Quality of Life Grants: 1st Cycle 2009: Actively Achieving
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
Lake Forest, IL
This grant will help to support a program that will provide an introduction to wheelchair track, roadracing and handcycling to individuals who have a recent spinal cord injury and are still going through rehabilitation (either inpatient or outpatient) at the Rehab Institute of Chicago (RIC), Shriner's Hospital, or other medical facility serving spinal cord injured patients. The program will provide adaptive equipment and instruction taught by qualified staff at an outdoor track near the Rehab Institute of Chicago. Physical therapists and regional therapists will accompany those patients from RIC, Hines Veteran's Administration Hospital and Shriner's with the goal of teaching them to continue participation independently after discharge from these medical facilities. The program will also be open to those who are no longer in rehab and/or those who may have other physical impairments such as spina bifida. Grant funds will help to support the purchase of programmatic equipment; specifically, either one handcycle or one wheelchair roadrunner. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000338).
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