Categories: Accessibility, Advocacy, Arts, Assistive Technology, Children, Education, Employment, Health Promotion, Independent Living, Practical Services, Sports and Recreation, Therapeutic Riding
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
New York, NY
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the costs associated with installing an automatic electronic front door at this community health center that provides quality and sensitive primary care, mental health services and related services to all, regardless of sexual identity/orientation, insurance status, or ability to pay.
John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This Quality of Life grant will support the third annual John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Christopher Reeve Foundation Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Award for Excellence in Cultural Accessibility. The primary eligibility criteria for the award is having sustained accessibility efforts over a significant period of time demonstrating either an individual or institutional commitment to the inclusion of all people with disabilities.
New Hampshire Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association
North Salem, NH
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund an innovative project entitled "Rolling Gourmet," which aims to improve opportunities for all people to dine out by increasing the number of accessible restaurants in New Hampshire.
Stavros Center For Independent Living
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the construction of two low-cost modular wheelchair ramps at the homes of low-income individuals and families, enabling them to regain and maintain their independence.
Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults
Fort Wayne, IN
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a residential ramp building program for people with disabilities. The program coordinates numerous dedicated community volunteers and provides the necessary materials to construct wheelchair access ramps at the homes of people with disabilities, regardless of their ability to pay.
Utica Curling Club
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the construction of a wheelchair ramp so that players that use wheelchairs will have a safer, more dignified, independent and efficient manner to access the ice.
American Association of People with Disabilities
This Quality of Life grant will support the AAPD Disability Vote Project, which is working toward full accessibility at our country's polling places for all people with disabilities.
Legal Clinic for the Disabled
This Quality of Life grant will support an Anti-Violence Initiative for People with Disabilities. The project provides free legal representation to help people with physical disabilities break the cycle of domestic violence.
Special Needs Advocate for Parents
Los Angeles, CA
This Quality of Life grant will support the Medical Insurance Empowerment Program, which is designed to educate parents and caregivers on how to work positively and effectively with private medical insurance companies to maximize authorizations and reimbursements for medically necessary care required for their children with special needs.
Professional Flair, Inc. dba Dancing Wheels
This Quality of Life grant will support The School of Dancing Wheels after-school programming, performance opportunities, and Theatre Arts Camp. Children and adults without disabilities are integrated in classes with individuals with disabilities; including students that use wheelchairs, students needing ambulatory assistance, students with sight and hearing impairments, and students with mental retardation/developmental disabilities.
Rockland Center for the Arts
West Nyack, NY
This Quality of Life grant will support the Ceramic Studio Access Project, a new initiative that provides adults with traumatic brain injuries and paralysis with an in-depth ceramics program. The program is designed to meet the needs of participants by providing opportunities for self-expression and growth through the visual arts while promoting independence, dignity, creativity and community integration.
Very Special Arts California
This grant will support Artshift, an innovative program that brings instruction by a professional artist in the media of drawing and painting to school-age children who are receiving care at Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California. In a place where most decisions are made for them, Artshift provides children opportunities to make choices and to be independent, and to experience through their imaginations what they may be unable to do physically.
Victory Gardens Theater
This grant will help to support the Access Project, a comprehensive community program for people with disabilities that enhances the audience experience for people with disabilities and involves disabled people in the artistic process.
Blythedale Children's Hospital
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the Assistive Technology Program, which is critically important because it teaches patients to negotiate their home environments (i.e., use lights, television, stereo, alarm clock, telephone, etc.) with the use of a switch or other access device, as well as computers to do school work. In addition, the program trains parents and caregivers to maintain and troubleshoot technical problems with this complex equipment.
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the updating and modifying of The Assistive Technology Manufacturers Directory, a comprehensive guide of over 650 manufacturers worldwide of high tech assistive technology for disabled individuals, their families and friends.
San Diego City School's Special Education Physical Health Disabilities Program
San Diego, CA
This grant will help to underwrite the costs to create one Digital Classroom equipped with the latest technological adaptations and modifications to achieve standardized curriculum goals set by the school district for students with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.
University Of Pittsburgh
This Quality of Life grant will fund the Mobile Assistive Technology Clinic, which provides assitive technology training and consultation to people with a wide range of injuries, diseases, and disabilities, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and others. The project also provides hands-on, real-world experiences for graduate and undergraduate students in the field of assistive technology, and the equipment for the project is also used for teaching and in-class assignments.
Volunteers for Medical Engineering
This Quality of Life grant will help volunteers to design and create one-of-a-kind assistive devices or modify existing devices to allow clients to perform daily tasks that were previously impossible. Engineers and medical professionals such as physical or occupational therapists work together to create devices that meet each client's individual needs, thus enabling them to continue or return to work, school or community interaction.
Washington Assistive Technology Foundation
This Quality of Life grant will be used to help fund the Access Fund, which provides low interest loans for all types of assistive technology. The grant will be matched on a 3:1 basis by a United States Department of Education "Alternative Financing Project" grant funded under Title III of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998.
Camp Access Foundation
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of 2 Necky Double Kayaks to help expand opportunities for sports and recreation for children with disabilities in the Pacific Northwest.
Camp Burnt Gin, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of 80 new camper mattresses and 6 new infirmary mattresses to ensure optimum sleeping conditions for the health and comfort of the children, teen and young adult campers with disabilities.
Camp Still Meadows
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund a wheelchair-accessible treehouse at Camp Still Meadows. Specifically, the grant will be used to construct the wheelchair ramp that leads into the treehouse, which will be available to the entire community.
This grant will help to support the costs to provide the CHAMP Camp Horseback Riding Program to 35 campers with severe physical and medical challenges. All CHAMP Campers have respiratory needs requiring at least a tracheostomy, and many also have unique physical challenges including quadriplegia, and they would not be able to experience outdoor adventure and camping activities such as horseback riding outside of CHAMP Camp.
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
St. Paul, MN
This grant will help to underwrite the costs associated with providing customized seating systems for two children with paralysis. Custom seating systems are crucial in maintaining health and preserving skin integrity for people with paralysis.
Miracle Flights for Kids
This Quality of Life grant will help to expand the number of flights for medical care provided to children with paralysis. Miracle Flights for Kids is a national nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation for children (and their families) in need of highly specialized medical care to any medical facility that provides that care.
The Children's Aid Society
New York, NY
This grant will support the purchase of specialized mobile therapeutic recreational equipment that will help campers develop gross motor skills and allow for a tactile, investigative experience for campers with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and other kinds of paralysis.
Variety the Children's Charity
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Kids on the Go! Program, which provides appropriate mobility, enabling, and assistive technology equipment to underserved children with paralysis in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Colorado Public Television
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the production of a documentary film entitled "Inside Disabled Skiing," which will portray the inside stories, methods, knowledge and personalities in today's advanced disabled skiing. The skiers being brought together for the film and for the sport divulge captivating stories and very useful inside information for everyone with a physical impairment. Besides the great import the film will have on society as a whole, every rehabilitating person will enjoy and benefit from its "be yourself and go for it" underlying message and hands-on knowledge provided throughout the film.
Corporation on Disabilities and Telecommunications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Superfest International Disability Film Festival, an annual two-day showcase of juried films, videos, television shows and DVDs, the longest running festival of its kind in the world. This international media event honors and celebrates the unique contributions of the growing disability arts and culture movement by exhibiting the most innovative and provocative works from both seasoned filmmakers and emerging media arts professionals.
International Documentary Association
Los Angeles, CA
This Quality of Life grant will support the production of "Lion in the Street," a feature-length, verite documentary for television about David Farber, a wildlife photographer paralyzed in the 1980s when he was a young man. The filmmakers will document the talented Chicago man's groundbreaking quests in 2006 to photograph the grizzlies of Alaska and the polar bears of Canada. Using a mix of hand-held videocameras and a discreet camera attached to the back of his electric wheelchair will enable the audience to increase empathy for David's point of view as well as their appreciation or the worth and beauty of his work.
Cedar Knolls, NJ
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the salary of a driver to provide daily transportation for people with disabilities to and from the agency-based work center and to community-based job sites, thus enabling them to be productive workers, earn a paycheck, and feel proud of themselves and their accomplishments.
West Tennessee Special Technology Access Resource Center (The STAR Center)
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the Comprehensive Education and Rehabilitation Service Program, which provides an interactive learning environment where individuals with disabilities have access to evaluation, training, technology, employment, and support services to achieve their education, employment and independent living goals.
Access to Independence
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Mad City Badgers Youth Basketball Team, to enable the athletes to travel to tournaments throughout the Midwest, playing their way to the National Championships.
Achievement Center for Children
Highland Hills, OH
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund camperships for children with paralysis to attend Camp Cheerful, where they will be provided with opportunities to enjoy traditional summer camp activities in a barrier-free environment designed with their special needs in mind.
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Adaptive Sports for Kids Program, which aims to improve the quality of life of children and adolescents with disabilities through fully-integrated, year-round adaptive sports and recreation programs.
All Out Adventures
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the development of a weekly adaptive cycling program in Cheshire, Massachusetts that will promote health, wellness, and community in this underserved area.
ALS Hope Foundation
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project that provides people living with ALS a resource for hands-on trial and loan of equipment along with education relating to available technologies within the framework of their routine medical care. This program enables the identification of needs and provides direction for the development of new technologies to assist people with disabilities.
American Syringomyelia Alliance Project
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the videotaping of the 18th Annual Medical Conference so that the valuable information presented can be disseminated to those people unable to attend. The conference will be held in Denver, Colorado on July 19 - 22, 2006.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
San Antonio, TX
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Continuum of Care program that provides educational information for newly diagnosed ALS patients and their caregivers. The project also provides travel stipends to enable clients who live outside the San Antonio area to attend the ALS clinic and access the Equipment Loan Bank, as well as funding for the Respite Care Program.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund an outreach project to enable more ALS patients to be served by one of two multidisciplinary ALS Association Certified Centers of Excellence, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association Northern Ohio Chapter
This Health Promotion grant will support a project that enables persons with ALS to maintain, supplement or replace their verbal communication skills with appropriate technology when their speech becomes unintelligible.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association Saint Louis Regional Chapter
Saint Louis, MO
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund critical respite care to caregivers serving ALS patients that use ventilators.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis of Michigan
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project for persons with ALS that will help them to identify, acquire, and use augmentative and assistive communications devices.
Assist to Independence
Tuba City, AZ
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Native American Advocacy Group, a coordinated effort to bring together individuals with disabilities, family members, and service providers living on the Navajo Nation and the Hopi and San Juan Southern Paiute Reservations; to advocate as one unified voice for systems change within these communities and at the Tribal and state levels. The Native American Advocacy Group is working to create a positive future for people with disabilities living in rural Reservation communities, and to help each other find their voices.
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project that will promote the inclusion of rural youth with disabilities, ages 18-30, in their local Centers for Independent Living to better understand the social movement, philosophy and resources available to them as they transition from high school and college into adult life.
Ataxia Telangiectasia Children's Project
Deerfield Beach, FL
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Family Support Program, which strives to make sure that Ataxia Telangiectasia patients and their families and caregivers have all available disease and treatment information to help their children maintain the highest level of health possible throughout the debilitating stages of the disease.
Axis Dance Company
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the "Dance Access" program, which provides ongoing dance classes, workshops, school residencies and performances to youth and adults with and without disabilities. "Connect" is a mentoring program for teenage women with disabilities. The "10-day Summer Intensive" provides professional dance training to adults with disabilities.
Boston Medical Center Corporation
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund an ongoing consumer education program for individuals with spinal cord injury and their families and caregivers.
Brain Injury Association of Maine
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund and expand Maine's Brain Injury Support Groups by providing facilitators/leaders with trainings, resource materials, and ongoing technical support.
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the "Support a Camper" project that will sponsor children with paralysis to enjoy a genuine camping experience in the wilderness backcountry of the High Sierras.
Canadian Association for Participatory Development
This Health Promotion grant will support an international collaborative study with the Association of Disabled People of Piedecuesta, located in the state of Santander, Columbia, that will provide people with disabilities in Columbia with the training necessary to become proactive in self-care and encourage their attending professional caregivers to promote self-care in their clients.
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a part-time massage therapist to provide massage therapy services to rehabilitation inpatients to complement the existing regimen of traditional therapies. Massage treatments are individualized to provide non-invasive treatment for relief of pain, muscle tension, anxiety, dysphoria and insomnia. In addition, caregivers will be taught basic massage techniques in order to provide continuing therapy upon patient discharge.
Case Western Reserve University
This Health Promotion grant will help to underwrite the costs to present the inaugural Conference on Evidence-Based Practice in Wound Care, an independent, non-promotional scientific and educational CME (Continuing Medical Education) activity presented by a multi-disciplinary network of researchers who share a common interest in advancing the treatment of chronic wounds.
Center for Independent Living
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Personal Assistant Services Program, which assists people with disabilities in locating, screening, and selecting personal assistants. Consumers are also provided with one-on-one counseling, which empowers them to work more effectively with their personal assistants. These services are designed to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently in the community and to participate in all aspects of social and economic life.
Center for Neurological Diseases
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the King Adult Day Enrichment Program for people with multiple sclerosis and other acquired neurological disabilities. The purpose of the program is to provide younger adults with an alternative to nursing home placement.
La Mesa, CA
This Health Promotion grant will enable persons with complete spinal cord injury that are living with low-income limitations to participate in a full year of a Computerized Functional Electrical Stimulus (CFES) Cycle Program, which is designed to improve overall health and function, well-being and quality of life, while reducing, reversing or preventing life-threatening complications of secondary illness and return to institutional care.
Cherry Hill Neighborhood Association
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the renovation of the Bob Hedge Park located in Jeffersonville, Indiana as the region's first developmentally-advantageous playground. The goal of the proposed park renovation is to make the park ideal for all children, including those with disabilities, and a special place for older adults, as well.
Children's Rehabilitation Center
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund "Challenging My Palsy Through Fitness," an innovative program that provides children with Cerebral Palsy structured physical therapy sessions, equally divided between traditional therapy and fitness exercises. The majority of these exercises will occur in the Universal Exercise Unit, a dynamic treatment modality which allows for independent movement due to reduced gravitational forces.
Disabilities Network of New York City
New York, NY
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund "disThis! - Disability Through a Different Lens," a free monthly film screening series that will move beyond stereotypes to present a more accurate image of people with disabilities. In collaboration with Downtown Community Television's ConnecTV, innovative films by and about people with disabilities will be showcased, followed by "talk-back" discussion sessions. The series will offer the disability community a new way to commune, organize and increase visibility in New York City, while promoting public disability awareness.
Easter Seals New York
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a project to include health maintenance training and education along with health maintenance specific case management services for individuals with paralysis.
Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the replacement of old drivers training equipment with up-to-date adaptive equipment and the addition of new training tools to more effectively teach individuals with disabilities to drive independently.
Easter Seals Virginia
This Health Promotion grant will help to underwrite the costs to send seven children and adults with paralysis to attend Camp Easter Seals Virginia. Since 1957, Camp Easter Seals Virginia has provided therapy in a recreational setting for individuals with disabilities.
Johannesburg, South Africa
This Health Promotion grant will help to support an innovative project that aims to improve the quality of life and education of mobility-impaired students at the Ezibeleni Learners with Special Educational Needs School in Katlehong Township through a variety of environmental initiatives such as recycling, tree planting, and vegetable gardening.
Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center
Chagrin Falls, OH
This Health Promotion grant will help to support "riderships" - the means by which Fieldstone Farm provides financial assistance to students and families unable to pay the full therapeutic riding lesson fees.
Gator Invitational Sports Ability Games
This Health Promotion grant will help to support participant training and game day operations for the Gator Invitational Sports Ability Games, an annual sports competition for students with physical disabilities held in Gainesville, Florida each April.
George Mark Children's Fund
San Leandro, CA
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Respite Care Program, which provides parents a chance to take periodic breaks from the non-stop responsibilities of home care for children with life-threatening illnesses. During these breaks, parents can have peace of mind knowing that their child is in a loving environment full of playmates and activity. Families have the option of leaving their child at George Mark Children's House or accompanying their child to George Mark Children's House and living in one of the family suites while their child receives respite care.
Greater Long Island Wheelchair Athletic Club
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund travel expenses for the Prep, Junior and Adult wheelchair basketball teams to participate in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Regional Basketball Tournaments.
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
City of Industry, CA
This Health Promotion grant will help to support Healthy Lifestyles for Students with Paralysis, an innovative exercise program designed for students with paralysis to facilitate healthy aging and to increase students' quality of life by creating a healthier lifestyle. This exercise program is designed to prevent or alter the structural or physiological changes associated with long-term paralysis and improve participants' quality of life through increased self-esteem, behavioral modification, and knowledge.
Heart Of Variety Fund
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Adapted Aquatics Program, which provides children with paralysis therapeutic adaptive swimming sessions year-round and during summer camp sessions.
Home New Mexico
This Health Promotion grant will help to support Housing Counseling for People with Disabilities, a program through which Housing New Mexico provides extensive classroom and one-on-one homebuyer education and counseling for people with disabilities in New Mexico. The clients receive help in securing affordable financing as well as an affordable and accessible home.
Hospital for Special Care Community Services
New Britain, CT
This Health Promotion grant will help to support The Cruisers Junior Wheelchair Track & Field Team, the only junior wheelchair track and field team in Connecticut, which meets weekly, year-round, to work on physical conditioning, socialization and the development of athletic skills.
This Health Promotion grant will support a project that will help to educate a community at high-risk for stroke about a state-of-the-art neuro-prosthesis device (NESS H200) available at Hurley Medical Center as an outpatient therapeutic option for stroke victims that can improve hand function for people who have survived stroke or brain injury.
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project that will reach out to younger people with disabilities living in nursing facilities who are interested in moving out into the community. Individuals will be provided with information, resource referrals, community activities, and social support to prevent learned helplessness, hopelessness and depression.
Indianapolis Art Center
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Creative Connections Arts & Disabilities program, which provides scholarships and trained assistants for children and adults with disabilities to study in studio art classes or in specially designed classes.
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Vital Resident Story Project. Funds will be used specifically for the editing process of resident life stories and the training of the resident care staff components of the Vital Resident Story Project. A major goal of the story project is the improvement of resident-caregiver relationships.
Johns Hopkins University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project to revise a previously published book, Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living, by Sara Palmer, Jeffrey B. Palmer, and Kay Harris Kriegsman, originally published by Johns Hopkins Press in 2000. The revision will include new contributions by Drs. John McDonald and Cristina Sadowsky, of The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, covering the latest research and clinical developments in SCI medical management, recovery, rehabilitation; new sections on pediatric and adolescent SCI; and updated information on systems of SCI care and resources for patients and families.
Keshet Dance Company
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the "Nutcracker on the Rocks," an original production that includes all ages, levels, and abilities. The integration of so many levels and abilities (including fully able-bodied dancers, professionally trained dancers, and beginners of all ages) builds understanding and appreciation of diversity, as well as incredible long-term mentoring relationships.
Life Enrichment Center
This Health Promotion grant will help to sponsor "Caring Connections," a conference to provide information about available social services, training programs, and products for people with physical disabilities and their caregivers throughout this six-county service area in rural Alabama, including the following counties: Covington, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Butler, Excambia and Monroe.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY
This Health Promotion grant will help to support "Passport to the World of the Performing Arts," offered through Lincoln Center's Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities. The program allows children with disabilities to participate in Lincoln Center's programming for children and families free of charge.
Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation
This Health Promotion grant will help to support camperships for 20 children with disabilities to attend 3-week summer day camp sessions in fully integrated settings.
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a Scholarship Fund for Riders with Disabilities, which provides tuition assistance for children and adults with disabilities financially unable to afford therapeutic riding lessons or hippotherapy.
Lutheran Social Service of the South
This Health Promotion grant will help to support "Hope for Little Angels," a project that serves medically fragile, abused children that receive care in qualified foster family and family group homes throughout Texas. Grant funds will be used for camperships and related transportation costs.
Medical College Of Georgia Foundation
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a project entitled "Overcoming Barriers to Psychological Care for Mobility-Challenged Multiple Sclerosis Patients," which seeks to increase accessibility to mental health care for MS patients by providing psychological services to patients in conjunction with their medical appointments at the Augusta Multiple Sclerosis Center. This integration of mental health services with medical services will decrease the mobility, transportation, and financial demands on individuals living with MS while offering services to improve emotional well-being and increase quality of life. Such integrative care also affords opportunities for greater collaboration with patients' medical providers, ensuring that individuals with MS receive quality comprehensive care for their physical as well emotional needs.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund "The R.O.A.D. to Success: Recreational Opportunities for All Disabilities." This innovative, nationally-recognized program provides myriad recreational opportunities for children with disabilities in an inclusive environment; enabling independence, productivity, integration, physical activity, and inclusion into the community.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a program that provides in-home physical and occupational therapy to clients who are low-income, homebound and have no insurance that would otherwise pay for services. Therapy is provided on a sliding scale.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
El Paso, TX
This Health Promotion grant will help to support MDA Summer Camp, which provides campers ages 6-21 with a total camping experience, modified activities and opportunities to learn new skills and develop friendships.
National Ability Center
Park City, UT
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the adaptive water skiing program.
National Institute of Art and Disabilities (NIAD Art Center)
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Client-Artist Program.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Saint Louis Chapter
Saint Louis, MO
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the "People in Motion" project, which will provide more opportunities for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis to participate in adaptive recreation programs in their community through the Chapter's collaboration with YMCAs, community centers, and instructors trained by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Oregon Chapter
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the creation of The Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group Project, a unique, supportive community network for all individuals affected by multiple sclerosis in Oregon and southwest Washington.
Native American Advocacy Program
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund Waunsila (Assisting in a Humble Way). The project will develop and help others replicate a mobile demonstration/loan library of assistive technology aids for persons with spinal cord injuries. The mobile library will be tested for community, cultural, and technical appropriateness on American Indian Reservations in South Dakota-a large, rural, geographically sparse area with low-income and seriously underserved people and their families. The mobile van will become an integral part of services provided by NAAP, and will substantially increase the number of people with spinal cord injuries who learn about and eventually obtain assistive technology that will improve their quality of life.
New York Association on Independent Living
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund Freedom from Institutions Training, which helps people with disabilities currently living in nursing homes transition successfully to independent living settings in the community.
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Summit Accessible Trail Segment of the Bear Mountain Trail Restoration Project. The goal of the project is to create a half-mile accessible trail as part of the Appalachian Trail at the summit of Bear Mountain, New York.
North Country R I D E
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Lollipop Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to individuals with physical disabilities to enable them to participate in therapeutic horseback riding lessons.
North Dupage Special Education Cooperative
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund Robo-Chair Summer Camp, where children with multiple disabilities including paralysis and impaired motor control will learn to control a power wheelchair through participation in a power wheelchair skills training program using research-based training environments and techniques to develop and reinforce basic skills for power wheelchair control via joystick or switch array controlled robots and power wheelchairs. This camp will take place from July 5-29, 2006.
North Texas Wheelchair Basketball Conference
Double Oak, TX
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Lady Texans Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team for the 2006-2007 National Championship season.
Northeast Ohio Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Gates Mills, OH
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the SCI-ENCE Spinal Cord Injury - Everyone Needs Continuing Education program, which will provide education, outreach, and interaction between individuals with spinal cord injury via monthly meetings and recreational opportunities, a website, and information published in a semi-monthly community newsletter.
Willow Springs, IL
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project at the Next Steps Center that provides financial assistance to people with spinal cord injury to enable them to participate in dynamic progressive physical exercise therapy utilizing state-of-the art innovative equipment, including Lokomat, specifically designed for persons with spinal cord injury, within a positive treatment environment.
Oregon Health and Science University Foundation
This Health Promotion grant will help to support Celebrate Wellness VII: A Conference Promoting the Health and Wellness of People with Disabilities, an annual conference that promotes health, fitness, social inclusion, consumer awareness, youth transition and overall wellness for people with disabilities. The conference is also aimed at service providers, researchers, educators and businesses that serve people with disabilities.
Penn State Research Foundation
University Park, PA
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the expansion of the Disability Athletics Program to include a focus on new programs for disabled servicemen and servicewomen returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prairie Independent Living Resource Center
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project that will bring "The Kids on the Block" puppets to schools, hospitals and other local venues to teach children and adults in the community important issues about children with disabilities using large, life-like puppets. Following the play, children in the audience can ask the puppets questions as well as participate in follow-up activities regarding the information they learned from the play.
Public Institution "Jewish Welfare Center-Hesed Yehuda"
Kishinev, Republic of Moldova
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project that will provide art therapy and physical rehabilitation for people with paralysis in their own homes in the Republic of Moldova. This will improve their quality of life and promote more healthy and independent lifestyles.
Radford University Foundation
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund Gone Fishin', the Radford University adaptive fishing program that will provide essential equipment, training, and stewardship to enable economically disadvantaged Southwest Virginians with disabilities to participate in the traditional activity of sport fishing.
Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Care Network
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a Peer Mentor Support Program that links all new spinal cord injured patients receiving care at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital with a peer-mentor in order to facilitate positive community reintegration.
Scottsdale Unified School District
This Health Promotion grant will help to provide students with disabilities transportation to and from an approved therapeutic riding facility so that they may participate in regular therapeutic riding sessions.
Society for Disabled Women Pakistan
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a mobile guidance and counseling program for women who are physically and mentally disabled. A van will be used to bring the program into rural areas for personal counseling of disabled women.
This Health Promotion grant will help to support "Making Connections: Living with Multiple Sclerosis for 20+ Years," a three-part television documentary film series to be broadcast nationally and distributed to hospitals, medical and nursing schools, rehabilitation centers, independent living centers, public libraries and other non-profit organizations. This film series will focus on the individuals, their families and the patient/doctor relationship, and will be produced in partnership with the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Dr. Charles H. Weingarten Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program, which helps participants gain the confidence and skills to pursue and enjoy recreational activities such as biking, sailing, kayaking, cycling, windsurfing, and wall climbing that allow individuals to regain their independence, regain their highest level of function, increase their self-confidence, and return to a life that includes an enjoyment of work and play.
SPLORE, Special Population Learning Outdoor Recreation & Education
Salt Lake City, UT
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the SPLORE Experience Your Abilities Program, which provides accessible outdoor recreation opportunities to children and adults with disabilities. Services are customized to the needs of each individual and include rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, camping, and Nordic activities. Scholarships are provided to all participants in order to provide services that are cost-effective and affordable.
That Uppity Theatre Company
St. Louis, MO
This Health Promotion grant was awarded in loving memory of Dana Reeve in support of The DisAbility Project, a touring ensemble that engages in conversation, writing, sound, movement, and theatrical exercises to develop and perform original material about the culture of disability.
The Lazarus House - A Center for Wellness
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project that designs customized fitness, exercise and nutrition programs for clients with paralysis.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
This Health Promotion grant will help to support EXCEL for Life (Exercise x Commitment = Enriched Living), a wellness program for individuals with spinal cord injuries. It consists of an assisted physical fitness and conditioning program, nutritional training, adaptive sports clinics and adaptive sports recreation (such as water skiing, hand-cycling and snow skiing).
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Michigan
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a project that will provide needs-based assistive technology assessments for low income adults with paralysis. Assessments are facilitated by a speech pathologist and/or occupational therapist, and will help the individuals determine which devices or software will best meet their needs, increase their independence and ability to interact with their environment.
United States Adaptive Recreation Center
This Health Promotion grant will help to support outdoor therapeutic recreation lessons for people with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other conditions.
University of Kentucky Research Foundation
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project entitled "Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Measuring Quality of Life from the Child's Perspective."
University Of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project entitled, "Assessment of Bone Quality and Fracture Risk Assessment in Physically Active Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury."
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the VSA arts Start with the Arts Festival/International Conference in Washington, DC. The Festival is designed to give children interactive experiences in all art forms while providing parents and teachers proven ideas, tips, and instructional materials to help children learn at home and in the classroom. The VSA arts International Conference, which happens in conjunction with the Festival in Washington, DC, is for professionals in the arts, education and disability fields committed to growing inclusive communities and taking bold steps to expand opportunities for all people to learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.
Well Spouse Association
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Caregiver Journeys Project, a series of regional one-day mini-conferences that will be presented cooperatively with other healthcare organizations in a major outreach effort to spousal caregivers who are looking for support, but who are not familiar with Well Spouse Association. In addition to helping caregiving husbands and wives find the emotional support and community resources they need to face their future in positive ways, the project aims to raise the awareness level of healthcare professionals of the special needs of spousal caregivers.
West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Association
This Health Promotion grant will help to support hippotherapy and therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with mild to severe disabilities who would not otherwise be able to participate because of lack of funds.
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center's Council of Organizations
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the ACE-STAR Trail Project, an accessible fitness and mobility trail that traverses the scenic woodlands surrounding the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Lake area. This is the first phase in a long-range plan for creating a universally-designed community trail system to offer recreational and active living options for all potential users.
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the summer mini-camp program that offers Youth Challenge activities to preschoolers and school-age children. A pilot project will offer summer evening activities for 18-21 year olds with physical disabilities.
Habitat for Humanity Matthews
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the "8115 Chimore Lane Build," a wheelchair accessible home for Monique Stamps, a young single mother of two who became a quadriplegic at the age of 16 as a result of a car accident. The grant will fund the costs for the home's accessibility features, including: a wheelchair ramp entrance, wheelchair accessible doors, accessible bathroom, roll-under kitchen countertops, easy-open doors with lever handles, roll-in shower, and wall-hung roll-under sinks.
Iowa Able Foundation
Des Moines, IA
This grant will help to support the Iowa Able Loan Programs, which provide low interest loans (2% interest rate) to help individuals with disabilities to acquire any item, piece of equipment or product that is used to improve functional capabilities, mobility and quality of life.
Ocean State Center For Independent Living
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund "Home Sweet Accessible Home," a program which provides assistance to people with disabilities to help pay for specialized low-cost modifications and equipment/devices necessary for them to maintain independence in their own homes.
This grant will help to underwrite the purchase of an Ergys2 leg cycle ergometer for the use of Casa Colina patients and participants in the Community Fitness Program as part of long term health maintenance for individuals with spinal cord injury.
Good Shepherd Home
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Spinal Cord Injury Program, an aggressive, comprehensive, holistic approach to rehabilitation designed to restore individuals to their highest potential physically, socially, and emotionally.
St. Paul, MN
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Medical Equipment Loan Program, which operates in four sites in Minnesota. The program accepts donations of medical equipment; inspects, cleans and fixes them, and then lends them out to individuals in need for a period of up to six months.
Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dog
This Quality of Life Grant will help to fund the training and certification of service dogs for individuals with mobility limitations using youth-at-risk as assistant trainers. Specifically, the grant will enable the organization to acquire five specially bred puppies.
Twin City Hospital
This grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a Lite Gait specialized treadmill to meet the needs of patients with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy in this very rural Appalachian area of Ohio.
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the costs to transport and restore donated wheelchairs and power wheelchairs to provide affordable and creative equipment solutions for individuals with disabilities that need equipment that Medicare, Medicaid and insurance will not fund.
Sports and Recreation
Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the cost of equipment for the adapted downhill skiing program. Specifically, the funds will help to purchase a Revolution Mono Ski.
Brookhaven Wheelchair Athletes
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the purchase of a sports-style wheelchair that will be made available to players to utilize in athletic and recreational activities.
Indianapolis Parks Foundation
This Quality of Life grant will help to support "7% by 2007," an ambitious initiative of the Indianapolis Parks Therapeutic Recreation Division to expand program accessibility, number of programs available, and the amount of adaptive equipment available to serve 7% more of the city's adults and children with physical disabilities by the end of 2007. Specifically, the grant will underwrite the purchase of a beach wheelchair.
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the costs of the second annual "Let's Go Camping" summer camping trip for physically disabled individuals. This year's outing will be a three-day trip to Cape May, New Jersey, and will include typical tent camping experiences like bass fishing, observing wildlife, and roasting marshmallows around a campfire, as well as unique activities like a rodeo, whale-watching excursion, and trips to the boardwalk.
Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Sailing Program on Lake Michigan. Specifically, the funds will be used to help underwrite Red Cross, Lifeguard and Disability training.
This grant will be used to support the expansion of low-cost adaptive outdoor adventures for people with paralysis, including sailing, kayaking, hiking, camping, ropes courses, snowshoeing and more.
University System of New Hampshire: Northeast Passage
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund an Adaptive Paddling Workshop designed to train regional kayaking instructors and recreational providers in the theory and techniques of including individuals with disabilities into their existing paddling programs, with the ultimate goal of expanding accessible kayaking opportunities in the New England area.
Spirit of Independence Therapeutic Riding Center
Crown Point, NY
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the purchase of supplies for the program, including a harness, halters, grooming tools, and riding helmets.
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Support a Rider Project, a scholarship fund that provides full or partial scholarships to new and returning riders who apply for assistance.