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Intern with a Disability Proves Abilities to Himself and the World

Intern with a Disability Proves Abilities to Himself and the World

April 22, 2015

Chris Miller, born with cerebral palsy, has severe spasticity, impaired speech and needs a power wheelchair to get around. However, at age 26, he already proved that he is able to work on changing policies for a country and the mindset of a foreign nation.

Kessler Foundation awards grants to the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, which provides Washington semesters for college students at US and foreign institutions. The Foundation’s grants enable The Washington Center to offer these valuable experiences to students with disabilities. One of four students with disabilities to qualify for the spring semester, Chris interned for the Administration on Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities Administration for Community Living, part of the US


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Rebuilding Lives After Hurricane Sandy: A Benefit for People With Disabilities

April 22, 2015

Tickets $50, Join us at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ, on Nov. 15, 7 to 10 pm

Rebuilding Lives After Hurricane Sandy: A Benefit for People With Disabilities will take place on November 15th at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ, from 7 to 10 pm. This benefit features comedian Jeff Norris, a New Jersey native, The Emulators, an 80s cover band, and The Platinum Band. We are actively seeking more NJ entertainers to join us for the evening. The cost per ticket is $50. There will be raffle prizes, boardwalk games and caricature artists as well.

Tickets will be available at the door for $60.  If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation.

To purchase tickets or donate online:


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Dr. Taub to give Estabrook Research Lecture at Kessler Foundation on November 28

April 22, 2015

Edward Taub, PhD, noted expert on constraint-induced therapy for rehabilitation, to lecture at Kessler Foundation on November 28

West Orange, NJ. November 6, 2012. Kessler Foundation announces that The 2012 Estabrook Distinguished Research Lectureship will be given on November 28, 2011 at Kessler Conference Center, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, New Jersey, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. Edward Taub, PhD, will lecture on "Constraint-induced  (CI) Therapy: A Family of Treatments in Rehabilitation that Remodel the Brain." Dr. Taub is director of the CI Therapy Research Group and Taub Training Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a professor in the Department of Psychology.

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Kessler Foundation scientists report negative impact of long-term caregiving on cognition

Kessler Foundation scientists report negative impact of long-term caregiving on cognition

April 22, 2015

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Drs. Botticello and Chen discuss ripple effect of stroke on families at the Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held November 14-18, 2012, in San Diego, California.

West Orange, NJ. November 12, 2012. Kessler Foundation scientists will present their study showing the negative impact of long-term caregiving on cognition at the Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held November 14-18 , 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.


Win Big for the Holidays in Kessler Foundation's 50/50 Raffle

Win Big for the Holidays in Kessler Foundation's 50/50 Raffle

April 22, 2015

Win up to $25,000! Purchase your raffle tickets today. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold!

Just in time for the holidays - Kessler Foundation's 50/50 Raffle is back! Two lucky individuals will win. The drawing will be held on Friday, November 30th at 2pm at Kessler Foundation. You do not need to be present to win.

You have the opportunity to win up to $25,000:
$18,750 for the first place winner
$6,250 for the second place winner!

Prize amounts depend on the number of tickets sold so spread the word to your friends, family, and coworkers to grow the pot! Social media is a great way to get the word out about this exciting raffle.

Tickets are only $50 and can be purchased at


Thank You for Participating in Kessler Foundation's Holiday Raffle

Thank You for Participating in Kessler Foundation's Holiday Raffle

April 22, 2015

Two lucky winners received cash prizes!

Thank you for participating in the Kessler Foundation’s Spectacular Holiday 50/50 Raffle!

A total of 471 raffle tickets were sold. The drawing was held at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, New Jersey on November 30, 2012. Two individuals won cash prizes:

  • The Grand Prize winner, Mark of Princeton, NJ, received $8,831.25.

  • The 2nd Place winner, Mary of Clifton, NJ, received $2,943.75.

Congratulations to our winners! Net proceeds will help improve the quality of life of people with disabilities through Kessler Foundation’s rehabilitation research as well as our funding of employment initiatives and community programs for these talented individuals.

Thank


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Kessler Foundation in the News

April 22, 2015

Steve Adubato Interviews Elaine Katz & Hudson Community Enterprises


On One-on-One with Steve Adubato. which aired on April 22nd, Kessler Foundation's Senior Vice President of Grants & Communications Elaine E. Katz discussed the Foundation's work in disability employment and rehabilitation research. Under the direction of Katz, Kessler Foundation awards grants to innovative initiatives that create or expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Projects funded include social enterprises and public/private partnerships--in which nonprofits that specialize in disability issues partner with for-profit businesses to create a universally-accessible workforce


Working with Foundation Researchers Helps High School Student Reach Intel Semifinals

Working with Foundation Researchers Helps High School Student Reach Intel Semifinals

April 21, 2015

While most high school seniors are looking forward to prom, Ben Silver was conducting his first major independent research project. Ben is enrolled in a three-year science research class at Suffern High School. Interested in studying the workings of the brain, Ben chose neuroscience for his project and began his quest for a mentor.

“Choosing Kessler Foundation was easy,” Ben said. “Everyone I spoke to was incredibly nice, knowledgeable, and open to the possibility of me conducting research at the Foundation.”

In the summer of 2011, Ben spent three weeks at Kessler Foundation learning about the work being done in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research. He observed cognitive testing, MRI scans


ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival Changes Perceptions of Disability in N.J.

ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival Changes Perceptions of Disability in N.J.

April 21, 2015

For the first time, the national ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival came to New Jersey.  From March 13 to March 17, thousands visited locations around Essex, Union, Hudson, and Somerset counties to view international award-winning films about the lives, obstacles, and accomplishments of individuals with disabilities. Kessler Foundation was a major sponsor of the Reelabilities NJ Disabilities Film Festival.

“At Kessler Foundation, we change the lives of people with disabilities through our rehabilitation research and our funding of disability employment initiatives,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “Our aim in bringing the ReelAbilities Festival to


Kessler Foundation Director Honored by Hudson County for Achievements in Science

Kessler Foundation Director Honored by Hudson County for Achievements in Science

April 21, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Nancy Chiaravalloti, Ph.D., Director of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research and Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, was honored at Hudson County’s 2013 Women’s History Month Ceremony on March 19. This year’s theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” honors women in Hudson County who have made significant contributions in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Dr. Chiaravalloti also received a Certificate of


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Kessler Foundation Named One of the Best U.S. Nonprofits and Best Places to Work in N.J. -1

April 21, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation (KesslerFoundation.org) has been named one of the Best U.S. Nonprofit Organizations to Work for by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group, as well as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey by NJBIZ in the medium category (15-249 employees).

“Kessler Foundation is honored to be recognized as one of the best places to work in New Jersey for the second year in a row and this year, as one of the best nonprofits to work for in the United States,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “All of us at Kessler Foundation believe in our mission to change


Dr. Strober of Kessler Foundation to speak at MS Conference in Vienna

Dr. Strober of Kessler Foundation to speak at MS Conference in Vienna

April 21, 2015

Research scientist will lead workshop, “Sleep disorders and fatigue in MS.”

West Orange, NJ. Lauren Strober, PhD, of Kessler Foundation will speak at “Multiple Sclerosis Management: A Changing Landscape” a convocation of 400 neurologists from European nations. The conference is being held at the Hilton Vienna on April 26 and 27. Dr. Strober, a research scientist specializing in multiple sclerosis, will lead the workshop, “Sleep disorders and fatigue in MS.”

Through plenary lectures, interactive workshops and a live debate, attendees will explore the significant advances in multiple sclerosis management of the past two decades, highlight modern-day perspectives and challenges, and evaluate the role of new oral agents.

The conference organizer is


Kessler Foundation Marks Minority Health Month with Advances in Rehabilitation Research

Kessler Foundation Marks Minority Health Month with Advances in Rehabilitation Research

April 21, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—In recognition of April as Minority Health Month, researchers at Kessler Foundation highlighted their research aimed at improving outcomes for people from minority populations who are disabled by injury or disease. Researchers study health disparities between populations and look at the relationships between cultural and socioeconomic factors on recovery, quality of life, community participation, employment and other factors.  

“At Kessler Foundation, we study how to improve quality of life for individuals from all races and cultures,” said


Register for the 13th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

Register for the 13th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

April 21, 2015

Register now to compete in the 13th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K, part of the Fred D’Elia Ridgewood Run. The race will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th near Graydon Pool—201 North Maple Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ. Racers compete for cash prizes!

Registration is $25 per racer. To help people with disabilities recover from Hurricane Sandy, $5 of the race registration fee will be donated to Kessler Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Emergency Fund. All participants receive a