Congratulations to Elaine Katz, CCC-SLP, Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications, on her election to the National Board of APSE (Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst). Elaine will serve as regional delegate from the Northeast/New England region. APSE is a national non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE offers consultation services to help businesses reach out to and partner with one of the strongest labor and customer pools in the country: the disability community.
Dr. Barrett of Kessler Foundation Comments on Stroke Incidence and Mortality Study in Cardiology TodayMay 7, 2015
A.M. Barrett, MD, director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation, provided commentary on new stroke research findings in Cardiology Today on Healio.com—“US Stroke Incidence, Mortality Rates Declined from 1987 to 2011” by the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities. While glad that stroke events decreased, Dr. Barrett emphasized the importance of recognizing the burden of disability that often follows stroke. She also
Tips for Individuals with SCI
It’s summer again and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and weather. For persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) who have trouble regulating their body temperature, high temperatures can be more than just a little uncomfortable—they can be life threatening!
SCI and the Heat
People with SCI often have difficulty regulating their body temperature. Some (particularly those with injuries above T6) also do not sweat in response to heat, so there is no means of keeping the body cool. This is why people with SCI get easily overheated on hot, sunny days.
Tips to avoid overheating:
- Always think ahead! Don’t wait until you feel
Discusses advances in research and rehabilitation that are improving the outlook for individuals with SCI
The injury sustained by Olympian Amy VanDyken Rouen has focused attention on new approaches to spinal cord injuries. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, director of Spinal Cord Research at Kessler Foundation, was interviewed on Denver’s KOA-AM about advances in research and rehabilitation that are improving the outlook for individuals with spinal cord injury. Dr. Dyson-Hudson is co-director of the Northern New Jersey SCI System, one of 14 federally funded centers in the U.S. To hear the interview
On a beautiful Memorial Day, some of the most elite racers in the world competed in the 14th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K—the wheelchair division of the Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run. Racers competed for a total purse of $10,000. Twenty-three racers represented six countries, including Canada, Nigeria, Spain, Columbia, Costa Rica, and the United States.
Alexandre Dupont, from Quebec, Canada, won the Men’s Open division with a time of 22 minutes and 11 seconds. Injured in a motorcycle accident where he lost his right leg when he was 17 years old, Dupont watched a televised wheelchair racing event from the 2004 Paralympics. Now 28 years old, celebrating the tenth year of his racing career, he is a Paralympian and broke the Canadian record in the 100-meter sprint
At SCI Grand Rounds, Dr. Kalpakjian Discusses Gynecological Health Care Experiences of Women with DisabilitiesMay 7, 2015
Claire Z. Kalpakjian, PhD, MS, delivered a presentation, “’Makes You Want to Just Give Up…and Hide’: The Gynecological Health Care Experiences of Women with Disabilities” at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Grand Rounds on May 27, 2014 at Kessler Conference Center, sponsored by the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS).
Dr. Kalpakjian shared survey data from approximately 400 women with disabilities with an average age of 39. A very important but under addressed health topic, the study revealed that preventative care was the primary gynecological concern for the participants, followed by sexuality and regulating menstrual periods. The survey uncovered structural, attitudinal, and knowledge barriers that women with disabilities face when receiving routine
West Orange, NJ. A.M. Barrett, MD, has been invited to join the Brain Injury Medicine Milestone Project, a joint initiative of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Barrett will serve on the Milestone project’s Working Group, which will develop a subspecialty-specific system of competency –based learning and assessment for brain injury. The Working Group’s chair is Gerard Francisco, MD.
Dr. Barrett, a cognitive neurologist and clinical researcher, is director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation. She is also chief of Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, co-leader of the
Dr. Barrett to chair section on Neural Repair and Rehabilitation
A.M. Barrett, MD, was named chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s section on Neural Repair and Rehabilitation. The American Academy of Neurology is a professional society representing more than 21,000 neurologists and neuroscientists. Dr. Barrett, a cognitive neurologist and clinical researcher, is director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation. She is also Chief of Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, co-leader of the Kessler Institute Stroke
A newsletter for people with spinal cord injuries
Kessler Foundation released the latest issue (2014, Vol. 3, No. 1) of Connections, a publication of the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS) for individuals with SCI, their families, and caregivers. Read how Michael Rhode returned to the slopes after an injury, learn how to prevent pressure ulcers, find out about accessible entertainment and recreation, and get updated on the latest SCI
Update on Prism Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation
Stroke researchers continue their successful NIDRR-funded research project, examining the impact of prism adaptation therapy for the hidden disability of spatial neglect in more than 300 stroke survivors. “We found that spatial neglect is under recognized. It affects 70% of stroke survivors and 28% of patients with TBI,” noted Dr. Barrett. The tool they developed, the Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP™), has been instrumental in clinical care and research.
In the first multi-center diagnostic training collaboration for spatial neglect, led by director A.M. Barrett, MD, Peii Chen, PhD, and Kim Hreha, OTR, the KF-NAP led to identification of hidden disabilities of functional vision
Kessler Foundation Research Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation provided a three and a half-day course on locomotor training to educate therapists on the principles of activity-based therapy
The first day, all participants attended lectures focused on developing an understanding of the basic science and guiding principles of activity-based therapy, with an emphasis on locomotor training. Clinical team members participated in intensive skill development of locomotor training techniques, including patient evaluation and progression using a body weight support treadmill system, locomotor training, overground assessment and progression, and community ambulation and activity training.
Seven locations offered this comprehensive training, which was taught by noted
Although employers of all types have benefited from hiring people with disabilities, unemployment rates remain high. Closer collaboration between employers and disability employment initiatives is key
This comprehensive brief illustrates key research findings, outlines existing strategies and practices that are advancing the concept of disability and business collaboration, and provides resources that further illuminate effective strategies and examples of established collaborations
Elaine Katz, MS, CCC-SP, who is Kessler Foundation's vice president of Grant Programs and Special Initiatives, co-authored this Issue Brief with Richard Lueking, EdD, president of TransCen, Inc. Funding was provided by the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.
The Outcomes and Assessment Lab received an NIH Roadmap award (U-01) related to the national PROMIS project. Kessler Foundation�s subcontract on this project is estimated at $1,040,000 over 4 years.
PROMIS is the acronym for Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Health Information System. Boston University will partner with Kessler Foundation, Shriners Hospitals, the James Haley Veterans Hospital (Tampa) and the James J. Peters (Bronx) VA Medical Center to validate the new PROMIS outcome measurement scales in children and young adults with disabilities. The PROMIS initiative was launched in 2004 as an NIH cross-institute project designed to "re-engineer" the research process. The PROMIS instruments will become state-of-the-science outcome variables within NIH-sponsored clinical
WEST ORANGE, N.J.— Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Physiology at the University of Puerto Rico, is the first recipient of Kessler Foundation's Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of PM&R. Dr. Frontera will receive the award at Capitale in New York City on May 12.
Rodger DeRose, President and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, said, "Dr. Frontera's leadership in the field of PM&R is recognized around the world. Among his roles as physician, investigator, teacher and editor, he prioritizes rehabilitation research that is aimed at improving quality of life for people with disabilities as well
Kessler Foundation reflects on passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act and its impact on quality of life for people with disabilities,
20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law "the world's first comprehensive declaration of the equality of people with disabilities, and evidence of America's leadership internationally in the cause of human rights." Because of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, Bush said, "every man woman and child with a disability can now pass through once closed doors, into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom."
The passage of this important piece of legislation remains an important milestone for people with disabilities and the