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Grants

2007 First Cycle Quality of Life Grants

Ninety-nine grants totaling $897,266.00. Listed by category.

Accessibility

Bethlehem Redevelopment Association
Bethlehem, NH
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase and installation of a wheelchair lift at The Colonial Theatre, the oldest continuously operating movie theater in the country and the only facility of its kind in the area.

Livonia Family YMCA
(YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit)
Livonia, MI
$3,915
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a new chair lift for the aquatics program that provides group aqua therapy sessions for people with multiple sclerosis and may be used by anyone from the community who uses a wheelchair and needs to access the pool.

Transitional Living of North Central Florida, Inc.
Gainesville, FL
$4,800
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a project called Building Ramps, Building Lives!, in which ramps will be built at the homes of individuals who reside in rural communities and are isolated in their homes due to an architectural barrier.  Grant funds will support the building of 6 ramps at the homes of individuals with paralysis.

Yes! Of America United, Inc.
Tampa, FL
$5,800
This Quality of Life grant will support a project to make this community art center more accessible for individuals with paralysis.  The funding will support the construction of an accessible entry door, restroom and a small ramp.

Advocacy

Advocates for the Disabled, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will support the Disability Claims Program, which assists people with disabilities in pursuing their rightful claims to benefits that will allow them to live in dignity with a decent quality of life.  The purpose of the Disability Claims Program is to ensure that clients are awarded the benefits to which they are eligible and entitled.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.  This grant was made possible by a generous grant from Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader in the field of development of diagnostic and therapeutic products for central nervous system (CNS) disorders and nerve repair.

Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania
Downington, PA
$5,500
This Quality of Life grant will support a project that aims to increase awareness of Visitability Legislation.  The Residential Visitability Tax Credit Act, passed in October 2006 in Pennsylvania, paved the way for local taxing authorities in that state that levy a tax on residential property to authorize tax credits.  Many statewide municipalities are unaware of this legislation that can authorize tax credits to any new or renovated dwelling that contain Visitability design features that will enhance the usability of the dwelling for persons with significant mobility impairment and which minimize the cost of full accessibility modifications, if necessary, at a later time.  Grant funds support programmatic costs for the statewide education and awareness initiative.

Arts

Cerebral Palsy Association of Middlesex County
Edison, NJ
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will support the S.E.E. (Special Eyes on the Environment) Program, an innovative creative photography program for adults with physical disabilities (in this program, the participants have paralysis caused by cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, spina bifida and traumatic brain injury), led by its founder, Ross Lewis, a nationally acclaimed professional photographer.  The S.E.E. Program incorporates environmental consciousness and empowers each participant to make a difference.  Participants will learn about cameras, and adaptive and remote switches will be created for each participant.  Participants will make their own creative decisions.  Black and white film will be used as the medium, and Mr. Lewis will be develop and mount the photos.  The photos will be made into calendars and note cards, and exhibitions will be open to the public.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

The Boston Home, Inc.
Dorchester, MA
$2,100
This Quality of Life grant will support a project called At Home with the Arts, a year-round applied arts and cultural field trip program for residents and outpatients at this residence for adults with severe physical disabilities caused by progressive neurological disease.  The program includes 12 months of regular watercolor and mixed media art classes; field trips to wheelchair accessible museums and art installation sites; applied art demonstrations, workshops and talks by area artists.  Grant funds will support the purchase of art supplies and expenses for van outings.

VSA arts of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will support Independence Starts Here:  A Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, a festival on contemporary art influenced or inspired by the experience of disability and featuring artists with and without disabilities.  The Festival opens in mid-October 2007 with the dedication of a major mural on people with disabilities and an opening celebration at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts featuring nationally known artists with disabilities, and includes performances of theater, music and dance; literary readings; historical/cultural and visual art exhibits; lectures; workshops; film series and children's art competitions through November 20, 2007.  This grant was made possible by a generous grant from Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader in the field of development of diagnostic and therapeutic products for central nervous system (CNS) disorders and nerve repair.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Library of Alaska
Anchorage, AK
$15,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of three environmental control units as part of a project to upgrade its five demonstration centers around the state so each site has appropriate and necessary “hands-free” computer and environmental control access devices for assessment, trial periods and loans prior to purchase.

Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, Inc.
New Castle, DE
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a project to purchase equipment to be used in the Assistive Technology Comprehensive Education and Assessment Centers.  Funds will be used to support to purchase of adaptive equipment for a workstation.

Children

Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Chicago, IL
$10,700
This Quality of Life grant will support an innovative project that uses video gaming technology to improve fitness and increase exercise adherence among adolescents with disabilities.  The primary aim of the project is to gather pilot data to determine whether active video gaming technology can improve fitness and enhance exercise adherence for youth with mobility disabilities such as spinal cord injury and spina bifida.  Youth will participate in physical activity guided by interactive video games presented through a Sony Playstation II game platform.  The game controllers will be adapted for upper extremity use for two types of games:  the EyeToy and Dance Dance Revolution.  Grant funds will help to underwrite the cost for equipment for the project and transportation expenses for participants.  This grant is funded in part by donations made in memory of Zane Ryan to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
Vancouver, BC, Canada
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the purchase of a swimming pool ramp at the camp in Winfield so that children with disabilities that use wheelchairs can transfer into an aquatic chair and can then be safely rolled into the pool so that they can enjoy aquatic activities at the camp.

Children's Hospital Foundation
Omaha, NE
$4,553
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of therapeutic equipment for the Rehabilitative Services Unit that will significantly enhance the quality of life for the 750–1,000 children served each year.  The items include a Sammons Preston EMG biofeedback unit, an AmTryke ProSeries Model 1402 tricycle and small and medium pace gait trainers with attachments.

City of Eugene, Adaptive Recreation Services
Eugene, OR
$3,125
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Wheeling Good Times Adaptive Cycling Program.  Specifically, grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of a FreedomTrike Handcycle, helmets and gait belts.

Colorado Springs Sled Hockey Association
Colorado Springs, CO
$1,400
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the low-cost Learn to Skate sled hockey program for youth with disabilities, ages 5 years old and up.  Grant funds will support the cost of purchasing reduced-cost ice rink time.

Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Foundation, Inc.
Fond du Lac, WI
$7,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the Barrier-Free Playground at Lakeside Park, a project of a Leadership Fond du Lac Community Project Team.  The park will draw families from a three-county area.  Grant funds will help to support the cost of the playground's poured-in-place rubberized surface.

Services for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI)
Lakewood, NJ
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the construction of SCHI's Boundless “Special Needs” Playground at the new school facility.  Grant funds will be used to purchase adaptive playground equipment.  This grant was made possible by a generous grant from Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader in the field of development of diagnostic and therapeutic products for central nervous system (CNS) disorders and nerve repair.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Chicago
Chicago, IL
$6,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund GLAHM (Good Life and Healthy Mind) Camp, a unique “camp” designed to inform and empower girls ages 13–18 with spinal cord injuries to live balanced lives and embrace their womanhood.  A beauty “boot camp” for the mind, body and spirit, GLAHM Camp provides the opportunity for 6 girls with spinal cord injuries to come together for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help build self-esteem and regain confidence at this crucial time in their lives.

Siouxland Chamber Foundation
Sioux City, IA
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the construction of the Leif Erikson Boundless Playground, the first of its kind in the Sioux City Metro area, which will enable all children, including those with physical, developmental, cognitive and sensory disabilities, to experience independent, self-directed play, each at his or her own highest level of ability.  Grant funds will support playground equipment costs.

Saint Mary's Foundation for Children
Bayside, NY
$4,700
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Camp and Home Continuous Therapy, a project that provides intensive rehabilitation therapy for children with paralysis.  The upper body or gait therapy provided at a summer camp at St. Mary's is followed by in-home therapy sessions supervised by St. Mary's Home Care programs, and involves the parents in the therapy.  Grant funds will support the home care therapy.

The Miracle League of Valdosta Georgia
Valdosta, GA
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Miracle League of Valdosta Georgia in efforts to build a special rubberized baseball field and wheelchair accessible dugouts to enable any child who wants to play baseball, regardless of their disability, the ability and the accommodations necessary to play.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

YMCA of Meriden, Connecticut
Meriden, CT
$6,500
This Quality of Life grant will support the construction of a barrier-free playground at Hubbard Park.  Specifically, grant funds will be used to underwrite the purchase of playground equipment for the 5-12 year olds. 

Education

Filmmakers Collaborative, Incorporated
Waltham, MA
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund editing and post-production costs for a documentary film called Luckey.  The film is about a sculptor named Tom Luckey, who was designing a three-story high, climbable sculpture for the Boston Children's Museum at age 66, when he fell and suffered a spinal cord injury and became a quadriplegic.  Luckey, a Yale graduate, is continuing his work with the help of his son.  Viewers will see him while he works on his sculpture, lives his new daily routine, works on rehabilitation, and connects with his family on a new level.  Grant funds will support a portion of the editing costs.

International Innerspace Institute
dba Ocean Opportunity
Providence, RI
$2,250
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the distribution of a documentary film called Diving a Dream, created by Ocean Opportunity in 2004 about a man named Matthew Johnston, then age 27, to facilitate his wish to become the world's first ventilator- dependent quadriplegic (as a result of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) diver.  Over a 3-year period, Matt's dream became realized with the assistance of many, and reached a national audience via NBC's Today Show in January 2007, which featured his history-making ocean dive from the previous November.  Grant funds will help to support the reproduction of the documentary into DVD format and distribution to over 100 muscular dystrophy groups, respiratory care support groups, adaptive scuba groups, and paralysis support groups for their use as a tool to inspire those individuals that they support through their programs

Employment

Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc.
San Diego, CA
$5,500
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Techworks for Youth, which aims to bridge the digital divide between youth with disabilities and employers through access to computers, universal technology and higher education.  Grant funds will be used to help underwrite the purchase of assistive technology equipment for the program including:  Window-Eyes, ZoomText, HAL screen Reader, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Sound Advice.

Just One Break, Inc.
New York, NY 
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Career Coaching for Life, a project that provides coaching and support for people with disabilities who are ready to take their careers into their own hands.  This service helps to empower adults with significant disabilities with the skills needed to obtain and maintain employment over their lifetime; increases the organization's rate of job placement through working with both job seekers and employers as partners; increases retention rates; and improves job satisfaction.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.  This grant was made possible by a generous grant from Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader in the field of development of diagnostic and therapeutic products for central nervous system (CNS) disorders and nerve repair.

Health Promotion

A Helping Hand, Inc.
Chapel Hill, NC
$25,000
This Health Promotion grant will fund a Pre-Internship Program in which future health care providers are matched with individuals who are paralyzed due to stroke, multiple sclerosis and other causes to provide respite care services, assistance to families in locating and accessing services, and conduct Sensitivity Training to educate junior high, high school students and the-community-at-large about the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.  This program is a community model which comprehensively addresses the critical health issue of caregiver respite while providing unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in pre-health majors including pre-medical, nursing, social work and psychology to learn first-hand about working with people with paralysis.  The grant funds will help to underwrite the cost of intern stipends.

Achilles Track Club
New York, NY
$17,500
This Health Promotion grant will fund a program that will train recently paralyzed military service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to become wheelchair athletes, with the goals to compete using a hand-crank wheelchair in 5K or 5 mile races in the summer, and the Marine Corps Marathon or the ING New York City Marathon in the fall.  The specific objective of this project is to motivate, train and engage recently paralyzed veterans in competitive sports.  Grant funds will support training of 10 athletes.

Adelante Development Center
Albuquerque, NM
$15,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a project entitled Friends in Time, which provides critical hands-on support services for people with severe chronic neuromuscular diseases in New Mexico.  The funding will connect approximately 100 families to a team who will help them create a comprehensive care plan, inform them about their diagnosis and medical options, serve as advocates, loan them assistive technology and medical equipment, and help them to remain as independent as possible.  Grant funds will fund programmatic expenses.

Alta Bates Summit Foundation, Inc.
Breast Health Access for Women with Disabilities (BHAWD)
Berkeley, CA
$10,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the revision, printing and distribution of the second edition of BHAWD's Breast Health and Beyond:  A Provider's Guide to the Examination and Screening of Women with Disabilities, a comprehensive, nationally-recognized book in print and DVD, focused on increasing health care provider knowledge and improving clinical practice and systems.  Since 2003, BHAWD's pioneering publication has been used by over 1,400 health care providers locally, statewide, and nationally.  Grant funds will support programmatic costs.

American Dance Wheels Foundation
Bala Cynwyd, PA
$10,000
This Health Promotion grant will fund the University of Delaware Collegiate DanceWheels Program, in which American DanceWheels Foundation, The University of Delaware, and Crystal Dansport will collaborate to form wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance groups in Delaware comprised of people with and without ambulatory disabilities from the community and the preexisting 120- member University Ballroom Dance Team.  The trained ballroom dance professionals with utilize the American Dancewheels Wheel One™ curriculum to teach and develop two groups at both a social and advanced level, culminating in a final performance and competition night.  While this happens, a video crew will document the transformations of the group and those involved so that it can be used as a pilot program for establishing similar groups at other universities nationwide.  Grant funds will be targeted for instructors.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association of Georgia, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
$17,500
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the ALS Clinic Collaboration and Capacity Building Initiative, a project that will support the increased patient load at the ALS Clinic at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  The project will train volunteers to introduce and demonstrate adaptive equipment to people with ALS and their families before they actually need it, which offers a host of benefits for the families and the Clinic.  The people with ALS have the advantage of “trying before buying,” which is empowering, shortens waiting time, can avoid frustrations if the wrong equipment is purchased, and enables the equipment to be acquired and the training to be done before the condition of the person with ALS worsens.  Grant funds will supplement the purchase of equipment for patient training, staff support for intern and/or contract work to perform administrative functions part time for Clinic staff after patient visits, and patient/volunteer support for recruitment, education and training of volunteers to assist in Clinic visits.

Area Agency of Greater Nashua, Inc.
Nashua, NH
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Partners in Health Nashua Recreation Program, which provides opportunities for recreational outings for children with chronic health conditions, their siblings, and their families.  The recreational outings have been proven to be invaluable by helping families to be healthier emotionally, and become stronger by sharing their experiences with other families who understand their challenges.  As the majority of families involved have more than one child, often they must choose recreational activities for the typically developed child or their child with special needs.  Rarely are these families able to enjoy programs that can accommodate all of their children.  The goal of this program is to provide recreational opportunities that the whole family can participate in together, regardless of disability.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Asian American Federation of New York
New York, NY
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will support the South Asian Health Project's efforts to expand the South Asians Living with Disabilities Outreach and Education Initiative.  A conference held in June 2007 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, will be the first known effort to proactively promote the health and needs of South Asians living with paralysis-related disabilities, their families and caregivers.  Grant funds will support expanded website content to add information about paralysis-related disabilities and relevant references, including materials from the June 15th conference (i.e., slide presentations, discussion notes), information about and a link to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center and South Asian resources and services in New Jersey and New York.  Another component of the project is a consultant who will collect 8 stories from South Asian individuals and families living with paralysis-related disabilities in New Jersey and New York areas who will be asked to share their “stories” through one-on-one dialogues, exploring how their South Asian identity shaped their experiences.

BlazeSports America
Atlanta, GA
$25,000
This Health Promotion grant will support a project entitled Youth Ablaze:  Leadership Training, which targets youth, ages 17–19 with physical disability and has a separate component targeting young injured military ages 19–22.  Building on an existing BlazeSports Junior Camp Leader Training program, the funds will be used to adapt a youth leadership training curriculum (including a facilitators' guide and participant workbook that is appropriate for youth with physical disability); pilot the curriculum with 12 Georgia youth with physical disabilities and 6 young military recruited from the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; and to provide experiential opportunities for the youth and military to apply their leadership skills.  The curriculum will include topics such as communication, self-awareness, team building, and making healthy choices (being physically active and healthy eating).  The training will enable youth with physical disabilities to develop solid leadership skills that will equip them to be effective leaders in the career of their choice.  Grant funds will be used to support printing of the training Guide and Workbook, lodging and facilitator costs for the leadership retreat, material acquisition and related program costs.

Brain Injury Association of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
$5,150
This Health Promotion grant will support a project to fund 4 additional support group facilitators to staff and organize brain injury support groups in rural areas in Arizona.  Survivors and family member-led groups have a tendency to fail due to the nature of traumatic brain injury, and because families can easily become overwhelmed.  Funds will be used to identify qualified facilitators and to educate them on brain injury; provide technical support; facilitator stipends; printing of educational materials, invitations and advertising; and stipends for survivors and family members to attend meetings.

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC)
Breckenridge, CO
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to provide scholarships to enable economically disadvantaged individuals with paralysis to attend the Adaptive Ski and Wilderness Programs.  BOEC serves a wide array of people with paralysis-causing conditions that include:  traumatic brain injury, chronic muscular issues, cerebral palsy, congenital abnormalities/defects, hemi paresis, ALS, MD, MS, paralysis, post polio, spinal cord injuries, stroke, amputees, organic brain injury, scoliosis and spina bifida.  Adaptive skiing is offered through mono-skiing, bi-skiing, four-tracking, cross-country-skiing, using ski legs and sit-skiing.  BOEC partners with rehabilitation centers and paralysis-related agencies, including military-focused organizations, throughout the United States to “bring the people to the mountain.”

Bright Options Family Services, Inc.
Cheetowaga, NY
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to provide community and family support services to African American individuals who are victims of chronic community violence with an outcome of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.  The injured individuals and their families are supported through support groups and counseling and are linked to services including but not limited to health, education, vocational, housing, social, recreation, benefits and entitlements.  Grant funds will help to support the salary of the Family Support Coordinator and associated programmatic mileage costs. 

Broward Homebound Program
Pompano Beach, FL
$10,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the subsidy program for elderly and disabled adults, which will provide subsidized homemaker, personal care and respite care to disabled adults throughout Broward County, which currently has a waiting list of 300 clients needing services.  The clients have been diagnosed with a variety of paralysis-causing conditions, and clients are often cared for by an elderly parent.  Many clients are married and their caregivers are working.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Camp Twin Lakes
Atlanta, GA
$12,500
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a project that will partner with the Shepherd Center for Rehabilitation in Atlanta, Georgia with the Brasstown Valley Resort to offer therapeutic horsemanship, golf clinics and other on-site programs which will encourage individuals with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to grow physically and emotionally.  Grant funds will support programmatic costs.

Chico State University Foundation
Chico, CA
$7,000
This Health Promotion Grant will fund the Ability First Youth Sports Camp, a week-long summer residential camp on the campus of California State University, Chico, held every summer since 1985 that has served well over 700 youth with disabilities since its inception.  As part of a training program, students in Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Physical Education will learn first hand how to design and implement recreation, sports, and social opportunities for youth.  Families of children with disabilities will receive respite while their children are engaged in the activities of the project.  Ability First also provides families opportunities to learn about recreation sports and social opportunities for their children.  Grant funds will support programmatic costs.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
$25,000
This Health Promotion grant will fund a project entitled Knowledge is Freedom:  20-Years of Home Care Tips for Successful Home Mechanical Ventilation and Diaphragm Pacing in Children.  This will include the production of comprehensive educational material, CD and a booklet for children on home mechanical ventilation (HMV) based on over 30 years of hospital experience in HMV management and hundreds of parents' practical experience as well.  This includes both traditional mechanical ventilation via tracheotomy and diaphragm pacing.  The final production will be an educational resource that collates and shares these experiences for home care providers, community vendors, home-nursing agencies, schools and policy makers.  Grant funds will support program costs.

Children's Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL
$12,500
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Spina Bifida Clinic.  Specifically, funds will help to fund the salary of a part-time Transition Coordinator to work closely with adolescent spina bifida patients and families to help them establish skills important for independent living and easing the transition to adult health care.

Columbus Recreation Council – Friends of Therapeutic Recreation
Columbus, OH
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Midwest Regional Disability Lifestyles Conference and Expo, a premier event that will provide hands-on workshops, recreational opportunities, a vendor exhibitor hall, adapted wheelchair sports demos, and highlight performing artists with paralysis and other disabilities.  The Conference will also foster collaboration among those agencies and individuals that serve persons living with paralysis and other disabilities in bringing greater awareness of people with disabilities, their potential, and accomplishments to the forefront with Conference activities and programs.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

DAWN Center for Independent Living
Denville, NJ
$6,590
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a program entitled Living Well with a Disability, an 8-week workshop series that introduces a process for setting and clarifying goals and teaching skills for generating, implementing, and monitoring solutions that promote self-care and a healthier lifestyle and maximizing independence.  The project goal is to reduce the severity and incidence of secondary conditions, which occur when a person with a disability develops a complication related to his or her impairment, with a concomitant reduction of costs for medical care.  Keeping quality of life issues at the forefront, Living Well teaches skills for preventing health problems, keeping existing health problems under control, promoting physical conditioning or fitness, developing and maintaining healthy relationships, beating “the blues,” information seeking and systems advocacy, goal setting and making healthy lifestyle choices.  Grant funds will support transportation costs for clients, workshop materials and on-line training costs.

Disabled Sports USA
Cleveland, OH
$7,500
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the 2007 Technology and Safety Update, a project focused on upgrading the current technology and adaptive equipment within the Three Trackers loan closet to improve safety features and to make use of improvements in technology, allowing persons with disabilities to become more independent while engaged in outdoor sports, improving their quality of life through exercise, recreation and socialization.  Additional safety helmets and various safety accessories for the program will also be acquired.

Dr. Dale B. Hull Foundation for Neurological Rehabilitation, Inc.
South Jordan, UT
$15,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support scholarships and supplemental funding for physical rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries at Neuroworx, a facility that employs highly-trained physical therapists who have extensive experience in neurological rehabilitation.  The equipment includes an FES bike, body weight system for locomotor gait training, e-stim machine, specialized aquatic therapy pool with underwater treadmill and camera system, TheraGait walker and wheelchair accessible resistive training devices.  Grant funds will support therapy scholarships.

Dreams for Kids, Inc.
Chicago, IL
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will support the No Limits Adventure Program, which provides adventure opportunities for children with physical disabilities to allow them to improve their physical ability, learn to use adapted equipment as necessary, improve self-esteem, learn to set individual and team goals and the steps to achieve those goals.  Activities offered include water skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, scuba diving, camping and downhill snow skiing.  Children improve social skills by working in a team setting and learn empathy and understanding for other children's abilities.  They also gain pride in their own identity and have fun.  Grant funds will support the kayaking and hand cycling activities.

Durango/Purgatory Handicapped Sports Association
dba Adaptive Sports Association
Durango, CO
$9,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund scholarships for a week of summer sports lessons for individuals with paralysis who otherwise would not be able to pay for the lessons.  The participants learn outdoor sporting skills in a fun-filled environment where they have the opportunity to try new activities, meet new friends, challenge their abilities, build socialization skills and develop confidence.  Grant funds will support scholarships for 5 individuals with paralysis.

First in Families of North Carolina
Durham, NC
$6,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Lifetime Connections program, which helps address the greatest fear of a parent or other family caregiver:  “No one will be there for my loved one when I am gone.”  The Lifetime Connections program offers a variety of services with a focus on developing Personal Networks, a group of caring people (volunteers, friends and family members) along with a part-time paid facilitator, who are committed to the individual with a disability.  The Personal Network provides the companionship, support and advocacy needed to empower that individual to attain his/her dreams and life goals.  Together they achieve dreams and goals related to housing, employment, or social life, to name a few.  Preparing for all types of emergencies is also a fundamental part of the network process.  As the Network evolves, parents meanwhile benefit from the future planning services provided through Lifetime Connections, which may include the establishment of wills and a supplemental or special needs trust, but can also include other less formal planning activities such as preparation of letters of intent, planning around alternatives to guardianship, supported decision-making over health and financial manners, etc.  Grant funds will support services for 6 people with paralysis.

Fishing Has No Boundaries
Hayward, WI
$7,704
This Health Promotion grant will help to support chapter expansion for this program that provides outdoor “on the water” recreational fishing opportunities for people with disabilities.  Founded in 1986, Fishing Has No Boundaries currently has 23 chapters in 13 states and has nine new chapters proposed for 2007 and 2008.  It has been featured in North American Fisherman, Boating Life, In-Fisherman, Palestra, and Challenge magazines, and has advertised in Wheeling Sportsmen.  It was also featured in Exercise Your Ability:  The Ultimate Guide to Sports and Recreation for People with Disabilities.  Fishing Has No Boundaries often works with groups such as Paralyzed Veterans of America, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Lions Clubs, Boys and Girls Scouts and others.  Grant funds will support expansion costs for 2 chapters.

Foundation for the California State University San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the California State University San Bernardino/Inland Empire DisABILITIES Sports Festival, a one-day sports and physical activity festival for people with physical disabilities.  The purposes are to increase the quality of life and health of people with disabilities by introducing them to sports; to raise awareness of disability sport and physical activity to the community; and to provide a service learning opportunity for California State University San Bernardino students on how to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.  At the festival, people of all ages with physical disabilities will be introduced to and taught how to play various sports including wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, wheelchair tennis, soccer, baseball/softball, hand cycling, swimming, kayaking, and wall climbing by expert coaches and teachers.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Healing Waters Foundation
Estes Park, CO
$4,260
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a full-access initiative at a nonprofit, state-of-the-art hydrotherapeutic rehabilitation pool that focuses on installing equipment and aids to especially assist those with spinal cord and brain injuries in accessing and using the pool, showers and restrooms as well as entering and negotiating the facility in general.  The project also includes installation of some of the equipment that will be used to provide hydrotherapeutic rehabilitation to mobility impaired patients to increase their level of functional independence.  Grant funds will help to underwrite the cost of the Aquatic Access chair lift.

Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
Wichita, KS
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the 2007 Midwest Health and Abilities Expo, the first of its kind in Kansas that will offer valuable information, services and demonstrations regarding products, services and programs for people of all ages with all disabilities that are available to be able to live healthier and more independent lives.   Grant funds will support programmatic expenses for the expo.

Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Foundation
Houston, TX
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the ThinkFirst Houston Injury Prevention Program, the national injury prevention program targeted at children and youth ages 5 to 25.  The program focuses on preventing accidental injuries by educating children and adolescents to make safe personal decisions.  The primary focus of this program is the prevention of spinal cord injuries and brain injuries for which this age group is at high risk.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Little Voice Productions // The Chanda Plan Foundation
Denver, CO
$7,500

This Health Promotion grant will enable The Chanda Plan Foundation to fund alternative treatments for people with disabilities for the health issues related to their disabilities.  Complementary alternative treatments may include but are not limited to acupuncture, massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, electric stimulation and nutrition.  Grant funds will support 5 people with paralysis to receive alternative treatments for one year.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
$12, 500
This Health Promotion grant will support the Family Peer Counseling Programs, consumer-driven groups that present different topics at each of their monthly meetings, providing patients and caregivers with a sense of social support, while presenting information and tools to enable them to learn how to adapt and re-enter the community.  Grant funds will help to fund the salary of the Family Peer Counseling Coordinator.

Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse
Chicago, IL
$7,500
This Health Promotion grant will support a summer program for children with acquired brain injuries, a fun and educational summer program for children disabled due to brain ages 7-12 years old.  This program will provide accessible, age and ability appropriate activities that include arts, recreation, life skills and community outings.  The project supports persons with paralysis, their families and caregivers.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Minnesota Chapter of the National Stroke Association
DBA Minnesota Stroke Association
Plymouth, MN
$5,600
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Third Midwest Regional Aphasia Conference, a 2-½ day conference for stroke survivors with aphasia and their co-survivors scheduled for September 23-25, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Participants for the 5-state Midwest region will attend the conference to learn from experts on aphasia, to learn from other survivors and co-survivors during facilitated discussions and to enjoy 3 days of “normal” in a supportive “aphasia friendly” environment.  Grant funds will support educational materials.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Houston, TX
$11,536
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project that assists individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to maintain independence and communication with their loved ones by providing communication devices and device maintenance to individuals diagnosed with ALS who have excellent brain function, but have lost the ability to verbally communicate.  Muscular Dystrophy Association will monitor the equipment and provide maintenance throughout the life of the communication devices (which belong to the MDA).  Grant funds will support the cost to acquire 5 electronic communication devices and provide maintenance. 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Charlotte, NC
$10,785
This Health Promotion grant will support Reach Out:  Services to Maintain Independence, a project that will extend services currently provided through the Information and Referral help line.  This project will cater to individuals who are homebound, have cognitive issues, and demonstrate the inability to access resources within the community on their own.  Each individual will have a community case manager assigned to work with them in their home.  Grant funds will help to provide services for 5 families.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter
Los Angeles, CA
$10,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Spanish-Language MS Day Program at The Eric Small Center for Optimal Living with MS at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.  Through this weekly program, conducted entirely in the Spanish language, participants with progressive MS and significant challenges related to this disease will engage in a range of physical, emotional, and recreational wellness activities.  The low-cost program, offered on a sliding scale basis, will assist MS participants to achieve improved healthy lifestyle habits and optimal independent functioning, as well as enhanced emotional wellness and ability to cope with the impact of the disease.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Toledo, OH
$4,500
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Toledo Raptors, a team of young wheelchair athletes who are paralyzed due to conditions including spinal cord injuries caused by an automobile accident, gunshot, sledding, and work injury.  Four other team members have spina bifida.  One team member has paralysis due to juvenile polio.  For the past few years the team has competed in the Michigan and Ohio Wheelchair Games.  This project will enable them to compete in a third competition, the Appalachian Wheelchair Games, for the first time.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases Multiple Sclerosis Center
New York, NY
$12,500
This Health Promotion grant will support Community ReIntegration for Socially Isolated Patients (CRISP), a program aimed at improving the quality of life of homebound MS patients.  The program offers strategies for patients to participate in community activities despite the unpredictability of the disease.  In addition, there is the added benefit of providing a social network for patients to interact with one another.  For some patients, this is their only opportunity to socialize with others.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Para Equestrian – Federation Equestre Internationale
Lausanne, Switzerland
$25,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support training and development of equestrians with disabilities from economically/socially disadvantaged countries under the direction of the former British Paralympic equestrian coach who uses a holistic approach to training.  These athletes would not otherwise have the opportunity to compete, let alone participate at this level.  The project will provide ongoing support over a 9-month period leading up to the Paralympic Games in Beijing (Hong Kong for equestrian sport).  The three countries identified for this project are Croatia, The Czech Republic and Slovakia because they have demonstrated that they have the following:  national infrastructure, riders and trainers of an appropriate level to benefit from participation in the project; demonstrated interest in developing the sport further in their country (by attending events/courses, arranging national events, requesting technical support, etc.); ability to build relevant, sustainable and realistic activities; adequate facilities, equipment and horses to continue to expand the development process in their own country; and good links to both national and international equestrian and disability groups and organizations.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Paraquad
Saint Louis, MO
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Peer Consultation Program, which provides skills training and assistance to empower people with disabilities to live independently.  The program comprises two services; individual peer services and support groups.  The individual peer services pairs participants with a well-adjusted peer who has a similar disability and serves as a mentor, sharing personal experiences and helping participants to live independently.  The spinal cord injury support group was created to bring answers and support to people with newly acquired disabilities and their families.  The women's support group offers women with disabilities opportunities to learn more about cultural events and engage in social activities.  The family participation support group provides support, information and resources for parents with physical disabilities.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Power Soccer of Indy, Inc.
Carmel, IN.
$14,795
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Growing New Teams Initiative, which will broaden the network of Power Soccer teams in the Midwestern region to new cities, assisting them in identifying potential athletes, organizing athletes and volunteers interested informing a team, and training potential athletes, coaches and referees in the sport of power soccer.  Power Soccer of Indy has been a leader in the country for growing teams in the local and regional area.  It has grown from one team to nine teams in the past 4 years, serving individuals with muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, stroke, and several other paralysis-causing conditions.  The organization has had numerous requests from leaders in other parts of the state and country to assist them in growing teams in their areas, and it has hosted 3 national tournaments in the past 4 years as well as various mini-tournaments, so it is well-placed to lead this expansion effort for the sport.  It currently has contacts in 6 cities and plans to reach out to an additional 3 during the year.  Grant funds will fund programmatic expenses for expansion of teams into potentially 9 new cities.

Project Mobility
Saint Charles, IL
$10,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project to acquire a wheelchair-accessible van with lift and trailer to meet the needs of Project Mobility:  Cycles for Life clients.  The organization transports its trailer full of adaptive cycling equipment to various places throughout the United States such as rehabilitation hospitals, special recreation associations and other groups with a similar desire to help individuals with disabilities.  It also participates in and sponsors many events including day camps, overnight camps, accessibility fairs, disability workshops, bike clinics, and competitions.  At these events, individuals with disabilities enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of riding a bicycle.  Grant funds will help to underwrite the cost to purchase the wheelchair-accessible van with lift.

Queen's University Spinal Cord Injury Exercise Program
Kingston, Ontario
Canada
$24,050
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the building of a sustainable community-based exercise program for people with spinal cord injury for the aging spinal cord injury community.  The program will be modeled after the very successful community-based exercise program that is running at the Center for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation at McMaster University.  The exercise will be prescribed by a certified physiotherapist or kinesiologist who has experience training in the SCI population.  The certified staff will coordinate the exercise program and be present at all of the exercise sessions.  In addition, highly qualified volunteers (kinesiology undergraduate students and rehabilitation therapy graduate students) will be available to assist with the exercises and provide training tips and equipment adjustments.  Each participant will have his/her own volunteer personal trainer.  The gym is housed in St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, the rehabilitation center serving the Kingston community.  The program will be offered at minimal cost to participants.  Grant funds will support general programmatic costs.

Richland County Recreation Foundation
Columbia, SC
$12,600
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund the Rolling Thunder Adaptive Sports Team, to enable individuals that use wheelchairs to take part in organized athletics by providing training, equipment and opportunities for them to participate and compete in sports, fitness and recreational activities.  The Rolling Thunder wheelchair basketball team consists of males and females, ages 14 – 44 who have paralysis caused primarily by spinal cord injury, but also include congenital conditions that cause paralysis.  Grant funds will help to underwrite the cost to purchase 6 new basketball wheelchairs for the Rolling Thunder Adaptive Sports Team.  The chairs will remain the property of the team and old chairs will be recycled and used in the adaptive tennis program.

Rights and Empowerment for Disabled (RED)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
$9,560
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a project that aims to foster independent living for 20 paralyzed women dwelling in a hard-to-reach rural area of Bangladesh who are the victims of spinal cord injury resulting from domestic violence.  The objectives of the project will emphasize improved mobility, increased adaptive skills and barrier-free home environments that it considers crucial for the women's lives.  Not one of these women have ever received therapy; only 5 used wheelchairs; the remaining 15 never received any assistive devices and spent their days lying in beds where they were vulnerable to bed sores and development of other conditions secondary to paralysis.  As they live in a hard-to-reach area embracing extreme poverty, center-based rehabilitation services always remain out of their reach.  This project is carefully devised to bring affordable solutions to address the issues of mobility difficulties, lack of adaptive skills and in-home structural barriers that can lead to greater independence, promote health and increased quality of life.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.
 
Spina Bifida Association Albany Capital District Chapter
Scotia, NY
$14,260
This Health Promotion grant will support a project to sponsor 1-1/2 hour accessible tennis lessons at no cost to people with spina bifida.  The lessons are run by a local tennis coach who is an experienced teacher of wheelchair tennis.  The grant will help to underwrite the purchase of four sports wheelchairs to be used in the tennis program.

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
Tallahassee, FL
$11,250
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project called Wellness and Fitness for Stroke Survivors, which will include educational components, exercise and fitness activities and community activities to facilitate community reintegration, socialization and leisure.  The program will include low income and high risk populations and will work with community resources to recruit and maintain participation.  Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of a Lite Gait body weight-supported treadmill therapy system for the program.

Temple University
Arts and Quality of Life Research Center
Philadelphia, PA
$24,900
This Health Promotion grant will support a project entitled Singing for Tomorrow:  The Use of Songwriting as an Expressive Medium for Hospitalized Children with Spinal Cord Injury, which will provide inpatients with spinal cord injury at Shriners Hospital for Children (Philadelphia) with individual songwriting sessions to enhance their expression of feelings and facilitate their coping with spinal cord injury.  With the help of a music therapist, each child will create and record original songs about their experience of spinal cord injury and their hopes for the future.  Songwriting software will be used that will enable the child to select and input the music and the lyrics, allowing the child to be fully involved in every aspect of the songwriting process.  Children with spinal cord injury face many physical, psychological, social and spiritual challenges.  Disbelief, sadness, fear, anger, guilt, hopelessness, helplessness, social withdrawal, and decreased motivation are common grief reactions during hospitalization and may impinge on the children's recovery.  To optimize rehabilitation, these reactions and feelings need to be expressed, validated and supported, and this project provides a new, unique medium for children to explore, share and express their struggles and hopes in creative and meaningful ways.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

The Arc of New Jersey
North Brunswick, NJ
$11,774
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project entitled Wheels Under Your Feet?  Helmet on Your Head!  This is a health promotion/primary prevention project to promote awareness, provide education, and support sustained outreach about traumatic brain injury prevention by correct helmet use and safety targeted to childcare centers, after-school programs (serving more than 195,000 children), and Childcare Resource and Referral agencies.  This component of a statewide media campaign focuses on strengthening concepts of childhood health and safety with childcare, school and community providers, who in turn, can share them with the children and families they serve.  This project includes multi-media materials, workshops, and ongoing support provided at no cost to the childcare centers and schools.  Messaging includes 11x17 inch posters on heavy-stock solar yellow and decals with catchy graphics and the project slogan, ”Wheels Under Your Feet?  Helmet on Your Head!,” along with fact sheets, and conference presentation materials.  Grant funds support programmatic expenses.

United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit
Southfield, MI
$13,361
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund a project that will provide portable wheelchair ramps to children who have disabilities and use a wheelchair.  Portable ramps can be used at home and in the community, providing children barrier-free access to places that were previously inaccessible.  Grant funds will help to provide portable wheelchair ramps to 31 children with paralysis.  The ramps will remain the property of United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit.

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County, Inc.
Irvine, CA
$10,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support a project that will be used to support a program that offers respite care to “Gap Families,” meaning those who have no means to pay for services and are ineligible to receive contracts through the local Regional Center.  Most families of children with disabilities can receive contracts through the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) to cover the cost of respite care.  However, many of the families whose children are ineligible for contracts with RCOC cannot afford to pay for the respite services out-of-pocket.  Children who have been diagnosed with a disability, but have no significant cognitive impairments, rarely qualify for a RCOC contract.  This leaves these parents in the “gap” of being in desperate need of services, but receiving no financial assistance.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
$7,500
This Health Promotion grant will help to fund Aqua Therapy for Individuals with Disabilities.  Specifically, grant funds will be used to help underwrite the purchase of a state-of-the-art wheelchair lift that will used to transfer approximately 85 adults and children into the agency's pool for aqua therapy.  The chair lift used at present requires multiple transfers and can be physically and emotionally traumatic for individuals as they are raised from their wheelchairs and placed into another seat that is then immersed in the pool.  Safety issues are inherent in the multiple transfers, particularly for individuals who experience frequent spasms.  The new equipment will make the pool far more accessible, especially for those individuals who are more physically involved, than the equipment that is currently being used.

United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc.
Huntsville, AL
$9,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the 2007 National Respite Conference to be held in Huntsville, Alabama in October 2007.  The conference will provide valuable, up-to-date information for families, professionals and other respite stakeholders who provide, utilize or are in need of respite care services.  Conference presenters will share information and expertise that directly deals with components of the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 (LRCA), passed by Congress in December 2006.  The National Respite Conference typically includes participants from 30-35 states and addresses respite care issues from across the lifespan of individuals with disabilities, including those with spinal cord injuries, and chronic illnesses.  Grant funds will support scholarships for conference attendees.

United States Olympic Committee
Colorado Springs, CO
$25,000
This Health Promotion grant will support The United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Program Veterans' Project, which trains rehabilitation coaches in Paralympic sport and provides networking opportunities via a reference database for veterans wanting to pursue Paralympic sport activity.  The purpose of the USOC Paralympic Military Program is to enhance the rehabilitation, readiness and quality of life of permanently injured service personnel and veterans through introductory sport clinics, longer sport camps, and by guiding these participants into local disabled sports organizations.  The Veterans' Project expands the reach of rehabilitation through Paralympic sport to hundreds of veterans by training physical therapists and rehabilitative sport coaches, increasing the number of support clinics available to injured military personnel, and by creating a national database for networking opportunities to serve all veterans – in particular, younger service personnel, ages 17-35 – who have a physical disability and who seek to participate in Paralympic sports.  Grant funds will support programmatic costs.

Vaughan Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America
Westchester, IL
$5,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the 10th Vaughan Chapter PVA Land of Lincoln Bass Tournament, a 3-day bass fishing tournament where 70-100 anglers with disabilities will pair with 70-100 able-bodied anglers who serve as boat partners, which also includes a separate bank division composed of about 25 individuals for other anglers with disabilities who choose not to compete in boats.  The anglers compete separately the first day then together as a team against other teams.  This event is one of 5 bass tournaments on the PVA Bass Tour (a Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society sanctioned event).  This event continues to offer an introduction for the able-bodied and people with disabilities to recreate, compete, and learn more about their respective abilities, which helps to create awareness about the unique challenges facing people with paralysis and other mobility impairments.  Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses.

Westchester Institute for Human Development
Valhalla, NY
$14,698
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Program for Individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases, designed to support the ongoing communication needs for patients with ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases whose natural speech declines as the disease progresses.  Specifically, this project will include the development of a lending/device training library as well as a mechanism to provide comprehensive AAC evaluation and intervention services that span the course of the disease process.  The project will provide outreach and education to family members and professionals who work with these patients to encourage timely referral for AAC speech evaluations and interventions.  Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of equipment for the lending/device training library.

Woodlands Foundation
Wexford, PA
$10,000
This Health Promotion grant will help to support the 2007 Mazeroski Sports Program, a year-round sports and recreation program for children and adults with disability and chronic illness that provides adaptive activities and an adaptive environment in a fully-accessible facility.  Participants are able to enjoy individual and team sports including basketball, flag football, tennis, deck hockey, volleyball, baseball, track and field, swimming and water polo, ping-pong, billiards, darts, wheelchair racing, archery, golf, and soccer.  Participants also have the opportunity to tent camp at the Woodlands fully-accessible camp site.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

World T.E.A.M. Sports
Dorchester, MA
$16,000
This Health Promotion grant will support the 2007 Face of America Bike Ride, in which World T.E.A.M. Sports will work closely with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Naval Medical Centers, the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Camp Lejeuene in North Carolina, The Semper Fi Foundation, The Soldiers Angel organization and others to honor and include service men and women who have recently been severely injured (some paralyzed from the waist down) in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a two-day, 110-
mile bike ride from the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Frederick, Maryland and then on to Washington, DC.  A very skilled support team comprising emergency medical technicians, doctors, massage therapists, hand cycling experts, and bike mechanics provide incredible support for the participants.  The ride ends at the National Naval Medical Center, which will convey a powerful, inspiring visual message to all the current patients there about the power of rehabilitation and the will to Go Forward.  Grant funds will be used to help subsidize the costs for disabled service men and women to participate in the program.

Independent Living

Caring and Sharing Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Largo, FL
$4,000
This Quality of Life grant will support the Home Modifications Program, which installs modular ramps at the homes of people with disabilities to enable them to live more self-determined, independent lives.  There are currently 37 people on the waiting list that need wheelchair ramps.  Grant funds will support the installation of 4 modular wheelchair ramps at the homes of individuals with paralysis.

Marin Center for Independent Living, Inc.
San Rafael, CA
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Attendant Registry and QuickMatch projects; free services to those needing trained, responsible and compassionate caregivers in Marin County to help them continue to live independently.  QuickMatch is the online searchable database that allows consumers to review the listing of available caregivers any day or night of the week, including hearing their voices and seeing their pictures, before contacting them for an interview.  Caregivers go through a careful screening by staff to be listed on the Marin CIL Registry and QuickMatch.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.  This grant was made possible by a generous grant from Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader in the field of development of diagnostic and therapeutic products for central nervous system (CNS) disorders and nerve repair.

Walton Options for Independent Living, Inc.
Augusta, GA
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will support Operation Independence, a project which utilizes paid staff, volunteers and community members to provide home modifications and adaptive equipment to economically disadvantaged persons with disabilities.  Modifications may include building ramps, widening doorways, and providing other safety and accessibility modifications so that consumers can live and participate more fully in their communities.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Practical Services

Allied Services Foundation
Clarks Summit, PA
$14,950
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Restorative Therapy Equipment and Outreach project, which will enhance and accelerate the rehabilitation process for teenage, adult and senior patients who have paralysis due to spinal cord injury and other serious injuries or disabling illnesses.  It will also contribute to the functioning, fitness and independence of persons with paralysis and or physical disabilities who are working to maintain or improve strength, conditioning and general fitness.  Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of one RT300-S Restorative Therapy Cycle.

Independence for Everyone (LIFE) of Mississippi, Inc.
Jackson, MS
$5,600
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Durable Equipment Closet for Mississippians with Disabilities, in which durable medical equipment is received, refurbished, and redistributed to individuals with disabilities in need.  As the donations are often less than optimal, this project will allow LIFE to purchase some of the most requested items for each of the eight offices located throughout the state.  Grant funds will be used to purchase 8 manual wheelchairs.

New Directions Wellness Center
c/o The University of Montana Foundation
Missoula, MT
$18,000
This Quality of Life grant will be used to help support the New Directions Wellness Center's Spinal Cord Injury/Multiple Sclerosis FES Cycling Program.  Grant funds will be used to help underwrite the purchase of an ERGYS2 FES Bike and Patient Management System.

PAALS
Columbia, SC
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the S.H.A.R.E. (Seniors Helping Animals Reach Everyone) Project, where PAALS and the Capital Seniors Center are joining forces to train dogs for service for disabled individuals in South Carolina.  Grant funds will support the costs for one training team to train one service dog for an individual with paralysis.

Paws'itive Teams, Inc.
San Diego, CA
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Service Dog Training Program, and specifically will help to subsidize the cost to acquire one dog and to train it for two years to become a service partner for an individual with paralysis.

Sports and Recreation

Achieving Wheelchair Equality, Inc.
North Charleston, SC
$6,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Wheelchair Sports programs for active wheelchair athletes in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  Activities sponsored by this all-volunteer program include wheelchair basketball, water ski clinics, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair billiards, and the Cooper River Bridge Run.  Grant funds will support the purchase of sports wheelchairs, uniforms and other equipment.

Audubon Society of Corvallis
Corvallis, OR
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the Homer Campbell Memorial Trail, an elevated, wheelchair accessible boardwalk trail on the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, a very popular birding and recreation area just south of Corvallis.  Grant funds will support construction of the project.

Blue Ridge Adaptive Snow Sports
Severna Park, MD
$3,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Sit-Down Skiing Program Expansion to expand and improve the sit-down skiing portion of the adaptive snow sports program.  Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of a child's bi-ski.

Sail Newport
Newport, RI
$10,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Clagett Clinic and Regatta and Paralympic Sailing Trials, which aim to develop, train and select disabled sailors to compete on the Paralympic level.  Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Therapeutic Riding

Cowboy Dreams of Illinois
Barrington, IL
$12,500
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund weekly 30-minute equine-assisted therapy sessions for 6 children with cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury ages 3-18.  Cowboy Dreams of Illinois is an North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Premier Accredited Center.  This grant is funded in part by donations made in memory of Howard Neustadt to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy, Inc.
Chester Springs, PA
$5,000
This Quality of Life grant will help to provide partial and or full scholarships for children and adults with paralysis who would not otherwise have access to equestrian therapy.  The scholarship funds for these riders would be used to cover fees associated with riding therapy, to cover the cost for 2-week summer camp, and to pay the costs associated with these riders participating in competition such as Special Olympics.

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