The Board of Trustees of the Henry H. Kessler Foundation have approved $6.2 million in grants to benefit people with physical disabilities through expanded research, community programs and education efforts. This is the largest grant allocation in the Foundation’s history.

New Jersey organizations that assist individuals recieve a large portion of these grants. Some New Jersey traumatic brain injury programs which will recieve funds from this grant are:

Brain Injury Association of New Jersey (Edison, N.J.) – To improve access to New Jersey Workforce Development System through training, technical assistance and resources for individuals with brain injuries: $49,980.

Canine Companions (Farmingdale, N.Y.) – To underwrite costs of a New Jersey team placement for child or adult with disability: $15,000.

Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey (Trenton, N.J.) – To increase access for families and individuals to try augmentative communication devices before purchasing: $20,000.

The First Occupational Center of New Jersey (Orange, N.J.) – To facilitate the purchase of a 12 passenger wheelchair accessible van for clients: $5,000.

New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club – (West Orange, N.J.) – To help purchase equipment and ice time for their sled hockey team for children with mobility impairments: $5,000.

New Jersey Health Decisions (Verona, N.J.) – To promote the best ethical practices at rehabilitation facilities and community based organizations caring for people with physical disabilities through training, outreach and policy development: $10,000.

YWCA of Central New Jersey (Plainfield, N.J.) – To provide swim/fitness recreation program for seniors in the Assisting Living Without Walls program in collaboration with Plainfield Health Center: $10,000.