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Access Surf Hawaii
Honolulu, HI 96830
$1,500 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Quarterly Adaptive Swim Clinics for any person with a disability. Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of instruction will be offered to at least 20 individuals with paralysis. Grant funds will support programmatic supplies, including: agility paddles, swim fins, aquatic goggles, foot booties for adults and children, floating devices and sun protection. Residing in a community that is surrounded by water necessitates that people learn basic water skills. Building on water skills provides confidence for other water sports such as surfing prone and canoe paddling. Participants benefit through physical exercise, increased personal independence, decreased isolation, a sense of community, confidence to try new things, and improved secondary conditions. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio
Wooster, OH 44691
$9,214 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support expansion of program offerings in power soccer, basketball, sailing and kayaking. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of programmatic equipment, including two power wheelchairs for power soccer, two power soccer balls, a Hoyer lift for transferring participants into and out of sailboats and kayaks, a basketball wheelchair, and an enclosed 6-foot by 14-foot trailer for hauling kayaks and sailboats. Adding this equipment will enable at least 35 individuals with paralysis to participate in programming that will increase their health and wellness (social, emotional and physical), decrease isolation, increase access and opportunities for sailing and kayaking for individuals by paralysis by 25%, and facilitate greater freedom and recreational choice by transporting the watercraft equipment to multiple waterways in Ohio. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Alegent Health-Immanuel Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68122
$15,370 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Junior Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Camp, a summer day camp for children with paralysis in Nebraska and Iowa. Campers range from five years old to twelfth graders, and many of the volunteer camp counselors live with paralysis. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase and shipment of four sports wheelchairs, 20 sports wheelchair inner tubes and 10 wheelchair iron caps; rental of accessible bus (6 buses for 4 days), and rental of a U-Haul to transport adaptive equipment for camp programs (5 days). The camp continues to be the only day camp in the region for children ages five through high school that use wheelchairs. For youngsters who reside in rural communities, this camp may likely be their only opportunity for competition, social interaction and friendship with children in similar circumstances. At least 20 children with paralysis and at least 15 volunteers with paralysis will enjoy softball, basketball, swimming, golf, track, hand cycling, tennis, rugby, boccia, archery, lacrosse, fencing, Frisbee golf, martial arts and sitting volleyball. Family Camp Day provides opportunities for parents to network with other parents in similar circumstances, sharing similar concerns, and includes activities such as bowling and roller skating, where parents participate with their children. Families will also be introduced to programs and services in the area. The program gives youngsters with physical disabilities (as well as volunteer counselors) opportunities to reach new levels of independence, improve strength and endurance, build self-confidence, enhance self-esteem, interact with positive role models, and become involved in the community. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Allied Services Foundation
Clarks Summit, PA 18411-2258
$16,500 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of independent fitness and therapy opportunities for individuals with paralysis in northeastern Pennsylvania. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase and shipment of two Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bikes that will replace the current "aged-out" equipment in order to offer equipment of greater reliability and functionality. Approximately 50 individuals with paralysis will utilize the two FES bikes, including 25 individuals with spinal cord injury and 25 who have experienced stroke or other neurological injury/condition. Individuals with paralysis that use the FES bikes will experience reduced spasticity, increased passive range of motion, improved muscle bulk, improved circulation and fewer pressure sores. These individuals will also have opportunities to connect and socialize with new therapy resources and with peers. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association-Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
$5,000 – Caregiving Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Respite Care Program for persons with ALS and their caregivers. Grant funds will help to provide an extra hour of skilled respite care per month for up to 135 individuals with ALS and their caregivers. Caregivers are at risk of exhaustion, illness, anxiety and depression when balancing the needs of their patients, families, careers and themselves. The program is targeted toward families affected by ALS who do not have the resources available for respite care. When caregivers have the opportunity to relax and recharge, they are better able to provide the necessary care to loved ones. Persons with ALS also appreciate a break from the typical routine of care. In addition, this approach also helps families avoid making nursing home placement of loved ones with ALS. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Arizona Paralyzed Veterans of America
Phoenix, AZ 85013
$10,000 – Durable Medical Equipment – MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a durable medical equipment loan bank for veterans with paralysis and/or mobility limitations caused by spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, ALS and other conditions. The project consists of finding, picking up, and doing small repairs to medical equipment which is then loaned at no charge to community members on a first-come-first served basis. Equipment offered ranges from low-tech devices such as canes to fully-outfitted power wheelchairs with tilt, recline and an attendant control. Shower equipment and transfer aids, including vehicle lifts, pool lifts and Hoyer lifts for inside the home are also offered, as well as adapted athletic equipment. Grant funds will help to fund the purchase of batteries for 10 power wheelchairs; parts for repair of equipment; truck rental and fuel for at least 24 trips in 12 months to pick up and deliver equipment. There are 350 individuals with paralysis-causing conditions that may be served by this project, including veterans and non-veterans. Participants in the program will experience increased independence, comfort, self-reliance and a new resource for sports, outings and peer mentoring. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association
Phoenix, AZ 85034
$10,750 – Consumer Education
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a six-week educational series called Wheeling Towards Independence, designed to empower those with spinal cord injuries to achieve greater independence. Designed by consumers and family members, the series covers topics such as consumer empowerment, prevention of secondary conditions, activities of daily living, sexuality and relationships after SCI, and pain management. Each evening covers two topics and is facilitated by top experts and professionals in the field of spinal cord rehabilitation and education. The educational classes are well attended, with 50-75 individuals attending each evening. Grant funds will support educational materials, peer mentor materials, and accessible transportation for participants to attend classes. Participants experience increased educational and socialization opportunities, thus reducing isolation after injury and fostering peer relationships. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Asians & Pacific Islanders w Disabilities of CA
Los Angeles, CA 90017
$14,000 –Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the 2016 Statewide Disabilities Conference, a unique opportunity for Asian American Islander (API) disability communities to come together with mainstream disability service organizations for advocacy, networking, information sharing, and productive discussion. The two-day conference—perhaps the only of its kind in the country addressing the specific needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse API communities—will host a total of about 400 consumers, including those with paralysis, and with thorough linguistic and assistive accommodations in each panel session. Grant funds will support the following programmatic expenses: assistive/adaptive equipment; facility rental, sign language interpretation, and open captioning. Conference participation, specifically the panel for people with paralysis, will provide API individuals who are paralyzed with increased knowledge about assistive technology options, benefits provided to them (especially with physical therapy) under the Affordable Care Act, and their social and workplace rights, among other resources. This increased knowledge will empower them to seek out the resources suitable to improve their quality of life. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Assistive Technology Of Minnesota dba EquipALife
Maple Plain, MN 55359
$3,000 – Peer Mentoring and Support
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Minnesota AgrAbility 22nd Annual Fenceline Conference, “Protecting the Family Farm.” The annual Fenceline Conference provides opportunities for individuals involved in production agriculture to network and learn how to overcome occupational barriers through the application of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services. Formed to create peer networking, the cornerstone of the conference creates the opportunity to learn about the advances in adapting the environment with the right combination of modifications and tools while building the strength of the peer network with special topics, speakers, team building exercises and vendors demonstrating new products. With the proper tools and modifications a person who is injured, has an illness or has a lifelong condition can complete the day-to-day operations on the farm or in a related occupation such as working in a business which moves grain from the farm to another location for transfer to a food producer. Their quality of life is enhanced by having access to the right tools for the right task. Grant funds will support 20 conference scholarships for farmers with paralysis. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Axis Dance Company
Oakland, CA 94612
$10,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support Dance Access for Adults, a program comprising several dance education and outreach initiatives that engage people with and without disabilities in physically integrated contemporary dance, a powerful dance form, in which people with and without physical disabilities collaborate and perform as equals. Grant funds will support dance scholarships and apprentice stipends. About 150 dancers with and without disabilities will take part in about 20 inMotion classes and workshops. About 30 dancers with and without disabilities will take part in the Summer Intensive and Teacher Training Institute. Two dancers with disabilities will take part in the AXIS Immersion Apprenticeship. Dance is inherently great for the mind, body, and spirit. Participants become part of the AXIS community and form a social and support network. As a non-competitive group activity, dance is a wonderful choice for many as a sport and creative outlet. Apprentices are likely to gain employment and a career dance. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Bottineau Winter Park
Bottineau, ND 58318
$5,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Annie's House Adaptive Recreation Summer Program. By offering summer programing to complement the winter adaptive ski program, a year-round adaptive recreation program will better serve the needs of individuals and veterans with physical and intellectual disabilities as well as their families and caregivers. The grant funds will be used to help fund the installation of an ADA-approved dock to facilitate the use of water craft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards) by individuals with paralysis and their families. Potentially hundreds of individuals with paralysis and mobility impairments will benefit from better access to equipment such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. This would increase independence and help ensure that each person was as successful as possible, enable them to participate in boating safety instruction, and more fully engage in enjoyable recreational opportunities in their community. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Broadscope Disability Services (formerly Cerebral Palsy, Inc.)
Greenfield, WI 53220
$4,625 – Peer Mentoring and Support
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Women's Support Group for women with paralysis. The Women's Support Group was started three years ago by 15 women participants in the Independent Living Program. The women wanted to expand their social lives with structured safe activities, and wanted to meet for activities in the community. Grant funds will help support the salary of the Community Support Coordinator and for accessible transportation for outings. The Community Support Coordinator recruits participants, coordinates transportation to and from activities, administers pre- and post-assessments, and gathers and shares feedback with Director of Programs. In addition meeting twice monthly for peer mentoring sessions, the Women's Group will plan and execute a minimum of 15 activities in the community, with accessible transportation supported by this grant. Community activities may include a bowling night, going to music and cultural festivals in Milwaukee, having a karaoke night, and going to a salon to get their nails done. Members of the group experience decreased feelings of isolation, increased independence, and satisfaction of community engagement. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Bruce Drysdale Elementary School
Hendersonville, NC 28792
$5,000 – Accessible Playground
This Quality of Life grant will help to make the playground at Bruce Drysdale Elementary School accessible to all 479 students and the surrounding community and increase safety for all students and visitors. The playground will host health and fitness workshops, in partnership with Pardee Hospital's Signature Care Center, for children in the community and their families. Grant funds will support ramps and a transfer station. Twelve students who could not previously access the playground will be able to easily access the playground and equipment with their friends. The entire student body benefits from the safe entrance into the playground. The community-at-large benefits from utilizing this inclusive playground as a meeting place for all. This will be the only accessible playground in a 60-mile radius in Henderson County, North Carolina. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Central California Adaptive Sports Center
Shaver Lake, CA 93664
$3,583 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the summer sports program for persons with paralysis. The summer sports program offers kayaking, adaptive mountain biking, fly fishing and camping. Approximately 30 individuals with paralysis will be served, including some veterans; most had spinal cord injury, one athlete had polio. Participants acquire knowledge, skills and experience in outdoor activities in the mountains; they learn basic skills of paddling and kayaking; socialize in new ways, increasing independence and confidence, and decreasing isolation. Grant funds help to underwrite the purchase of two kayaks, two paddles, one woman's personal floatation device, two personal floatation devices, and personnel costs for the program facilitator and the assistant program facilitator. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Centrastate Medical Center
Freehold, NJ 07728
$7,200 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will support the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Wellness Program, a 12-week program that meets for five hours per week and includes a broad range of fitness, wellness, and educational activities for individuals with MS. The program has demonstrated results in the areas of fear-avoidance beliefs regarding physical activity, depression, fatigue, somatization, and pain intensity, as well as improvements in participants' functional status. The grant will help to fund scholarships for the MS Wellness Program for 60 individuals with MS. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19104
$10,814 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Swim Group for Adolescents with Neuromuscular Conditions. This program is aimed at providing an outlet for an age-appropriate leisure activity (swimming group) to adolescents with severe neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy, as well as their caregivers. Group aquatic programs are a particularly effective means of physical activity which enhance not only functional mobility in a safe, buoyancy-assisted environment, but also increase overall self-esteem. Two small recreational swim lesson groups (6-8 participants aged 13-19 years old plus their parents per group) will be formed, aimed at increasing participants' confidence and skill set with swimming. Further, parents will learn effective and safe means to handle their children in the pool to further facilitate independence, and techniques to safely enter and exit pools within their communities, regardless of the handicap-accessibility of the pools. Grant funds will support: a warming cabinet and swim suit dryer to be installed for participant use to increase overall comfort and lessen the burden of functional limitations with dressing before and after the group and specialty flotation devices for each group member for use in the community setting (life jackets chosen are specifically designed for use of larger individuals who have severe motor impairment and/or limited head control); swim fins to assist with propulsion needed to sustain a float position; flip EGGS for each participant (used to prevent choking by providing visual feedback to participants when the correct technique for bubble blowing is used); adult swim diapers to maintain good hygiene; and the balance of funds will help to defray parking costs for families to enable them to participate. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Cody Unser First Step Foundation
Albuquerque, NM 87187
$10,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Changing Lives One Dive At A Time, an adaptive S.C.U.B.A. partnership between the Cody Unser First Step Foundation and Riley Children's Foundation. The initiative will provide 10 adolescents with paralysis-causing conditions who have successfully completed S.C.U.B.A. certification in the program and their 10 certified dive buddies with the opportunity to experience continue their S.C.U.B.A. training and become Open Water S.C.U.B.A. certified divers. More than just a sporting activity, this program is a life lesson that demonstrates accessibility, inclusion, independence, and shows participants that there are no boundaries and no limits to what they can achieve in life. Grant funds will support equipment (Buoyancy Compensation Device, Regulators, Exposure Suits, Masks, Fins. Snorkel, Air Fills, Tanks, & Weight, Air Transport Baggage Fees); supplies (First Aid Kit, Dive Log Books); and travel (air and ground transportation, dive boat and gratuity, lodging and park fees). This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Courage Kenny Foundation
Minneapolis, MN 55422
$8,200 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of the Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise (ABLE) , a cutting-edge rehabilitation program for people living with paralysis and other neurological conditions, designed to promote functional recovery and improve health and quality of life. The ABLE program is one of six community fitness and wellness facilities within the Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network (NRN), and the only provider of activity-based exercise programs in the five-state region. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of two Nustep recumbent cross trainers with accessories for users that have neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. This equipment will increase participation and access of individuals with spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions in ABLE, greatly reducing the current waiting time to get into the program. Approximately 125 people will participate in ABLE annually, and will experience increased participation in the community; decreased isolation and depression; increased self-esteem; increased ability to control weight and stress; fewer bladder infections and pressure sores and potentially regained sensation and some motor function below the level of injury. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Courage League Sports
Urbandale, IA 50323
$9,300 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support recreational sports and fitness programming for children and adults with disabilities who may not be finding success or satisfaction in traditional programs in the community. Courage League offers traditional adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, volleyball, soccer, and tennis, as well as new technology called "exer-gaming," rock climbing, and cycling. Participants can join leagues, participate in open gym, join scheduled programs and classes, or simply come work out on their own in the 12,000 square foot indoor facility houses a gym, adaptive equipment, and exer-gaming technology, all of which are used in programming delivered by an occupational therapist. To enable more participants to join the power soccer league, grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of two power soccer wheelchairs and two power soccer wheelchair guards. Approximately 47 children and adults with paralysis will be able to utilize the equipment, and will benefit from increased participation, improved fitness and wellness, increased independence and confidence, and improved socialization and relationships gained through team or group sport. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

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Double H Ranch
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
$6,500 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Camp Inspiration, a week-long camp for children that require breathing assistance using a ventilator or CPAP machine. The entire family participates in all residential camp programming, providing all family members a traditional camp experience in the Adirondacks. Approximately 63 people will attend Camp Inspiration, including 15 qualifying children, 21 family members, and 30 medical caregivers. Campers participate in activities such as swinging on the Giant Swing in the high ropes course, swimming, arts and crafts, fishing, archery, camp dance, talent show, hands-on science, outdoor cooking, and campfire. Medical and operations teams work together to provide a full camper experience. Campers build confidence, become more self-reliant, and improve their social skills as they experience the same joys of childhood as other children, and learn friendship skills, independence, teamwork, family citizenship, interest in exploration, and responsibility. Grant funds will help to support costs for counselors and medical staff; equipment for the ropes course; arts and crafts; swimming and nature programs; and medical supplies. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Easter Seal Society Of Iowa
Des Moines, IA 50313
$6,991 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Inclusive Wellness Initiative, a collaboration with the Wellmark YMCA that offers inclusive health and wellness activities such as sessions with a personal trainer to develop individual health and wellness plans; group exercise classes that are inclusive and/or modified; peer support gatherings, one-on-one support services, and an Adaptive Boot Camp. The Inclusive Wellness Initiative will be open to persons with any paralysis-causing condition. It is estimated that at least 88 individuals with paralysis will participate, plus 40 family members and/or caregivers. To address the client-identified barrier of cost, in order to include as many persons with paralysis, their families, and caregivers, there will be no fees involved to participate in the program. Further, while individuals with paralysis are participating in the Initiative, they will have access to all Wellmark YMCA activities free of charge. At the end of the program, participants will be assisted in obtaining a scholarship or financial assistance for YMCA membership, as needed. Grant funds will support adaptive equipment accessories (2 pairs of lifting hooks, 2 sets of Velcro straps for bikes); consultant costs for physical therapists to create personal fitness plans and provide Adapted Boot Camp; travel expenses for 10 support group meetings, 12 coordination meetings, and 12 outreach meetings. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Endless Possibilities For The Disabled
DelRay Beach, FL 33446-1053
$19,500 – Adapted Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support adapted sports programs for individuals with paralysis. The wheelchair basketball program, one of eight competitive adapted sports currently offered (rugby, basketball, goal ball, sitting volleyball, boccia, sled hockey, hand cycling, golf) will be enhanced by the purchase of six basketball wheelchairs that will replace six outdated and non-functioning wheelchairs. The wheelchair basketball team that already practices will be able to practice more safely, and more players can join. With a core of six basketball wheelchairs, at least twelve different players can play (6 each on 2 teams). Grant funds will also support ice time for the Tiger Sharks sled hockey team. There are 8 team players that play regularly, and more community members that participate. Grant funds will support 2 hours of ice time per month ($300 per hour) for ice time for each of the 9 months of the hockey season. Endless Possibilities is the only recreational organization to offer adaptive sports in Palm Beach, Broward, and Martin Counties. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
Lake Forest, IL 60045
$6,860 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Healthy and Active Weekends Program, which provides sport, recreation, and health and wellness programming to individuals with paralysis and other physical disabilities. The program is designed to teach sport skills while also empowering participants to set goals, be independent and live life without being limited by their disability. Over 400 hours of physical activity, sport and recreation programming will be offered to 125 individuals with paralysis. Over 12 different sports offered include: track and field, tennis, wheelchair basketball, goalball, boccia, power lifting, swimming, sled hockey, yoga, power soccer and wheelchair floor hockey. Further, participants will receive guidance on healthy lifestyle topics including healthy eating, appropriate self-care and more. Utilizing the proven 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Nutrition Program, coaches and mentors will create connections and provide on-going follow up so participants are able to achieve long term health enhancement through lifestyle choices. Peer mentoring will be provided by adults with physical disabilities so youth or those newly acquiring a disability can receive support and guidance surrounding the many challenges that often accompany disability. Grant funds will support coaches for power soccer and wheelchair basketball; travel for power soccer tournament; facility rental for wheelchair basketball; and outreach and marketing materials. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Grossmont Hospital Foundation
La Mesa, CA 91942-3019
$4,320 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Wheelchair Dancing Program, which brings ballroom, Latin, and contemporary dance to wheelchair users throughout San Diego County; empowering and benefitting the body, mind, and spirit of all participants. The program will serve approximately 48 individuals with paralysis (40 with spinal cord injury, 3 with stroke, 5 with permanent disabling injuries requiring use of wheelchair). The 48 volunteer dance partners do not have paralysis-causing conditions. Classes are offered to patients of the rehabilitation program as well as non-patients. Grant funds will support specialized lessons and wheelchair adaptation. Aside from helping to integrate disability and dancing, wheelchair dance is a sport which provides its participants great health benefits. Regardless of the kind of physical disability, doing regular wheelchair exercise helps with weight management, increases muscular strength, flexibility, improves mobility, and benefits heart and lung function. Wheelchair users have reported feeling more confident and able-bodied. Some have even reported needing less physical therapy due to the workout they get during wheelchair dancing classes. Wheelchair dancing is a great opportunity to enhance a fitness program while socializing. Wheelchair dancing provides participants with inspiration. Some dancers progress to national and regional wheelchair dance competitions. Wheelchair dancing also emphasizes to the public a positive, approachable image of the person using a wheelchair. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Grounds For Sculpture
Hamilton, NJ 08619
$3,500 – Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the All Access Best Practices Training Conference for Cultural Programs, a two-day accessibility best practices conference. The resulting teaching tools will be distributed free of charge to cultural arts organizations to improve their ADA plans to increase services and programs for all visitors. The project will bring together experts in accessibility programming and services, and more than 200 staff and volunteers from over 80 cultural arts organizations, including theatres, museums, galleries and gardens throughout New Jersey. Participants exchange ideas, generate new strategies, and participant in hands-on training to increase the quality and quantity of accessibility services for the public who visit these institutions. By documenting the hands-on sessions and the outcomes from these workshops, producing multi-media resources, and distributing on the Internet, this project has the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of people across the state, the nation, and worldwide. Grant funds will support rental of a mobility vehicle, fees for expert speaker on wheelchair accessibility, and volunteer funding. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Health & Disability Advocates
Chicago, IL 60606
$6,000 – Employment Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Think Beyond the Label, which seeks to create a more inclusive workforce of people with disabilities through increasing the capacity of employers to recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities, providing important resources for job seekers with disabilities, and connecting jobseekers with disabilities with the businesses looking to hire them. There are potentially 2,100 individuals with paralysis that will be served by this project. Grant funds will support contractor costs for Brazen Careerist, which will host online networking events through their existing platform. One networking event will recruit jobseekers with disabilities who have education and experience in high demand industries and a pool of recruiters who are looking to expand their outreach to include educated and experienced jobseekers with disabilities – a segment of the disability recruiting pool to which they report having difficulty connecting. A second networking session will feature jobseekers with disabilities that are educated but have little or no work experience and jobseekers with disabilities that have more than 10 years of experience and are currently employed or recently employed, with the goal for jobseekers to share resources, experiences and advice through text-based chats. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Heritage Valley Partners
Scranton, PA 18505
$18,000 – Accessible Playground
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the installation of the Green Ridge Trailhead Park and Playground, an accessible playground along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, a 70-plus mile multi-purpose trail system from the New York border that follows the river through Susquehanna, Wayne, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties and connects more than 30 communities. “Art on the Trail” has focused on adding sculptures on the trail. As the popularity of the trail grows, the trail heads are being developed into parks and playgrounds to facilitate further community events. The organization also leads economic development initiatives, historic preservation projects and conservation education programs. The project will consist of nature-based and natural play areas, playground equipment for children 2-12 years old, an accessible glider for all ages, safety fencing, ADA walkways and bicycle paths, sidewalks, parking lot, river access improvements, interpretive/educational signage, pavilion, accessible picnic tables, and benches. It is estimated that 4,200 community members with paralysis and their caregivers will utilize the playground and nature areas. Grant funds will support the purchase and installation of the AeroGlider, which accommodates up to two individuals who use a wheelchair as well as family and friends together. The equipment will be installed in a very easy-to-access section of the city that will allow for maximum use. The equipment will provide an opportunity for inclusive fun for all ages regardless of the need to utilize a mobility device. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Hunkapi Program
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
$13,800 – Caregiving Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will support caregiver support program simultaneously with recreational programming (therapeutic riding and horticultural therapy) for individuals with disabilities. While other programs in the area may offer therapeutic riding, this program is unique in that it combines therapeutic riding benefits with equine-assisted psychotherapy and mindfulness programs, and alternative therapies (such as horticulture therapy), thereby offering services benefitting the whole person – mind, body, and soul. The project aims to serve 30 individuals with paralysis-causing conditions and 30 caregivers. This project will provide 30 caregivers a brief but tremendously potent break were they will learn strategies to control stress, reduce depression, find support and increase both self-compassion as well as compassion for individuals with disabilities. Each 8-week caregiver program will offer a one-and-a-half-hour program focusing on mindfulness techniques and equine therapy. A counselor as well as an equine specialist will participate in all programming sessions. Additionally, in each session, tangible examples will be given on how to apply the principles learned when returning to the home. Each week, participants will share how the concepts learned have been applied the week prior. Grant funds will support the costs of two horses for the caregiver program and liability insurance. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Independent Living Services Of Ashtabula County
Euclid, OH 44132
$15,000 – Home Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Accessibility Services and Supports: Bridging Barriers to Independent Living. The Accessibility Services and Supports program is part of a larger ADA and Accessibility program which provides ADA assessments to community entities, and provides information to the individuals with disabilities about available assistive devices, equipment and accommodations to make accessing the community easier. In addition, the program provides the actual devices, minor accommodations, temporary ramps and low-cost home modifications to improve access within homes or participation in the community. Priority for this program is given to participants of the HOME Choice program, which is Ohio's Money-Follows-the-Person project, for individuals transitioning from a nursing home to a more independent living situation in the community. Grant funds will support the assistive technology, aides and devices portion of the program, including such examples as: widening doors, double strollers for infants who used ventilators, grab bars, rollators, tub transfer benches, and a threshold ramp. This equipment enables individuals to more easily maneuver within their homes and to access with dignity the community as they choose. The project will serve 20-25 individuals with paralysis, who will experience greater confidence in their ability to live independently in the community, and decreased isolation and depression. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Innovation Institute
Duncanville, TX 75137
$10,550 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Karts R Us and The Ride of Your Life programs, where individuals who use wheelchairs, called Innovators, are employed to build adapted golf carts and give rides to children who use wheelchairs and their siblings at camps and other events, accompanied by brief lessons about motorized vehicles. These activities increase the self-confidence and skills of all involved, and teach social skills, teamwork, time management, how to follow directions, listening skills, and how to hold a job. It is estimated that 173 individuals will benefit from this project, including 3 adult Innovators, 56 children that use wheelchairs (14 with multiple sclerosis, 16 with spina bifida, 14 with cerebral palsy, 10 with spinal cord injury, 2 with stroke, 75 siblings), and 39 caregivers. Grant funds will support the personnel costs for the 3 Innovators, and the lease of the Kart trailers for events. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Iowa Sports Foundation
Ames, IA 50010
$14,300 – Adapted Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Sports Iowa (ASI) Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) team, which pairs team members with physical disabilities with physically-abled riders to complete the seven-day RAGBRA. The ASI team was created out of a need to remove the accessibility barriers experienced by cyclists with physical disabilities or visual impairments to allow athletes with disabilities who love cycling the opportunity to participate in one of Iowa's most well-known and best-loved sporting events. Grant funds will support transportation expenses, including charter of a wheelchair-accessible bus to transport team members to and from the site at the start and conclusion of the event, and rental of a vehicle to transport equipment and supplies to and from the event, team jerseys, and team member lodging. The team comprises 70 members, 16 of whom have paralysis. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Keshet Dance Company
Albuquerque, NM 87110
$5,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Nutcracker on the Rocks, Keshet's original, holiday performance which provides the opportunity for individuals with physical disabilities to fully experience the joy of dance. While dancers explore space—and their wheelchairs—in new ways, the integration of so many levels and abilities (dancers with disabilities and without, professionals and beginners of all shapes, ages, and sizes) shatters preconceptions about what defines a dancer, builds understanding and appreciation of diversity, and fosters long-term mentoring relationships. Approximately 530 individuals will be served by the project, including 25 dancers with spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, or cerebral palsy, 50 parental caregivers, 25 siblings, 215 audience members with paralysis-causing conditions, and 215 audience member caregivers. Grant funds will support a portion of the salary of the Artistic Director, who choreographs the performance and oversees all planning, training, rehearsals and production efforts. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Liberty Place, Inc.
Whitehall, MT 59759
$7,758 – Transportation Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Liberty Place/Whitehall Public Transportation Program Capital Assistance Match, enabling the purchase of a new 12-passenger ADA compliant state-of-the-art Para-Transit Bus to replace the 18-year old 1997 Bus. Grant requirements from the Montana Department of Transportation this year stipulate a 14% match, which is $7,757.54 of the $55,411 grant award to purchase a new ADA compliant 12 passenger Para-Transit Bus. The Whitehall Public Transportation is the only public transit and the only ADA-compliant public transportation in the 1,600 rural service area to accommodate wheelchair accessibility lifts, safe and efficient transportation, courteous service, capable drivers, convenience, curb-to-curb service and personalized door-to-door service for people with disabilities, seniors and all members of the community. It is estimated that over 500 individuals with paralysis will utilize the accessible transportation service provided by the new bus, enabling them to get to medical appointments, for myriad therapy appointments, classes, activities, vocational rehabilitation, and recreation. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Life Waters
St. Louis, MO 63123
$7,500 – Adaptive Sports - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a program that teaches S.C.U.B.A. to veterans and non-veterans with paralysis. Grant funds will support the S.C.U.B.A. training course for 30 individuals with paralysis. The project will promote independence, inclusion, confidence, and teamwork, and will decrease isolation and depression. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Matheny Medical and Educational Center
Peapack, NJ 07977
$5,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Matheny's Arts Access Program, which provides people with cerebral palsy and other immobilizing disabilities the freedom to express themselves in the visual and performing arts. This project will support the expansion of Arts Access services at Matheny and extend Arts Access programming to other organizations that serve children and adults with significant disabilities. The Arts Access program is housed in a fully accessible studio, gallery and 250-seat professional theater. The program is supported by the NJ State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Arts Access employs professional artists as 1:1 facilitators who assist participants in the creation of their work. The facilitators are trained to remain completely neutral in the art-making process, ensuring that the work that emerges is solely representative of clients' creative visions. Because they are so heavily dependent on others for their personal care and mobility, even routine decisions can be attenuated or entirely out of the control of people with paralysis. The impact of Arts Access's programming on the quality of life of people with paralysis can therefore be profound. Having freedom of choice and complete control over a creative process becomes a liberating way for these individuals to make decisions and direct the outcome of something meaningful in their lives. When an artwork or performance is then presented to an audience that responds with appreciation and wonder at what a person with profound disabilities can express and achieve, the artist experiences pride, a sense of personal accomplishment and empowerment, and a feeling of connection and belonging in the world. Grant funds will support artist facilitator fees for painting and dance. At least 125 of the individuals to be served at Matheny (98 inpatients and 27 group home residents) and approximately 65 individuals to be served in other settings (personal residences, day programs, schools) are people with paralysis. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Merlin's Kids
Midland Park, NJ 07432
$7,000 – Service Animal Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support capacity building for this all-volunteer organization that professionally trains shelter dogs to become certified service, therapy and companion animals that are placed for free with injured service members of the United States military, crime victims and children with mobility impairments and special needs, in order to comfort, protect and assist them with their daily needs and activities. Grant funds will support veterinary care and transportation costs. Approximately 8 individuals with paralysis will be served by this project, increasing their independence, community engagement, and confidence, while decreasing isolation and depression. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

MetroHealth Foundation
Cleveland, OH 44109-1998
$10,000 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Independence Way Laboratory, a state-of-the-art, high profile laboratory that facilitates collaboration between investigators, physicians, and patients which will support a strong interaction between clinical treatment and research studies. The Laboratory will increase the ability for each patient to have increased independence in the home, work, and community. Approximately 325 individuals per year will be served by the project. The laboratory is an environment available for training and preparing patients for their return home. It will feature a house-like setting complete with a kitchen, bedroom, living room and bathroom, and it offers patients a chance to practice routines and skills necessary for independent living with rehabilitation staff available to assist, if necessary. This starts with becoming independent in daily hygiene activities and eating, to being able to get things off of shelves, cook meals, etc. Independence Way provides a safe environment for patients to become proficient in various daily activities and be confident in attempting new tasks before they have to try something new “in public.” The Independence Way Laboratory can be used for all research, inpatient, and outpatient persons to maximize use regardless of their condition. This laboratory can help patients return to the community faster by increasing the efficiency of their therapeutic program. Grant funds will underwrite installation of kitchen cabinets and counter top and a Wii gaming system. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Mississippi Youth Wheelchair League
Canton, MS 39046-6041
$12,900 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of sports programming offered to children that use wheelchairs in Mississippi. Building on the wheelchair basketball program—the first organized wheelchair sports initiative in Mississippi—grant funds will be used to acquire 5 sports wheelchairs for wheelchair tennis and 2 hand cycles to start a hand cycling program. Currently there are two wheelchair basketball teams: a Prep Team for ages 5 to 12, and a Varsity Team for ages 13 through high school graduation. A Tiny Tots program will be created for children under 5 years old who use wheelchairs. Wheelchair tennis and track will be added to engage more children who use wheelchairs to get outside and give them the confidence in sports. The project will focus on physical strength, self-confidence, teamwork, skill building, and fun with other children. At least 15 children with paralysis or other mobility impairments will be served. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project
Monterey, CA 93940
$7,350 – Fitness and Wellness Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Water Aerobics Program for individuals living with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. This program is offered for free to families living with Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's disease in Monterey County. The program is led by an in-water trainer, who directs clients in an aerobic program for stimulating circulation through arms and legs, working on stretching and balance, and providing a comfortable environment for exercise and camaraderie. Grant funds will support pool rental for one year to facilitate lap swimming and water aerobics programming, and will enable the program to expand from 18 to 22 participants living with either Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's Disease and their family caregivers. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Maywood, NJ 07607
$3,350 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the MDA New Jersey Summer Camp, a week-long overnight camp for children with neuromuscular disease that offers a fun and safe outdoor experience, along with opportunities to engage in a variety of activities such as swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and much more at absolutely no cost to the families. MDA staff and volunteers assume all camper care, including physical and emotional support, which allows the children to stretch their comfort zones and grow in independence. The real benefits come in a much subtler form—lifelong friendships, increased self-esteem and confidence, and the chance to spend at least one week of the year in a place where physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception. They discover that they can succeed and have a life away from their parents and this opens the door to the possibility of a future and even college. Approximately 53 families with children that have neuromuscular conditions will be served. Grant funds will support rental of 6 hoyer lifts and 6 hospital beds, and accessible transportation for campers. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
$10,000 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to support MDA of Salt Lake Summer Camp 2015, which will provide a summer camp experience to 100 children with degenerative neuromuscular diseases. The camp will offer the children opportunities to experience swimming, fishing, therapy horses, zip-line, rock climbing, and ropes course. At summer camp, children with disabilities experience an inclusionary environment, where they build friendships with other children like themselves who have a wide range of abilities and limitations. For one week, they feel complete acceptance, and learn to enjoy and accept every individual for their unique personality and strengths. They learn that they are not dependent on their parents to be successful in daily living activities, and learn how to communicate when they need assistance. With the addition of exciting and challenging activities, children will learn to try new experiences. They will learn that it is okay to face their fears, go outside their comfort zone, and try something new. They will have positive first-time experiences that will give them courage and confidence to try other new things at school and in life. As they return to summer camp each year, their vision of themselves changes. They realize that they can be confident, independent adults, not restricted by their disability from any experience they wish to have. Grant funds will help to support rental of a totally accessible camp facility. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Michigan Chapter
Southfield, MI 48076
$2,000 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Stay Fit with MS, a physical activity scholarship program designed to help clients address the daily challenges of living with MS. These scholarships are offered to clients with MS in rural and underserved communities throughout the state of Michigan for yoga, swimming, stretching, pilates, tai chi, and other exercises classes. At least 20 additional individuals with MS will be served with scholarships to enable them to participate in the wellness initiatives of their choice. Participants will experience increased arm and leg strength, improved workout endurance, and improved bowel and bladder control, as well as improved spasticity and balance. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

National Sports Center For The Disabled
Denver, CO 80204-1780
$11,000 – Fitness and Wellness Program - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the year-round therapeutic sports program that helps to improve the fitness and overall quality of life for individuals with paralysis. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of an Alpine sit ski to accommodate skiers with paralysis and accessible travel expenses to enable individuals with paralysis to participate in activities. Approximately 665 individuals with paralysis will be served by the project, including approximately 25 individuals that are veterans with paralysis. Participants improve physical, social and emotional functioning; develop skills needed to enhance independence for community living and a higher quality of life; prevent declines in physical and psychological functioning, and as a result, reduce the need for health care services and reduce secondary disability and associated health care costs. Participants with spinal cord injury discover emotional and physical freedom and the common bond with friends and family through recreation and sport. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Navarino Nature Center
Shiocton, WI 54170
$10,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the installation of an accessible boardwalk and hardened surface trail at this community nature center, which will lead to an increase in programs and participation by individuals and groups that have physical limitations. Visitors and participants will feel increased independence, increased sense of wonder of nature, relaxation and connectivity. Initially at least 46 known individuals with paralysis-causing conditions will be served, and this will increase as awareness of the accessible facility spreads through the surrounding geographical area. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Neu-Life Community Development
Milwaukee, WI 53205
$5,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support increased accessibility of the community youth center with the installation of an elevator to better serve youth and families with paralysis that live in neighborhoods that have the highest poverty and crime rates in the city. The elevator will enable the center to truly operate as an inclusive center, where individuals with paralysis can participate in programming and events alongside their able-bodied peers in the only community center in the neighborhood which offers drug, alcohol, and violence prevention programming free of charge. At least 100 individuals with paralysis will be served. The facility hosts after school programming and community events for organizations including the Bethel Baptist Church (located next door). Arts education, academic enrichment and life skills, health and wellness, service learning and entrepreneurship, and community action programming are offered to youth with paralysis and ambulatory difficultly alongside their able-bodied peers. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Newbury Park High School
Newbury Park, CA 91320
$1,778 – Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Newbury Park Sustainable Garden Project, which will provide an outdoor classroom to all students at the school, but will be immediately accessible to students in the special education classes. Two of the students are wheelchair users. Students in these classrooms will cultivate the garden and interact with it in ways that promote scientific and geological contexts. Grant funds will support the installation of raised garden beds. The garden will be accessible to the entire school and other programs such as the culinary arts, art, photography, journalism, science, and math classes. By bringing students outside the special education program into the garden and promoting interaction between the different student populations, awareness and tolerance will be modeled and encouraged. This will help bridge any social or cultural divides between student populations and enhance the positive social and learning environment of the school by creating inclusion. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

NYS Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation
Albany, NY 12233
$12,111 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a beach accessibility initiative that will enable park visitors to safely get to and into the water. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of three Hippocampe wheelchairs, allowing individuals with paralysis to access the beautiful beaches, campgrounds and miles of trails at the state parks of New York. The equipment will provide increased independence, increased enjoyment of nature and aquatic activities, and increased community engagement for entire families, and it is anticipated that at least 100 individuals will be served in the first season alone. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Operation Homefront
San Antonio, TX 78232
$5,475 – Caregiving Initiative - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Hearts of Valor, a program that serves the spouses and family caregivers of paralyzed, injured, and ill United States service members impacted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hearts of Valor provides an online caregiver community with password-protected forums; in-person, community-based peer-to-peer support groups; caregiver respite opportunities; a monthly educational newsletter; and all-expenses-paid caregiver retreats. Grant funds will support travel and lodging expenses for 5 Hearts of Valor caregivers to attend the caregivers retreat, where experts in various aspects of caregiving and relationship building will enhance caregiver skills and knowledge to cope with specific challenges relating to paralysis. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Pheasants Forever, Dane County Chapter
Fitchburg, WI 53711
$15,110 – Fitness and Wellness Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Access Ability Wisconsin (AAW) All-Terrain Wheelchair Equal Outdoors Access Initiative. This project will increase outdoor access for birdwatchers, hunters, and nature lovers by providing a tool for people with disabilities to access land for hunting or hiking in the woods with family and friends. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair and accompanying trailer that will be used by a minimum of 25 individuals in the project period (one year), and by many more in subsequent years. AAW (a chapter of Pheasants Forever, Dane County Chapter), acquired the first all-terrain wheelchair and accompanying trailer in Dane County in 2014, and it is utilized on a regular basis by veterans and non-veterans with physical disabilities. AAW is purchasing a third all-terrain wheelchair from other funding sources. More than 20,000 mobility challenged individuals who reside in Dane County will benefit by having these three all-terrain wheelchairs available, as well as visitors to the area. People with mobility challenges will be able to experience the outdoors in ways that are currently impossible, and will be able to participate in family outings and community events that they could not before. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC)
Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328-9614
$15,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the EcoZone! Discovery Room, which provides dozens of hands-on, interactive environmental learning opportunities for 24,000 annual visitors, that complements the outdoor classrooms in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. PEEC is one of the oldest, most well-respected and recognized residential environmental education centers in the northeastern United States, and services and program offerings are unduplicated in the area. Grant funds will support the purchase and installation of a wheelchair lift, allowing wheelchair access to all of the exhibits and activities in the EcoZone! While many of the exhibits are accessible and can be interacted with from a wheelchair, some of the exhibits are not currently able to be accessed by ramp and are therefore inaccessible via wheelchair. Visitors in wheelchairs participating in EcoZone! Programs are currently unable to experience the life-size walk-in Beaver Lodge, nor the walk-in Bat Cave. These are the flagship exhibits, and consistently receive positive feedback from EcoZone! visitors. The grant will allow those with paralysis who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices to be taken through the Beaver Lodge and Bat Cave, increasing a feeling of participation, as well as providing further learning opportunities. PEEC offers fully inclusive summer resident camp programs, year-round inclusive outdoor programs and year-round accessible facilities dedicated to and appropriate for wheelchair users. New in 2015 will be a fully accessible quarter-mile hiking trail and ADA compliant amenities including a campfire ring, wayside exhibits and gazebo with benches, tables and mounted spotting scope. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

PTA Kentucky Congress
Lexington, KY 40513
$10,000 – Accessible Playground
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Rosa Parks Elementary Accessible Playground Project. At Rosa Parks Elementary, children with mobility challenges are kept off the playground at recess due to safety concerns, while their fellow students enjoy the freedom and interaction that the play structure provides. The current woodchip mulch surface is uneven and presents mobility hazards. The play equipment does not allow for easy transfers from wheelchairs onto or around the playground. As a result, children with mobility impairments essentially are isolated from their peers. Grant funds will help to underwrite smooth ground surfacing to enable students that use wheelchairs to play with their classmates. At least 15 children that use wheelchairs out of the 500 kindergarten-aged children in the area will be served in the first year of the project. The new playground will be a safe place where all students can challenge themselves and work toward independence. The playground will allow them to demonstrate their current and evolving skills to their families, friends, teachers, and peers in a positive, inclusive environment. The new playground will be open to the public after school hours and on weekends, and with its new features will be a wonderful beacon, welcoming children of all abilities from not only the 2,500 residents of the neighborhood but also from the Lexington community at large. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Push to Walk
Riverdale, NJ 07405-1715
$5,399 – Fitness and Wellness Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a community fitness program for individuals with spinal cord injury and other paralysis-causing conditions, to enable them to work on improving strength, function and independence. Grant funds will support training of trainers to take the NeuroRecoveryNetwork (NRN) Locomotor and Pediatric Locomotor Training, and will help to underwrite the purchase of adapted equipment (6 adjustable knee braces, one pair of forearm shells with arm cuffs for the MotoMed arm ergometer, one pair of hook grips, 6 wrist cups) for the ongoing community fitness program. The equipment to be purchased will enable more clients to use the MotoMed bike more safely and effectively. Having two additional trainers complete NRN Locomotor Training will elevate the level of service provided to current and future clients, ensuring that the trainers have the highest knowledge level available, understand the science-based theories and principles behind the techniques, have the hands-on skills needed to incorporate the principles of locomotor training during patient evaluation and progression, and be able to effectively integrate locomotor training into the existing comprehensive exercise program. In addition to all of the above benefits, the Pediatric Locomotor Training Course will provide the scientific basis for this activity-based therapy promoting neuromuscular activation, recovery, and development of age-appropriate motor skills, increasing the capacity to serve more children (ages one-12 years) with spinal cord injury, brain injury, or cerebral palsy. A total of three trainers will complete the Locomotor Training Course (two for the adult course, one for the pediatric), and all three trainers will share their knowledge with other staff members (5 additional trainers, 4 aides and student interns). This knowledge will benefit at least 52 clients as the walking component of their workout will be more skillfully delivered. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Quadriplegics United Against Dependency (QUAD) Inc.
Portland, OR 98239-3820
$5,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Essential Quality-of-Life Features for Accessible, Affordable Housing, an independent living initiative for individuals with quadriplegia. QUAD Inc. has four apartment buildings serving 85 low-income residents with severe disabilities. The paralysis-causing conditions of residents include spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and birth defects. Over 90% of applicants seek to move from rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, adult foster care, or from their parent's homes into these affordable, accessible private apartments. Pioneers in the field of independent living, QUAD Inc. provides barrier-free housing and a unique model of resident-directed attendant care services at four buildings throughout the Portland, Oregon, area. This is the only organization of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and one of only a few similar organizations in the entire country. For most residents, QUAD Inc. facilities provide the first opportunity to live in their own homes, make daily lifestyle choices for themselves, work or volunteer in the community, or pursue an education with the reliable support they need to be successful. Grant funds will help to underwrite the cost to install electronic door openers to facilitate independent access into the apartment buildings. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Quality Living, Inc.
Omaha, NE 68104
$4,033 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Expansion of Activity-Based Therapy Opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injury in order to increase the number of individuals with paralysis to be served, to better meet clients' needs, and promote optimal functional recovery, independence, and quality of life for individuals living with paralysis. The project will serve at least 30 individuals with paralysis and 40 individuals with traumatic brain injury. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of two Krankcycles. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Rainbow Center 4H Therapeutic Riding
Haymarket, VA 20168
$15,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Universal Sensory Integration Playground, for students and their families to enjoy before and after lessons and during the many special events hosted all year at the center. The playground will be fully accessible and include safe surfaces and activities for children that use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. The Center offers two ADA- equipped bathrooms; a caretaker's cottage; several out buildings; paddocks; a paved parking area; a lighted indoor riding arena with a mounting system to accommodate Wounded Warriors recuperating at Walter Reed National Medical Center, larger adult and high school participants, and more severely disabled students. The Universal / Sensory Integration Playground is designed to maximize accessibility for all. Students with paralysis will be able to enjoy some of the same play activities as their siblings. Wheelchair accessible paths and equipment designed to enable people in wheelchairs to maneuver easily in, out, around and onto the equipment either independently or with minimal assistance will be installed. Grant funds will help to support the installation of rubberized smooth surfacing for the playground. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Ride On St Louis
Imperial, MO 63052
$2,400 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support capacity building to enable more individuals with paralysis to be served in the Wounded Warriors program, as well as therapy, adaptive sports and camp programs at this PATH Premier Certified center. Grant funds will support staff time to train a new therapy horse that will be able to better accommodate adult riders, thereby increasing the number of therapy hours provided to current riders and decreasing the wait time for individuals on the waiting list to receive services. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Roll Call Wheelchair Dance
River Vale, NJ 07675
$7,200 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support integrated ballroom dance instruction for wheelchair users and partners that are not wheelchair users. Dancers' quality of life will be improved for people who use wheelchairs because they will receive the same dance instruction, competitive training and social opportunities as are commonly offered through ballroom dance studios and performing arts studios to the general public. Becoming part of a dance program provides many social benefits as well as the physical and mental health benefits of becoming more physically active to individuals with mobility challenges. Demand for classes, social dances and performances continues to increase, and program expansion is critical to help meet that demand. Grant funds will support costs for dance instructors and assistant dance instructors for 24 sessions, serving 150-200 individuals with paralysis and their partners. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

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Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29
Mar Lin, PA 17951
$3,728 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Transfer and Mobility Supports for Children Improvement Project. Grant funds will support the purchase of a TRAM, a portable device designed to support transitions between sitting, standing and walking. The goal of the OT/PT program is to provide services to students in the special and regular education setting to ensure that students achieve their educational goals. The project will serve children with physical disabilities, including paralysis, in grades Kindergarten through twelfth grade that receive OT/PT services. The portability of the TRAM further maximizes the equipment's impact on the program as the equipment will be utilized at many school sites across the county, and children benefit from improved services—especially gait training, and eased position transitions. At least 60 children will benefit from the TRAM equipment. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Self-Reliance, Inc.
Tampa, FL 33604
$5,000 – Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support three separate wheelchair repair clinics for consumers in the Hillsborough County. Staff from Self Reliance and local durable medical equipment partners will assess the repair and maintenance needs of people who utilize wheelchairs or power-chairs, and where possible, conduct needed repairs. Where required, repair appointments will be scheduled for a later date. At least 30 individuals with paralysis will benefit from the wheelchair repair clinics. The service of maintaining and repairing mobility equipment is crucial to the independence and quality of life for three primary reasons: 1) proper maintenance of custom-fitted mobility equipment is critical to preventing health complications; 2) because the replacement guidelines for most wheelchair providers are 5-year replacements, the chairs must be properly maintained to serve out their full life span; 3) properly functioning mobility equipment can prevent isolation of people with disabilities, and dangerous “strandings.” This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Shake-A-Leg Miami
Miami, FL 33133
$12,500 – Fitness and Wellness Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Center for Health and Wellness, a fully accessible community center that will provide an Adaptive Water Sport Recreational and Sports Program, Adaptive Physical Fitness Programs and Health and Wellness Educational Workshops. Grant funds will help to support the purchase of adaptive fitness equipment, including an adapted rowing shell and related equipment, Fitness Synergy 360 equipment, and Pilates equipment. At least 100 people with paralysis-causing conditions (including spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy and other neural-muscular disorders) will be served. The emphasis will be on serving children (ages 6 years - 22 years) with disabilities during the summer months and adults with disabilities year-round. Wounded veterans and their families will be served by programs year-round as well. People who are paralyzed will be able to participate in physical fitness and health activities in an integrated and accessible setting, with accessibility to one of Southern Florida's most important natural resource, Biscayne Bay. Through structured adaptive water sports programs, physical fitness activities and health and wellness education, participants will not only benefit from increased activities and health and wellness knowledge gained but they will also receive the healing power of water due to the proximity of to the Bay. All participants will be assured that programs will be conducted in a comfortable and safe manner, thus building self-trust and confidence as well as the desire to improve personal health and wellness. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Sled Dog Sanctuary
Talkeetna, AK 99676
$13,500 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Dog Mushing Project, designed to enable the sport of dog mushing to be accessible to anyone with a disability. There are many businesses in the area offering dog sled rides but this is the only nonprofit devoted specifically to special needs groups like Challenge Alaska and the Wounded Transitional Battalion in Anchorage. Dog mushing holds a rich history within Alaska. In many areas, sled dogs were the sole means of transportation, making life possible for settlers as well as the native people. Today sled dogs still maintain a vital role in the exploration of Alaska. With dogs at their side, and a bit of adaptive equipment, a person with limited mobility can feel free to go anywhere and explore any trail in the state. The feeling of traveling with the aid of dog power is freeing and uplifting. Many who feel fearful about exploring the woods on their own find new strength with a dog companion(s) who they are familiar with. In the cold dark months of Alaskan winters, many people suffer from depression and often times will seclude themselves indoors, making the condition worse. For those living with disability, the temptation to remain indoors increases as well as the onset and severity of their depression. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of an adapted dog sled, with which no trail need be off limits to individuals with paralysis. At least 8 known individuals with paralysis will be served by the project, and potentially many more in seasons to come. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Slippery Rock University Foundation
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
$5,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Certified Disability Sport Specialist (CDSS) programs for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Adapted Physical Activity Program (APA) at Slippery Rock University of PA. On average, 50 students were certified each year and many of these students earned valuable internship opportunities at key Paralympic training centers (i.e., Lakeshore Foundation) and secured career jobs upon graduation at Paralympic and community disability sport training programs. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of two sports wheelchairs with foam cushions. The equipment will be used to train students in the CDSS programs in the proper use and repair of the sports wheelchairs, which is critical to their understanding of adapted sports. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Southeastern Ohio Center For Independent Living
Lancaster, OH 43130
$11,650 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support organized competitive and recreational opportunities that will enable athletes with paralysis and mobility impairments to participate in athletic activities with peers. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of 5 Quickie Court sports wheelchairs. At least 20 people with paralysis will be served immediately by this equipment, which will help them to realize their abilities and develop new skills, hence increasing the likelihood of finding activities to enjoy and participate in for years to come. These new skills and confidence will allow them to compete in tournament opportunities with their peers in surrounding communities and at the state and national level, if they choose to do so, and also mentor other athletes. This equipment and the other adapted athletic equipment will be made available to individuals and groups within the community, and to physical education classes in various area schools to further expand the opportunity to experience sports and overall physical activity within their school setting. The program will provide the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to build relationships and help increase independence and access to life-enhancing programs that will improve physical and emotional health. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Southeastern Wheelchair Sports Association
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
$6,540 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Wheel 2 Surf, the adaptive surf project that is offered several times per year. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of five custom-built surfboards with adaptations that include removable padded chest ramps, extra rocker, a padded deck, and other safety features. These surfboards have been designed by the Adaptive Surf Project. Grant funds will also fund five teardrop flags that are required for the adaptive surf events. Wheel 2 Surf was founded by board member Brock Johnson, who is a competitive surfer that has a spinal cord injury and lives with quadriplegia. The event takes place on the beach and in the ocean waves along the coast. There were 33 surfers with disabilities that participated in last event in the fall, and a total of 54 surfers with disabilities have surfed in Wheel 2 Surf events so far. It is anticipated that 80 individuals with paralysis will be served in the grant period. The surfboards are needed to improve the safety and capability of wave riding for the surfers. The teardrop flags are needed to mark the locations of the teams of volunteers. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus Association Of Northern Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
$800 – Peer Mentoring and Support
This Quality of Life grant will help to support NoLimits Peer Support, a once-to-twice a month social and or educational evening for adults living with spina bifida and or hydrocephalus. The participants attend various social events throughout the city of Edmonton and have guest speakers and instructors come in for educational sessions on a variety of topics. Adults living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus often have extremely complex medical needs and are a unique population that struggle with isolation and depression. Due to the complexity of this birth defect, adults benefit from sharing with others who have similar experiences. Grant funds will support speaker and honorarium fees for educational sessions and entrance fees for events in the community. There are 104 adults with spina bifida or hydrocephalus that participate in NoLimits Peer Support programming. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Spina Bifida Association Of Greater New England
Milford, MA 01757
$3,000 – Consumer Education
This Quality of Life grant will help to support three Regional Education Days to be held throughout New England, enabling more families with spina bifida to participate. Approximately 200 people from across New England typically attend the annual Spina Bifida Conference, including children, adults, family members and professionals. Topics presented have included: adaptive recreation, adaptive driving, accessible homes, updated medical topics (urology, orthopedics, and neurology), sexuality, employment and transition. In addition, the conference includes a Kid's Camp that provides educational and adaptive recreation activities throughout the day. In an effort to reach greater numbers community members with spina bifida, day-long regional education days are planned to be held in eastern Massachusetts, western Massachusetts and Maine. It hoped that by varying locations, increased numbers of individuals will attend, gain new information and build relationships. Each event will provide topics of interest to various groups i.e., parents, adults, teens. Grant funds will support audio visual equipment (screen, microphone, amplifiers, etc.) for 3 sites; speaker honoraria, outreach materials (flyers and postage); conference programs; and staff mileage to get to the events. It is expected that 200-250 individuals with spina bifida and their family members will be served by the project, and will benefit from the many educational, recreational and social opportunities offered. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

St. Louis Power Soccer United
Barnhart, MO 63012
$11,300 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of power soccer, which provides an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion for all who are willing to participate. Initially, 7 players with paralysis will be served, along with 24 parental caregivers. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of one Strike Force Power Wheelchair that will enable more players to participate at the same time. Power soccer is virtually the only competitive sanctioned sport for power wheelchair users. Players experience improved self-confidence and self-esteem, making them more willing to explore new opportunities. After spending so much time on the sidelines as spectators, power soccer enables players to participate and compete in a competitive athletic activity like their able-bodied friends. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Sunset Vista Community Garden & Learning Center
Lafayette, NJ 07848
$4,871 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the creation of the Sunshine Garden, an area of the community garden that is designed for individuals that use wheelchairs. Sunset Vista is the only Certified Nature Explore Classroom and Learning Center of its kind in Sussex County, the largest Community Garden in Sussex County, and the only teaching farm in Sussex County. It is estimated that 10 – 15 individuals that use wheelchairs will participate in accessible gardening activities in the first season. Participants will benefit from the physical activities involved in gardening, as well as being part of a community initiative in a beautiful rural setting. Sunset Vista collaborates with many organizations and agencies in Sussex County and beyond, and an arrangement with Sussex County Skylands Ride Service offers curb-to-curb accessible wheelchair transportation service right up to the garden gate. Grant funds will support the purchase, shipping and installation of 4 raised garden beds, one garden bench, one outdoor weather-resistant tool box, one gardening table, one bean trellis, water spigots and drip hoses, rental of one accessible Port-A-John for the season, light-weight, organic soil and soil amendments for raised beds, adapted gardening tools, and signage. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Team River Runner
Rockville, MD 20853
$7,500 – Adaptive Sports - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Wheels to Water National Tour, which will bring paddle sports to individuals with spinal cord injury. Team River Runner has chapters across the country which embrace a core value of inclusiveness. All segments of the population within the communities that chapters serve are included in programing. Trained veterans, some who have spinal cord injury themselves, do outreach, instruction and mentoring of participants with spinal cord injury. This national tour will support existing chapters of Team River Runner through focused clinics presenting state-of-the-art adaptive paddling equipment. All chapters and clinics will have both veterans and non-veterans with spinal cord injuries in attendance. The goal of this tour at the clinic and chapter levels is to increase the popularity and participation of paddle sports for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Grant funds will support 11 weeks of clinic instruction and costs to transport a trailer of adaptive boats and equipment on the tour. It is expected that 75 individuals with paralysis will participate, including 65 people with spinal cord injury, 10 people with stroke, and 25 spouses or caregivers. While this tour appears to be a series of single experiences it is actually seed planting in the community to create a lifestyle for the participants. These individuals will benefit from the increased connection of spinal cord injured participants with other non-disabled paddlers, which in turn will decrease isolation and feelings of depression. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

TEAMability, Inc.
San Antonio, TX 78201-6234
$8,586 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Last One In The Pool – An Aquatic Program for Children with Severe Multiple Disabilities. Designed for children with severe multiple disabilities who have limited opportunities for experiencing control over their bodies, Last One In The Pool will provide them an enhanced degree of freedom made possible by the water's buoyancy. Additional benefits include better strength and endurance, more flexibility, increased range of motion, increased balance, and a non-clinical environment for having fun and bonding with parents, caregivers and siblings. TEAMability is the only organization in south Texas dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of severely multiply disabled children and their families. At least 40 children with paralysis-causing conditions (traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, etc.) will be served. Grant funds will support facility rental of the St. Mary's University accessible pool for 16 sessions and the life guard fee for 16 sessions. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Teller Senior Coalition
Woodland Park, CO 80866
$25,000 – Transportation Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Teller County Transportation, the County's only transportation service, which is provided for free to seniors and low-income residents with disability. At least 20 individuals with spinal cord injury will utilize the transportation service. The grant will fulfill the required 20% match of funds from the Colorado Department of Transportation, which will provide a four-wheel drive wheelchair accessible vehicle. The vehicle will be able to safely traverse the rural mountainous dirt roads in order to provide transportation to residents of Teller County. Clients will be able to keep regular doctor and therapy appointments, to get out of their homes to shop for groceries and other items, to socialize with other people in the community—all reducing isolation and depression, increasing independence, self-esteem, self-confidence and quality of life. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

The ARC of Somerset County
Manville, NJ 08835
$2,690 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an initiative to improve the accessibility features at Camp Jotoni for campers with disabilities. Camp Jotoni, which is owned and operated under The Arc of Somerset County during the summer, serves children and adults with special needs. Camp Jotoni is the only day and residential camp providing the level and scope of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Somerset and the surrounding counties. It is expected that at least 67 campers with paralysis-causing conditions will be served in the 2015 camping season. This project will serve school aged children and young adults as well as adults. Grant funds will support the purchase of a pool wheelchair and an adult-sized special needs changing table bed. The pool wheelchair will improve access into and out of the pool. The additional changing table (there is already one in place) will lessen wait time for swim transition and provide increased privacy for campers. This decreases the time campers will sit in wet continence garments waiting for an available changing area, increasing their dignity and freeing up time that they can spend enjoying other camp activities. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

The Jewish Community Center In Manhattan
New York, NY 10023
$7,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the 8th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival in Spring 2016, dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Each year, ReelAbilities presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities at more than 30 locations throughout nine counties. The films are for, by, and about individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including physical, developmental, learning, and mental disabilities. Following every screening, unique hosted panel discussions, often with the filmmakers and actors, engage the audience and talk about the issues that the films evoke. The ReelAbilities program supports filmmakers and performing artists living with disabilities, helping to raise the visibility of their works, facilitating broader distribution, and providing formal and informal mentorship and guidance. Grant funds will support airfare, lodging, and ground transportation for 5 guest speakers (filmmakers, actors, advocates and others). It is anticipated that as many as 1,400 individuals with spinal cord injury and their families will participate, and that they will be impacted on several fronts: increased visibility and representation in the media; heightened public awareness of the issues facing individuals living with paralysis on a daily basis; and the opportunity to connect with peers in examining the powerful messages of films that more realistically and truthfully depict their lives. Further, the greater representation of individuals living with paralysis in all aspects of the Festival has a ripple effect – ensuring that paralysis continues to be a central focus of Festival content; promoting leadership from directly-impacted individuals; and, just as the Festival as a whole does, sparking conversation and action around greater access to the arts in general. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

The Viscardi Center
Albertson, NY 11507-1599
$5,000 – Advocacy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Legacy Bus Tour, a traveling exhibit designed to raise awareness and build excitement about ADA25, the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, through high-traffic areas in the five boroughs of New York City. The ADA25 initiative is a collaborative campaign of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities under the leadership of Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and several prominent organizations focused on serving people with disabilities. A diverse assortment of New York area groups and institutions across the arts, cultural, educational, recreational, and nonprofit communities will present activities and programming to educate and entertain the public. There are approximately 90,000 individuals in New York City that have self-identified as wheelchair users. The Tour will raise overall awareness of all that has been done, and all there is still to do, to fully include people with disabilities in all aspects of our communities and workplaces—ultimately improving their quality of life, financial independence and participation in society. Grant funds will be used to help cover the expenses of the tour in New York City, including gas, tolls, bus maintenance and repairs. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Therapy Centers dba Challenge Center
La Mesa, CA 91942
$12,281 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Next Step Project, a unique combination of sliding scale physical therapy, computerized FES, assisted fitness, and caregiver training services to individuals with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis. The project's goal is to maximize and maintain function, promote health and wellness, prevent secondary co-morbidities, and, where desired, give the best chance for restoring walking function, all with the overarching goal of dramatically transforming quality of life for participants and their families. Challenge Center is located in the City of La Mesa and is the only community-based, physical therapy driven rehabilitation nonprofit in the region. The Challenge Center provides unduplicated, affordable long-term physical therapy, assisted fitness, and exercise-based therapies to those who have survived catastrophic injury or illness. All programs are designed and driven by skilled physical therapists to ensure maximum effectiveness and safety. The Challenge Center's unique model combines philanthropic dollars and state-of-the-art therapy offered on a sliding scale basis so that vital services are affordable and accessible long after insurance coverage has run out. At least 24 individuals with paralysis will be served by the project, including 12 people with spinal cord injury, 2 people with spina bifida, 2 people with multiple sclerosis, 8 people with stroke, 3 spouse caregivers, and 1 adult caregiver of a child. Grant funds will support 70 computerized functional electrical stimulus treatment sessions, 12 physical therapy evaluations, and 125 physical therapy intensive rehabilitation treatments. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Touchstone Farm
Temple, NH 03084
$9,956 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding - MVP
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Wheelchair Accessible Therapeutic Driving Carriage that will be used in the Horse Power (for non-veterans) and Operation Horse Power therapeutic driving programs for combat veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively. At least 50 people with paralysis will be served by the project. A wheelchair accessible driving carriage will improve the current driving program by significantly increasing the number of participants and will reach a broader audience. The new carriage is imperative to the success of the new Operation Horse Power program for combat veterans. Touchstone Farm is a PATH International Premiere Accredited Center that trains and certifies therapeutic driving instructors and annually hosts the PATH Driving Instructor Workshop and Certification and other events. Participants will increase physical, social and emotional health, cognitive skills and sensory awareness. They will also experience increased cognitive skills such as sequencing, improved hand-eye coordination, and increased muscular strength. Increase in independence leads to increased self-esteem. Driving contributes to improved spatial planning and sensory awareness. Combat veterans may experience decreased vertigo, lessened perspiration and decreased levels of pain. Grant funds will underwrite the costs of the carriage, harness, gullet strap, 2 trace carriers, bit, quick-release safety shackles and breeching strap shackles. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Tucker's House
Spring Hill, TN 37174
$15,150 – Home Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Home Accessibility Modifications for Children with Disabilities. Tucker's House is located in Franklin, Tennessee and is the only organization in middle Tennessee that provides assessments and modifications for houses of children (ages 3 – 22 years) with disabilities that are not covered by insurance. Accessibility modifications will result in increased safety for the child and caregiver, increased independence for the child, and improved quality of life for the entire family. Grant funds will support equipment and supplies to complete accessibility modifications to one bathroom each in the homes of three children with paralysis (one with spinal cord injury, one with cerebral palsy, and one with traumatic brain injury). This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

United States Curling Association
Stevens Point, WI 54482
$7,400 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Team USA Wheelchair Curling Program by providing increased domestic training and outreach to increase the athlete base. At least 15 individuals with paralysis will be served by the program. Wheelchair curling is a unique sport that can be played by a wide range of ability levels and ages. Unlike many traditional adapted sports that require a substantial amount of physical ability, strength and endurance, curling is a stationary sport that requires less physical exertion. This sport does not require specialized wheelchairs or expensive adaptive equipment. Rather, each athlete utilizes his or her own personal wheelchair and a telescopic delivery stick to participate. Additionally, wheelchair curling teams must comprise players of both genders to compete. These unique variables make wheelchair curling an intriguing sport that can be played by individuals of all abilities. Increased self-esteem, independence, strength and communication are some of the areas in which athletes have demonstrated improvement. Furthermore, traveling to a variety of domestic and international locations has resulted in new friendships and life experiences that likely would not have occurred without participation in wheelchair curling. Grant funds will support ice facility rental at a curling club for the High Performance Camp and Outreach Clinics, and airfare and lodging for 8 team members to attend the High Performance Camp. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

University of Arizona Foundation (Disability Resource Center)
Tucson, AZ 85721
$7,318 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Hand Cycling Team Initiative. Hand cycling is a growing adaptive sport that can provide competitive athletic opportunities to men and women with all levels of disability. Creating a competitive hand cycling team at the University of Arizona for students as well as community members will enhance physical, social and personal growth through the benefits of a sport experience. There are currently 6 adaptive sports teams offered: men and women's wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, tennis, and track and road racing, as well as Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports. Adding a new team, hand cycling, will enable athletes to participate in both running and cycling venues. Seven individuals with spinal cord injury will be served by the program as well as 8 individuals with other paralysis-causing conditions. The University of Arizona would be the first university in the nation to offer an adaptive hand cycling team sport experience. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of an Invacare hand cycle (to be used by a disabled veteran on the team). This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

University of Montana at Missoula
New Directions Wellness Center (NDWC)
Missoula, MT 59807-7159
$9,826 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the New Directions Wellness Center: Fully Accessible project, which is specifically focused on replacing old, 1998 vintage strength training equipment. Updated accessible and inclusive strength training equipment will enable the center to become a model accessible fitness center. NDWC is the only program of its kind in the region and the only university-based multi-disability program in the country. The NDWC was designed to serve people residing in a semi-rural environment, and it caters to people with a wide variety of physical limitations. There are over 150 individuals that have participated in the program in the past 2 years. On average, 60 individuals utilize the gym 2-5 times per week, for an average of almost 300 visits per month or 2,870 per year. Grant funds will help to underwrite the cost to purchase and install the Cybex Inclusive Row and the Cybex Inclusive Overhead Press. A local equipment vendor has agreed to offer a service discount of 7%-10% to facilitate proper maintenance of the equipment. The purchase of this accessible and inclusive strength training equipment will provide opportunities for exercising in a fully accessible fitness facility in an inclusive, welcoming environment. The impact of a regular fitness/exercise program is well documented for individuals with paralysis. Some of the clearly defined benefits of a regular exercise regime include decreased isolation, decreased depression, and decreased risks for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and pressure ulcers. Further, exercising at an accessible fitness facility may encourage more individuals to consider participating in Locomotor training, which may increase further their quality of life. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Valleylife
Phoenix, AZ 85021
$2,371 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase of a hydraulic changing table for a group home for individuals with paralysis. This equipment will provide a safer means of changing members for both the members and for staff. The hydraulic table will be used for individuals who are unable to physically manage their bathroom needs, which are taken care of by trained staff. Transferring and moving members of different height and sizes by staff members, who are usually women with limited strength and height, will be much safer if the height of the table could be easily adjusted as necessary. This equipment will also allow female staff to easily transfer female members without the assistance of male staff, eliminating the uncomfortable and awkward feelings that female members may experience when their privacy and dignity are compromised by having a male staff person assist with their toileting needs. Changing occurs several times a day for each member. In addition to making the process more comfortable and safe for members and staff, this equipment will expedite the process of transferring to the changing table, changing and transferring back to the wheelchair. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Variety-The Children's Charity of Pittsburgh
Wexford, PA 15090
$7,500 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the My Bike program, which provides eligible children with disabilities an adaptive bike so that they can experience the joy, freedom and sense of belonging that is created through riding a bike. Grant funds will help to support the purchase of adaptive bikes for 5 children between the ages of 4 and 21 years old with disabilities that reside in western Pennsylvania or West Virginia, and whose household income is at or below 400% of the federal poverty level. The bikes will be individually customized to meet each child's needs. Riding a bicycle is much more than a recreational and therapeutic activity. It's a chance to feel independent and carefree. Riding a bike with family and friends enables a child with a disability to be just like any other kid, and no longer be left out or left behind. Parents witness their child with a disability gain more confidence and independence and families enjoy time spent together in an activity that everyone can join. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Wings Of Eagles Ranch
Concord, NC 28025
$9,324 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Sure Hands Transfer System for the Ranch Arena. The project will serve 95 individuals with paralysis, including 25 people with cerebral palsy (and 34 parental caregivers), one person with muscular dystrophy (and one parental caregiver), 2 people with multiple sclerosis (and one spouse caregiver) and 12 other individuals with various paralysis-causing conditions (and 17 caregivers). A transfer lift system will ensure the safe transfer of the rider from the wheelchair to the horse (and back to the wheelchair). Riders with any type of paralysis will particularly benefit from this lift. In addition, as some of the young riders age and grow larger, they become more difficult to transfer to the saddle. This lift will help to keep them riding. Further, the gentle transfer of the rider will be easier on the horses, maintaining their health and prolonging their riding usefulness. Grant funds will support the purchase, shipping and installation of the Sure Hands Transfer System and accessories. This project will result in increased numbers of riders with paralysis and other mobility challenges served, fewer veterinarian and chiropractic visits for the horses, decreased chance of injury and muscle strain on staff, increased feelings of independence, dignity, and self-confidence for riders, along with decreased stress and anxiety about falling or being dropped. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

Youth Challenge
Westlake, OH 44145
$3,200 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Youth Challenge Boccia, designed for children and young adults with physical disabilities to compete in the Paralympic sport of boccia. Youth Challenge remains the only organization in Northeast Ohio that provides ongoing opportunities for sports and recreation for children with physical disabilities, who are able to participate in age-appropriate activities through the help of teen volunteers. Youth Challenge is able to provide an active and energetic environment, including such services as round-trip transportation, accessible facilities, no program fees, and trained staff and volunteers. Throughout the season, the team will compete in a tournament in Columbus, Ohio and at the Buckeye Games in Geneva, Ohio hosted by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The season highlight will be the competition in June at the Great Lakes Adapted Sports Association (GLASA) Regional Games in Lake Forest, Illinois. Youth Challenge boasts a fully accessible facility with a gymnasium and a fleet of nine lift-equipped vans. For Team YC boccia competitions, including the six-hour travel to Lake Forest, YC provides round-trip transportation for athletes, volunteers, and their families. For all of the general boccia Paralympic sport programs, round-trip transportation will be provided for all participants who are in need of this service. Grant funds will help to underwrite the cost to purchase two boccia ramps and one set of boccia balls to be used during recreational programs, team practices, and boccia competitions. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (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.