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Quality of Life Grants: 1st Cycle 2010: Bridging Barriers

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis—Louisiana Chapter
Baton Rouge, LA

This grant will help to support costs for members of the Louisiana Chapter to attend the 2010 National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC from May 9 through 11, 2010.

Visit their website at: alsalouisiana.org


C A R E Chest of Sierra Nevada
Reno, NV

This grant will support a program that assists low-income, uninsured and underinsured Northern Nevadans with diverse health conditions who are unable to afford or obtain vital medical resources.

Visit their website at: carechest.org


Cheshire Home
Florham Park, NJ

This grant will support the transportation program, which provides transportation in vehicles specially equipped for power-wheelchair loading to young adults with paralysis.

Visit their website at: cheshirehome.org


Estes Valley Victim Advocates
Estes Park, CO

This grant will help to support an accessibility project at My Sister's Place, a safe haven opened in 2007, where women and their children can find refuge from domestic violence.

Visit their website at: estesvalleyvictimadvocates.org


Friends of the West Branch Public Library
West Branch, IA

This grant will help to support a project to make entrance into the library more accessible so that people in the community that use wheelchairs will be able to participate in all that is offered.

Visit their website at: westbranch.lib.ia.us/friends


Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

This grant will help to support a project to update the computer lab, which is primarily intended to provide consumers a means to enhance independent living skills by becoming more comfortable operating a computer, learning various computer navigation devices and software, and determining which combination of technologies can help them gain their greatest independence in activities of daily living such as employment and education.

Visit their website at: ilrgb.org


Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
New York, NY

This grant will help to support Project Equal Access: Expanded Services and New Media Education, which makes New York City more accessible for people with disabilities by obtaining accommodations for people with mobility impairments, paralysis causing conditions and other disabilities.

Visit their website at: nyc.gov/fund


Metro Health Hospital – Assisted Breathing Center (ABC)
Wyoming, MI

This grant will help to support a project to enhance the communication and mobility of ABC patients.

Visit their website at: metrohealth.net


MetroHealth Foundation
Cleveland, OH

This grant will help to update and renovate MetroHealth's Activities for Daily Living (ADL) apartment, which assists patients by providing them with an opportunity to practice daily routines that they will be required to perform upon leaving the hospital, within close proximity to MetroHealth's rehabilitation staff.

Visit their website at: metrohealth.org


National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Eastern NC Chapter
Raleigh, NC

This grant will help to support the Removing Barriers to Independence -- Equipment Loan Program, which ensures that people living with multiple sclerosis can continue to live an active and independent lifestyle after diagnosis.

Visit their website at: nationalmssociety.org/nct


O’Keefe Educational Media Group
Biloxi, MS

This grant will help to support the Disability Connection project, with the goal to enhance quality of life and health for persons with disabilities by giving them access to more information and resources, and by serving as the link between service provider and client.

Visit their website at: OKeefeMedia.org


Project Freedom
Robbinsville, NJ

This grant will help to support the Open Access project at an independent living facility for people with disabilities and their families.

Visit their website at: projectfreedom.org


Sandglass Center for Puppetry & Theatre Research
Putney, VT

This grant will help to support the Theater Lobby Wheelchair Access Project, which will renovate its barn theater to be fully wheelchair accessible.

Visit their website at: sandglasstheater.org


Summerville Family YMCA
Summerville, SC

This grant will help to underwrite the purchase and installation of an aquatic wheelchair lift for the downtown facility's pool, which will allow people who use wheelchairs to join the fitness facility, help bring awareness of the importance of upholding an active lifestyle, and aid in maintaining physical function to avoid secondary conditions.

Visit their website at: SummervilleYMCA.org


Texas Technology Employment Resources & Advocacy
Round Rock, TX

This grant will help to support the Augment IT project, which provides a "try before you buy" delivery system of computer equipment needed to improve the quality of life for people who face the day-to-day challenges of living with a disability.

Visit their website at: texastera.org


The Jeremiah Project
Williamsburg, VA

This grant will help to support a program that brings accessibility to people with disabilities living in the areas of Winchester, Virginia and Romney, West Virginia.

Visit their website at: jeremiahproject.org


University of Maine System
Orono, ME

This grant will help to support unique project devoted to the design and fabrication of the Servicebot, a cost-efficient, robotic assistant controlled by a wearable biofeedback sensor that will augment the ability of individuals primarily with spinal cord injury but also with other conditions that cause paralysis and limit motor function to participate in community-based and work activities, such as eating in workplace cafeterias, instrumental self-care in the community, socializing, independently retrieving work supplies and so forth.

Visit their website at: umaine.edu.orsp


Wendell Fosters Campus for Developmental Disabilities
Owensboro, KY

This grant will help to fund the Community Computer Lab, which gives individuals with disabilities access to and training on computers.

Visit their website at: wfcampus.org


West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council
Institute, WV

This grant will help to support the 2010 West Virginia Disability Caucus to be held July 26 through 28, 2010 in the state capital of Charleston, West Virginia. Outreach will be conducted to identify one hundred twenty-five people with disabilities, family members and advocates to participate, with particular emphasis given to those who have never attended in the past.

Visit their website at: wvsilc.org

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