responsibilities.

The Women’s Project provides an alternative to pretrial detention for women who cannot afford monetary bail. Part of a partnership of Wildcat Services Corporation, an agency of The FEDCAP Group (FEDCAP), defenders and district attorneys, The Women’s Project

Tammy and family

Living a Full Life Despite MS, Tammy Reclaims Her Power

May 27, 2020

Saturday, May 30, is World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day. With your generosity, you help people with MS like Tammy stay employed and live their
life to the fullest.

Tammy Quasius, a biologist, wife, and mother of two, started experiencing symptoms of fatigue, numbness, and trouble thinking and remembering.
She suspected MS, but it took three years before she was diagnosed. Then, she worried. "How will I take care of my kids? Will I be able to work?" 

Tammy set a goal of maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. She learned about Kessler Foundation’s MS research and

Two women sitting in chairs and chatting

Social Cognition: What Is It, and How Does It Impact Persons with TBI?

May 22, 2020

By Helen Genova, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research, Kessler Foundation

Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) often face a wide range of challenges, including the ability to connect with others. For many, making or maintaining social connections can be a struggle. They may find it more difficult to engage in conversation or find themselves getting into arguments more frequently. These symptoms are not uncommon and may be due to impairments in social cognition.  

Social cognition refers to the skills we use whenever we interact with others. These skills help us understand another person’s thoughts, beliefs, and feelings and helps us to communicate with them.  

For example,

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Brain Injury Support Groups

May 15, 2020

By Andrea Trotta Gagliano, MS, CRC, LPC, Research Coordinator, Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research, Kessler Foundation

Whether you are a brain injury survivor or a caregiver, your world has forever been changed. You likely face many challenges, have many concerns, and may be unsure how to navigate this “new normal.” You may also feel alone. Finding the right support and resources is critical. And one of the best resources for both survivors and caregivers is a support group.

Peer support groups bring together individuals who share a common condition or situation. More specifically, brain injury support groups focus on the scope of emotional, psychological, behavioral, and social consequences of injury. They provide a forum for

Helen and Anthony

This Mother's Day, Support, Heal, Inspire.

May 6, 2020

Happy Mother's Day! Now, more than ever, because of COVID-19 and the challenging and uncertain times in which we find ourselves, people with disabilities need our help. With your generosity, Dr. Helen Genova, Kessler Foundation researcher and mother, can seek ways to help young people with autism, like her son Anthony, land jobs.

When Helen’s son Anthony was four years old, he was diagnosed with autism. She and her husband found themselves travelling an unexpected path with no map to guide them. They learned that finding the right schools and programs was crucial to easing their journey. But Anthony is now thirteen and they worry about what his future holds. Will he find a

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Kessler Staff Share Stories and Tips for Successfully Working from Home

May 1, 2020

By Nicky Miller and Sybrina Blissett 



With some changes and provided resources, Kessler Foundation employees have been very productive while sheltering at home from COVID-19. With short notice, employees responded by developing plans to adapt to a new routine and work environment.

Here are a few stories and tips from employees from different departments at Kessler Foundation who are currently working from home, and doing it successfully.


Optimizing Healthy Sleep Habit during COVID-19 Pandemic

Optimizing Healthy Sleep Habits during the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 29, 2020

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Anthony Lequerica, PhD and Erica Weber, PhD, share information about "Optimizing Healthy Sleep Habits during the COVID-19 Pandemic."  At the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, Dr. Lequerica is a senior research scientist and Dr. Weber is a research scientist. 


Listen to the podcast, view the transcript and download this episode and others for free on 

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Ray Himber: The Healing Power of Family and Community

April 29, 2020

By Mallory Houston, Research Assistant, Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research, Kessler Foundation

Snowmobiling was one of Ray Himber’s favorite sports. The former auto mechanic always enjoyed riding across the snow-covered terrain with his family and friends – until January 6, 1996, when a snowmobiling accident changed his life forever. He sustained a traumatic brain injury, was airlifted to Wilson Medical Center near Binghamton, N.Y., and remained in a coma for seven weeks. When he emerged, Ray was unable to walk or speak. He couldn’t swallow   and eat. His prognosis was poor. Ray’s mother and primary caregiver, Maria, described the experience in one word: “Devastating.”

Ray was eventually transferred to Children’s Specialized

Head-shot against a black background of Drs. Denise Krch, Nancy Chiaravalloti and Erica Weber

Caregiving for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury while Sheltering in Place for COVID-19

April 17, 2020

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, Denise Krch, PhD, and Erica Weber, PhD, share information about "Caregiving for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury while Sheltering in Place for COVID-19." Dr. Chiaravalloti is the director of the Centers for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research and Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, Dr. Krch is a senior research scientist and Dr. Weber is a research scientist at the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research. 



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Social Distancing with MS or a TBI: Difficulties with Being Too Close and Too Far

April 15, 2020

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Helen Genova, PhD, and Erica Weber, PhD, share information about “Social distancing with MS or a TBI: Difficulties with being too close and too far.”


At the Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, Dr. Genova is the assistant director, who researches social cognition and emotion recognition in neurological disorders. Dr. Weber is a research scientist and clinical neuropsychologist in the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury. This podcast was hosted by our social media specialist Nicky Miller and Dr. Weber. 


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COVID-19 Employment Resources

April 14, 2020

By Nicky Miller 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great economic impact, leaving millions of Americans unemployed. Throughout this challenging time, we understand the need and importance of helpful and reliable employment resources and information.

Below is a list of resources for various needs and assistance that may be useful to you, your employers or family members. Please know that you are not alone, we will get through this together.


Employment Benefits Resources

COVID-19 Scenarios and Benefits Available Unemployment Insurance

COVID-19 and Spinal Cord Injury: Minimizing Risks for Complications

COVID-19 and Spinal Cord Injury: Minimizing Risks for Complications

April 7, 2020

A high proportion of the United States population could become infected with the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). People with disabilities like spinal cord injury (SCI) may be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. A number of COVID-19 related resources are available for people with SCI and are provided below.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Unfortunately, due to paralysis of chest and abdominal muscles, many people with SCI have an impaired ability to take a deep breath and generate a strong cough. Furthermore, a weak cough may make it difficult to clear airway secretions, increasing the risk for respiratory complications if one becomes infected with COVID-19.


Dr. Genova homeschooling her son during COVID-19 pandemic.

Managing Children with Autism while Sheltering from COVID-19: Advice for Parents

April 2, 2020


In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Dr. Helen Genova, director of the Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation andDr. Regina Peter, director of Newmark Education, share practical tips to survive the COVID-19 pandemic to help educators and parents of children with autism. They spoke to Nicky Miller, the foundation’s social media specialist.

Audio Description

Practical Tips to Help Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Parent of a Child with Autism


Listen to the podcast,