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Grants

Quality of Life Grants: 1st Cycle 2012

Quality of Life Grant Winner

Able Flight, Inc.
Chapel Hill, NC
$4,000 -- Education/Employment -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support aviation career training under the guidelines and course curriculum approved by the FAA.

Visit their website at www.ableflight.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

accessABILITY Center for Independent Living
Indianapolis, IN
$5,000 -- Accessible Playground

This grant will help to support the construction of a community playground that is accessible to children and adults with disabilities (specifically mobility impairments) who reside in the greater Indianapolis area.

Visit their website at www.abilityindiana.org..
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

American Association of People with Disabilities
Washington, DC
$4,000 -- Other

This grant will support The Disability Vote Project (DVP), a non-partisan effort to eliminate barriers to voting and increase participation in elections for people with disabilities.

Visit their website at www.aapd.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
-- Golden West Chapter

Agoura Hills, CA
$5,000 -- Healthcare

This grant will help to support the Chapter's four equipment loan pool locations in Southern California and one in San Francisco.

Visit their website at webgw.alsa.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association -- Minnesota Chapter
Minneapolis, MN
$5,388 -- Assistive Technology

This grant will help to support Communication Through Technology, an initiative that will add six adapted Bluetooth cell phone voice dialers and six infrared voice controllers to the Chapter's equipment loan pool and make available to individuals with ALS living in the service territory.

Visit their website at webmn.alsa.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
Ann Arbor, MI
$6,500 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support the Great Lakes Independence Ride (IRIDE), a four-day inclusive cycling event from the western lower peninsula of Michigan and culminating at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living -- covering over 240 miles.

Visit their website at www.annarborcil.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
Phoenix, AZ
$12,500 -- Consumer Education

This grant will help to support GPS for DME, a project designed to mitigate the costs and time issues associated with the delivery and/or repair of durable medical equipment (DME).

Visit their website at www.azsilc.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Artstream
Silver Spring, MD
$7,800 -- Arts -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support Allies in the Arts: ArtStream's Artists-in-Residence Project with Wounded Warriors/Veterans and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Visit their website at www.art-stream.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Big Splash, Inc.
Sioux City, IA
$5,000 -- Fitness and Wellness

This grant will support the provision of beginning through advanced swimming instruction and aquatic movement exploration opportunities to individuals living with paralysis and other disabilities.

Visit their website at siouxlandaquatics.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

BlazeSports Americastrong>
Decatur, GA
$10,000 -- Camp

This grant will support the development, implementation and evaluation of two Success in Sport and Life camps for up to sixty-five youth, ages 13-19 years, with a variety of physical disabilities.

Visit their website at www.blazesports.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Camp Aldersgate
Little Rock, AR
$7,112 -- Camp

This grant will help to support 2012 Summer Camperships for campers with paralysis who rely on respiratory technology to breathe.

Visit their website at www.campaldersgate.net.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Cheshire Home
Florham Park, NJ
$5,495 -- Assistive Technology

This grant will help to support assistive technology training and utilization for young adults with paralysis residing at Cheshire Home. Participants, most of whom have quadriplegia or paraplegia, learn to use the computer as an effective tool for education, employment, socialization, and ultimately self-sufficiency.

Visit their website at www.cheshirehome.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Church of the Epiphany
Washington, DC
$10,470 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications

This grant will help to support the completion of an ADA-compliant ramp at this historic church which has provided outreach services to the poor and homeless in Washington, DC continually since its opening in the mid-1800s.

Visit their website at epiphanydc.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

City of Eugene
Eugene, OR
$4,000 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will help to support the Paralympic Sport Club Equipment Loaner Program, which provides loaner sport wheelchairs to developing Paralympic Sport groups.

Visit their website at www.eugene-or.gov.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
Mammoth Lakes, CA
$6,700 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation -- Military/Veterans

This grant will support an initiative to broaden the inventory of accessible snow ski equipment for use by people of all ages and abilities.

Visit their website at www.disabledsportseasternsierra.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore
New Castle, DE
$5,000 -- Camp

This grant will help to underwrite the purchase of adjustable beds for Camp Fairlee Manor. The beds will help campers with significant physical disabilities including paralysis to sleep comfortably and safely while at camp.

Visit their website at de.easterseals.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

El Paso's Miracle League
El Paso, TX
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support the only permanent organization to offer persons with disabilities in the El Paso County and surrounding area opportunities for bowling, basketball, baseball, kickball, kickball, and soccer to a contingency of Wounded Warriors stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, children ages 3 and up as well as economically challenged families of persons with disabilities.

Visit their website at miracleleagueofelpaso.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Erie County Medical Center -- ECMC Lifeline Foundation, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
$8,395 -- Assistive Technology

This grant will help support the creation of an accessible computer workstation for individuals with paralysis to try various types of adaptive technology to increase their independence in accessing the internet, promoting social networking, providing motivation and increasing self-confidence as they gain new skills.

Visit their website at ecmc.edu/about/lifeline.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Freedom Center for Independent Living
Middletown, DE
$5,000 -- Other

This grant will help to support a social and recreation program that provides opportunities for people with significant disabilities and with low income and limited access to transportation to actively participate in social and recreational events and day-trip activities within their communities.

Visit their website at www.fcilde.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Friends of Californians with Disabilities
Yorba Linda, CA
$10,000 -- Media Development

This grant will help to support the 2012 Media Access Awards, an annual event honoring individuals in the entertainment and broadcast industries for the efforts in promoting the awareness of the experience of disability and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities in film and television.

Visit their website at disabilityemployment.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
Stone Mountain, GA
$10,000 -- Durable Medical Equipment

This grant will help to support the primary provider of recycled durable medical equipment in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Visit their website at fodac.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Fun 4 All
Irmo, SC
$5,340 -- Other

This grant will help to support adapted seasonal recreation and leisure outdoor activities for individuals that use wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.

Visit their website at fun4allsc.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Global Abilities Foundation
Mount Laurel, NJ
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will help to support the 2012 Adapted Recreation Festival on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Visit their website at globalabilities.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Gottsche Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
Thermopolis, WY
$19,751 -- Physical/Occupational Therapy

This grant will help to support a project that will provide functional electrical stimulation motorized ergometry rehabilitation to its patients at the rural Cody, Wyoming center, with the potential to broaden the reach to other rural areas in Wyoming.

Visit their website at gottsche.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Greater Newburgh YMCA
Newburgh, NY
$4,384 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will help to support Adaptive Sports Exploration, which provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to try new activities that they may not realize they can enjoy.

Visit their website at newburghymca.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Grossmont Hospital Foundation
La Mesa, CA
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will help to support the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Wheelchair Dancing Program, which it offers on site and at locations throughout the community.

Visit their website at sharp.com/grossmont-foundation.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Gwinnett County Public Schools Adapted Sports Program
Suwanee, GA
$5,600 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will help to support the interscholastic adapted sports program that provides competitive athletic opportunities for students with physical disabilities. All state funding for this program has been cut.

Visit their website at gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

HelpHopeLive (formerly National Transplant Assistance Fund)
Radnor, PA
$5,000 -- Consumer Education

This grant will help to support an initiative to build organizational capacity so that more individuals can be served more efficiently.

Visit their website at helphopelive.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Hope Mills Family YMCA
Hope Mills, NC
$5,000 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications

This grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a pool lift that will provide improved access to the pool so that children and adults with mobility impairments can enjoy aquatic exercise, therapy, and recreation.

Visit their website at fayettevilleymca.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy
Chester Springs, PA
$6,000 -- Therapeutic Horseback Riding

This grant will help to support therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with physical disabilities.

Visit their website at hope-springs.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Independence Resource Center
Charlottesville, VA
$7,000 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will help to support a community sports outreach initiative that enables low-income youth and adults with disabilities to participate in a community-based adaptive sports program.

Visit their website at charlottesvilleirc.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

IndependenceFirst
Milwaukee, WI
$5,925 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will support the adaptive sports and recreation program which gives hundreds of children and adults with disabilities opportunities to participate in a variety of individual and team sports, including adaptive snow and water skiing and wheelchair ice hockey.

Visit their website at independencefirst.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley
Troy, NY
$5,000 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications

This grant will help to support the retrofitting of an existing elevator in a building purchased in 2010 that was built in the 1920s.

Visit their website at ilchv.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Individual Difference
Chatham, IL
$5,000 -- Physical/Occupational Therapy

This grant will help to support Project Hope, a program that provides physical therapy to clients with paralysis and other mobility impairments so that they can actively maintain healthy lifestyles in a supportive atmosphere.

Visit their website at individualdifferencesinc.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Institute of Community Wellness and Athletics
Albuquerque, NM
$3,000 -- Fitness and Wellness

This grant will support a program that provides opportunities for individuals with paralysis and other mobility impairments to participate in physical activity on a regular basis in an accessible community center.

Visit their website at icwanm.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest
East Orange, NJ
$7,826 -- Assistive Technology

This grant will support a program that will utilize iPads to enhance the ability of clients that have paralysis to enable them to explore careers and prepare for employment with confidence.

Visit their website at jvsnj.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Lincoln Memorial University
Harrogate, TN
$5,000 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications

This grant will help to underwrite the purchase and installation of an ADA compliant aquatic lift for the Mary S. Annan Natatorium.

Visit their website at lmunet.edu.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Lions Camp Tatiyee
Mesa, AZ
$4,000 -- Camp

This grant will help to support camperships for campers with spinal cord injury at a well-established, accessible camp.

Visit their website at arizonalionscamp.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

McCauley Fund to Cure Paralysis
Jersey City, NJ
$6,000 -- Arts

This grant will help to support the Rise Up Gallery, a community art studio where artists with disabilities have access to adaptive art supplies, may collaborate on projects with other artists, and attend art therapy workshops.

Visit their website at riseupgallery.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Miracle League of Manasota
Sarasota, FL
$5,000 -- Accessible Ball Fields

This grant will help to support a sports complex completely designed for athletes with physical disabilities.

Visit their website at miracleleaguemanasota.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

National Ambucs
High Point, NC
$5,000 –Sports and Recreation -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support a program that provide opportunities for injured veterans to try adaptive cycling through the load of adaptive cycles.

Visit their website at ambucs.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter
Washington, DC
$5,000 -- Other

This grant will help to support the Transportation Program, which provides consumer-centered accessible transportation services to individuals with multiple sclerosis and their families who need help managing life with the disease.

Visit their website at nationalmssociety.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

National Spinal Cord Injury Association -- Connecticut Chapter
Wallingford, CT
$10,300 -- Caregiver Initiative

This grant will help to fund Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a project in Connecticut that will provide training for the family caregiver who is supporting a family member with paralysis to help alleviate their stress, build confidence, empower them to care for themselves while caring for the family member, and integrate with local community services.

Visit their website at sciact.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Northern Main General
Eagle Lake, ME
$5,000 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications

This grant will help to fund the purchase of an aquatic chair lift for the therapeutic pool.

Visit their website at nmgeneral.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Mansfield, OH
$5,000 -- Other

This grant will help to support a project to develop wheelchair accessible nature trails and a parking area to serve individuals who have physical challenges that prevent them from hiking on traditional trail systems.

Visit their website at ohiobirdsanctuary.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Oregon State University Foundation
Corvallis, OR
$3,000 -- Sports and Recreation -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support the Wheelchair Basketball Club team, which is currently limited due to the availability of athletic wheelchairs.

Visit their website at osufoundation.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Painted Turtle Gang Camp
Santa Monica, CA
$7,500 -- Camp

This grant will help to support the Spina Bifida and Paraplegia Family Weekend, which brings whole families together to experience empowering recreational activities, learn new methods of self-care from medical professionals, and find peer support.

Visit their website at thepaintedturtle.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
Miami, FL
$2,500 -- Sports and Recreation -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support the Miami Heat Wheels Wheelchair Basketball Program, a seasonal recreational wheelchair basketball program provided by the Disability Services Division of the Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces in Miami, Florida.

Visit their website at miamidade.gov/parks_foundation.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Pressing On
San Antonio, TX
$2,200 -- Fitness and Wellness

This grant will support a program that will provide structured, eight-week exercised-based training sessions in a community setting for individuals living with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders.

Visit their website at pressingontx.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Push to Walk
Riverdale, NJ
$1,045 -- Fitness and Wellness

This grant will help to support this community-based fitness center for individuals with spinal cord injury by enabling one trainer to participate in a NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Locomotor Training course to be held at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in 2012.

Visit their website at pushtowalknj.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Quality Living
Omaha, NE
$14,406 -- Durable Medical Equipment -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support Wheels of Freedom, a program that will enhance this rehabilitation center's ability to assist its clients reach maximum independence after becoming paralyzed due to spinal cord injury.

Visit their website at qliomaha.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$1,430 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will help to support the RIC Bears Quad Rugby Team for the upcoming season (September 2012 to May 2013) and will serve 15 people living with tetraplegia and quadriplegia (resulting from cervical spinal injuries, amputation and/or cerebral palsy).

Visit their website at ric.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NJ
$5,500 -- Arts

This grant will help to support the Telematic Circle, an emerging network of co-located artists to perform live over the internet.

Visit their website at rpi.edu.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

RHI Foundation
Indianapolis, IN
$2,768 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation

This grant will help to support the expansion of the quad rugby and wheelchair basketball teams through increased competition, community outreach, and increased awareness in the Indianapolis region.

Visit their website at rpi.edu.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Row New York
Long Island City, NY
$10,000 -- Sports and Recreation -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support a program that provides year-round adaptive rowing activities (on-water in spring and fall, indoor from November through March) to up to 20 athletes with paralysis and other mobility impairments.

Visit their website at rownewyork.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Shane's Inspiration
Sherman Oaks, CA
$5,000 -- Education

This grant will support Together, We are Able, a school-based education program that transforms bias and misconception into compassion and inclusion for students of all abilities through a combination of classroom learning and personal one-on-one interaction on an inclusive playground.

Visit their website at shanesinspiration.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

South Shore School District PTO
Port Wing, WI
$10,000 -- Accessible Playground

This grant will help to support a project to renovate the playground to make it accessible for all children to play cooperatively together.

Visit their website at wisconsin.webschoolpro.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Southwest Wheelchair Athletic Organization
Arlington, TX
$4,000 -- Adaptive Sports and Recreation -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support Texas Adaptive Sporting Clinics -- a series of seven clinics for rowing, power soccer and track and field to kick off the local Paralympic sporting programs in the state of Texas.

Visit their website at swaasports.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Boston, MA
$5,000 -- Fitness and Wellness

This grant will help to support Exercise for Persons with Disabilities (ExPD), a program that provides full body cardio-vascular exercise to people with lower-body paralysis.

Visit their website at spauldingrehab.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Stand Among Friends
Boca Raton, FL
$5,500 -- Assistive Technology

This grant will support a career-focused Assistive Technology Initiative for college students and adults with disabilities.

Visit their website at standamongfriends.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Susquehanna Service Dogs
(A Program of Keystone Human Services)
Harrisburg, PA
$9,975 -- Service Animal Program -- Military/Veterans

This grant will help to support a program to create future service dogs.

Visit their website at keystonehumanservices.org/susquehanna-service-dogs.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Dallas, TX
$5,000 -- Physical/Occupational Therapy

This grant will help to support the Successful Bridges Teen Program, which serves teens ages 14 -18 years old that have paralysis and mobility issues due to spina bifida.

Visit their website at tsrhc.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

The San Diego Foundation/Jane Johnson Fund
Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School
San Diego, CO
$5,000 -- Assistive Technology

This grant will help to support an initiative that seeks to reverse the low expectations that often follow children with severe physical disabilities by providing iPods, complete with academic and communication applications to support their curriculum, instruction and life skills.

Visit their website at janesroom.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

The Wabash Independent Living and Learning Center
(The WILL Center)
Terre Haute, IN
$10,000 -- Home Accessibility Modifications

The grant will help to support an initiative that will provide and construct (with the help of volunteers) high quality removable and reusable wooden wheelchair ramps for individuals with paralysis and other disabilities in the community.

Visit their website at thewillcenter.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

The YMCA of Superior California
$5,000 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications

This grant will help to underwrite the purchase of an aquatic chair lift to assist members with paralysis and other mobility impairments in and out of the pool.

Visit their website at ymcasuperiorcal.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County
Irvine, CA
$1,000 -- Fitness and Wellness

This grant will help to support the therapeutic recreation program, a model program that provides children who have paralysis caused by cerebral palsy with meaningful regular affordable access to community exercise opportunities.

Visit their website at ucp-oc.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Village of South Elgin's Park and Recreation
FUNdation
South Elgin, IL
$10,000 -- Accessible Playground

This grant will help to support the construction of an exceptionally inclusive playground with the collaboration of Shane's Inspiration.

Visit their website at southelgin.com.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

We Care Arts
Kettering, OH
$5,000 -- Arts

This grant will help to support Taking Art on the Road! -- a program that sends professional artists, trained to teach art using modified tools and techniques, to high schools, assisted living and day habilitation centers.

Visit their website at wecarearts.org.
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Quality of Life Grant Winner

Young Dance
Minneapolis, MN
$5,000 -- Arts

This grant will help to support All Abilities Dancing, a program designed to give youth living with physical disabilities a quality dance experience that emphasizes ability and redefines dance for the community.

Visit their website at youngdance.org.
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