The Paralysis Resource Center Joins Forces with the Administration for Community Living
The Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center® (PRC) was created in 2002 to provide a roadmap of resources for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers. Over time, the PRC has evolved into one of the foremost programs for improving quality of life, fostering community involvement, and promoting the health and well-being of people living with paralysis.
The driving force behind the Reeve Foundation is to do what is best for the paralysis community, which includes partnering with organizations and agencies that support its mission and vision. For the past 12 years, the PRC has been housed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in that timeframe, the PRC has moved the needle in many components related to the care and research of spinal cord injury. While the Reeve Foundation is proud of the advancements achieved with the CDC, we are pleased to report that the PRC will soon have a new home at the Administration for Community Living (ACL). This transition strengthens ACL by increasing programs focused on serving the needs of people with physical disabilities.
ACL is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which was formed in April 2012 to advance policy and implement programs that support the rights of older Americans and people with disabilities to live in their communities throughout their lifespan. ACL's mission, to "maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers," aligns with the PRC's efforts to champion the health and quality of life for those living with paralysis.
With ACL's support, the PRC will be able to evolve and expand current programs to reach a wider network across the country. Additionally, with ACL's vested interest and experience in advancing policy, the PRC will have the opportunity to raise critical awareness and support for programs that benefit those living with paralysis. ACL will work with the CDC on transitioning the Paralysis Resource Center to ACL by mid-2014.
Together, the PRC and ACL will strive to support optimal care of those living with paralysis by promoting health, encouraging greater community engagement, and improving quality of life throughout their lifespan. We will continue to work with both federal agencies, ACL and the CDC, and Congress to ensure a seamless transfer of the PRC.
As the transition progresses, we will continue to share updates on the positive impact this will have for our community and what you can do to get involved and support the Foundation.