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Grants

2014 First Cycle Quality of Life Grants

73 grants totaling $537,550

Adaptive Wilderness Sports of McCall (AWESOME)
McCall, ID
$2,800 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a mono ski to enable snow skiers with paralysis or amputations to progress in their skill ability and become advanced skiers. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Americas Vetdogs The Veterans K9 Corps
Smithtown, NY
$15,000 – Service Animal Program – Military/Veterans Program
This Quality of Life grant will support a service dog program that provides independence, mobility and companionship for veterans and military personnel of all eras – from World War II to those recently wounded in active conflicts abroad through the use of assistance dogs (guide and service). Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van to transport veteran students with severe mobility issues to and from the training facility while attending service dog training at the campus. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Des Moines, IA
$5,000 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will support a loan bank of augmentative communication equipment for individuals with ALS whose ability to speak diminishes with the progression of the disease. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter
Minneapolis, MN
$7,836 - Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of the assistive device and equipment loan pool to include the Bestic assistive eating device. This equipment is quiet, portable, and easily set up. Its design is low profile and therefore much less obtrusive than similar devices on the market. It provides the opportunity for individuals to participate with others during mealtimes in a more typical manner, rather than being fed by others or not eating at the same time as others. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Angelica Patient Assistance Program
New York, NY
$4,025 –Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support a program of arts and recreation for young adult residents with paralysis at Coler Hospital on Roosevelt Island and Carter Hospital in Harlem. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Assist to Independence
Tuba City, AZ
$25,000 – Transportation Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a wheelchair accessible mini bus to provide transportation for individuals with disabilities who live in un-served and under-served areas located on Navajo, Hopi and San Juan Southern Paiute Tribal Lands. Individuals are transported to medical facilities, advocacy meetings, life skill trainings and peer mentoring classes designed to accomplish goals of independent living. ASSIST! to Independence is the only Independent Living Center and Assistive Technology Center located on Tribal Lands in the United States providing independent living services and other much needed services to Native Americans with disabilities who reside in remote and rural communities. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Bennett Institute Booster Club
Baltimore, MD
$4,460 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Revitalization of a Wheelchair Basketball Program for Children in the Greater Baltimore Area. Specifically, the funds will help to underwrite the purchase of a sports wheelchair for basketball and for repair of sports wheelchairs in the program to add to the inventory and enable more players to participate. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Best Day Foundation
Watsonville, CA
$3,867 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support an innovative recreational program that enables individuals with disabilities to participate in surfing. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of one custom adapted surfboard with seat and mounting unit. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Blazesports America
Decatur, GA
$5,000 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the development, implementation and evaluation of a five-day BlazeSports Summer Camp Experience for children and youth with disabilities (ages 8-18 years) and young adults with disabilities (ages 18-25 years). The Camp Experience will integrate fun sport and recreation activities, leadership opportunities and values of Paralympism and Olympism and how they apply in life. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Boston Self Help Center
Roxbury, MA
$5,090 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to create a sustainable power wheelchair soccer team in Boston (the Boston Brakers) and an efficient conference of teams in New England. Specifically, the grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of the following programmatic equipment: 2 game and practice balls; 1 power wheelchair speed adjusting device; a portable game clock to be used at varying venues; and 2 basic rear-wheel drive power wheelchairs specifically adapted for power soccer by use by players and to use during demonstrations. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Brain Injury Association of Washington
Seattle, WA
$2,050 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Brain Injury Art show, the only show of its kind in Washington, that provides opportunities for survivors of brain injury (whether acquired by stroke or traumatic) to share their journeys and express themselves through art. The show connects survivor artists across the state of Washington with each other, the art community, and the community-at-large. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Break the Barriers
Fresno, CA
$6,253 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program that provides an inclusive continuum of fitness and wellness opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment; specifically, an ez stand glider. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Buffalo Sabres Foundation
Buffalo, NY
$5,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, which has offered both sled hockey and traditional stand-up hockey to returning war veterans since 2012. Grant funds will support programmatic ice time rental. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Camp Summit
Dallas, TX
$5,000 – Camp
This Quality of Life will help to support the development and implementation of an adapted archery program for campers with disabilities who will attend a weeklong or weekend camp session at Camp Summit. Campers will learn skills learned to archery programs in their own communities. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Carolina Crash
Charlotte, NC
$14,640 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a critical equipment upgrade for the Carolina Crash quad rugby team. Specifically, funds will help to underwrite the purchase of 2 offensive and 2 defensive quad rugby sports wheelchairs, and replacement tires. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Celtic Charms
Howell, NJ
$8,145 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will support the purchase and installation of a SureHands Lift, as well as training for staff on how to utilize this accessibility equipment safely to transfer individuals from their wheelchair to horseback and then back to their wheelchairs. The lift will enable this PATH Premier Accredited center to provide services to more individuals with paralysis. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Challenged Athletes, Inc.
San Diego, CA
$3,651 – Adaptive Sports- Military/Veterans Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Operation Rebound Program, which strengthens the mental and physical well-being of veterans and active duty members with permanent physical injuries by providing them opportunities through the Military Medical Center Physical Training Program (MMCPT) and sports clinics to use sports and fitness to re-integrate into their communities and by empowering them through sports to lead productive, active and fulfilling lives. Grant funds will help to support expenses for wheelchair Zumba instruction and for yoga equipment for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation
Denver, CO
$5,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund an adaptive sports equipment loaner program, which enables youth and adults with disabilities to borrow equipment and try new sports without having to invest in expensive sports equipment before knowing if they want to continue in the activity. Specifically, grant funds will help to underwrite sled hockey related equipment, including 5 sets of sleds, sticks, and protective gear. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Columbus Recreation And Parks Community Recreation Council
Columbus, OH
$11,650 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the enhancement of community recreational and competitive sport opportunities for individuals with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other conditions. Programs include: wheelchair football, power soccer, four-foot hoops wheelchair basketball, summer multi-sports camp, Paralympic boccia, and Paralympic swim team. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Community Inclusive Recreation (CIR) Inc.
Battle Creek, MI
$10,000 – Caregiving Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program that provides personal care assistant (PCA) supports to individuals with a variety of disabilities, including paralysis. Many of the individuals served live below the poverty level and have no access to transportation, health care and other services. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Community Rowing
Brighton, MA
$6,500 – Adaptive Sports – Military/Veterans Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the Para and Military Veterans Rowing Program, which combines the extensive physical benefits of rowing with the social cohesion of a team experience, creating a lasting impact for youth, adult and military veteran participants. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of programmatic equipment; specifically, one scull. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Compassionate Care ALS
West Falmouth, MA
$5,000 – Education
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Cultivating Compassion Workshop Series, which shares knowledge gained by caring for and supporting individuals living with ALS, their families, their caregivers, as well as interested health care professionals. The Series helps to improve effective communication among those impacted by ALS, while shedding light on the realities of living with and dying of ALS. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
$3,164 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the DISLABELED Philly Film Series, a new project celebrating disability films and culture in Philadelphia. It is led by a team of artists, activists and organizers with and without disabilities. A cross-ability community will by fostered through a monthly cultural event featuring short films, television and other media in a fully inclusive, accessible environment. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Disabled Sports USA Far West
Truckee, CA
$3,000 – Adaptive Sport
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the adaptive water ski program. Specifically, grant funds will underwrite the purchase of one sit-ski plus life jackets. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Easter Seals Southwest Florida
Sarasota, FL
$11,500 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will support the facility accessibility upgrades for the Life Services Development Program. Specifically, grant funds will make an additional bathroom facility accessible for individuals that use wheelchairs by adding a lift, a proper height toilet, roll-under sink and call light system, thus diminishing waiting lines for the bathroom and eliminating the need for transfers that put clients and staff at risk of injury. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Easter Seals Southwest Human Development
Phoenix, AZ
$12,000 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the ADAPT Shop Loan Program, a program offered to young children (birth to five years of age) with severe physical disabilities. The loan closet will provide families an opportunity to try out state-of-the-art equipment before it is custom-fabricated or purchased for their child, to make certain that the piece of equipment will actually be useful for the child. Families can also borrow specialized durable medical equipment while they are waiting to receive equipment. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Eleos The Care Network, dba Lift Disability Network
Winter Garden, FL
$5,350 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Breakaway Family Camp, a five-day retreat designed to provide relaxation, recreation, and spiritual renewal for families with disabilities. Activities are modified to include all participants, to increase socialization and foster relationships. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses; specifically, scholarships for campers with paralysis and their families. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Elsa, Inc
Calabasas, CA
$3,500 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Ranch Riding and Ranch Skills Program for Teens, Young Adults and Adults with Disabilities, Ages 16 – 30. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Greater New Orleans Muscular Dystrophy Association
Metairie, LA
$2,545 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to support week-long summer camps throughout Louisiana for children ages 6-17 years that live with neuromuscular disease. Campers discover a world created specifically for them, and meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Harmarville Outreach Programs and Educational Network (HOPE Network)
Pittsburgh, PA
$11,029 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the HOPE, You Can Rally, which will provide individuals who have spinal cord injury or other physical disabilities with an introduction to handcycling, including education of safety, transfers, and opportunities to ride with support on accessible trails. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of programmatic equipment and associated accessories; specifically, one Top End XLT Junior handcycle; one Top End RX with Adjustable Back handcycle; and one Top End XLT Pro handcycle. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Harvard Student Agencies
Cambridge, MA
$9,000 – Consumer Education
This Quality of Life grant will help to support “20 States in 50 Days,” a cross continental US Road Trip that will culminate with the publication of a wheelchair accessibility tourism guidebook and a website platform where people can interact and exchange information about wheelchair accessibility in the cities visited. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Hoosier Care
Sterling, IL
$7,395 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will improve the safety, dignity and independence of clients with disabilities at the Exceptional Care & Training Center, a skilled nursing care home and day training facility. Specifically, the grant will fund the installation of one overhead lift system. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Horses Healing Humans
Stonington, CT
$6,500 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will support much needed capacity expansion and quality of care for existing programs and the piloting of new initiatives for individuals with paralysis, including the introduction of therapeutic driving for individuals that are unable to ride on horseback. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Independencefirst
Milwaukee, WI
$6,988 - Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Assistive Technology "Try a Gadget" Center, which enables individuals with disabilities to learn about and try assistive technology that may be helpful in increasing independence. Grant funds will help to underwrite adaptive bathing equipment for the assistive technology demonstration and loan program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Independent Living Center Of Kern County
Bakersfield, CA
$5,670 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Repair and Re-Use Program, which accepts donations of wheelchairs, repairs the wheelchairs, and then loans them to individuals with disabilities in the community. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Independent Living Center Of The Hudson Valley
Troy, NY
$15,000 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of program services through the renovation of the building’s third floor restroom facilities. Grant funds will help to renovate two restrooms on the third floor. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Ivy Hill Foundation
Perkasie, PA
$8,011 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an initiative to enhance the riding experience of riders with disabilities with the addition of an indoor mounting ramp, a lift, adapted saddles, and training for staff on how to safely use the equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Baltimore, MD
$2,000 – Transition from Institution to Home
This Quality of Life grant will help to support "Safely Living at Home," a multi-faceted program that will provide clients with the resources, knowledge and support needed to increase independence and safety in home environments. 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).

Keystone Service Systems
Harrisburg, PA
$3,650 – Service Animal Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Susquehanna Service Dogs, which raises, trains and places service dogs with individuals with paralysis. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses; specifically, veterinarian care and socialization training for two litters of puppies. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Kostopulos Dream Foundation Camp Kostopulos
Salt Lake City, UT
$4,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support therapeutic horseback riding for individuals 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).

Madison Claire Foundation
Woodbury, MN
$5,000 – Accessible Playground
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the construction of Madison’s Place, a 15,000 square foot fully accessible playground that will be the Twin Cities’ first fully inclusive playground that is fully ramped, allowing access to every playdeck and the only accessible playground in Minnesota with an accessible splash pad. There will be no sand, rocks, or woodchips that prevent wheelchair accessibility to the playground equipment. Children and adults of any mobility will be able to reach the highest level of the playground equipment. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Main Street Arts
Saxtons River, VT
$12,500 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Moving Forward, Moving Up Accessibility project, at this busy, heavily-utilized community and regional arts organization located in a two-story 1850s Greek Revival building that lacks accessibility. The endeavor includes an elevator, accessible bathroom facilities, and an outdoor ramp. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Mobility Builders
Seattle, WA
$4,100 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a project that will fund 20 custom wheelchairs that will be designed and built in Peru using locally available resources and partnering with Peruvian physical and occupational therapists. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Moebius Syndrome Foundation
Pilot Grove, MO
$5,385 – Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the "Caring for Someone with Moebius" conference track at the 11th Moebius Syndrome Conference to be held in July 2014. This conference track is specifically for parents and caregivers of children with Moebius Syndrome and will be dedicated to providing tools to make them better caregivers. Grant funds will support programmatic audio visual expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Music Conservatory Of Westchester
White Plains, NY
$6,075 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support professional music therapy sessions for children with disabilities, including children that have paralysis-causing conditions. The goal is to use the power of music to achieve alleviation of pain and stress, communication and language development, enhancement of social interaction, physical rehabilitation, and improvement of mood and emotional states. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of programmatic musical instruments and supplies. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

New Alternatives for Children
New York, NY
$4,800 – Transportation Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will support the Recreation Program, which provides an array of quality cultural, educational and recreational activities and groups for children with severe disabilities. Activities, which are available after school, Saturdays and weekdays during school and summer vacations, provide integrated, accessible and normalizing experiences for children with special needs, as well much needed respite for caregivers. Grant funds will support accessible transportation. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Nicholas Wolff Foundation
Millville, PA
$10,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase and installation of back-up generators for cabins at Camp Victory, an accessible camp that provides camp experiences for children that otherwise cannot attend camp due to limitations resulting from chronic or catastrophic health problems. The back-up generators will enable campers that use ventilators to attend camp without the worry of losing power. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of two portable generators. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Noble Paws
Haines, AK
$22,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support All Access Alaska: Adaptive Dog Sleds project, which will design and construct two types of adaptive dog sleds. These sleds will provide individuals with paralysis opportunities to run a team of sled dogs, enabling participation in new forms of mobility, independence and self-reliance. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Wilmington, NC
$5,000 – Employment Program – Military/Veterans Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden, a social enterprise which uses an organic garden to assist veterans that are homeless acquire transitional employment and provide veterans with disabilities with horticultural therapy. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Northeast Accessible Golf Association
Wellesley Hills, MA
$15,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a ParaGolfer, an adapted vehicle that enables individuals that use wheelchairs to be elevated to an upright position to participate in the game of golf. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Parks Foundation Of Miami-Dade
Miami, FL
$5,300 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Handcycles for All, a project that will add additional handcycles to the existing partnership-based handcycling program, enabling more individuals to be trained and served. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of two Top End XLT handcycles and one Mobo Tri-Ton Recumbent Bike for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Piers Park Sailing Center
East Boston, MA
$1,675 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the Heal on the Water program, which empowers individuals with disabilities to realize goals and to develop necessary life, mobility and social integration skills, while learning about and enjoying the challenging and rewarding sport of sailing. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment; specifically, a hoyer lift and accessories that facilitate safe and secure transfer of individuals with disabilities in to and out of the sailing vessels. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency
Kenosha, WI
$10,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the installation of a lift to provide access to the second floor of the building to individuals that are unable to use stairs due to mobility challenges. The agency offers essential, comprehensive and innovative programs for impoverished women, children and infants as well as seniors that live in the poorest areas of the city. Individuals with disabilities will be able to access hands-on learning about nutrition and healthy eating in the Teaching Kitchen, located on the second floor, and will be fully integrated into the agency's programming. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Seven Hills Occupational & Rehabilitation Services
Worcester, MA
$5,051 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the ASPIRE! Health & Wellness program, part of a new and innovative, self-directed day and employment support program. Therapeutic and adaptive exercise equipment and instruction along with health and nutrition education will be provided to 225 people with paralysis-causing conditions. Grant funds will support programmatic fitness equipment and supplies. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Shane's Inspiration
Sherman Oaks, CA
$5,000 – Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Together, We Are Able, a program that inspires compassion and inclusion for students of all abilities by combining in-class interactive play dates at inclusive playgrounds. The program strives to engender the strong social skills necessary for children with disabilities while instilling lessons of understanding and compassion in their typically developing peers. 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 Kansas Independent Living
Parsons, KS
$5,000 – Fitness and Wellness Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the development of a peer support group program that focuses on wellness and active lifestyles. Members will identify their concerns in the areas of wellness and activity and then receive assistance in developing a plan of action to achieve goals in these areas. 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).

Southern California Institute For Research And Education
Long Beach, CA
$16,535 – Caregiving Initiative – Military/Veterans Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund Self-Care Training for Caregivers of Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury. This project will train 24 caregivers of veterans with spinal cord injury using the Powerful Tools for Caregivers training program, which has proven to be effective in helping caregivers to better manage their health and wellbeing as well as their challenging caregiving tasks. It will be conducted at the VA Long Beach SCI Center, one of the largest SCI Centers, with the VA Spinal Cord System of Care. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Speak Foundation
Columbus, GA
$2,500 – Peer Mentoring and Support
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Speak Foundation Peer-Mentoring Conference, an annual conference that enables individuals with physical disabilities to be mentored by peers who are overcoming the same physical disabilities. The Speak Foundation is entirely volunteer-run by individuals with physical disabilities. Grant funds will support conference scholarships. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Sunnyview Hospital And Rehabilitation Center Foundation
Schenectady, NY
$5,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to fund the Adaptive Recreation Experiences program, which enhances the quality of life for people with disabilities through outdoor adventure activities. The successful clinics provided empower participants in the daily lives and have a positive, enduring effect on health, self-efficacy, and independence. Activities include fishing, golf, rock wall climbing, orienteering and paintball target shooting, and tennis. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Texas Womens University
Denton, TX
$5,500 – Adaptive Sports – Military/Veterans Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Injured Veterans Engaged in Sports Training – Leadership and Education (INVEST-LE) program. Injured, ill or wounded veterans (especially those with spinal cord injury) will engage in adapted sports and recreational activities will participate in two phases; in the first as participants, and in the second as leaders/instructors. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of three sports wheelchairs for the program and facility rental. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

The Boston Home
Boston, MA
$4,105 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a MOTOmed Viva2 movement therapy system that will be utilized by 65 individuals between 30 and 60 years of age with significant care needs related to multiple sclerosis and related neurological diseases. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

The House, Inc.
Woodbridge, VA
$7,250 – Peer Mentoring and Support – Military/Veterans Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Ninth National Capital Area A Cinderella Ball, an unduplicated quality of life initiative that enables Washington, DC area military family teens with disabilities and their families to attend a very special prom event where they are honored and celebrated. The venue is the Willard InterContinental Hotel – a footstep away from the White House. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

The Nemours Foundation
Jacksonville, FL
$7,500 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a pressure mapping system for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Nemours Childrens Hospital. This vital equipment will help clinicians identify areas of pressure for children with neuromuscular and neurologic conditions that use wheelchairs. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

The Utica Center For Development
Utica, NY
$12,000 - Facility Accessibility Modifications - Military/Veterans Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center by upgrading accessibility to the building at the entrances of this aging building. Grant funds will support the installation of automatic doors. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Town of Wabeno
Wabeno, WI
$8,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the construction of a barrier-free boardwalk and three accessible fishing piers along the N Branch of the Oconto River and trout stream in downtown Wabeno. 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).

Turnstone Center For Children And Adults With Disabilities
Fort Wayne, IN
$2,398 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Fun and Fitness in the Fort, a program created to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in physical activities and be part of an inclusive community, while experiencing fun and adventure. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of two AmTryke recumbent cycles for the program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

University Of New Hampshire Foundation
Durham, NH
$2,607 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to the expansion of the Northeast Passage adapted recreation program for individuals with high level spinal cord injury. New program activities will include boccia, power soccer and shooting sports. Grant funds will help to support expenses related to the power soccer program. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Unlimited Play
St. Peters, MO
$15,000 – Accessible Playground
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the construction of the McCoy All Inclusive Project, to bring a truly inclusive play space to the Kansas City metro area. Grant funds will underwrite the cost of programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

United States Adaptive Bobsled & Skeleton Association
Park City, UT
$8,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will enable the United States Adaptive Bobsled and Skeleton team to acquire a two-person bob sled that will adapted for use by athletes with paralysis or amputation. Currently there is only one adapted bob sled available to American bob sled athletes, leaving the United States behind 6 other competing nations. The acquisition of an additional bob sled will enable more athletes in the United States to learn, train and participate in this emerging Paralympic sport. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Virginia Power Soccer Association
Chesapeake, VA
$6,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of power soccer in Virginia by facilitating participation in tournaments for existing players and by conducting power soccer clinics to introduce more individuals to the sport. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of an equipment trailer to transport the sports power wheelchairs and other equipment to tournaments and clinics. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

Wheels of Progress
New York, NY
$22,000 – Transition from Institution to Home
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an initiative that will address the critical shortage of accessible supportive transitional housing for young individuals with paralysis that are moving out of nursing homes to more independent home environments. 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).

Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center Of East Texas
Longview, TX
$5,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program that provides hippotherapy to children and adults who have been discharged from therapy clinics for lack of progress and response to therapy techniques. Grant funds will support scholarships. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

72 Total Recommended Quality of Life Grants: $532,550

Grant – Other

Achilles International
New York, NY
$5,000 – Adaptive Sports
This grant will help to sponsor Team Reeve athletes with paralysis to participate in various marathons throughout the United States. This grant is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

1 (sub) Total Recommended Other Grant: $5,000

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