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Grants

2013 First Cycle Quality of Life Grants

Seventy-four grants totaling $500,799.

A B L E Youth
Nashville, TN
$6,500 --Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support an adaptive sports program serving 40 youth, all wheelchair users, who live with spina bifida, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and other conditions. Year-round programming includes sports (tennis, basketball, water skiing, cheerleading, golf, snow skiing) as well as self-care and independent living training (transferring to and from wheelchairs, navigating curb cuts, money management skills, etc.). The grant will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio
Wooster, OH
$8,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support a year-round adaptive sports program that is the largest in the state that offers a wide range of athletic opportunities geared specifically to individuals living with paralysis. This is the only provider in the state that provides some of the sports. This grant will support the quad rugby program. Specifically, the grant will help to underwrite the purchase of two quad rugby wheelchairs that will be used by the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

All Riders Up
Garnet Valley, PA
$4,680 -- Therapeutic Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase and installation of a SureHands lift system to provide safe, comfortable and efficient transport of riders from wheelchair to the back of the horse and then from horseback to wheelchair. This equipment will enable many more individuals to enjoy the benefits of therapeutic riding. It will provide a far less stressful situation for all involved than was possible when riders had to be picked up by several individuals, carried to the horse, and placed on the horse's back, with the reverse after the session. The lift will prevent injuries for both riders and for those who are assisting with the transfers. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).


Arts Horizons
Englewood, NJ
$5,745 -- Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Art Beat, an innovative initiative that provides 200-250 children that are hospitalized for extended periods of time(some must reside in the hospital), with interactive music, theatre and visual art workshops to promote rehabilitation, learning and cultural experiences that would otherwise not be possible. Many of the youth are part of a Traumatic Brain Injury and Coma Recovery program. Conducted in partnership with NYC Department of Education Hospital Schools Division, Art Beat merges the fields of art, health care and academics to create a space of comprehensive expression, nurturing and healing. Grant funds will help to support expenses for contracted artists-in residents and teachers for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California
Oakland, CA
$10,000 -- Advocacy Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of Creating Families, a program successfully launched with a previous Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant, to train a cadre of Asians and Pacific Islanders with disabilities and equip them with essential tools and skills to be competent, confident and effective spokespersons, advocates and leaders for Asians and Pacific Islanders with disabilities inn their own communities and more broadly in society. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Assistive Technology of Minnesota
DBA EquipALife
Maple Plain, MN
$4,445 -- Assistive Technology
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Minnesota AgrAbility Toolkit and Demonstration Project to expand the equipment available and to create a toolkit of equipment that will facilitate assistive technology assessments and immediate modifications in place for agricultural employment. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Association for Handicapped Recreation
DBA Special Needs Recreation
Coeur d'Alene, ID
$5,000 -- Camp
This Quality of Life grant funds Camp Allstars, created for children ages 4-21 that live with paralysis to escape isolation through accessible, active, safe, nurturing, community-based recreation. Camp Allstars provides active, community-based, child-centered programming. Campers participate in a wide array of community activities that enable them to volunteer in the community in myriad, fulfilling ways. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative
San Jose, CA
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the BAWSI Rollers Program Year 2013-2014. BAWSI Rollers, a weekly adaptive fitness and confidence-building program, offers fun and accessible physical activities to children with physical and cognitive disabilities. Through active physical play, BAWSI Rollers helps participants develop hand-eye coordination, strength, confidence and a sense of independence. Weekly sessions include activities focused on goal setting, teamwork, and healthy competition, as well as spirited conversations about self-respect. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
$25,000 -- Consumer Education
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Pelvic Health Initiative for Women with Disabilities: An Interactive Information Online Resource (PHI-Learn). This project will create consumer-oriented information resources on pelvic health for women with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and spina bifida. With the help of a Community Advisory Board and a Medical Advisory Board, the Center, the functions of the initiative are threefold: 1.) create an interactive web page with practical information about preventive health and access to health care for the pelvic organs; 2.) offer four webinars on this topic; and 3.) maintain a blog with contributions by consumers and medical professionals with advice and comments about pelvic health for women with spinal cord dysfunction. These resources will undergo continuous development over 12 months in response to questions posed by women with disabilities nationwide. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Bergin University of Canine Studies
Rohnert Park, CA
$4,000 -- Animal Assistance Program -- MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Dogs Helping Veterans project, which combines educating students on how to work with returning Veterans and Veteran Affairs centers along with teaching Veterans living independently to train assistance dogs; providing a therapeutic addition to their traditional counseling program. These dogs will be matched to Veterans with physical and/or combat-related disabilities. Students will work with Veterans on the university campus to assist them during their process of reintegrating into civilian and family life. The anticipated end result of the program is to make it available on a national basis. Grant funds will help to support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Boston Center for Independent Living
Boston, MA
$10,000 -- Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an initiative to grow successful, small durable medical equipment (DME) reuse program run in the Greater Boston area for individuals of all ages, including veterans. The focus of the project is to collect gently-used durable medical equipment, and then inspect, clean and provide limited refurbishment, including replacement of batteries, tires, footrests or torn upholstery in wheelchairs. The items, once ready for re-use, are added to the inventory of mobility devices and durable medical equipment to be loaned free-of-charge to those in need. Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
$5,000 -- Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona's Kid's Kamp, an annual program that provides specialized camp experiences to children with brain injures ages 11-17 and their parents, where they can learn new skills and increase coping strategies. The camp weekend includes adaptive sporting and recreation activities in a medical and therapeutic environment that ensures that the learning environment is fun. The program also provides opportunities for the campers and their families to learn from each other and form new friendships and support systems. Grant funds will support programmatic supplies and transportation expenses for campers. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center
Malvern, PA
$5,000 -- Education
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Cruisin' Not Boozin'®, an award-winning injury prevention program developed by Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. It brings children, teenagers and young adults face to face with the devastating consequences of distracted or impaired driving. The peer-to-peer approach includes first-hand accounts from survivors of motor vehicle accidents that were the direct result of distracted or impaired driving -- driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; driving while using a cell phone or driving recklessly. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

California Aquatics and Wellness Center
Long Beach, CA
$6,000 -- Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will support a program of aquatic exercise and wellness for individuals with paralysis. The facility is ADA-approved with access ramps, hydrophilic lifts and water wheelchairs providing safe and easy access for individuals with disabilities and mobility impairments. The water is kept heated to an optimum 94°F in both the shallow pool used for exercise and the deep-water pool for more intensive therapeutic interventions. Aquatic devices to support weight while in the water allow patrons to safely participate in pool activities. Grant funds will support program instructors and programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Capital Rowing Club
Washington, DC
$2,800 -- Adaptive Sports - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a community-based rowing program serving people with all types of disabilities in Washington, DC. The program offers its participants year-round practices and competitive opportunities that promote physical and emotional wellness and independence for people with disabilities. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Catalyst Sports
Marietta, GA
$12,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Cycling Club, a program designed to introduce individuals with disabilities (particularly spinal cord injuries) to the enjoyment and fun of hand-cycling while also providing them with its intrinsic physical and mental health benefits. With the help of a Recreational Therapist, a team of individuals with SCI will be recruited to launch the Adaptive Cycling Program. Members will train twice a week to build up their endurance, strength, and power over the course of a year. At this steady pace, adaptive cycling club members will engage in a positive social network, become cycle enthusiasts, and progressively develop their physical capacities until they can achieve their year-end goal: a two-day ride up a local mountain. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of two handcycles for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

CentraState Healthcare Foundation
Freehold, NJ
$7,200 -- Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Wellness Program, a 12-week program that provides education, fitness activities to improve balance, strength, and flexibility, and ongoing opportunities for peer support. Grant funds will help to support program scholarships to enable up to 60 individuals with MS to participate in this essential, proven wellness program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Johns Island, SC
$4,128 -- Therapeutic Riding -- MVP
This Quality of life grant will help to support the Horses for Heroes program, which provides therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities and therapies to wounded military and veterans in the Charleston area. Veterans are served in partnership with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and Supportive Services for Veterans and Families of Crisis Ministries. The program serves wounded military and veterans who suffer from PTSD, amputations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, stroke and paralysis. The program was awarded Premier Accredited Center recognition by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) in 1995 and has maintained it ever since. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
$1,400 -- Transition from Institution to Home
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the launch of a therapeutic recreation program for young patients recovering from an array of diagnoses including spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury (including traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, stroke/hemorrhage, etc.), neurological disorders other than ABI and SCI (encephalopathy, meningitis), and musculoskeletal/orthopedic disorders, cardiac and pulmonary disorders. The program provides care in a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, therapists (physical, occupational and speech therapists), social worker, certified teacher and vocational rehab counselor. Currently, therapeutic recreation is not included other than on a sporadic basis. Therapeutic recreation will improve quality of life for these patients by introducing them to new ways that they can return to previous activities. Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses including gardening tools, craft supplies, tickets to community events. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Coastal Connections
Amesbury, MA
$6,975 -- Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support My Turn: Living Arts, a program designed to accommodate 50 individuals with multiple disabilities in a day program to overcome barriers, create arts, decrease isolation and improve communication skills through visual artistic experience. With specialized adaptive equipment, people with significant physical impairments will be able to use cameras, hold brushes, utilize easels, sew and complete art projects. An artist, photographer and an occupational therapist will work in small groups of 5-6 individuals with volunteers to provide individualized support to each participant. The emphasis on one-on-one work will help each client develop their personal voice and vision. Grant funds will help to support adaptive equipment, art supplies, and framing supplies for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Community Health Network Foundation
Indianapolis, IN
$4,898 -- Assistive Technology
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Promoting Healing and Independence through Technology, an initiative designed to utilize cutting-edge technology to improve post-discharge outcomes and quality of life for patients with spinal cord injury at Hook Rehabilitation, which will become Community Rehabilitation Hospital in May 2013. The targeted technology has been chosen based on its ability to address myriad bio-psychosocial elements associated with successful community reintegration following a spinal cord injury, including relationships, finances, community, wellness, and enrichment. People with spinal cord injuries will benefit from the new assistive technology not only during their inpatient stay and outpatient support groups, but will also be directed in how to access free and low-cost applications from home following discharge. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of 10 iPads for the program that will remain the property of the facility. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County
Lansdowne, PA
$9,047 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase and installation of a hydraulic lift that will enable individuals with paralysis and other mobility impairments to safely and independently enter and exit the pool for aquatic activities. This equipment will broaden the capacity of the facility to serve more community members living with paralysis and mobility impairments. Grant funds will underwrite the lift and accessories to accommodate a wide array of needs. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Crotched Mountain Foundation
Greenfield, NH
$12,200 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of a successful therapeutic horseback riding program to make it available onsite in the spring and summer. An existing maintenance barn on the Crotched Mountain campus will be renovated to make it universally accessible to students. The improvements will facilitate the addition of more sessions, increasing the number of participants and offering more levels of involvement. Grant funds will help to underwrite the construction of accessible restrooms and doors. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Deep & Beyond
Kailua-Kona, HI
$7,300 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Snorkel Days, a program created to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to build friendships and be a part of an inclusive community while experiencing adventure and freedom in ocean activities. People with disabilities, especially in the Polynesian culture of Hawaii, are often treated like outcasts, marginalized and hidden from the general public. These individuals suffer from exclusion due to the dependence caused by their disability and don't have many opportunities to build new friends, or any at all, on a regular basis. Further, because the beaches in Hawaii were created by volcanoes, they are very rocky and rigid, making the ocean and beaches inaccessible for many individuals with disabilities. The Snorkel Days initiative is the only program on the Big Island of Hawaii that provides free snorkeling opportunities for individuals with mobility impairments, and allows for equal opportunity for all to enjoy the beach, the water, sea life, and companionship. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of specialized equipment that will facilitate access to the beach and the water. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Disabled Sports USA
Rockville, MD
$11,250 -- Adaptive Sports — MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Disabled Sports USA Ski Spectacular, one of the nation's largest winter sports festivals for people with disabilities, with over 700 youth and adults enjoying a variety of snow sports made accessible by adaptive equipment, trained and certified adaptive instructors, skilled professionals and volunteers and a fully accessible ski facility. Over 150 severely wounded warriors and family members participate, most coming directly from convalescing at a major military medical center (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Naval Medical Center San Diego). Beyond adaptive sports opportunities, training for instructors in bi-skiing and mono-skiing, endorsed by Professional Ski Instructors of America - American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), offers the latest and safest adaptive ski techniques so ski instructors can return to their adaptive sports organizations and provide high-quality training. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Eagle Mount -- Bozeman
Bozeman, MT
$12,000 -- Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase and installation of a SureHands Lift System for use in its Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Activities Program. The lift will increase access to the program for individuals who are paralyzed or have significantly reduced mobility, while also improving safety and efficiency of program operation. In addition to expanded program capacity, the lift will help participants maintain as much independence as possible and will prevent injuries to riders, staff and volunteers at the only PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Montana and the only Recreational Therapeutic Center in Southwest Montana. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Easter Seal Society of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
$10,000 -- Assistive Technology Initiative -- MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program targeted at service persons and veterans with paralysis and other mobility impairments to provide assistive technology training to prepare them for employment. Classes focus on computer skills training, job preparedness, resume writing, and other employment-related topics. Grant funds will help to support programmatic equipment, supplies and staff. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center
Evansville, IN
$7,600 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase and installation of a ceiling track & hoist system for the therapy gym of the 56-year-old outpatient facility. This system will greatly reduce the risk of injury and provide greater dignity for clients with paralysis and other disabilities, who were previously manually lifted to and from wheelchairs, therapy tables, exercise mats, etc. This system will also reduce the risk of injuries to therapists moving clients of all ages, sizes and abilities. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin
West Allis, WI
$3,639 -- Employment Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion and improvement of the Workforce Training Center to include an accessible commercial training/catering kitchen and a state-of-the-art accessible computer laboratory. The kitchen will serve as a classroom for people with disabilities, providing specialized training in food handling and preparation, customer service and work ethic, while also providing income for work training participants. The computer lab will give participants opportunities to access online training, develop resumes and conduct online job searches. Grant funds will help to fund programmatic equipment; specifically, the adjustable kitchen preparation table. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Elmwood Health Center
Buffalo, NY
$13,980 -- Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of an FSA Pressure Mapping System for the Wheelchair Clinic. The system will be used to improve diagnosis of pressure sensitivity points among patients with mobility impairments and help prevent pressure sores and their debilitating consequences. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Free SPIRIT Riders
Fond du Lac, WI
$5,000 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the renovation of the facility's indoor room entrance that is currently not accessible to those who use wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc. for ambulation. This is the room where program participants wait for the start of their classes. Further, the entrances to the restrooms are within this room, which makes the restrooms inaccessible to individuals with mobility impairments. The project will make the room and the restrooms accessible to individuals that use wheelchairs and other devices for mobility with the installation of electronic button-operated door openers, which will provide accessibility and increased independence. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Freedom to Live
Encinitas, CA
$12,700 -- Transition from Institution to Home
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an initiative that assists individuals currently residing in institutional nursing homes to transition into a more independent living situation in the community. Clients learn critical independent living skills over the course of a year while living in a transitional housing setting. Grant funds will help to make more transitional housing units accessible to increase the capacity of the program from seven individuals to eleven individuals, and potentially more in the future. Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Global Explorers
DBA No Barriers
Fort Collins, CO
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the No Barriers Summit, which serves participants from a wide variety of backgrounds including many disabilities, and enables them to participate in outdoor adventure and arts clinics, utilizing cutting edge adaptive technology. The event structure is centered around 3 days of outdoor adventure and arts clinics that allow participants to try new activities with a community of supporters to help make the activities accessible to the many different ability levels of participants. These clinics include (but are not limited to) rock climbing, hiking, biking, photography, filmography, painting a mural, tennis, golf, etc. Grant funds will provide fully-accessible transportation to support full access to the No Barriers Summit for paralyzed attendees. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
Lake Forest, IL
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to maintain the Power Soccer program to enable competition at local, regional and national levels. Except for team boccia, power soccer is the only team sport available for individuals who have severe disabilities and utilize power wheelchairs. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Halifax Rowing Association
Daytona Beach, FL
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Adaptive Rowing on Water (A.R.O.W.), a community outreach initiative to widen recreational and fitness opportunities for people who have mobility impairments. Grant funds will support an initiative to make the boat dock accessible for individuals that use wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids to enable greater independence to get in and out of the boats. This initiative will enable far greater participation by individuals in the community living with paralysis and other mobility impairments, including wounded service persons and veterans. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Health and Disability Advocates
Chicago, IL
$10,000 -- Employment Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Think Beyond The Label, a public-private partnership connecting businesses, job seekers and the public employment system together to build a more inclusive workforce for people with disabilities. The project will address the current gap between employers that will mandated to include individuals with disabilities on their staff, while they are at the same time legally prohibited from asking job candidates if they have a disability. The initiative will partner with higher education to offer and develop “next practice” tools, training, and thought leadership to improve employment prospects for future generations of job seekers with disabilities. Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation
West Haverstraw, NY
$5,000 -- Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a specialized wellness program that will consist of two weeks of intensive therapy, 5 days a week for 5-6 hours each day to benefit people with neurological deficits. Patients benefiting from this "boot camp" are those with spinal cord injury, head injury, stroke, or multiple sclerosis. This initiative will expand the project with the inclusion of more FES equipment, Locomotor training, and a Robotic therapy. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Hesperian Foundation
Berkeley, CA
$8,109 -- Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will make possible the expansion of the availability and reach of Hesperian's proven, easy-to-understand materials to support the health and improved quality of life of women with paralysis and other disabilities. This will be accomplished by making the empowering content and images from the renowned publication Un manual de salud para mujeres con descapacidad freely available in Spanish on HealthWiki, an online platform that facilitates access, excerpting, adaptation, and sharing. The project will enable wide access to Hesperian's Spanish language resources supporting women with paralysis and other disabilities, as well as Spanish language content in a flexible digital format that enables users to customize disability and health materials for their specific situations and for cultural relevance. Hesperian will publicize the availability of these resources through its widespread existing partner networks. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Hospital for Special Care
New Britain, CT
$7,130 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to launch the first adult wheelchair track and road racing program in the state of Connecticut and New England, providing structured training opportunities for individuals to engage and compete in wheelchair racing. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of two adult racing wheelchairs. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Keene School District
Keene, NH
$6,000 -- Other
This Quality of Life grant will support a project to create a fully accessible, 850-foot boardwalk through a rare and extensive wetland behind the Keene Middle School. The area will be used not only as an outdoor learning area, but also as a community activity center. This will create a unique natural education and recreation area in the region that is accessible to persons with paralysis and other physical disabilities. This can be crucial to persons coping with physical limitations as it has been proven that time spent outdoors eases a sense of isolation, improves mood and relieves depression, and improves a person's sense of engagement with other people and the world. Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Kentucky Easter Seal Society
DBA Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
$2,515 -- Fitness and Wellness Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund a supportive weight management environment for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). This will be accomplished by providing a place where people with SCI from the community can weigh themselves and by providing SCI specific educational materials related to healthy living as a whole and weight management for people with SCI. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of the wheelchair scale and programmatic supplies. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Keshet Dance Company
Albuquerque, NM
$5,000 -- Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Nutcracker on the Rocks, Keshet's original holiday performance that provides opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to fully experience the joy of dance. Dancers explore space—and their wheelchairs—in new ways, shattering their own preconceptions about what defines a dancer, as well as the preconceptions of fellow cast members and audience members. The integration of so many levels and abilities—dancers with disabilities, able-bodied dancers, professionals and beginners of all shapes, ages and sizes—builds understanding and appreciation of diversity and fosters long-term mentoring relationships. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Leaps of Faith Disabled Waterskiers Club
Sandy Hook, CT
$2,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program that provides safe, recreational programs that give individuals with disabilities opportunities to explore their full physical potential and “soar beyond the boundaries,” and in the process gain greater confidence, self- esteem and functional independence. While recreational in nature, the purpose of Leaps of Faith Disabled Skiers programs is to provide tools and building blocks for facilitating vital life changes and personal development. Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA)
Los Angeles, CA
$5,000 -- Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Equity for All Artists, a highly visible one-week art exhibitions opening at Gallery 825 beginning August 17, 2013 and running through August 27, 2013. To maximize participation, LAAA will initiate an “Open Call” for all Southern California artists living with paralysis and spinal cord injury through a print and online prospectus (‘call for entries') disbursed to the largest possible population of targeted artists through referrals from government, social service agencies and the Reeve Foundation. By directly serving local emerging artists with paralysis and spinal cord injury at the onset of their career path, we hope expand awareness of these special talents across all the cultural stakeholder groups in Los Angeles. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Marin Brain Injury Group
Larkspur, CA
$5,000 -- Fitness and Wellness Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the provision of adapted group exercise classes for brain injury survivors and their families. Classes will range from yoga, Tai-Chi, dance, and other forms of movement to enhance aerobic and respiratory health and increase mobility. Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

National Sports Center for the Disabled
Denver, CO
$3,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Alpine Sit-Ski program for athletes with paralysis. The Alpine Sit ski program currently serves 620 athletes with paralysis. The program is offered to individuals of all ages and all abilities coming from all over the United States. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of an Alpine sit-ski for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

New England Disabled Sports
Lincoln, NH
$5,424 -- Adaptive Sports - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the adaptive waterskiing program at this year-round sports program for individuals with disabilities. Adaptive waterskiing provides not only a day of water access to individuals who are paralyzed, but gives them the ability to experience the outdoors in a social setting with friends and family while networking with others within their community. For a person living with paralysis, the ability to say that “I waterski” has a profound impact on that individual's self-esteem and confidence. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

O'Keefe Educational Media
DBA Disability Connection
Gulfport, MS
$5,000 -- Education Program -- MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Disability Connection's Community Resource Education Program, which connects individuals with disabilities with the organizations that serve them, and actively includes and engages individuals with disabilities in their communities. The Community Resource Education Program comprises of six main areas, all designed to connect, educate, and engage: 1.) four large, annual community events; 2.) The Connection, an internet resource directory offering information on more than 2,000 organizations that serve veterans and individuals with disabilities in Mississippi; 3.) Quarterly Disability Network Meetings between over 50 service organizations; 4.) The South Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Resource Guide, a print guide designed to provide information about services available to individuals currently unemployed or under-employed. (as well as an office staffed with resource specialists to personally assist individuals) as well; 5.) the Veterans with Mobility Impairment Advisory Committee (a committee of veterans chaired by a veteran with a mobility impairment, that advise Disability Connection on the needs and wants of that community, and that will form relationships with other services organizations and employers for the People with Disabilities/Disabled Veterans Job Fair); and 6.) Connecting Friends (CFriends), the social networking website for individuals with disabilities and the organizations that serve them. CFriends connects the community with a calendar of events, news, advocacy, and honored heroes. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Operation Homefront
San Antonio, TX
$5,000 -- Caregiving -- MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Hearts of Valor, a program that provides care and vital support to the wives, partners and other female family caregivers of paralyzed, severely injured or ill service members, wounded or traumatized on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Caregivers include family members who are caring for loved ones who have permanent and challenging physical disabilities (including paralysis and amputated limbs) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Outdoors for All Foundation
Seattle, WA
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of adaptive sports programming to enable more individuals with paralysis to experience the transformative nature of outdoor recreation. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of a handcycle for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Paralyzed Veterans of America -- Oregon Chapter
Salem, OR
$4,300 -- Adaptive Sports - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support adaptive sports programming by adding to its collection of adaptive sports equipment, thus enabling more athletes to participate on sports teams and to introduce new players to wheelchair sports. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of one sports wheelchair. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Portlight Strategies
Johns Island, SC
$3,000 -- Other
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the restocking of the disaster response deployable relief module, a specially-outfitted trailer that contains essential durable medical equipment, supplies, and emergency shelter for individuals with disabilities. This volunteer-driven initiative continually responds to natural disasters and is a leader in educating communities on accessible shelter and disaster response for individuals with disabilities. Grant funds will help to support programmatic supplies. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Quadriplegics United Against Dependency
Portland, OR
$12,500 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will enable the replacement of existing portable ceiling hoists with new models that residents and attendant care staff rely on for safe transfers. The current hoists are outdated; their straps are wearing thin and they are not as efficient as newer models. The hoists must be replaced as soon as possible to ensure the continuation of excellent quality of care and workplace safety. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Ride On St. Louis
Kimmswick, MO
$5,000 -- Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a PATH Premier Accredited therapeutic horseback riding and hypotherapy program center that uses specially selected and trained horses as tools to provide physical, mental and emotional therapy to children and adults living with diagnosed disabilities; including children and adults with degrees of paralysis such as paraplegia, resulting from cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, etc. Equine-assisted activities and therapies, combined with the loving interactions among the horse, therapist, volunteers and clients, foster self-confidence, trust and pride. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Roll Call Wheelchair Dance
River Vale, NJ
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program of integrated wheelchair ballroom partner dancing, with the motto “Face to Face, Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart.” What began as a request to teach a couple about to be married ballroom dance techniques for their wedding has grown to an active program with over a hundred participants in just a short time. The activity benefits participants in myriad ways, including increasing cardio-vascular capacity, exercising muscles, improving eye-hand coordination, decreasing isolation and improving overall quality of life. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Care Network
Chicago, IL
$2,660 -- Other
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a Community Outing Program, which fosters reintegration for individuals recovering from catastrophic injury and provides a platform for peer mentoring in social settings. The program helps participants to understand that they are not alone and that life can be actively enjoyed makes it easier to face the daily challenges of living with paralysis. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Shake-A-Leg Miami
Coconut Grove, FL
$15,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a year-long program that engages youth with disabilities and their families in various water sports and activities, environmental education and community service initiatives. Trained adult, college, and high school mentors and volunteers serve important roles in integrating, motivating, and directing program participants over 40 sessions annually. All activities are designed to be inclusive. In addition, Shake-A-Leg Miami conducts targeted community outreach through presenting at schools and community settings and through a series of community events—including a Veterans Boating Weekend—that offer sailing on Miami's Biscayne Bay, fishing, swimming, track and field, and boating safety. Further, Shake-A-Leg Miami hosts the United States Paralympic Division of the Miami Olympic Class Regatta. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Southeast Alaska Independent Living
Juneau, AK
$12,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA), the only program of its kind in southeast Alaska to provide individuals of all ages with opportunities for outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding. The extremely rural region has areas where there is no road system, so some families travel by ferry or airplane each winter to participate. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of a Nordic sit ski for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England
Milford, MA
$1,350 -- Consumer Education
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the New England Spina Bifida Conference, an annual one day regional conference for individuals living with Spina Bifida, their families, caregivers and for professionals who provide care. The Conference will provide critical information to individuals and their families about current medical therapies, approaches to their care, educational innovations, employment options and recreational and social opportunities, as well as connecting individuals to resources. In addition to the formal sessions, the informal sharing of knowledge and experiences provides a significant benefit to attendees. Grant funds will help to support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania (SBAWP)
Mars, PA
$1,500 -- Other
This Quality of Life grant will help to support ACCESS, a shared-ride door-to-door accessible transportation system available to SBAWP consumers and well as other individuals with disabilities residing in counties throughout western Pennsylvania. Individuals don't just use ACCESS -- they rely on ACCESS to live their lives. Accessible transportation is provided to over 1,000 individuals and their families annually to get to critical medical appointments, college, employment, volunteer opportunities, grocery shopping, banking and socializing. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses; specifically, rental of wheelchair accessible buses for three group outing planned for 2013 for the camp and residential programs. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Stavros Center for Independent Living
Amherst, MA
$6,800 -- Other
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Home Sweet Home, a project that recycles accessibility modifications and durable medical equipment, refurbishes, and reuses the inventory to help more individuals with disabilities and their families. Ramps are dismantled and built in different homes, and wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment are provided as needed and then returned to the inventory. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Program
Ketchum, ID
$6,350 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Higher Ground Backcountry Bike Camp, an initiative to help increase levels of independence and self-confidence for individuals with spinal cord injuries. This program aims to provide individuals with a unique backcountry cycling experience, while applying therapeutic themes to ensure the physical gains achieved can be applied to a more independent and fulfilling lifestyle following the event. This pilot program will hopefully pave the way for future events to open the Idaho backcountry -- and beyond -- up to athletes living with paralysis. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of one adaptive cycle and athlete journals. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

The Arc of Norfolk
Norfolk, NE
$2,966 -- Accessible Playground/Ballfield
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the installation of an accessible wheelchair swing for children with paralysis in the community. There are no such swings currently in the area. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

The Independent Living Center (TILC)
Joplin, MO
$15,000 -- Home Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Home Modification Assistance for Southwest Missourians with Paralysis. TILC provides supportive services and necessary home modifications for individuals with disabilities in southwest Missouri. Since the devastating tornado in May 2011 that destroyed much of the Joplin community, TILC has been diligently working to meet the home accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities. Grant funds will help to support a program to assist families affected by the tornado to make residences accessible. Grant funds will help to fund the inventory of construction equipment and supplies for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Therapy Centers
DBA Challenge Center
La Mesa, CA
$11,000 -- Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Next Step Project, which offers a unique combination and duration of sliding scale physical therapy, CFES, assisted fitness, and caregiver training services to individuals with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis. The project's goal is to maximize and maintain function, promote health and wellness, prevent secondary co-morbidities, and, where desired, give the best chance for restoring walking function, all with the overarching goal of dramatically transforming each participant's quality of life. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Tonseth Lutheran Church
Erhard, MN
$5,000 -- Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to provide safe, dignified access to both levels of the church with the installation of a hydraulic lift. It will provide improved access to the church for church members, prospective new members, visitors, and community members. Grant funds will support the hydraulic lift. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Town of Braintree
Braintree, MA
$7,490 -- Accessible Playground/Ballfield
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a critical improvement for the Highlands Playground, a wonderful play structure provided by the Commission on Disabilities as part of a major playground installation by the Town of Braintree. The grant will underwrite the installation of a sun shade, which will protect users of a large universally-accessible play structure at the Highlands Playground. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Trauma Resources
Miami Beach, FL
$5,000 -- Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program that accepts donations of durable medical equipment, and then repairs and refurbishes the equipment so that it can be used by other individuals with disabilities. Equipment is loaned to individuals in need that are under insured or who have no insurance at all, and is returned to the program when no longer needed. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area
Rochester, NY
$6,678 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Shared Ski Adventures (SSA), an adaptive learn-to-ski program that helps children and adults with a wide variety of physical and developmental disabilities to gain greater independence in skiing and in life. Physical and social activities are important for people with disabilities, especially children, because they provide a greater sense of independence, improved physical coordination, strength, communication skills, self-confidence, self-esteem, social skills, and well-being. Skiing is an activity that can span many months of the year in upstate New York, encouraging physical activity and socialization outdoors at a time when many youth and adults, especially those with disabling conditions, remain indoors with limited exercise and social interaction. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

United States Adaptive Recreation Center
Big Bear Lake, CA
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports -- MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program to enable individuals with disabilities who are low income opportunities to participate in outdoor winter recreational activities. Grant funds will help to support lift ticket subsidies. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Upstate Cerebral Palsy
Utica, NY
$3,902 -- Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Pieces of HeART art program. Funding will allow the agency to expand capacity by giving additional aspiring artists the opportunity to creatively express themselves. Funding will enhance the program by creating opportunities to market, display, and sell the artwork that the agency artists have created to advance awareness and promote the creative power in people with disabilities. Grant funds will help to fund programmatic equipment and supplies. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Winning Wheels
Prophetstown, IL
$5,000 -- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Adventures in Therapy, which will allow Winning Wheels residents opportunities to leave the facility and interact with other individuals with disabilities. Residents participate in a variety of physical activities that improve motor skills, boost morale, and increase socialization. Grant funds will help to support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports
Lovingston, VA
$5,638 -- Adaptive Sports - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a new piece of adaptive ski equipment that will serve a segment of the population of athletes with disabilities that is not adequately served by the traditional mono-ski and/or bi-ski. High-functioning athletes with quadriplegia (e.g. T2-T5 SCI, MS) with reduced balance, strength and motor ability can achieve optimal independence with this recently marketed ski equipment. The HOC2 offers the dynamic ski possibilities of a mono-ski while providing a wider platform for athletes with diminished balance and strength. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of the HOC2 glide ski with accessories to maximize utilization for individuals with disabilities. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Fisherville, VA
$10,000 -- Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support This Seat is Just Right! -- a project that will provide the critical physical therapy equipment required to create optimally-fitted wheelchair seating solutions, allowing therapists to accurately and easily measure clients for custom-contoured back and seat cushions. The outcome will be better wheelchair seating that will provide significant postural support to maximize each individual's functional capabilities and minimize deformities and sores. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

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