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Christie Administration Announces Grant from Kessler Foundation to Improve Access to NJ Food Pantries for People with Physical Disabilities

Christie Administration Announces Grant from Kessler Foundation to Improve Access to NJ Food Pantries for People with Physical Disabilities

April 28, 2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration announced that Kessler Foundation awarded the New Jersey Department of Human Services Divisision of Disability Services with a $15,000 Special Initiatives Grant to improve the accessibility of food pantries so that individuals with physical disabilities can independently navigate the pantries to receive needed services. According to the 2010 Survey of Americans with Disabilities, by Kessler Foundation and the National Organization on Disability, people with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty than those who are able bodied. Of the 54


7th Grader Develops App to Benefit Kessler Foundation

7th Grader Develops App to Benefit Kessler Foundation

April 24, 2015

Mohnish Sabhani is your typical 12 year old—a casual kid who loves technology and gaming. But when his Social Studies teacher, Ms. Gorton from Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, NJ, gave the class a service learning project, he took the opportunity to go above and beyond her expectations.

Ms. Gorton’s goal was twofold--to teach her students to be better citizens and make a difference in people’s lives. While most kids organize a bake sale or car wash, Mohnish’s idea was to develop a gaming app that would encourage  players to donate to a charity—Kessler Foundation, which improves the lives of people with disabilities by funding rehabilitation research in spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis as well as employment programs. “I chose to work


We Remember

We Remember

April 24, 2015

West Orange, NJ. May 27, 2012. To honor those who have died in service to our nation, Kessler Foundation strives to better the lives of veterans with disabilities. Our research scientists are finding new ways to rehabilitate people with injuries to the brain and spinal cord. Through our grants program, we partner with organizations with innovative strategies for expanding employment for people with disabilities. For Kessler Foundation, the best way to memorialize our fallen heroes is to improve the lives of all people with disabilities, including our veterans.


Wrong Turn Gone Right

Wrong Turn Gone Right

April 24, 2015

Michael Rhode, from Monmouth Beach, NJ, sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) in a skiing accident. Despite paralysis below the waist and limited upper body strength, he never stopped pursuing his passion for sports. He has also been an avid participant in Kessler Foundation’s mobility research. In October, Mike took his first steps since his injury in Ekso—a robotic, battery-powered exoskeleton being tested by Foundation researchers. Mike also participates in locomotor training at Kessler, which is part of the Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network that is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. In April, Kessler Foundation sponsored his trip to Louisville, KY, to


Paralympic Hopefuls among the Competitors in the 2012 Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

Paralympic Hopefuls among the Competitors in the 2012 Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

April 24, 2015

On Memorial Day, racers from all over the world competed in the 12th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K—the wheelchair division of the Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run. It was the first wheelchair race in NJ and is now one of the largest integrated races in the region as runners and wheelchair athletes compete on the same course at the same time. Racers competed for a total purse of $10,000. The competition featured former and current Paralympians, who are some of the most elite racers in the world. With the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London approaching, for some of the athletes, the Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K was a stop along the way to the Paralympic qualifying round.

With seconds to spare, Jordan Bird, from AZ, beat out Laurens Molina, from Costa Rica, with a


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Dr. Chiaravalloti comments on experimental MS therapy

April 24, 2015

DailyRx quotes Foundation director of Neuroscience Research

Nancy Chiaravallotii, PhD, director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, was quoted in a commentary on a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis called liberation therapy. DailyRx.com, which published the article, provides timely updates for consumers on a range of newsworthy health-related topics. Dr. Chiaravalloti, an expert on the cognitive effects of multiple sclerosis and brain injury, is a contributing expert for DailyRx.

 


Heading to the Paralympics

Heading to the Paralympics

April 24, 2015

Raymond Martin, of the North Jersey Navigators—an adaptive sports team for junior athletes with disabilities, sponsored by Kessler Foundation—is having quite a year. At only 18 years old, he proved that he will be an asset to Team USA in the Summer Paralympics in London. During the US Paralympic Track and Field Trials last weekend, Ray set a new world record in the 200 meter T52 division with a time of 30.18 seconds. He is also nominated for the prestigious ESPY Award in the “Best Male Athlete with a Disability” category. Vote for Ray today at http://espn.go.com/espys/voting?vote=8081155&lang=en.

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Supporting Employer Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Employees with Disabilities

Supporting Employer Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Employees with Disabilities

April 24, 2015

On the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Kessler Foundation and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development released a research brief on ways that companies have successfully increased their percentage of employees with disabilities and its effects on their bottom line. The brief, entitled, Strategies to Support Employer-Driven Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Employees with Disabilities, uses examples of Walgreens and Lowe's and how they partnered with local service providers to recruit qualified people with disabilities and assist with accommodations, made their workplaces more universally


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Dr. Chiaravalloti's MS research highlighted in UMDNJ magazine

April 22, 2015

The Spring/Summer issue of UMDNJ magazine includes a feature story Amazing Science: Cognitive Therapy in MS. Reporter Barbara Hurley interviewed Nancy Chiaravalotti, PhD, about recent advancements in cognitive rehabilitation research being conducted at Kessler Foundation. Dr. Chiaravalloti is the director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research and TBI Research at Kessler Foundation, and co-director of the federally funded Northern New Jersey TBI Model System. Dr. Chiaravalloti is a licensed psychologist is New York and New Jersey and an associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical


Kessler Foundation's Glenn Wylie, DPhil, authors Reflections in current issue of Neurology

Kessler Foundation's Glenn Wylie, DPhil, authors Reflections in current issue of Neurology

April 22, 2015

Wylie's allegory selected for publication in Neurology and the Humanities feature

Glenn Wylie, DPhil, assistant director of Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, is the author of this month’s Reflections: Neurology and the Humanities in Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.  Dr. Wylie also recorded a podcast of his allegory, “The Grand Old Man” for Neurology’s new iPad app. Both were released on August 28.  The text can be accessed by clicking the title.


Eric LeGrand Tops The Star-Ledger's Juice List

Eric LeGrand Tops The Star-Ledger's Juice List

April 22, 2015

Kessler Foundation congratulates Eric LeGrand on earning the top spot on the fourth annual Juice List of the 25 most influential people in New Jersey sports! Read the story on the Juice List by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger. Eric is currently in the locomotor training program at Kessler, part of the Christopher and Dana Reeve NeuroRecovery Network, to retrain his body with repetitive active exercise and improve function. He is also serving as an ambassador to Kessler Foundation's 11th Annual Stroll 'N Roll (and RUN!) on Sunday, October 21st at Brookdale Park.


Kessler Foundation’s Monte Carlo Night to Benefit People with Disabilities

Kessler Foundation’s Monte Carlo Night to Benefit People with Disabilities

April 22, 2015

Kessler Foundation is hosting its first Monte Carlo Night to benefit people with disabilities on Thursday, November 15th at The Grove, in Cedar Grove, N.J., beginning at 6:30 p.m. Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand is the Foundation’s ambassador for the event.

The five-hour evening features live music headlined by Ben Vereen, classic casino games, simulated horse racing, a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament, gourmet food, premium cocktails and an awards ceremony. Ben Vereen will perform his show, Steppin' Out, Platinum Band will play jazz and cabaret and Platinum Soul will provide dance music from the 1960s through today. New York Giant Carl Banks will be among the evening's special guests.

Casino tables feature roulette, craps and blackjack. Simulated


 Eric LeGrand: 2 Years Later

Eric LeGrand: 2 Years Later

April 22, 2015

Meet Eric LeGrand at Stroll 'N Roll on Sunday, October 21st

Eric LeGrand dreams that he's walking. That's how his new books, Believe: My Faith and the Tackle that Changed my Life and Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand, begin. Then he chronicles his upbringing, and how it prepared him for the biggest challenge of his life. Eric has had quite a journey since he was paralyzed in the Rutgers vs. Army football game on October 16th, 2010. In his 15 years of playing football, he made thousands of tackles. This one left him unable to get up and he knew exactly what happened. Little did he know that what started out as a tragic injury would inspire a nation. 

Eric is one of the most beloved figures in all of sports. His bright smile, determination,


 After an Unexpected Injury, Young Man Teaches others what Matters

After an Unexpected Injury, Young Man Teaches others what Matters

April 22, 2015

Kevin Greene thought he was doing all the right things. He had just left work on his 22nd birthday and was exhausted. While he would've preferred to stay home and sleep, his friends convinced him to go out and celebrate. They had a designated driver—another friend—so he felt secure and safe to party the night away.

The Kearny, NJ native was having a great time. On the drive home, Kevin was unaware that the driver had been sneaking drinks throughout the night.  The speeding car hit a stop light, and jack-knifed into a tree. Kevin was ejected and thrown 100 feet.
Kevin broke his spine at T10 and sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Throughout his hospital and inpatient rehabilitation stay at Kessler


 Miss Wheelchair New Jersey Believes in Abilities

Miss Wheelchair New Jersey Believes in Abilities

April 22, 2015

Meet Miss Wheelchair NJ Kim Biglin at Kessler Foundation’s Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!) on Oct. 21st.

Kim Biglin compares herself to a petunia—a vibrant and beautiful flower despite its weak stem. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy, she had to find a way to be as independent as possible from her power wheelchair.

Kim came from a single parent home. At age 14, her sister passed away from the same disease, leaving her with one older brother. Because their mother worked at least two jobs just to make ends meet, her spare time was minimal. As Kim says, her mom was strict because she had to be. Before asking for help, Kim had to give it her best try. This philosophy, Kim believes, helped her become the self-sufficient person she is today.