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Adler Aphasia Center
Maywood, NJ 07607
$8,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of a vital resource to anyone whose life or profession is touched by aphasia, a communication disorder resulting from stroke or other brain trauma. Aphasia is an isolating diagnosis that robs people of the ability to communicate and cuts them off from their family, friends, health care providers, and everyday life. Grant funds will expand the Communications Technology program with hardware and software that provides them with access to skill-learning and assistive technologies. The Center is the only long-term aphasia support center in the US with extensive supervised research. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of iPads and computers. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

ALS Hope Foundation
Philadelphia, PA 19107
$10,104 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the upgrading of the ALS Center of Hope Assistive Technology Resource Center, which provides to individuals with ALS and their families education and access to communication, computer access, and environmental control technology in order to increase independence and quality of life. The initiative is specifically targeted towards the current unmet needs relayed by individuals at the Center as being of the highest importance, specifically cell phone access, computer and iPad access and environmental control. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Americans for the Arts
Washington, DC 20005
$5,505 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, which advances the arts in health, healing, and health care for military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers. As the lead agency to meet this mission for the Initiative, Americans for the Arts partners annually with key stakeholders, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the NIH National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and will explore new frontiers on the research agenda. One goal is to make the arts tools for health available to all active duty military, staff, family members, veterans and their families. Grant funds will help to fund the printing of the Summit Report and electronic publication of the LAA Special Report. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
St. Louis Regional Chapter
St. Louis, MO 63146
$11,755 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the Voice for PALS program, which provides assistive technology and equipment for people who have ALS and who can no longer speak or communicate verbally. This project will help people with ALS maintain a higher quality of life and allow them to remain connected to family and friends in the community. Specifically, grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Assistance Dogs of the West
Santa Fe, NM 87594-7606
$5,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the Client Placement Process, which matches clients with disabilities with highly trained services dogs. Grant funds will fund client training scholarships. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association
Alpharetta, GA 30022
$7,000 – Caring and Coping
This Quality of Life grant will help to print and compile thousands of copies of the “Packets of Information” for 2015 which are handed out or mailed to each brain injury survivor (all types, including stroke) and/or caregiver, as part of each Brain Injury Peer Visit. Grant funds support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Bridge II Sports
Durham, NC 27705
$6,900 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant supports the youth wheelchair basketball team, Junior Thunder. Grant funds will be used to purchase two basketball wheelchairs for the team. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Bridge Ministries
Bellevue, WA 98005
$6,300 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant supports a program that accepts donated power mobility equipment and repairs it to be matched with individuals in need of such equipment. Wheelchair batteries are also distributed to those in the community in need. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association
San Diego, CA 92161
$5,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant supports the Motorsports Program, which introduces paralyzed veterans and others with spinal cord injuries or dysfunctions to performance driving, vehicle preparation and pit crew teamwork, and can provide a path for individuals with disabilities to performance auto racing as a hobby on relatively equal footing with able-bodied drivers. Grant funds support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Camp Aldersgate
Little Rock, AR 72205
$4,615 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant supports the 2015 Resource and Day Camp for children that use respiratory technology, and their siblings and caregivers. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis
Avon, CO 81620
$10,460 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant supports the intensive educational 4-day CAN DO Program, which provides people who have multiple sclerosis and their support partners with the information, support and education to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, actively co-manage their health and live their best lives with multiple sclerosis. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York
New York, NY 10003
$6,980 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant supports a partnership with New York City’s Green Markets, and will offer access maps, transportation information, and tours of the markets, menu and cooking tips as well as nutritional guidance. Participants with paralysis will enjoy social as well as educational events that help them break isolation, learn about cooking healthy with seasonal and fresh foods and build social relationships with peers. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation
Staten Island, NY 10312
$7,000 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant will support a series of free and accessible informational lectures meant to expand awareness and understanding about Chiari malformation, syringomeylia and related disorders as well as their everyday implications for individuals with these conditions and their loved ones, caregivers, researchers, health care providers and the general public. Every talk is filmed and made available online via Vimeo, YouTube and the organization’s website to ensure this information is provided to a widespread audience. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation
Milwaukee, WI 53201
$15,315 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support a Go Baby Go Workshop, presented to parents with children, ages birth to 3 years old, with paralysis and/or impaired mobility, and their physical therapists, resulting in participants obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to purchase and modify an inexpensive off-the-shelf ride on electric kid’s car for use during physical therapy and/or at home to increase ambulation. In addition, a community equipment lending library will provide ZipZac® mobile chairs to children from birth to age 3 with paralysis. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

City of Dellwood
Dellwood, MO 63135
$5,162 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the installation of an ADA-compliant wheelchair pool lift at the municipal pool that is located at the recreational center. This will enable greater access to the pool for the residents of Dellwood and surrounding communities. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation
Cleveland, OH 44104
$7,200 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of life grant will support a Horticulture Therapy program, which helps patients heal through the use of activities associated with gardening to provide positive distraction, promote fine motor skills, and supports patients through recovery or treatment. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Disability Rights Advocates
Berkeley, CA 94704
$9,000 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant will support the development of a model disaster preparedness plan that meets the needs of people with paralysis and other disabilities and incorporates the most effective practices nation-wide for protecting those populations. No such prototype or model disaster plan now exists. Grant funds will support the expenses for the paralegal for the project. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Disability Services Resource Center
Bay City, MI 48708
$1,840 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support a durable medical equipment community lending closet. Grant funds underwrite the purchase of two wheelchairs for the program. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation
Portland, OR 97205
$10,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the development of an evaluation and lending library of assistive technology for patients at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Empower Spinal Cord Injury
Boston, MA 02114
$10,000 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a 2-week residential rehabilitation program that provides the knowledge, tools, support and strength an individual with spinal cord injury needs to live a happy, independent, and meaningful life. The program focuses on peer mentoring, traditional therapy, rehabilitation counseling and recreation. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Erie County Medical Center
Buffalo, NY
$13,534 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant will support the launch of bibliotherapy, an innovative therapeutic approach not yet implemented in any hospital in the United States or Canada. The goal is to create three target groups of individuals who have survived acquired traumatic injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other progressive illnesses. The quality of life of group participants will be enhanced by providing appropriate technology equipment (Kindles) adapted to accommodate their individual needs that will facilitate reading diverse kinds of texts that will help maximize their therapeutic benefits from bibliotherapy. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Fighting Back Scholarship Program
Malvern, PA 19355
$2,260 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of adaptive exercise equipment, allowing clients to be better served, and to recruit additional individuals in the community living with or recovering from mobility-related injuries and illnesses. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of an EZ standing frame. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Fishing Has No Boundaries
Hayward, WI 54843
$7,704 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program that provides adaptive fishing opportunities to individuals with mobility impairments and their families. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of adapted fishing equipment for the equipment lending library. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Freedom’s Wings International
Hewitt, NJ 07421
$4,500 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support an initiative that gives free rides in accessible and adapted sailplanes to individuals that have sustained spinal cord injuries and other conditions that cause mobility impairments. Grant funds will support rides for 45 individuals. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
$8,500 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support a recycling program for durable home medical equipment. Donated equipment is collected, repaired and sanitized, and then provided at affordable cost to children and adults with paralysis and mobility impairments. Another component of the program provides front door ramps to individuals with mobility impairments. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Global Mobility
Studio City, CA 91604
$12,500 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support a collaboration with a partner organization in Guatemala to identify 50 children with paralysis and provide each of them with an individually fitted wheelchair. Each child will also be given a medical exam by a physician. Their parents and caregivers will also be trained in basic wheelchair operation, repair, and mechanics by a volunteer CRT (complex rehab tech/seating and positioning) supplier, as well as provided with information and resources to support and improve the children’s quality of life. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

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Hawaii Canines For Independence
Makawao, HI 96794
$10,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the development of Accessible Nature Trails on the grounds of the training facility. The trails will be available for use by program participants and their assistance dogs. The use of the trails will be incorporated into the training program and community outreach programs. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Hickok Center for Brian Injury
Rochester, NY 14607
$5,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will underwrite the purchase of two evacuation chairs that can safely evacuate people that use wheelchairs down the stairs in case an emergency evacuation is required. Grant funds support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Indianapolis Rowing Center
Indianapolis, IN 46253
$7,640 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support rowing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Ingham Intermediate School District
Mason, MI 48854
$5,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the purchase and installation of a universal design playground structure as well as a safe surface ground area under and around the structure for the school’s preschool and elementary population. Heartwood School serves students with special needs from all twelve districts in Ingham County, Michigan. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Medicare Rights Center
New York, NY 10018
$6,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the customization of the organization’s nationally proven Medicare Minute program to reach at least 5,000 individuals with disabilities (including 3,500 individuals with paralysis) with monthly Medicare updates and peer-to-peer connection. Through this project, participants with paralysis will gain the knowledge, tools and local resources they need to navigate their Medicare coverage, including how to transition to Medicare, access low-income Medicare programs, and appeal denials of coverage. Grant funds will support the development of the information toolkit. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Michigan State University 4-H Catch a Reinbow
Therapeutic Riding Program
East Lansing, MI 48823
$4,640 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the Music Therapy Clinical Services at the Community Music School by providing new, up-to-date technology and outreach to new therapy clients, focusing on people living with paralysis. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of iPads and adaptive accessories for the program. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
$9,900 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the expansion of the sled hockey program, and specifically funds the purchase of equipment to start a second team, as well as expenses for ice time. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians
Pike Road, Al 36064
$2,183 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will underwrite the purchase of equipment needed to launch a Heroes on Horseback therapeutic riding program for veterans. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Nathaniel J. Williams Foundation
Center Tuftonboro, NJ 03816
$1,359 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support a program that acquires, raises, trains and places affordable assistance dogs with people with disabilities or with organizations and/or clinicians working with people with special needs. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Mid America Chapter
Kansas City, MO 64114
$5,000 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant will support a seminar designed to address the needs of couples living with MS by teaching effective communication, problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Participants learn ways to break old patterns and manage relationships proactively. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH 43216-6810
$5,495 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase and implementation of a pressure mapping system into treatment plans for children with paralysis. This equipment allows clinicians to identify and manage pressure on skin surfaces to prevent skin breakdown. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Mahwah, NJ 07430
$12,500 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the installation of an elevator in a historic building that will serve as the new headquarters for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, as well as a conservation service learning center for the general public. The elevator will make the two-story building completely accessible for individuals with mobility impairment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

North Valley Community Foundation
Chico, CA 95973
$2,246 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant supports Hands-for-Healing, a program that will work in cooperation with local advocacy groups to provide no-cost therapeutic massages at the regional center for individuals living with disabilities and their caregivers in Butte County, California. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Paradox Sports
Boulder, CO 80302
$12,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support adaptive climbing clinics around the United States, in which participants learn what it takes to climb with paralysis-causing conditions and other adaptive climbing needs and learn how to use different adaptive climbing equipment and systems. Participants will receive the recently compiled, first-ever Adaptive Climbing Handbook, essential equipment, and guidance on how to start local adaptive climbing clubs. Grant funds will fund 10 starter kits to seed adaptive climbing programs throughout the United States. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Paralyzed Veterans of America
Mid-Atlantic Chapter
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
$5,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the creation of the first handcycle training program and handcycle trails in the state of Virginia. As part of the Richmond Regional Ride Center at Pocahontas State Park, the trails will be open to all persons who use handcycling for rehabilitation and recreation. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Paraquad
St. Louis, MO 63110
$4,789 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the Health and Wellness Center program for individuals with paralysis. Specifically, grant funds will underwrite the purchase of the SCIFIT PRO 230, with adjustable upper and lower body cranks and swivel seat for use in the Health and Wellness Center, and will enable more individuals with paralysis to be able to participate in health and wellness activities. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

PARC
Peoria, IL 61615-1621
$1,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the expansion of Cultivating Ability, a successful greenhouse and farm project to include an enabling garden with accessible pathways and raised beds so individuals who use wheelchairs can participate in horticultural therapy and gardening activities. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment and supplies. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

PATH International
Denver, CO 80233
$8,500 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the creation of an online training course for instructors who work with individuals with paralysis. This is a national/international effort to provide quality education that will benefit thousands of individuals with paralysis who will take part in therapeutic horseback riding activities. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Positive Vibe Foundation
Richmond, VA 23225
$3,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will provide employment training for individuals with paralysis for paid employment In the food service industry. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment and supplies. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Power Paws Assistance Dogs
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
$7,533 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the Empowering Intrepid Warriors program, which works with the Veterans Administration to assist injured veterans’ reintegration into society by teaching them to train assistance dogs for fellow veterans with disabilities. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Queen of Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center
Jurupa Valley, CA 91752-2427
$5,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support a subsidized sessions program for children, adults and veterans with paralysis who otherwise would not be able to afford the exceptional healing benefits of therapeutic horseback riding at this PATH International premier-accredited center. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Ramp Access Made Possible By Students
Richmond, VA 23238
$8,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support a program that enables high school student volunteers to build modular steel wheelchair ramps at the homes of individuals with disabilities in the community. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment and supplies. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Reikes Center for Human Enhancement
Menlo Park, CA 94025
$4,800 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the NorCal Quakes, a nationally-ranked wheelchair rugby team and the only team in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The grant funds will support the addition of strength and conditioning classes as part of the team’s regular practice schedule. Grant funds will support the cost of the strength and conditioning coach. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Roll 2 Walk
Austin, TX 78758
$2,600 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will underwrite the purchase of a Challenge Circuit CH7000 wheelchair accessible exercise and weight training machine, which will increase the opportunities for fitness and wellness training for individuals with paralysis in the community. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark
Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
$10,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will create travel clubs within established organizations serving people with disabilities in northern New Jersey. Creating peer travel “buddies” within existing service structures will foster sustainability and encourage participants’ continued mobility by learning how to use accessible mass transportation. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research
Miami Beach, FL 33139
$10,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support a fully accessible beach in Miami Beach, where disabled residents and visitors can enjoy outdoor recreational and fitness activities, including beach, water sports and community programming. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of two beach wheelchairs and other programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Side By Side Clubhouse
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
$5,486 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of life grant will support a health and wellness program for individuals with brain injury and their families. The program focuses on improvement of individual health literacy, improvement of healthy eating practices, and increasing the frequency of exercise. Grant funds support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association
Columbia, SC 29210
$13,700 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the expansion of the Assistive Technology loan program, which provides opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injury to try assistive computer devices to make sure they are a good fit before purchasing, while providing feedback and data to the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association. Grant funds support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Steamboat Training Adaptive Recreational Sports
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
$5,344 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will underwrite the purchase of a portable mounting ramp and other equipment that helps riders that use wheelchairs to safely mount, ride and dismount horses safely. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Steelwheelers
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
$20,870 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers Handcycling program, which works with Paralyzed Veterans of America and other groups to enable individuals with disabilities to experience the sport of adaptive cycling by providing loaner handcycles. Athletes of any age or ability are encouraged to borrow the equipment, mentored by experienced handcyclists, and encouraged to pursue the sport at a competitive level. Grant funds support programmatic expenses.This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

STRIDE Adaptive Sports
Rensselaer, NY 12144
$10,218 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the Capital District Sled Warriors, a competitive sled hockey team for youths and young adults with disabilities. Grant funds will help to underwrite the acquisition of sled hockey equipment and the upgrade of existing equipment to allow the team to compete more effectively, add more players to the team, and to host community exhibition matches. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Strive
Clarkston, MI 48346
$13,116 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program that provides adaptive skiing opportunities to Michigan residents with spinal cord injuries and other paralysis-causing conditions. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Talisman Therapeutic Riding
Grasonville, MD 21638
$6,200 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a partnership with the Queen Anne’s County Public schools to launch a therapeutic horseback riding program that could serve as an alternative to in-school adaptive physical education for students with paralysis. This afterschool program would serve as a pilot initiative to evaluate outcomes as a step towards therapeutic riding replacing school day, once-a-week physical education for students with this diagnosis. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

The Arc Kohler School
Mountainside, NJ 07092
$6,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the Power Mobility Training Program, which will allow for greater independence in maneuvering throughout the school, moving toward more advanced equipment to aid with mobility in the community. The purchase of replacement equipment for the current Convaid Cruiser and EZ-Rider will ensure that students are safe during transport within the school property, as well as when they participate in community outings. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

The Opening Door, Inc. – Accessible Virginia
Woodford, VA 22580-3211
$5,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to support development of a resource for accessible outdoor recreation for individuals with disabilities and their families in Virginia. The project will provide information on a variety of activities based on a range of ages, ability levels and interests that are available seasonally and year round, such as experiencing a nature trail or garden tour, golfing, therapeutic riding or extreme sports. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

The STAR Center
Jackson, TN 38305
$4,105 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support The Pre-Employment Program, which will prepare veterans, individuals with paralysis-causing conditions, and others in West Tennessee for employment by providing career training through nationally-recognized modules. Grant funds will support the purchase of employment training software. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Triangle Special Hockey Association
Raleigh, NC 27607
$4,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase and adaptation of a covered trailer to transport sled hockey gear to tournaments, games, and outreach programs throughout North and South Carolina. The equipment trailer will eliminate the expense to rent a trailer for each event. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk
Hauppauge, NY 11788
$5,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Brushstrokes, a program that provides artists with disabilities opportunities for self-expression, visibility, and artistic status. Grant funds will help to create a designated art studio for participants to create pieces of artwork to be displayed at varying community venues. Grant funds will support programmatic supplies. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

United Spinal Association
Madison Wisconsin Chapter
McFarland, WI 53558
$4,293 – Caring & Coping
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the adaptive recreation program. Specifically, grant funds will underwrite the purchase of a kayak and kayak trailer for the program. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

University of Alabama Disability Sports
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
$21,362 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Enhancing Quality of Life for Children with Spinal Cord Injury through Wheelchair Improvement and Education. This project will improve the quality of life of children with spinal cord injury by accessing their current wheelchairs and making meaningful modifications. Children and their families in the Tuscaloosa community and youths with paralysis who use wheelchairs will receive tools and instruction that will help them improve the function and mobility of their wheelchairs. Further, the project will investigate the impact of adjusting children’s manual wheelchairs on daily levels of physical activity and quality of life. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
$6,700 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a therapeutic horticulture program for individuals that have stroke-induced paralysis and their caregivers. The program is housed at a completely accessible greenhouse located in the Wilmot Gardens on the medical campus of the University of Florida. Weekly class activities encourage participants to explore horticulture through propagating and nurturing plants. This structured program is designed to maximize freedom in creative expression as well as teach horticulture and gardening skills that can be transferred to the home environment. Participants will complete health outcome surveys before the start of the program and at the twelfth week of the program. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Variety The Children’s Charity of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63146
$4,500 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support accessible transportation for the Variety Adventure Camp. Adventure Camp is the only free traditional summer day camp experience in the St. Louis region for children with disabilities. Grant funds will support accessible transportation for six field trips for the 2015 summer camp season. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

West Asheville Presbyterian Church
Asheville, NC 28806
$25,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an accessibility initiative in a church that serves as the only community center in the region. The church currently hosts a multitude of community groups that utilize the church because it is centrally located, affordable, and one of the only community spaces in West Asheville that is spacious enough to accommodate large groups. Because of the lack of accessibility, people with disabilities cannot participate in these programs without great assistance and discomfort. The initiative includes the remodeling of two restrooms to become accessible family restrooms, and installation of a vertical platform lift that will provide accessibility to the lower level, where community programs are held. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council
Institute, WV 25112-0625
$4,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will support the 2015 West Virginia Disability Caucus, a 5-day event with a focus on youth to help develop the new leaders so desperately needed to continue the momentum of the disability rights movement. Activities will include small group work to identify disability policy issues, and develop and implement strategies to affect systems change. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
$20,000 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an accessibility initiative that will improve recreational access to Lake Pleasant for all people by creating a new access trail, boardwalk, dock and kayak/canoe launch, and parking area that are ADA-compliant. Lake Pleasant, located in Erie County, Pennsylvania, is considered the finest example of a natural, glacial lake in northwest Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. This project will provide opportunities for inclusive community recreation that are currently not available to residents and visitors with mobility impairments and their families.This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Wheeling Forward
Brooklyn, NY 11214
$15,478 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will support the Spinal Mobility Program, a post-rehabilitation exercise opportunity for people with spinal cord injury to access proper equipment, work with licensed therapists, and obtain practical health and wellness education. The Spinal Mobility Program is designed as a maintenance program to strengthen core muscles in order to improve functional control for daily living, recreation, and rehabilitation. In addition, the Program creates a community for people with spinal cord injury to meet and exchange knowledge with other people with similar mobility limitations. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Wilderness Inquiry
Minneapolis, MN 55414-1516
$7,560 – Bridging Barriers
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Connecting with the Outdoors, an initiative to upgrade the Little Sand Bay Basecamp in the Apostle Islands as a model for access for persons with disabilities and spinal cord injuries according to the most recent guidelines for outdoor recreation sites released by the United States Access Board in September 2013.The guidelines for outdoor areas provide detailed specifications for accessible trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes and other components of outdoor developed areas. This national model will benefit persons living with mobility challenges and their families throughout the United States and will become a training example for federal land managers to learn best practices in universally designed outdoor recreation sites. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Wilderness Matters
Nichols Hills, OK 73116
$25,000 – Actively Achieving
This Quality of Life grant will help to support nature trail accessibility improvements including the deployment of a natural firm and stable surface, the elimination of steps, the reductions of excessive slope and the addition of attractive rest/viewing areas. Taken as a whole, these modifications will simplify access to programs, activities and experiences available to others in key parts of a local, iconic nature park. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.