A new chapter for the PRC

February 22, 2016

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 our first 12 years, the PRC was housed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In that timeframe, the PRC moved the needle in many components related to the care and research of spinal cord injury.

In 2013, we found a new federal home in the newly created Administration for Community Living (ACL).

ACL is a federal agency formed in April 2012 under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to advance policy and implement programs that support the rights of older Americans and people with disabilities to live in their communities throughout the 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 has expanded and evolved to reach a wider network across the country, including through further engaging in disability policy and efforts to reach underserved communities.

Together, the PRC and ACL strive to support the best life for those living with paralysis by promoting health, encouraging greater community engagement, and improving quality of life throughout the lifespan.

Maggie Goldberg
Vice President, Policy and Programs
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation