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Grants

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

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis—Louisiana Chapter
Baton Rouge, LA
$2,500

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

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C A R E Chest of Sierra Nevada
Reno, NV
$3,500

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

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Cheshire Home
Florham Park, NJ
$6,300

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

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Estes Valley Victim Advocates
Estes Park, CO
$9,100

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

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Friends of the West Branch Public Library
West Branch, IA
$9,858

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

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Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
$4,760

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

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Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
New York, NY
$6,250

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

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Metro Health Hospital – Assisted Breathing Center (ABC)
Wyoming, MI
$4,651

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

Visit their website at: metrohealth.net

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MetroHealth Foundation
Cleveland, OH
$10,000

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

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Eastern NC Chapter
Raleigh, NC
$6,000

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

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O’Keefe Educational Media Group
Biloxi, MS
$10,000

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

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Project Freedom
Robbinsville, NJ
$8,945

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

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Sandglass Center for Puppetry & Theatre Research
Putney, VT
$10,000

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

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Summerville Family YMCA
Summerville, SC
$7,070

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

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Texas Technology Employment Resources & Advocacy
Round Rock, TX
$6,500

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

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The Jeremiah Project
Williamsburg, VA
$4,205

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

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University of Maine System
Orono, ME
$13,195

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

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Wendell Fosters Campus for Developmental Disabilities
Owensboro, KY
$4,495

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

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West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council
Institute, WV
$4,000

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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