SHORT HILLS, N.J., December 21, 2020

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) announced today that it has awarded a total of $299,542 in High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) Grants. The Quality of Life Grants Program, which includes the HIIAT program, supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program's inception, more than 3,250 grants totaling over $30 million have been awarded. Funding for these new cycles of grants was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-03-00).

The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has several grant programs under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts. The HIIAT grants funds one-year projects of up to $75,000 to state and territory AT programs funded through the State Assistive Technology Act for innovative, one-time programs or services through assistive technology devices or services, increase access to services, increase the independence or inclusion of people living with paralysis, their family members, and caregivers.

"In every way imaginable, 2020 has been a very difficult year for the organizations we support and those living with paralysis that we serve," said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "It is my deepest hope that these high impact, innovative projects and the assistive technology they deliver will alleviate some of those difficulties that many within our population have faced and will continue to face. These are promising endeavors being carried out by great leaders in our field, and I have great faith in their success."

This cycle's recipients of the High Impact Assistive Technology (HIIAT) Quality of Life Grants include:

CT Tech Act Project (CTTAP)- $75,000

Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Tech Act Project will work with two hospitals, the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Hartford Hospital to provide patients with access to Assistive Technology services and devices through AT demonstrations and AT lending to allow them to experience how AT can enhance their quality of life and help them to maintain and/or increase their independence and quality of life as they return home after discharge.

Horace Mann Educational Associates DBA TechACCESS of RI (HMEA)- $75,000

Cranston, RI

HMEA will provide home-based technology, training, and support to individuals with paralysis to allow them to maximize their independence at home and maintain communication with doctors, family members, friends, and colleagues during the pandemic and beyond.

SC Assistive Technology Program (SCATP)-$74,542

Columbia, SC

SCATP provides mobility aids to people living with paralysis. Mobility is the very essence of community living. Providing mobility equipment through short-term loans while individuals with disabilities are waiting for their permanent devices to arrive or providing mobility during a brief recovery period from an accident or surgery will allow people to maintain their mobility and independence in their home and community. These devices allow people with paralysis to stay connected with people in their spiritual communities at houses of worship or individual's homes and to have access to public buildings, including gyms, stores, museums, and even outdoor spaces such as parks.

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)-$75,000

Laramie, WY

This HIIAT grant will help to support the sustainable state-wide residential ramp loan and education program. The WyRamp Project will have an immense direct and significant impact on Wyoming residents with newly acquired or progressive conditions causing paralysis, enabling them to return to living in their homes faster, remain living in their homes longer, and increasing independence in daily activities and community participation.

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About the Reeve Foundation:

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is the support side of the Reeve Foundation’s twin missions to provide “Today’s Care” and to strive for “Tomorrow’s Cure” and offers a free, comprehensive, national source of informational support for individuals living with paralysis and their caregivers. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

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