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AbilityFirst
Pasadena, CA 91106
$5,912 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase and installation of one hoyer lift to enable safe transfers for campers of all ages with paralysis at this totally accessible camp. The lift will promote the safe inclusion of people with paralysis and limited mobility at Camp Paivika and will promote their access and integration into the great outdoors.

Access Center for Independent Living
Dayton, OH 45404
$840 – Peer Mentoring and Support
This Quality of Life grant will support the Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group, which provides informative workshops covering Social Security benefits, therapy animals, employment, Goodwill/Easter Seals, education, and more. Social events such as scavenger hunts, annual cookouts, and theme events are offered, as well as meetings outside of the center to the local bowling alley, a visit to the local Historical Park, and the local Natural History and Planetarium Museum. Grant funds will support Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist certification training for the program manager.

Adaptive Sports Foundation, Inc.
Windham, NY 12496
$8,805 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase of a mono-ski for the winter sports program and the Warriors in Motion adaptive sports program for wounded military and veterans. The Adaptive Sports Center was founded in 1984 and is considered to be one of the finest in the country, with nearly 300 volunteers that help make the program possible.

ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter
Ambler, 19002
$8,500 - Transportation
This Quality of Life grant will support the wheelchair accessible van transportation program for individuals with ALS and their care partners to and from medical appointments.

ALS in the Heartland, Inc.
Omah, NE 68144
$3,800 – Transportation
This Quality of Life grant will support a program that provides subsidized wheelchair accessible transportation for individuals with ALS and their care partners to medical appointments.

American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. (AAASP)
Atlanta, GA 31145
$6,000- Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will fund a project that will replicate the AAASP school-based adapted sports program model to school districts and their partnering agencies who demonstrate a desire and commitment to implement adaptedSPORTS® programs including wheelchair football, wheelchair team handball and wheelchair basketball for students with physical disabilities in their local communities. AAASP will assist the identified expansion areas with the implementation of one or more adapted sports. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of 4 sports wheelchairs.

Anchors Away Foundation, Inc.
Aventura, FL 33180
$7,750 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the Anchors Away Program, which provides adapted sailing opportunities for youth ages 13 to 21 years with disabilities. The program provides accessible sailing dinghies to support Miami-Dade County Public Schools innovative recreational program for children with disabilities provided in an inclusive environment enabling independence, productivity, integration physical activity, and inclusion into the community. Grant funds will help to repair and maintain 10 accessible sailing dinghies to make them safe and sea-worthy for all participants.

Artistic Realization Technologies
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
$2,700 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support xpansion of the empowering innovative programming of Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) by offering on-site studio demonstrations to at least 8 qualified potential partner agencies. A.R.T. unleashes unfettered creative expression by artists, who are paralyzed and mostly nonverbal, by enabling them to make every creative decision in their art. This results in a pure form of self-determination, engagement of the greater community, and a form of employment. Grant funds will support arts supplies for the expansion initiative.

Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports
Sparks, MD 21152
$8,200 – Adaptive Sports
This grant will support Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports (BARS) Summer Water Sports Program. This program consists of water skiing and kayaking which are held at Rocky Point State Park. Due to outreach efforts and relationships with three local rehabilitation programs (Kennedy Krieger International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, University of MD Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute, and Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital) many new participants have been attracted to the program. Kayaking is popular with many participants with significant disabilities who can kayak in a tandem kayak with the assistance of a trained volunteer, and is also enjoyed by individuals of all abilities and their families. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of two kayaks.

Bay Area & Western Chapter - Paralyzed Veterans of America
Palo Alto, CA 04304
$6,801 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the launch of an adapted rock climbing program with the goal of fostering a community of indoor rock climbers among the Bay Area’s spinal cord injury (SCI) population. This initiative promotes not only physical and mental fitness but also integration and close cooperation of people with and without disability. The “Climb On!” program will be operated through the VA Palo Alto Health Care System SCI Center as a collaboration of clinical and research staff and Recreation Therapy Program. Participants will be provided with the necessary adapted climbing gear (adapted harnesses and custom climbing chaps) to enable safe climbing practice. Monthly climbing clinics will be integrated within the existing Recreation Therapy schedule of community outings. Participants will be guided through the program and monitored by a team comprised of local climbers with SCI, certified relayers, recreation therapists, and SCI medicine physicians. In addition to the monthly clinics, a pilot research study will be conducted in order to quantify clinically relevant responses such as changes in heart rate and blood pressure, perceived rate of exertion, strength and range of motion, and several specific measures of quality of life (using NIH Promise indicators). Measures of community integration and participation will be included. The project will promote awareness of the benefits of adapted rock climbing and create a self-sustaining program for persons with SCI and the disabled community at large. Grant funds will help to support adaptive rock climbing equipment.

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program
Berkeley, CA 94703
$6,891 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the largest and most active Adaptive Cycling Program in the world. Pioneers of the "drop-In" Adaptive Cycling Center model, BORP is open 3 - 4 days a week, year round, for independent cycling by people with disabilities on a fleet of 80+ adaptive cycles. Average daily weekday attendance is 15 - 20 riders. On weekends, often over 40 cyclists--over half of whom are people with spinal cord injuries--participate. People with recently acquired spinal cord injuries learn about cycling and how to become active again. BORP has many cycles that have been customized specifically for people with quadriplegic level spinal cord injuries. This project will underwrite the purchase of a Sure Hands power lift which can safely transfer a rider in and out of a hand cycle without requiring a sling, any assistance, or a slide transfer. With a Sure Hands lift, all riders will be able to independently transfer on and off of a cycle. In addition to greatly increasing safety for participants, staff and volunteers, the new lift will also greatly enhance the accessibility of adaptive cycling for all our participants that require transfer assistance.

Beyond The Chair
San Antonio, TX 78238
$7,285 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a project to make a community neuro-recovery and fitness center more accessible. The center enables individuals who have completed rehabilitation to continue exercising with goals of fitness for optimum health. Fully accessible equipment enables clients to work out independently on each machine. Grant funds will support the installation of an ADA compliant electronic entrance door, which will be located at the front of the facility, will enable clients with mobility challenges to independently access the facility.

BlazeSports America
Norcross, GA 30093
$8,320 – Adaptive Sports
The Quality of Life grant supports the expansion and enhancement of BlazeSports Youth Wheelchair Basketball and Leadership Initiative. The program provides young people aged 6-18 the opportunity to be physically active and learn wheelchair basketball skills while developing character, building leadership skills, making friends, and developing self-confidence. BlazeSports has offered wheelchair basketball since 2005. The program has grown in number and performance over the years, with the Prep team becoming national champions in 2015 for the fourth year in the row. The project aims is to increase participation from 28 participants to 38 in the 2015/16 season. The program will be offered weekly at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The program will be coached by trained volunteer coaches and one head coach. An equipment loan program is also available to all families so participants can borrow a basketball wheelchair for home use between program practices. Grant funds will support travel expenses for players to participate in tournaments.

Books Aloud, Inc.
San Jose, CA 95112
$5,00 – Media Development
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Reading by Listening: Audio Books for People with Disabilities. The program provides a wide variety of recorded reading literature, mostly titles recorded by auditioned volunteer voices in its on-site recording studios. More than 8,000 adult, junior and children's titles are offered, including some commercially recorded titles, and over 200 new titles are added each year. Items are mailed, with home delivery available for Santa Clara County clients in California. Books Aloud serves 2,400 clients annually across the United and Canada, with approximately 75% of clients residing in Santa Clara County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Audio recordings are available on CD, cassette, and digitally to meet the needs of clients, who can exchange audio books monthly or as often as desired. Electronic readers are also being used in the program. Further, Books Aloud staff coordinate with local schools to get listings of assigned reading in language arts classrooms and ensure that these books are recorded and available for the learning disabled students so they can stay on par with their peers. Also, since the majority of the clients have difficulty with technology, Books Aloud staff and volunteers offer a rich customer service experience to guide them through the process. Grant funds will support the production of 100 audio books.

Bradford Creek Public Golf Course
Greenville, NC 27835-7207
$11,026 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will underwrite the purchase of an adaptive golf cart for the Bradford Creek Golf Course in Greenville, North Carolina. Greenville Recreation and Parks and Greenville, North Carolina were named "Sports Town USA" by Sports Illustrated. A multi-million dollar modern facility and gymnasium designed to accommodate all persons regardless of physical ability were built in 2012 . A specialized playing field with a protective floor covering and complete accessibility that brings co-educational baseball to athletes with special needs, regardless of physical ability. A SoloRider Adaptive Golf Cart at this public golf course will enable residents and visitors to Greenville to participate in adaptive golf in addition to the many other activities enjoyed there. It will be the only golf course within a 180-mile radius of Greenville, North Carolina that not only offers such a cart, but that proactively promotes the cart to encourage play. A network of stakeholders includes area support groups for paralysis-causing conditions, medical and educational facilities (Veterans Administration, rehab center, public school system, and two universities) are committed to the success of adapted golf at Bradford Creek Golf Course.

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado
Denver, CO 80222
$3,950 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support Art and Music Therapy classes for individuals with brain injury. Participants will be able to express themselves creatively while surrounded by a safety net of individuals who understand the physical and social changes resulting from brain injury. Each class will be led by a trained therapist and assisted by several volunteer staff members. The cost to each participant is only $5, and art materials and/or instruments are available for each participant at no extra charge. Classes are held at the BIAC office, which is centrally located, wheelchair accessible and on a major bus route. Research shows in addition to providing an outlet for emotional expression, Music and Art Therapy may significantly improve motor movement, speech rate, speaking prosody, attention, executive functioning, mood control, and memory. Board Certified Music Therapists manipulate the elements of music to facilitate therapeutic change. They know how the various elements of music function and impact humans on a neurobiological level, and what behavioral changes to look for. Each person has a unique response to music and specific elements of music, and it takes a skilled professional to utilize that relationship for therapeutic change. Grant funds will support music equipment and art supplies, and costs for the art and music therapists.

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled
Brooklyn, NY 11201
$2,635 – Advocacy Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will support a program to upgrade the computer equipment and assistive technology available at the center for employment skills training. The employment rates of people with disabilities lag substantially behind those of non-disabled people. Without gainful employment, many of these individuals remain dependent on government benefits. One problem is that familiarity with computers is a necessity in today's economy, even for jobs that don't require a computer to actually do the work. While the computer center has provided computers for individuals to use for years, the equipment is outdated and is becoming obsolete. In order to provide marketable employment skills training, it is critical to provide equipment that is more in step with technological advances. The lab is available for use free of charge by consumers Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The computers will be made available for use by both staff and consumers. A series of quarterly computer classes will be offered, aimed at helping consumers learn basic computer functions, like Word, Excel and internet skills, and to become more familiar with the on-line search for housing and employment. Grant funds will support the purchase of three computers equipped with assistive technology appropriate for individuals with paralysis.

Canine Support Teams, Inc.
Temecula, CA 92584
$5,000 – Service Animal Program
This Quality of Life grant will support the Prison Pup Program, which pairs dogs that have successfully received elementary training through the our Puppy Raiser Program, through which inmate trainers at the California Institution for Women (CIW) provide advanced training over six months. The dogs are taught such advanced skills as pulling manual wheelchairs, providing stability for walking, alerting for seizures or anxiety episodes, and barking to get help during emergencies. The Prison Pup Program was the first of its kind in the state of California and has served as a success model for programs across the country. Ninety percent of dogs that graduate from Canine Support Teams come through the Prison Pups Program. While not directly connected to providing service dogs, the success of the Prison Pups Program has spawned a "little brother" program: our Youth-at-Risk Program at Southwest (Riverside) Juvenile Hall matches rescue dogs from local shelters with a team of two juveniles for 16 weeks, during which they learn to train basic obedience using positive reinforcement techniques. The young men learn a trade and life-changing skills including compassion and teamwork. Grant funds will support costs of professional dog trainers.

Capital Rowing Club
Washington, DC 20003
$8,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support expansion of the Adaptive Rowing Program. The program will continue to offer weekly practices totaling an average of 6 hours of physical activity and the life-changing experience of racing to athletes with spinal cord and other injuries. Two “trunk and arms” (TA) athletes have joined the team, making it "complete" in terms of different types of disabilities and adaptive rowing categories represented. This is the only team in the Washington, DC area to have athletes in each of the three major categories/classifications in adaptive rowing. This increases the overall reputation of the club and makes it competitive in all categories. This grant underwrites the purchase of an equipment trailer, which will support the competitive potential of the athletes and improve their community experience in the program by allowing them to travel to races in other communities.

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester
Rye Brook, NY 10573
$5,125 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the launch of a Saturday Recreation Program, an adaptive sports program that provides children and youth ages 10-21 with recreational, competitive sports on a regular basis. The overall goal is to give children and youth with mobility issues opportunities to play sports they may not otherwise be able to play, all at no cost to them. Expanding on a successful year-round Wheelchair Basketball Program that has been offered on Saturdays for over 20 years, the program will become a rotating sports program, and will offer four different sports taking place over the course of one year. Soccer would take place during the fall, wheelchair basketball during the winter, bocce during the spring, and tennis during the summer. Similar to community weekend sports, each sport would take place for five weeks, from 9:30-12:00 noon on Saturdays. A much-requested 2-week camp will be offered at the end of August, when traditional camps are closed. Each day, from 9am – 5pm, a different sport would be held. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of 10 sports wheelchairs and beeping balls.

Challenge Aspen
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
$5,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of new adapted snow ski equipment. Bi-skis are used by people who have a condition that requires them to sit while skiing. The certified adaptive instructor is tethered to the guest in the bi-ski to safely guide them down the mountain. The bi-ski can allow guests with some muscle use to learn new skills that improve strength and coordination. Guests with little or no muscle use can still ride down the mountain and enjoy the experience. During the four months of ski season, lessons in snow sports are available for guests with disabilities seven days a week. A typical lesson includes equipment, lift tickets and private instruction by a trained adaptive ski instructor. For the 2014-15 ski season, 1,484 adaptive skier days were provided for 361 individuals. In 2008, Challenge Aspen created a new division called Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO)., which offers year-round retreats for injured service members and their spouses and/or caregivers. CAMO winter programs focus on building athleticism, self-confidence and skills training through individualized ski and snowboard instruction. For the 2014-15 ski season, CAMO provided 559 adaptive skier days for 162 participants. CAMO has become one of the largest adaptive sports programs for military men and women in the United States. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of one adult bi-ski and one child bi-ski.

Cheshire Home
Florham Park, NJ 07932
$7,500 - Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will provide FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) to residents of Cheshire Home, who all have varied levels of paralysis, from paraplegia or quadriplegia primarily, and also cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or stroke. Sessions will be offered onsite in the physical therapy center. It will augment the current offerings, which include motor med bikes, a portable neuro-muscular electronic stimulator, a standing frame and tilt table, ultrasound therapies, and a pressure mapping system used to prevent skin breakdown. The barrier of accessible transportation to participate in physical therapy is eliminated by having the on-site therapy center, and this equipment will help to provide more comprehensive therapy. Grant funds will help to support the purchase of the RT 300 Cycle.

Chicago Rowing Foundation
Chicago, IL 60606
$3,088 0 Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support accessROW, designed to enable individuals with paralysis causing conditions and other physical disabilities to experience the sport of rowing. Operating out of the newly constructed, and fully accessible, WMS Clark Park Boathouse, accessROW offers fitness-focused workouts on indoor rowing machines (ergs), training in a state-of-the-art indoor rowing tank, and rowing on the Chicago River. AccessROW programs are offered twice per week and program sessions last for 90-120 minutes each. Supported by highly skilled coaches and able-bodied rowing volunteers, accessROW seeks to integrate and include athletes with disabilities into the larger Chicagoland rowing community. Recreational and competitive teams are available so athletes of any ability or fitness level can participate. Workouts are designed to build strength, fitness and endurance so athletes can be successful on the water and use fitness to improve their overall quality of life. AccessROW’s competitive team athletes have found success at some of the nation’s largest adaptive rowing events including USRowing Masters Nationals and the Bayada Regatta. Several athletes have participated in the US Rowing National Team Testing Protocol and have met ‘development team’ standards. Athletes have been recruited through local sport clubs and chapters of Disabled Sports USA. Injured military veterans have been served through collaboration with Team Red, White and Blue. Grant funds will help to support coaching stipends.

Children's Assistive Technology Service
Union Hall, VA 24176
$10,083 - Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of pediatric adaptive equipment available through the adaptive equipment recycling equipment program at three locations in central and southeastern Virginia. Children's Assistive Technology Service (CATS) strives to meet the needs of children (ages 17 and under) efficiently by recruiting resources within the community, eliminating long wait periods and reducing costs. CATS met with immediate success in its first year, operating in south central and southwest Virginia. Funding for adaptive equipment (wheelchairs, standing frames, adaptive seating, bath equipment, ambulation devices, accessibility switches and communication devices) has tightened up over the past 2-3 years, resulting in children going without equipment they need to improve their quality of life within the home, community and school. Expansion of CATS to three sites in Virginia will give more children better access to adaptive equipment to improve their quality of life and that of their families. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of pediatric adaptive durable medical equipment.

Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf
Beverly, MA 01915
$3,672 – Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the installation of a Liko Mobile Lift for use by students with paralysis and/or other motor impairments. Currently, at least 15 students have severe motor impairments including paralysis. Teachers ensure that all children have access to their classrooms by rearranging the furniture so that a student using a walker or wheelchair can maneuver in and out of learning centers, making sure that items can be reached by all children, and modifying classroom activities. However, there are many times that a wheelchair can be a barrier to interaction with learning and interactions with other students. The practice of manually lifting and moving students with paralysis or limited mobility to a classroom seat, to the floor, other setting such as a music, art or therapy room, or to examine a student who is ill or injured is a significant impediment to providing a safe and therapeutic school environment. A mobile lift will significantly advance inclusion of children with disabilities, especially those with paralysis, in the classroom. Using a mobile lift can improve functioning, interaction with the teacher and other students and encourage engagement in play and recreation. For these students, creating a classroom environment that is barrier free and conducive to learning is paramount. Grant funds will support one mobile lift.

City of Clarksville
Clarksville, TN 37040
$7,580 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support expansion of the Clarksville Paralympic Sports program started in Clarksville, Tennessee in 2011. Partnering with the U.S. Paralympics to the program engages athletes of all ages and with a variety of disabilities to participate in sports regardless of skill level. Athletic options offered include wheelchair basketball, archery, adaptive swimming and more, with plans to expand to other sports. Most of participating athletes are active duty or military veterans with limb loss from the nearby Army base, Fort Campbell, which provided the loan of a number of sport wheelchairs until recently, when the chairs needed to be returned to the base for other uses. The loss of the borrowed chairs makes it difficult to continue league play or to offer a variety of sports options with the five remaining chairs. The city would like to increase the number of non-military residents who use the facility, and is committed to continue offering structured league sports for people with limited mobility disabilities, as well as expanding activities to include tennis, table tennis, airsoft shooting and softball. This will require purchasing additional sport wheelchairs to replace the loss of the borrowed chairs. The chairs would also be used at in inclusion demonstrations at local high schools and community centers. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of 4 sports wheelchairs for tennis and basketball.

City of Mayer
Mayer, MN 55360
$5,675 – Accessible Playground/Ball Field
This Quality of Life grant will support an accessible playground project which will provide benefits in sensory stimulation, collaborative play and social skill development. Grant funds will support the installation of an Oodle Swing, a multi-child swing that can seat 4-6 children at a time. Children can easily lay down on it if they do not have the body strength to sit up. It encourages cooperative play, which is such an important skill to learn. It is designed to be the perfect height for a child to transfer from a wheelchair to the swing. It also provides for social skill development and social interaction. The City will complete the site work and supplies for the new equipment.

Clearview Mediation and Disability Resource Center
Pendleton, OR 97801
$8,400 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will support the durable equipment loan closet. This program takes donations of durable medical equipment from members of the community, inspects and evaluates it for re-use potential, cleans and makes necessary repairs, and loans it out to community members in need. There are no other programs in the local area that provide this type of service. We are currently looking to expand the loan closet to other areas, specifically in rural communities. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of 12 medical mattresses for medical beds, wheelchair batteries for power chairs, and costs to transport donated equipment.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC)
Denver, CO 80203
$6,680 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the Denver Harlequin Wheelchair Rugby Outreach Expansion Project. It will enrich the lives of people with disabilities playing rugby, help newly injured patients adapt life-changing attitudes, and provide education and public awareness to enlighten, inspire, and increase awareness and understanding. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of two team rugby chairs; one defensive and one offensive team chair. The team chairs will be used in practices and games by players that demonstrate financial need and do not have their own chair. The chairs will be a valuable addition to the outreach activities conducted both at rehabilitation centers like Craig hospital and in the general community, and will be used by the team to mentor patients with SCI and to promote disability awareness through educational and community outreach.

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Dare Family Services, Inc.
Somerville, MA 02143-1963
$5,000 – Transportation
This Quality of Life grant will support the Dare Mobility Project, which provides accessible transportation to 27 adults with developmental disabilities in 9 different apartments located in the Greater Boston area. These individuals lead full lives by participating in a number of vocational, social, and enrichment programs. They attend adult day training programs, receive residential and non-residential supports and services, receive companion services, participate in supported employment, and partake in community-based activities. A mobility van is the means to achieving this independence to participate in one's chosen activities. Grant funds will support the acquisition of a 7-passenger wheelchair accessible van (one of two for this initiative) to provide transportation for the 27 program participants seven days a week. Program staff members that possess both the training and the personalized knowledge of each resident will operate the van, providing the best support for any needs that arise when accessing community services. The individuals in Dare's Independent Living Program range in age from 38 to 86 years of age. Each person is at a different stage of life and has different medical and social needs. Dare's Mobility Project will allow individuals with developmental disabilities to easily access community services and programs tailored to those needs to promote participation, friendship, and relationships.

Dekalb County Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs
Decatur, GA 30030
$4,600 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a county-wide wheelchair tennis program in DeKalb County, Georgia, to offer tennis at no expense to potential new players. The limiting factor in getting new players into wheelchair tennis is the availability of tennis chairs to try the sport. Atlanta has an excellent tennis community that supports wheelchair players, but it is very difficult to get into the sport unless you are willing to purchase a sports chair. A collaboration between DeKalb County, Vance Exley Tennis, and Wheelchair Tennis Atlanta will create a resource that will direct new players to available chairs and instruction. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of two tennis wheelchairs; one16" chair and one 20" chair, and support 4 wheelchair tennis instruction clinics. The chairs would be housed at Sugar Creek Tennis Center owned by DeKalb County, and managed by Vance Exley Tennis. Wheelchair Tennis Atlanta will direct potential players to try the sport. The two initial chairs will be made as adjustable as possible to accommodate the largest variety of sizes, with the goal to obtain a couple of chairs of various sizes each yea, so that over time, all sizes and shapes can be accommodated. The clinics will teach mobility in a sports chair, a basic forehand, basic backhand, and services.

Department of Wellness
Stillwater, OK 74075
$2,000 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help the to support the iFIT inclusive fitness program at the Department of Wellness at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of two Krankcycles that will be available for the general public and provide additional fitness opportunities for participants with disabilities. The equipment will serve an integral role in the programming and implementation of the IFIT program. It will greatly expand the effectiveness and success of the programming. The Krankcycle provides an excellent upper body cardio workout for participants who use a wheelchair, and will complement the strength training equipment presently offered at the Center.

Disabled Resources Center, Inc.
Long Beach, CA 90806
$4,000 – Employment Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Employment Services Program, which will train and prepare 60 persons with disabilities, including paralysis-related conditions, for permanent and meaningful employment during a twelve-month period. The participating consumers will be referred through the California State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) to receive job development and employment services at DRC. All enrolled consumers will be required to participate in a two-day Job Club to provide the necessary tools and give them guidance in employment preparation. The Employment Services Program will assist consumers with all phases of job search, job placement, and job retention. Job Developers coordinate with the consumers to provide assistance with job placement, and conduct outreach to the community to develop agency and employer contact lists within the DRC service area for consumer placement. Each individual consumer’s vocational goals are assessed for the purpose of employment placement, and assisting consumers with job placement and job expectations. Job Developers assist consumers with the development of a resume, soft skills, interview techniques, work ethics, acceptable work behaviors, acceptable grooming and hygiene. Computer classes and mobility (destination) training will be provided to consumers who are in need. Grant funds will support costs for 2 Job Developers.

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
$6,400 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the adapted paddling program for individuals with paralysis. The project involves the purchase of adaptive equipment for paddle sports; specifically, one Onit Ability Board System, one Chosen Valley Creating Ability (CVCA) Universal Paddling Seat with Kayak Adapter, and one CVCA Universal Paddling Seat for Canoe. The Onit Ability Board System includes an 11’6” modified stand-up paddle board with outriggers, all-terrain surf chair with custom locking mechanism, 9’ portable loading ramp and a custom made carbon fiber paddle. The ramp system allows the rider to load onto the board with little to no assistance, and the chair and board lock together for safety. It also allows an instructor to stand on the back of the paddle board to help stabilize, direct and coach the athlete as needed. A key aspect of this system is that it allows the athletes in wheelchairs to experience paddle boarding in the same manner in which they navigate the world on a daily basis. The CVCA Universal Paddling Seat from Creating Ability was designed to provide support for paddlers with SCIs. Each point of the seat can be independently tilted, adjusted or removed to create a custom fit. All supports are cushioned with closed-cell foam and covered with breathable mesh for maximum skin protection. Two seats and two seat bases will enable one for use with kayaks and the other for use with canoes and other paddling equipment, including the Onit Ability Board. The kayak mount will fit on any standard seat pan and the canoe mount can be attached to any flat bench seat, improving the accessibility of any piece of watercraft equipment.

Dream Adaptive Recreation, Inc.
Whitefish, MT 59937
$12,650 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the DREAM Winter Sports Project, which consists of approximately four months of adaptive ski and snowboard activities for people with paralysis, quadriplegia, and mobility impairments due to SCI, degenerative diseases, or traumatic injuries. The program, based at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Northwest Montana, begins the first week of December and ends the first week of April during the ski season. The DREAM program provides adaptive lessons, lift tickets, trained and skilled volunteers, and adaptive equipment for up to 200 person during the six-week intensive program, with an additional 45 private and destination skier/snowboarder lessons provided for the duration of the season. Participants range in age from five years to ninety-five years old, and are referred from school districts, assisted living facilities, veterans services, and the general public. The intent of the project is to break the barriers to inclusive recreation, improve upon the quality of life for people with mobility impairments, and aid in building confidence and independence through outdoor recreation. The objective is to increase the number of individuals and/or groups that engage in skiing and snowboarding by providing access and facilitating a learning environment. The outcome will be improved confidence and independence of the participants which translates into all other areas of their lives. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of the following equipment: TwinRider adaptive snow board by Prodaptive, KBG Lynx Mono Ski, Bi-Unique sit-ski with outriggers.

Eskenazi Health Foundation
Indianapolis, IN 46202
$10,100 – Employment Program
This Quality of Life grant will support an eight-week intensive employment internship program in which Interns receive real-world experience, develop skills, and gain professional contacts to boost confidence and empower them secure gainful, sustainable, and equitable employment within their community. Grant funds will support stipends and housing subsidies for two interns with paralysis.

Family Resource Network Inc.
Trenton, NJ 08691
$5,670 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will support Get FIT @ YMCA, a collaborative project between the Family Resource Network's (FRN) Get FIT Initiative and the YMCA of Gloucester County (YMCA). Through the inclusion of universally designed best practices, Get FIT @ YMCA will increase accessibility to community-based health and wellness services for people impacted by paralysis and other disabilities in Gloucester County. The first component is the transformation of the YMCA to ensure physical accessibility. The next component is to train YMCA staff in disability sensitivity and awareness to ensure social accessibility. The first step to this partnership was the creation of an inclusive community garden that is wheelchair accessible. The development of the garden, which includes a paved path and raised beds, commenced in the summer of 2015 and will be completed with funding for the Get FIT @ YMCA Project. This transformation of the community garden, in addition to the installation of an automated entry switch for the front door will increase accessibility to the YMCA for people with paralysis and their caregivers. Grant funds will support installation of the automated door and adapted gardening tools.

First Congregational United Church of Christ Asheville
Asheville, NC 28801
$5,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the installation of an outdoor covered wheelchair accessible lift for the front of the Education Building at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) in Asheville, North Carolina. The church already has a handicapped accessible restroom on the same floor as the current lift and the Sanctuary. A very large part of ministry at FCUCC is being a "Public Church" for the city of Asheville. The buildings are in use 7 days a week from 9 AM to 9 PM. Doors are open to some 60 community groups, non-profits, and 12-step groups through the course of a month. While some groups give donations, 90% of those are using the space free of charge. The church hosts a travelling home program for women that are experiencing homelessness. While some people entering our doors may be associated with the congregation in some way, most are not. Many people who meet here are older or have one if not several mobility issues. The main floor of the Education Building is totally inaccessible for anyone using a wheelchair or with any mobility issues that would not allow them to negotiate steps. The following items are on the main floor and not currently accessible: the main church office and offices of ministerial and program staff; the Public Art Gallery that features a new art show each month, and to which the public is invited during building open hours, the church library that hosts weekly learning opportunities and is the location of many of our church and community meetings, and children's ministries. The covered wheelchair lift will enable these community resources to be accessible to everyone.

Freedom's Wings Florida, Inc.
Temple Terrace, FL 33637
$2,500 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will provide opportunities for people with paralysis to fly in a specially adapted sailplane, either as a passenger or as a member of the flight training program. The project will also provide a limited number of inspirational flights for family members and caregivers of persons with paralysis. The purpose of these flights is to bring the world of soaring to people with paralysis and their loved ones. Inspirational flights can be provided to anyone that weighs up to 242 pounds and is able to get in and out of the sailplane. Freedom’s Wings Florida will have a hoist system to aid persons with paralysis in and out of the sailplane. The special adaptation of the sailplane allows the rudders that are normally controlled with a pilot’s feet to be controlled by a hand control. The flight training program will be limited to people with paralysis that have full use of their arms and hands but not their legs. During these flights, participants will be exposed to the soaring experience, and if desired, learn the skills of soaring. Grant funds will support sail plane rides for 25 individuals with paralysis.

Friends of Paha
Lakewood, CO 80226
$3,000 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will support Camp Paha and PAT, camps run by the Recreation and Inclusion Services for Everyone (R.I.S.E.) program operated by the City of Lakewood, Colorado's Recreation Division. Camp Paha serves children ages 6 to 17 with disabilities and PAT serves youth ages 18 to 25 with disabilities. Camp Paha and PAT run concurrently during the summer months out of the same facility. The return rate for campers is 85% and many children start attending camp at age 6 and continue until they age out of the program at 25. The program offers a range of events including traditional day camp activities, community field trips and service learning opportunities. Camp Paha and PAT provide quality, fun and purposeful activities that would not be available to participants without the program. Parents are able to work during the day knowing their children are in a safe environment. Because of the special needs of campers, Paha has a 1 to 4 staff to camper ratio which provides the attention needed to help campers get the most possible out of their experience. Camp staff members are highly trained and many have strong backgrounds working with or teaching children with disabilities. Both Paha programs are accredited by the American Camp Association and Camp Paha is licensed by the State of Colorado Department of Human Services as a school-aged childcare program. Grant funds will support camperships for 6 children with paralysis.

GallopNYC
Brooklyn, NY 11215
$5,852 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will support the expansion of GallopNYC's therapeutic horseback riding program for people with multiple sclerosis so that it can serve 24 individuals per year. Each person will participate in either a 10 or 12 week program, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, that offers weekly 30 minute riding lessons. Sessions will be held in the fall (10 weeks) and in the spring (12 weeks). GallopNYC launched this initiative, which is run in partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City - Southern New York chapter, in the spring of 2015. Eight people participated in a pilot series of lessons for an eight- week period during the months of May and June. The participants ranged in age from 50 to 74. A post-program survey of the riders indicated high levels of satisfaction; 100% rated the program as excellent and 100% said that the riding lessons were beneficial in terms of helping them pursue their fitness goals. Additionally, 100% reported that the lessons led to improvements in social wellness. Evaluation results indicate that all of the riders were able to make progress in achieving the goals they established at the beginning of the program, which included improving balance, coordination, and muscle tone, as well as building self-confidence. For example, all of the riders were able to increase the amount of time during the lesson that they were able to remain balanced on the horse. Grant funds will support horse expenses, equipment and physical therapist costs.

Global Opportunities Unlimited
Albuquerque, NM 87184
$9,500 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the GO Unlimited Access Program, which provides opportunities for outdoor adventure activities for people with paralysis and their families. Many of the outdoor programs, by their nature, are best experienced in settings that are difficult to access without the assistance of an all-terrain vehicle. In late 2013, with funding from the New Mexico Technology Assistance Program and support of a local Polaris dealer, Rosedale Motorsports, e a basic model 4- seat Polaris Ranger was purchased and then adapted for use by drivers with disabilities; with hand controls, a hoist, and special seating to safely accommodate people with quadriplegia. This has proven to be ideal for transporting participants during the warmer months of the year. However, as a base model, it cannot effectively be used when the weather turns cold and wet, as it is totally open to the elements and lacks a heater. By eliminating its use for four to six months of the year, program opportunities for the most exceptional portions of the Trekking program, where the two Viper Trikes (funded by a prior Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant) are used. Disabled fishermen are not able to reach pristine remote water, and participants cannot experience wildlife during a time of the year when many are at their most active. Grant funds will support the conversion of the Ranger to make it usable year round; specifically including the purchase and fitting of two doors, roof, snow and mud tracks, and heater system.

Goodwill Industries of Orange County
Santa Ana, CA 92703
$5,000 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the purchase of a functional electrical stimulation (FES) system for the Goodwill Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art, 12,000 square foot facility in Santa Ana, California that is fully outfitted with the finest accessible fitness equipment and staffed by trained fitness professionals. It is the only facility of its kind in Orange County, designed to improve the physical fitness and strength of individuals with spinal cord injury and other disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a well-established rehabilitation technique which uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves while evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. Using therapies such as FES, produces measurable benefits in bone density and reduction of medical complications. FES especially beneficial to clients with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and related conditions. FES can create patterned movement in the arms, legs and trunk and enables muscles to work and perform activities even though the muscles may be weak or paralyzed through neurological disease or injury. Use of the FES System by Goodwill Fitness Center members will provide multiple benefits that include helping to retrain their muscles previously affected by injury or disease, reduce the occurrence of muscle spasms and prevent muscle atrophy. The FES System aims to increase local blood circulation and maintain or increase range of motion in limbs affected by the injury or disease process. Grant funds will support the FES rehabilitation system.

Hendersonville Elementary School PTO – HIPP
Hendersonville, NC 28791
$5,000 – Accessible Playground/Ball Field
This Quality of Life grant will support a state-of-the-art inclusive accessible, universal play spaces that allow children, regardless of physical, mental, or developmental needs, to play side-by-side with their able-bodied peers. The project is divided into three phases, which allows it to impact the community in less time than it would take to raise the entire sum required for the entire project. During phase one, an accessible pathway to the playground area was installed. This phase was completely funded by the Henderson County School District. These improvements are currently complete. Phase two adds to the current paved surface, served by the new path, to create a more engaging play area. Phase two is currently underway and scheduled for completion in September 2015. Phases three and beyond involve replacing the current mulch-based surfacing with smooth poured-in-place surfacing and replacing the limiting equipment with more inclusive options. A landscape architect designed the phase three play space and construction plan so it can be implemented in smaller more affordable chunks, but grow in an integrated manner based upon the master design. The equipment allows children to play together, even if they use the equipment differently based upon their physical abilities (for example a disc swing where one may sit or lay down, where one or several children may ride at the same time). Equipment that includes transfer access points and high back support was also chosen. Another key design feature is smooth impact protective surfacing. The design calls for a set of interlocking walking paths in concrete and smooth surfacing inside these rings (where the equipment is located) to make navigation around the play space easy, saving the children the frustration of having expended all their energy just getting around and thereby missing the opportunity to engage with their peers on the play structures because of sheer physical exhaustion. Grant funds will support the Poured-in-Place smooth surfacing of the playground design. This project will ensure that every child in Henderson County, regardless of ability, to participate, achieve, and excel through equal opportunities of recess and outdoor play.

Horsepower, Inc.
Colfax, NC 27235
$9,055 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant supports an accessibility initiative for equine-facilitated activities for individuals with paralysis. Therapeutic horseback riding creates rare opportunities for riders to work on acquiring and then actually using new skill sets in real world encounters. Rider goals, modifications and accommodations designed in this non-traditional environment often lead to the transfer of critical life skills as well as positively impacting fitness, academic, and recreational opportunities. Grant funds will support a hoyer lift that will enable 40 individuals with paralysis to safely and more independently get on and off horseback for therapeutic riding. This will provide safer, more dignified transfers for all riders. Further, the lift will greatly reduce incidences of injury to trainers and volunteers in lifting riders on and off horseback, and in rider injuries caused by being dropped.

HSC Community Services, Inc.
New Britain, CT 06053
$19,991 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the continued growth of the Adaptive Sports Programs, serves new unique individuals and more individuals participating in more than one program. Highly successful existing programs include: track & field for youth and adults, indoor wheelchair soccer, table tennis, swimming, wheelchair basketball with the Connecticut Spokebenders, introductory clinics, sport-specific tournaments and the annual Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp. The most recent program additions include: an Adult Wheelchair Racing Team, Inclusive Recreation for Youth, Adult Inclusive Sports League, and Junior Wheelchair Basketball Program (launched in September 2015). A Fitness/Wellness Training Room that is fully funded by the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation will be launched in June 2016. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of three new all court wheelchairs to support program growth, including one bariatric sized chair, and a small supply of commonly replaced wheelchair parts, including tires, tubes, spokes, and straps. A locking tool box, storage cabinet, portable air compressor and set of tools will ensure that the requested parts can be securely stored and replaced. By having the correct tools and most common parts on hand, program participants will no longer need to sit by and watch the action due to the unavailability of a complete and safe sports wheelchair. Over 135 unique participants will benefit from these wheelchairs and replacement parts in the year-round adaptive sports programs. The equipment will be shared by multiple participants and used in varied sporting activities. Over 405 total family members and caregivers will benefit, especially those who participate in the Inclusive Recreation Programming for children and adults, and 50 additional people will benefit from community outreach and disability awareness trainings annually.

Ice in Paradise
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
$10,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a sled hockey program at Ice in Paradise in Santa Barbara, California, the first ice sports facility west of the Mississippi River to be designed with full-service adaptive sports capabilities. Unique recreational opportunities and adapted equipment will be provided, including sled hockey, programs for Wounded Warriors, and programs for youth and adults who are mobility impaired. Located in Goleta, near Girsh Park, the Camino Real Marketplace, and UC Santa Barbara, this state-of-the-art family-friendly facility is entirely wheelchair accessible. The 46,500 square feet arena will include two rinks: a NHL-size rink (200' x 85') and a smaller studio rink (100'x 60'), both rinks well-suited to serve the needs of youth and their families in the community, as well as all residents in the Santa Barbara area. The ice arena will support the community’s ice skaters, schools, figure skaters, ice hockey leagues and general skating programs. The closest rink is Oxnard (50 miles away) with the next closest being Simi Valley or Valencia (both more than 65 miles away). Currently, local parents drive their children three-to-four days a week on a nearly 100-mile round-trip to figure skating and ice hockey practice in Oxnard. Further, this ice skating facility will be more than just a building; it will be a place for children to bond with parents, neighbors to connect with neighbors, friends to share quality time, and for kids and adults alike of all abilities to discover the joy of learning a new skill or perfecting an old talent. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of 12 ice hockey sleds

Incight
Portland, OR 97204
$5,086 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support expansion of the adapted sports programs for individuals with disabilities in Portland, Oregon. Electric Hockey is a power chair sport that has been gaining popularity in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Germany over the past 20 years, and is now spreading to the US and Canada. The joystick-only-mobility technology is life changing, and this as a significant opportunity to introduce youth to sport. In 2014, Incight secured ownership of an equipment trailer and the first 6 electric hockey carts in the United States. This project will launch the first successful electric hockey league in Portland, OR and continue to spread it across the Pacific NorthWest, providing access to recreation for power wheelchair users who have previously been excluded from the world of adaptive sports. Traditional adaptive recreation that requires some upper body function has not been accessible for those with very limited mobility. The closest opportunity for this demographic to participate in this sport is using slow, heavy, expensive power wheelchairs in disparate sport leagues. In contrast, the electric hockey cart leagues are fast paced, fun, adaptable, fully inclusive, and open to any participant no matter the mobility impairment. Grant funds will be used to support the cost of equipment (batteries, balls, headrests, winch, charger adapters), a joystick programmer for the various participant needs, and coaching fees.

Infinity Dance Theater Company Ltd.
New York, NY 10025
$10,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support a program offering free dance classes and choreography workshops for dancers with disabilities. Kitty Lunn, Infinity Dance Theater’s Artistic Director and renowned educator, will conduct free weekly dance classes and choreography workshops for adults with physical disabilities (at least 25 with paralysis) through a total of 90 sessions and 155 hours of instruction in the New York City metropolitan area (two locations, Manhattan and Westchester). In Manhattan, Infinity’s sessions at LaGuardia Arts (Upper West Side) will benefit 13 participants with paralysis (primarily African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic women; ranging in age from 20's to 50's) over a 40-week period. And, a weekly one-and-a-half hour dance class for 12 individuals (ages in their 20’s to 60’s) with paralysis will be held at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester for 50 weeks during 2016. As each disability requires a customized approach, this project lends itself to highly personalized training and a smaller numbers of students. In addition, several non-disabled dancers enjoy participating in the sessions to gain experience collaborating artistically with dancers with disabilities in a setting where each is treated with equal artistic value. The curriculum is refined for the students based on age level, dance experience, level of disability, and their individual goals. Adults at the beginner ballet level learn basic breathing exercises and strengthening exercises for arms, wrists, hands, and fingers. Intermediate and advanced lessons deal with concepts of choreography, interpretive improvisational movement, chair control, and techniques of self-propelling. Kitty Lunn also guides the students in the development of new choreographic phrases, so that her students with disabilities take an active role in the artistic creation process. In a collective fashion, each student is able to work on their individual needs through dance, bringing them to a place of healing and freedom from their pre-conceived boundaries. For some participants in Infinity's dance classes, the experience helps to provide a more active, independent lifestyle and boosts self-esteem, while others may have more serious aspirations to begin formal study of ballet and modern dance (some have since earned paid professional dance experience). Infinity's strong foundation in dance technique and proper training fosters genuine parity among Infinity's dancers with and without disabilities on stage, which is often not the case with dance companies featuring disabled dancers, as well as parity in the studio for the benefit of people with disabilities interested in studying dance. Grant funds will support teaching expenses.

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John F. Kennedy Medical Center Foundation
Edison, NJ 08820
$6,000 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will support Visuomotor Training to Improve Function Post Stroke or Brain Injury. Following the acute phase of hospitalization, patients who have paralysis as a result of a stroke or traumatic brain injury receive a full range of therapeutic services (e.g., physical, occupational and speech therapy) at JFK’s Extended Recovery Unit. Grant funds will help to support the purchase of a Dynavision visuomotor training system as a component of the comprehensive recovery program for these patients. Originally designed to improve the visual and motor skills of athletes, the Dynavision has been adapted to provide similar training benefits to persons who have been compromised by disease or injury, such as a stroke, brain trauma or spinal cord injury. The Dynavision consists of a large, heavy-duty board that can be wall-mounted. Its training surface houses 64 small, square buttons, arranged in a pattern of five nested rings. The board can be adjusted to accommodate patients who use wheelchairs to increase their upper extremity active range of motion and coordination. A computerized display and printer are built in. The Dynavision has four major programs – the self-paced program, the apparatus-based program, the tracking program and the flash program. Within the four main programs, the Dynavision incorporates increasing levels of difficulty and provides the therapist with tools for tracking improvement. The therapist may select any one of the programs and levels of difficulty according to the patient’s personalized rehabilitation program and treatment goals. The project will serve 85 patients who will participate in specialized therapy using the Dynavision as often as three times per week.

K2 Adventures Foundation
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
$6,213 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will support the H.O.R.S.E. Camp (Health, Opportunity, Recreation, Support and Education), specially designed for children ages 8-18 with paralysis, adaptive to the needs of each camper. The camp is a partnership with Whispering Hope Ranch, a nonprofit facility that fosters nurturing interactions between campers with disabilities and animals with special needs. In camp, youngsters learn to try new things, feel safe among friends with similar disabilities and discover their dreams. Camp provides three-days and two-nights of fun-filled educational outings, team-building exercises, sports and most importantly, the opportunity to participate in specialized animal therapy that creates transformational experiences for both campers and animals. Whispering Hope Ranch provides sanctuary to approximately 60 special needs animals, all of whom were born with physical differences or suffered illness, injury or abuse. Camp is a supportive place that allows youngsters to build confidence and self-esteem in a setting tailored to fit their needs. Most importantly, campers gain a sense of increased independence in a fun and encouraging setting. Camp is located approximately two hours north of metropolitan Phoenix, in a lush, rural setting. Whispering Hope Ranch provides camp experiences for children and adults with disabilities. While rustic, the state-of-the-art handicap accessible property offers many youngsters their first outdoor experience, and for some, the first time without a family member as a primary caregiver. While so important to youth to experience life beyond their families, it is equally important to provide parents and caregivers a break from day-to-day care often required of a person with a disability. H.O.R.S.E. Camp promotes the human-equine bond, utilizing guided animal contact, understanding animal communication and behavior, creating awareness and bonding. The program is designed to increase independence and personal growth, teach compassion and understanding and facilitate the connection between humans and nature. Other activities include: arts and crafts, court and field sports, drama productions, stargazing, campfire sing-alongs and storytelling—all which add to a well-rounded camping experience. Research has shown that upon returning from camp, youngsters gain new skills, new friends and newfound confidence. Grant funds will support travel and accommodations for 5 children with paralysis to attend camp.

Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc.
Savannah, GA 31405
$12,600 – Transportation
This Quality of Life grant will support a program that provides independent transportation for Georgians with mobility challenges. Lack of accessible transportation creates barriers that may lead to a life of dependency, low personal satisfaction and limited participation as a citizen. Because transportation remains one of the leading barriers people with significant disabilities face on a daily basis, it remains one of LIFE’s prime focuses. Fortunately, the continuous introduction of new assistive technology has broadened opportunities for individuals with disabilities to use their own vehicles or to more easily travel with a family member or friend. The exterior power wheelchair lift is designed to provide scooter and power chair users with a durable, easy-to-use means to transport power wheelchairs or scooters where ever they're needed. The innovative drive-on/drive-off platform allows the consumer to enter from either direction with their scooters, convenient for parking lots and cramped driveways. The easy-to-use 3-point tie down system with one-handed, black ratcheting straps helps secure most any scooter or power chair on the market from the lightweight travel scooters to all-terrain mobility. This single piece of equipment has the ability to not only change the life of the person with the disability, but his/her family members as well, as evidenced through the thank you letters received from clients that get this equipment. Grant funds will help underwrite the purchase seven exterior power wheelchair lifts (or six power wheelchair lifts and one set of hand-controls) for the individuals who are currently on the waiting list plus the additional consumers expected to be added to the waiting list before the end of the fiscal year. This support will open a world of opportunities and possibilities for these individuals. Life does not end with the onset of a disability, but the quality of life can be severely limited without the tools of independence. LIFE exists to help level the playing field for people with disabilities in order to create a world in which everyone can fully participate! With access and opportunity, disability can be reduced to a mere nuisance.

Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding Inc.
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
$6,030 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will support the installation of a Sure Hands Lift to enable riders who use wheelchairs to be able to be more independent and maintain safety and dignity while mounting and dismounting from wheelchair to horseback. Currently, mounting and dismounting is accomplished by lifting the riders from their wheelchairs or the horses with volunteer manual labor. This creates safety issues for both riders and volunteers and occasionally requires touching anticipants in sensitive areas. A mechanical lift will expand capabilities while providing a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. The veteran program is continuing to grow and it is anticipated that veteran riders that use a wheelchair will be served. Veterans with recent loss of capability present a new set of challenges for the program, including greater body mass (than child riders) and lower self-esteem. A lift would allow for safer transfer to and from a horse. The addition mechanical lift for riders who are use wheelchairs will expand the capabilities of the facility, but more importantly, will significantly improve riders' independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
Philadelphia, PA 19102
$4,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support the Art Therapy Program at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, which aids patients with spinal cord injury and other disabling injuries and disease in their emotional and psychological recovery. Patients are provided guidance and support to create works of art to express their hopes and fears. For patients who have recently experienced a traumatic event like spinal cord injury, having an emotional outlet through Art Therapy greatly assists their healing process. Participation in Art Therapy is often one of the first activities patients engage in that isn’t directly focused on medical care or rehabilitation therapy and, as such, offers an important opportunity for creative expression during their inpatient treatment and, afterwards, during outpatient therapy. Art Therapy improves the quality of life of patients during their treatment at Magee by providing a safe space in which to express emotions, and decrease feelings of isolation and depression that often accompany a traumatic event. Patients are provided art making supplies such as paint brushes, paints, canvas, pencils and paper and the staff art therapist works with patients individually and in group sessions. The individual sessions with the art therapist provide emotional and psychological support to patients. The group sessions also offer an opportunity for socialization and mutual support with other patients who have experienced a similar traumatic event. Participating in the Art Therapy Program supports patients’ physical rehabilitation goals as they are encouraged to use fine-motor skills by making art. When needed, adaptive devices are provided to patients to help them hold a paint brush, which is attached to a wrist-cuff or held in their mouths, if they have lost some or all of their upper body function. Because the program encourages patients to engage with their environment using alternative mobility techniques to express themselves, involvement in Art Therapy offers patients early insight and helps build hope about their future and their abilities. Grant funds will support the cost of art supplies and costs for the art therapist

Mattoon Area Family YMCA
Mattoon, IL 61938
$7,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the replacement of a deteriorating pool lift chair to facilitate safe transfer on individuals into and out of the swimming pool. The PAL2 Portable Aquatic Lift is battery powered, complies with Americans With Disabilities Act Access Guidelines, and has a lifting capacity of 300 pounds. It can easily be moved to multiple pool locations, and provides a stable user transfer from pool deck to the water. This new lift chair is a user friendly model that will allow better access to the pool. This lift is capable of stopping at a variety of positions/heights to accommodate all ages, abilities, heights of individual users. It allows users with a variety of mobility assistance devices including (but not limited to) wheelchairs, walkers, and canes, to access or transfer to the lift. This pool lift will ensure that all members, no matter their limits of mobility or physical ability, can safely access the pool. At this time we have an average of 3-4 individuals use our lift chair each day, but it is anticipated that the new lift will increase the number of people using the lift to 15 per day.

Midwest Power Soccer Association
Zimmerman, MN 55398
$1,250 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support Power Soccer, an adaptive sport that is played by athletes that use power wheelchairs. These athletes are physically unable to participate in able-body sports and oftentimes have reduced ability to participate in extra-curricular and community activities.
MWPSA strongly believes that participation in events such as national tournaments not only improves quality of life for athletes, coaches, families and fans of power soccer but also brings a greater awareness to the community as a whole, of the skills and extraordinary talents of power soccer athletes. Playing power soccer can encourage individuals who otherwise have a limited opportunity for competitive play to get out, and build strong connections within their communities. Additionally, the power soccer community provides an outstanding support system for its athletes and families, helping to navigate the unique challenges faced by wheelchair users. Grant funds will support tournament registration fees.

Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, MO 63166
$2,600 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will support a program of therapeutic horticulture for children with paralysis. The project is based on a partnership between the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) and Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital (Ranken Jordan) for the purpose of providing a year-round Therapeutic Horticulture program to children with paralysis and other medically complex conditions. The purpose of the project is to continue and expand the therapeutic horticulture program so that it can offer more activities and benefit more children. During the project, MBG will send a Therapeutic Horticulture instructor to Ranken Jordan each week—and twice a week during the spring and summer growing season—to present an array of horticulture activities to the children who are being treated at Ranken Jordan for paralysis and other medically complex conditions. These sessions will be tied to the four seasons, and many of them will take place in Ranken Jordan’s Seeds of Hope Garden, a 100 square foot accessible garden which includes raised planters, large containers, and ground level plantings. These sessions are designed to engage the children in garden observations, propagation, germination of seeds, planting, maintenance, harvesting, and using the plants in botanical crafts and food preparation. Ranken Jordan therapy staff will supervise the children during the weekly presentations and assist them in using the activities to improve their motor skills and cognitive abilities. Once a month, Ranken Jordan staff will bring some children to MBG for exposure and experiences unique to the Garden setting. The weekly sessions held at Ranken Jordan and the monthly sessions at MBG are part of the patients’ community integration. Nature-based activities allow patients meaningful connections with natural materials and provide many opportunities for sensory exploration. TH sessions at Ranken Jordan provide opportunities for patients to be outdoors, interact with plants and natural materials, provide a diversion, increase self-esteem and self-confidence, and provide social interaction with others. The sessions at MBG provide exposure to a community venue and integration into the general public. This program serves children with a wide range of ages and rehabilitation needs. Horticulture techniques are used to assist patients to learn new skills or regain those that have been lost. Group sessions focus on regaining cognition, social and emotional functioning, stress management, and brightening of affect through activities designed to maximize well-being. Patients also engage in hands-on activities which help improve their physical, motor, and cognitive skills. Grant funds will support horticultural supplies and equipment.

Nancy's House
Wyncote, PA 19095
$9,650 – Caregiving
This Quality of Life grant will support a 3-day Caregiver Retreat for caregivers of individuals with paralysis. The two most critical impacts of caregiving are isolation and exhaustion, from which all other problems stem. Caregiver Retreats are designed to create the space and opportunity for rest, renewal, and connection with other family caregivers while also providing participants with the skills to live more healthfully when they return home. A Welcome Reception is the first step in giving caregivers the space to release the tightly held control that they maintain over their lives and allow another person to care for them. It creates an informal setting for attendees to meet - the initial step in breaking the isolation. The Welcome Reception also creates the time for facilitators to meet individually with guests, learn their particular situations and identify their goals. It is the first point of evaluation -- the baseline to which the final evaluation is compared. An hour of yoga delineates the retreat from the outside world. It is the guests’ first self-focused activity. Dinner and support group with an open end point create the opportunity to share experiences, challenges, and solutions. The second day starts with an optional morning walk. All guests may get a 1-hour massage during the second day. There are classes in calming meditation techniques and stress management, interspersed with lunch, down time for reading, napping, talking with others, and optional individual counseling. Day 3 includes an optional walk and energizing meditation class. This is the second point of evaluation. Guests are interviewed to see if goals have been met and to identify the supports they need at home to maintain what they have learned. Specific, quantified objectives are assessed. A closing exercise solidifies what each guest has learned and creates the space to “leave behind” negative and undesired thoughts, emotions and behaviors. This activity eases guests back into the outside world by having them create the framework to apply, in their own settings, what they have learned. All guests leave with each others’ contact information so they remain a network of support and accountability. Project outcomes include increased knowledge of self-care methods and strategies to maintain physical and emotional health, decreased sense of isolation, and increased application of self-care skills. Grant funds support costs for 10 caregivers of individuals with paralysis to attend the retreat.

New Jersey Ballet Company, Inc.
Livingston, NJ 07039
$6,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support the Dancing for Parkinson's program at New Jersey Ballet, which aims to improve the lives of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) and their care partners by promoting movement, social inclusion, creativity and exercise through the art of dance. The program develops participant's stability and gait, which in turn will contribute to a greater sense of confidence. By moving and coordinating their bodies, participants will decrease rigidity and tremor in limbs and also improve their facial expressions. The most important goal of the class is to improve the lives of participants. By having group classes, a new community is developed promoting social inclusion, which allows participants to become involved in their community, reducing isolation and allowing the students to feel happy. Doctors are encouraging individuals with PD to remain active and exercise regularly. Dance offers individuals with PD a safe environment where they are no longer patients, where there is no right or wrong way to move, and where care partners are also welcomed and encouraged to share in the joy of movement. A lot of focus over the years has been devoted to research and finding a cure, but more individuals with PD, as well as researchers, realize that the care side needs even more attention than the research. The Dancing for Parkinson's program focuses on the joy of movement to the guiding beat of music. Dance not only encompasses the physical, it also brings out the human spirit. Grant funds will support fees for the dance class pianist, lead instructor, and class assistant.

North Jersey Navigators
Bayonne, NJ 07002
$5,650 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the North Jersey Navigators adaptive sports programs, which provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities (currently including individuals ranging in age from 7 to 27 years) to take part in adaptive sports in order to enhance the quality of their lives. The program is comprised of a wide range of recreational and competitive adaptive sports that have been designed to develop and enhance the mobility and athletics skills of individuals with disabilities and promote independence. A fun-filled and competitive approach is applied to teaching and coaching several meaningful adaptive sports, including track, field, road racing, archery, swimming, and paratriathlon. All programs are offered at no cost, and the organization covers all the program expenses. Depending on the adaptive sport event, training can be modified and customized based on the individual’s disability in order to provide the best methods for a successful inclusion. The skills and confidence the members acquire are very rewarding and make the program a great success. Each program is developed, implemented and coordinated to help increase the participants’ mobility skills and activity levels in a fun, safe and rewarding team environment, creating an entry point into an active lifestyle and instilling positive habits that will last a lifetime. Participants develop motor skill competencies, social skills, higher self-esteem, and independence. Further, the program gives them opportunities to challenge themselves and inspires them to achieve increased participation in all physical activities. In addition, adaptive sports programs provide an opportunity for participants and their families to meet and socialize with other people experiencing similar obstacles. Parents obtain new ideas regarding rising or taking care of an individual with a physical disability; they share their success and experiences facing inclusion challenges. Over the past several years, partnerships and liaisons have been built with other organizations from both private and public sectors to further adaptive sports programs. Liaisons with several organizations, including the Bayonne Board of Education, Lincoln School Community Pool, Hudson County Parks, and the WA-XO-BE Archers have made a big impact on the organization. Utilizing their resources in the form of in-kind donations has facilitated in the decrease of operating costs, saving approximately $50,000 per year. These organizations provide all year round access to their indoor and outdoor practice facilities for our weekly practices. Grant funds will support team transportation to championships.

Northern Arizona University Foundation
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4095
$10,000 – Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will support Augmentative and Alternative Communication Training Intervention (AACT-I) for Family Caregivers, a project that aims to provide caregivers and their children with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs, with the resources to successfully implement AAC systems in the family home and community. This type of training intervention has never been developed or published online to be readily available, at no cost, to support AAC implementation by family caregivers. Thus, AACT-I will contribute significantly to communication and AAC intervention outcomes for children with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs and fill a gap in the disability literature. AACT-I will be developed as an online intervention resource. A needs assessment, training modules, and progress monitoring tool will be developed and published online to support family caregivers. To best capture family caregiver training needs and gaps in services, and develop a culturally-sensitive training intervention, collaboration with families will take place throughout the project period to develop, evaluate, revise, and disseminate AACT-I. AAC systems may include sign language, picture symbols, writing, and the use of technology systems which relay recorded or computer voice messages. Increasing communication abilities, through AAC systems, AACT-I will impact children in every aspect of their life, providing opportunities for new inclusion, community integration, and independent living experiences immediately and in the future. Without adequate communication these opportunities are severely restricted. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses.

Note-Able Music Therapy Services
Reno, NV 89503
$7,900 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support adaptive music, dance and performance programs for people with disabilities through all stages of life. NMTS is the only organization in northern Nevada that offers people with paralysis ways to achieve success and recognition through the performing arts. More than 60 people enrolled in four experiential "Exploring Music" classes for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. These classes provide opportunities for our participants to sing, dance, write their own songs and perform. The focus of the classes is primarily on creating social connections while also acknowledging individual people. For many people in our programs, the classes are important in helping them to overcome the social isolation that often comes with paralysis and disability. We also encourage our participants to express themselves within the group in an environment that is supportive, safe and encouraging. Dance classes are open to people of all abilities, and dancers range in age from toddlers to seniors. Instructors are trained to adapt movement and dance exercises to ensure that all participants are included in class activities. The focus of these classes is to improve physical health, mobility, self-expression and social inclusion. Grant funds will support costs for the music therapist and supplies for music instruction.

One Revolution Foundation
Park City, UT 84068
$3,750 – Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will support One Revolution’s Nametags Educational Program, a 45-minute assembly program designed for 3rd-12th grade students. The compelling, interactive program uses the stories of individuals with physical disabilities to spread a message of resilience, and teach students that individuals with disabilities are equals and can lead productive, full and motivated lives. Using the slogan “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you,” audience members change their perception of disability based on the presenter’s personal story of resilience and achievement. Presenters, all of whom have sustained a spinal cord injury, will deliver the Nametags Educational Program within their contracted geographical territory. Each presenter will be contracted for a minimum of 10 presentations annually, reaching an estimated 350 students per presentation, (totaling 17,500 students annually). After presenters have been trained and initial marketing materials have been developed, the program will be self-sustaining and will continue in perpetuity. Grant funds will help to support the production of promotional films for outreach initiatives to grow the program nationally. Within the next 5 years, One Revolution Foundation looks to grow Nametags Educational Programming in the top 30 media markets.

Orlando Health
Orlando, FL 32806
$14,945 – Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will support Breaking Down Barriers, a comprehensive assistive technology program created by Orlando Regional Medical Center’s (ORMC) acute rehabilitation team to provide patients with devices to enable them to communicate effectively. The program provides many types of augmentative and alternative forms of communication (AAC), with various access modes including eye gaze capability. This grant will help to underwrite the cost of the Tobii-Dynavox i-12, an FDA-approved device that supports communication and environmental access via eye gaze, various switch activation and/or adaptive stylus access. This equipment will to help improve the quality of an individual’s life and care at a time when they are the most vulnerable and are often merely fighting to survive and eventually adapt to a new way of living.

Ottawa Kiwanis Project Inclusive Playground c/o YMCA of Ottawa, Illinois
Ottawa, IL 61350
$5,000 – Accessible Playground/Ball Field
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an accessible playground in Ottawa, Illinois, a town with 18,562 residents, 13 percent of whom live with a disability. Ottawa does not have any accessible playgrounds for persons of all abilities. With an overarching goal to equip every playground in Ottawa to be accessible, the initiative starts with developing a new section of the Lincoln Douglas Park playground that will allow all community residents to play together. Lincoln Douglas Park is located next to a low income housing complex in Ottawa. It also includes the community pool, ball diamonds, basketball courts, and soccer fields. It is an area that is highly frequented by families. Unfortunately, children and adults that use wheelchairs are not able to play together. The City designated an area of the existing Lincoln-Douglas Park for building a playground for inclusive play. The City will assist with land preparation, and when the equipment arrives, City workers will install it with the help of volunteers. Once built, the City will maintain the park. The playground, which is designed by NuToys using Landscape Structures equipment, will be wheelchair accessible and include sensory panels. Playground equipment will enable people that use wheelchairs and people that do not to play together. Paths to access equipment will be wide enough for wheelchairs. The slide area will also be accessible to people that use wheelchairs. Sensory equipment will be incorporated to meet the needs of persons with sensory disorders. Together, we are building a playground that can meet the needs of all of our community members.

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Foundation
Ashland, KY 41101
$8,589 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will support Partial Weight-Bearing Therapy, also known as Unweighing, that uses an external device to support a percentage of a patient’s body weight, allowing the patient to perform a variety of therapeutic activities in an upright and safe environment. Body weight supported systems are used for gait training with a patient that cannot bear full weight on their lower extremities due to various disabilities. The system allows for patients that are typically non-ambulatory to begin a gait training program under the instruction of a physical therapist. Researchers have documented a number of benefits to using Partial Weight-Bearing Therapy, including improvements in endurance, balance, gait ability and motor recovery. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase the Biodex Unweighing System to be installed on a Star Trac rehabilitation treadmill (provided in-kind) and used by adults and children with mobility issues that are enrolled in rehabilitation programs. Trained physical therapists will work one-on-one with patients to increase their functional outcomes and improve their overall quality of life. Program staff will also educate caregivers on the benefits of Partial Weight-Bearing Therapy and encourage them to participate in patient goal-setting. The Biodex Unweighing System is the only evidence-based mobile unweighing system that provides quantifiable, dynamic, partial weight-bearing therapy without an electric motor, weights or air compressor. Biodex works to improve patient mobility(NIH, 2000) and major universities and rehabilitation centers recommend its use as an integral component of physical therapy for patients with a variety of complex disabilities (John Hopkins University; Rusk Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine; Shriner's Children's Hospital, etc.)

Parent to Parent Support Program of Thurston County
Lacey, WA 98503
$1,675 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will support a program of family inclusion that provides a starting point to the inclusion of children with disabilities into everyday life in their communities. Family oriented social activities such as bowling, skating, and visits to museums have proven to be a valuable tool for connecting families and building networks of support. It has become evident that parents want to gather socially through community activities. The anticipated results include increased participation at events, which promotes self-concept, self-esteem and self-worth for the entire family. These opportunities can aid in preventing different emotional conditions, including acting out behavior, depression, trouble adjusting to certain situations, stress, and anxiety. Recreational and social opportunities enrich the lives of the entire family by giving them an innate sense of belonging and feeling of camaraderie, and help them to function optimally, thus promoting family resiliency. When families with similar concerns meet, there is a sense of community and understanding, and a decrease in social isolation. Events teach participants to adapt to change and practice social emotional skills by interacting with new people in different environments. Grant funds will support program coordinator expenses, promotional event materials, travel assistance for families to attend special community events, entrance fees for special community events.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.
Boston, MA 02116
$2,600 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will support Making Healthy Connections (MHC), a uniquely effective mentoring and skills building program to motivate youth with disabilities, ages 14-22, to understand their health care needs, effectively use community resources to transition to adult health services, and sustain a healthy lifestyle. MHC seeks to enhance the health and well-being of youth with a range of disabilities through discussion, recreation, experiential learning, and information about community resources. By developing the health awareness and responsible behavior of these underserved youth, MHC supports them as they transition to adult health care and independence. MHC integrates discussion, hypothetical problem-solving and experiential learning within the group and individual mentoring structure. Staffing at each site is provided by a Program Coordinator; a Youth Group Facilitator; and a Parent Group Facilitator as well as several Personal Care Assistants. All Youth Learning sessions will be facilitated by the Youth Group Facilitator, an adult mentor who has a disability as well as professional experience in the field of disability. In addition, youth facilitators and parent facilitators will attend monthly group supervision meetings. Peer leaders will provide general support related to preparing and facilitating sessions and providing one-to-one peer support to MHC youth participants. Outside consultants are hired to provide support to the MHC Youth Group Facilitator and to facilitate MHC sessions on specialized topics. Personal care attendants and sign language interpreters are hired to help all youth participate fully in the sessions. Grant funds will support facility rental at YMCA for program, travel for staff and programmatic consultants (group facilitator, personal care assistants for group meetings, and speaker fees for 5 meetings.

Reagan's Journey
Kittanning, PA 16201
$6,225 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will support RJ's Closet, an exchange program for durable medical equipment for special needs children and their families in Armstrong, Butler and Indiana counties in Western, Pennsylvania. Reagan's Journey offers emotional and financial support to children and their families through fundraising and special outreach events. To address the need to provide essential equipment for families that often do not have the financial ability to provide the equipment, Reagan's Journey will purchase needed items such as adaptive wheelchairs, strollers, swings, bath seats and walkers that will be shared among the families. The equipment enables families to go to public settings, such as the zoo, family outings, ball games, etc. Furthermore as children grow, they also outgrow their wheelchairs and other equipment. Children with special needs and their families would fully benefit from the purchase of this equipment and then share it as their children grow or their needs change. This equipment exchange will be the first of its kind and much needed in Armstrong, Butler and Indiana, Pennsylvania. Grant funds will support the purchase of durable medical equipment for equipment loan closet.

Richland County Recreation Foundation
Columbia, SC 29223
$5,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the Adaptive Recreation Division of Richland County Recreation Commission's Wheelchair Basketball Developmental League. The Division began more than 30 years ago, and serves a diverse population of individuals with intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities. This division makes it possible for persons living with disabilities to remain physically active. The Wheelchair Basketball Developmental League is a professional traveling league for teenagers and adults ages 15-35 that are able to maneuver a wheelchair while competing in basketball competition. Started in the 2014-2015 season, the "RCRC Lightning" basketball team is a part of the Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Conference. Currently the team has 17 players. The next season will begin September 2015 and end June 2016. The team participates in local games, while also traveling to Charleston and Spartanburg, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. Grant funds will support the purchase of two basketball wheelchairs, tires, tubes and other equipment.

River of Dreams dba Daring Adventures
Phoenix, AZ 85034
$7,298 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will support Daring Adventures, a program that provides hiking, cycling, kayaking, river rafting, camping, backpacking and other activities for individuals with disabilities. Many of these activities take place in the backcountry that, without proper equipment, are inaccessible for individuals with mobility impairments. Grant funds will support the purchase of 2 safari-style wheelchairs to make the outdoors more accessible for individuals with paralysis and other mobility impairments. The organization currently has 4 twenty-plus year-old customized safari wheelchairs. Each of these chairs has carried hundreds of individuals on adventures. While Daring Adventures prides itself on caring for its equipment and treating it with “tender loving care,” time and backcountry use have taken its toll. Whether over sandy or rocky trails, specialized wheelchairs may be pushed, pulled or carried, depending on the user and terrain. The new safari chairs will enable the program to expand, and will become a respite provider through the AZ Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities. It will also partner with day treatment programs and group homes to provide outdoor activities to improve the health and wellness of youth and adults with disabilities.

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Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
Chicago, IL 60608
$5,000 – Transition from Institution to Home
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a Community Outing Project, designed to encourage independent living and increase clients’ comfort level with utilizing a wheelchair or other mobility device in public. The program will reach about 230 people with disabilities including about 60 people with spinal cord injuries. Having a disability is the only criteria to attend the community outings group. Clients will likely pair up with people that have similar interests that may have the same types of ideas for outings in mind. Therapeutic Recreational and Physical Therapists will join participants on the outings, and play a strong role in a patient's rehabilitation experience as they learn the necessary skills to integrate back into their communities upon discharge. The program helps clients overcome the fear and uncertainty that comes with adjusting physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Within Schwab's primary service areas, an average of 50 percent of the population is living below the poverty level. Further, many lack the effective support networks necessary to their full integration back into the community. The program fosters connections with other people that decreases feelings of isolation and depression, and increases confidence and independence. Grant funds will support the recreation therapist.

Seneca Cayuga ARC
Waterloo, NY 13165
$5,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support Fearless Video Productions, the creation of original television programming created by a company of individuals with developmental, intellectual and other disabilities including severe motor skill and mobility challenges. Three separate production teams will each produce a video series; comedy, drama and public affairs; which are written, performed, shot and edited by the individuals participating along with guest appearances from outside the group. Production work will take place at FAME's studio and performance space located in downtown Auburn, New York, along with other settings in and around the community. Staff and guest instructors will provide instruction and advice as the participants learn the ins and outs of producing on a regular schedule. Participants will have their choice of working in any one of the three production teams. Each of the three production companies will once a week for a two hour work session. The teams will also work in the areas of costumes, props, make-up and lighting. A complete set will be created for the public affairs series. Each company hopes to produce one 5-t- 8 minute episodes every other month and perhaps more frequently as they gain experience. The episodes will be available on the Agency website, local cable access channels and YouTube. The project will be on going but each team can vote to change the programming every six months. Grant funds will support the production of films.

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children
Sacramento, CA 95817
$11,930 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will support pediatric therapeutic equipment for the Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Program. The equipment will improve the medical and rehabilitative care for children with spinal cord injuries. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of GaitKeeper 2000T Treadmill with GaitSens 2000, a durable, flexible treadmill that complements the LiteGait system, and provides integrated patient monitoring systems that transmit information to tablets and other devices for therapists and other caregivers. Grant funds will also help underwrite the purchase of a Nu7Step T4r Recumbent Cross Trainer, which enhances skills building, strengthening, and supports the patients physically and provides data feedback to therapists and other caregivers.

Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
$7,500 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to underwrite the installation of a Sure-Hands lift to provide a means to place individuals on horses with dignity and safety. Sojourn's goal is to increase the number of participants who could have access to the program by providing the Sure-Hands lift system. The lift will enable Sojourn to provide therapeutic riding for students that would not otherwise be able to participate.

South Shore YMCA
Norwell, MA 02061
$1,850 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will support The South Shore YMCA Partnership Program, a recreational, non-clinical program designed specifically for persons with physical disabilities who are interested in a structured exercise program. The program serves individuals that need specialized, adaptive exercise equipment and/or one-on-one assistance. Volunteer training partners assist participants with workouts designed to improve or maintain physical ability to stay active in sports, recreation, and activities of daily living. The program is offered at no additional cost to South Shore YMCA members, and it has over 115 current members, serving between 15-25 participants on any given day The participants have a variety of disabilities including but not limited to individuals with a spinal cord injury, CVA, traumatic brain injury, and MS. To meet the exercise needs of the participants the Y has invested in or has had donated over 20 pieces of adapted equipment including 3 Restorative Therapy F.E.S. bikes, 2 standing frames, 3 Motomed bikes, 4 Nu-Steps, a Vitaglide, 2 Technogym arm ergometers, 4 strength training pieces from the Cybex total access line. The South Shore YMCA has two accessible swimming pools and 5 accessible locker rooms. Grant funds will support 2 aquatic walkers, aquatic gloves, neck noodles, floatation sets, aquatic dumbells for a structured water exercise program.

Special Kids Special Families
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
$2,500 – Transportation
This Quality of Life grant will support accessible transportation for families with disabilities to enable them to access programs and services in the community. Grant funds will help to support the purchase of an ADA-compliant bus that will facilitate transportation of children with disabilities to after-school programs and for adults with disabilities. Many clients do not get out into the community because of mobility issues and lack of transportation. The youth foster and adoption program currently serves 60 children from the child welfare system, many of whom have developmental disabilities and medical challenges.

Specialized Needs Recreation
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816
$5,000 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant supports Camp All Stars, which offers 6 hours of fun, safe and productive recreational activities 5 days a week for 11 weeks of the summer, 7-9 days of Winter Break, 5 days of Spring Break and 6 "school days off." Approximately 60% of these campers are low-income based on eligibility for the USDA free lunch. Camp All Stars offers these children both full or partial scholarships to pay the $15/day fee depending on their need, providing dynamic activities and adventures that they would not otherwise be able to experience or enjoy. From central community locations, Camp All Stars offers free transportation to and from "camp central" at 3700 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. Camp activities at the facility include theme days, games, arts and crafts, cooking, baking and instruction in appropriate interpersonal group and public behavior. The heart of Camp All Stars is community adventures, where children are transported to numerous activities available in and around the community. Campers enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, water parks, boating, fishing, rock climbing, picnics, beach days, horseback riding, amusement parks, museums and more. Additionally they tour some local businesses and campers have opportunities to volunteer at local organizations. On camp days, participants attend formal instruction in social skills, friendship skills and appropriate public behavior. They practice these skills in free play and activities at the camp facility. They use these skills in the community when Camp All Stars travels to community activities daily on its accessible mini-bus and two vans. Participants give back to others through their volunteer work at nursing homes, spending time with residents, caroling, barbecuing, playing bingo and socializing. Grant funds will support program scholarships and transportation assistance for campers.

Spina Bifida Resource Network
Flemington, NJ 08822
$7,680 – Healthcare
This Quality of Life grant will support the Strive for Independence, which seeks to increase self-sufficiency for children with continence issues related to physical disabilities by providing education, training and tools to allow them to take control of their healthcare and become more independent. In order to transition from child to adolescent to an independent adult in a safe and effective way, the process needs to begin early with training in many areas. SBRN will develop a comprehensive planning process in which staff will work directly with each child and their family to assist them in setting and achieving meaningful, personalized goals towards independence. One barrier to inclusion is that children are often reluctant to participate in community and school activities due to medical conditions that hold them back, such as concerns over incontinence. Many children living with paralysis experience urinary incontinence issues, which need to be managed to prevent secondary issues such as infections and kidney damage. This program will provide training to achieve bowel and bladder continence for children with physical disabilities and their caregivers, including school personnel, in order to reduce secondary medical issues, increase independence and social comfort. Armed with the right information and skills, children with disabilities can manage their health and education, and address concerns proactively, which has significant implications in both reducing costs of medical care and increasing quality of life. Better health outcomes will also lead to greater independence for the children as they grow and develop. Grant funds will support programmatic personnel, copies of educational materials, travel and phones for nurse and social worker.

Sportable
Richmond, VA 23220
$8,156 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support expansion of adaptive sports programs for individuals with paralysis. Sportable provides a year-round schedule of recreational and competitive sporting opportunities for youth and adult athletes that help athletes build peer relationships and reduce social isolation, and facilitate physical and attitudinal change in the community. In 2015, the number of athletes were double that the previous year. In order for our athletes to participate in the program, Sportable loans the necessary specialized equipment that is cost prohibitive for many families. In 2015, a record breaking 16 athletes completed the Ukrop’s Monument 10K, the youth wheelchair basketball team competed in the National Championship Tournament, and one of the program's athletes was named to the 2015 US Paralympic Track & Field Team. Grant funds will help to underwrite the cost of 4 basketball wheelchairs, wheelchair equipment technician/coordinator, and rental of Smartbox equipment storage.

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
$5,000 – Transition from Institution to Home
This Quality of Life grant will support peer mentoring, advocacy and psychosocial support initiatives for individuals with spinal cord injury in Haiti. SBHF opened a national SCI rehabilitation center at the request of the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) following the 2010 earthquake. Specifically, the project will assist SBHF in improving its peer-to-peer mentoring capacity and in enabling transportation for participants across much of the territory – estimated at 75% of Haiti -- serviced by the organization’s SCI community reintegration work. Grant funds will support the procurement of a used wheelchair-accessible van that can accommodate 4 to 6 passengers at a time and will be used to transport SCI participants to quarterly psychosocial support group sessions; regular meetings of the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Advocacy and Advisory Committee; and other activities organized by Peer Educators; and the selective application of the Reeves Foundation Peer Coaching Online Training Certification Program during the training of additional SBHF Peer Educators at community level. The project will target all 116 persons with an SCI envisioned to be within the program by the end of the 1-year project period. The lessons learned from the Reeve Foundation Peer Coaching Online Training Certification Program will benefit all participants during the grant period through improvements to their Peer Educators, while the van will benefit at least the 76 participants currently residing in the 4 target regions , in which the van will initially be used owing to terrain suitability and density of program participants. Eventually, the goal is to utilize the van to cover at least 7 of the 9 target regions.

Starkloff Disability Institute
St. Louis, MO 63102
$5,000 – Employment Program
This Quality of Life grant will support the Next Big Step, a program that directs our expertise toward helping job seekers with disabilities succeed in the marketplace. Created in 2010, the program seeks to mitigate the chronic problem of unemployment among people with disabilities. The program works with corporations and preparing them to recruit, interview and hire qualified job seekers with disabilities to provide training on working with people with various disabilities. For example, a company's a human resources staff may have no idea how to interview a candidate for employment who is deaf. Supervisors may misunderstand obligations toward someone who uses a service dog. Employers may not know that software enables people with quadriplegia to use computers to accomplish the same tasks that non-disabled employees perform. The corporations that have participated in the Next Big Step program include Centene, Nestlé Purina, Enterprise Holdings, Enterprise Bank & Trust Company, Wells Fargo Advisors, World Wide Technology, Express Scripts and Monsanto. These corporate partners assist in educating job seekers with disabilities for competition in the marketplace. The Next Big Step program specializes in preparing, supporting, and empowering people with disabilities with college degrees or technical training who qualify for competitive employment in the corporate world. For this group, the Institute currently offers two semester-long courses each year where candidates for employment meet with staff, hiring managers and other professionals to study and practice job-acquisition skills. Since the inception of the Next Big Step, 61 jobseekers with disabilities have found competitive employment and 51 or 84 % remain employed. Grant funds will support programmatic personnel costs.

Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation
White Plains, NY 10606
$5,000 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support the Adaptive Dance Program’s Outreach Classes & Workshops, which provide physically-integrated group dance classes (wheelchair and stand up) that combine technique, improvisation and movement to enhance creativity, increase strength and range of motion, and build self-esteem. Body coordination, balance and strengthening are focuses of the program, as well as self-expression. Classes often have live musical accompaniment. Offered since 1997, outreach classes and workshops are life-enhancing endeavors that improve quality of life through convenient community-based access, a welcoming and supportive environment, and opportunities for community engagement/networking. At Cerebral Palsy of Westchester Special Education School, six classes of 45 minutes duration over the course of 45 weeks will be presented to 85 students, ages 5 – 21 at their location in Rye Brook. Students have a range of mobility impairment from moderate to severe; of the 85 students, 73 are non-ambulatory and 12 are partially ambulatory. Classroom teachers, aides, and nurses will participate. At Richmond Community Services, SNDF will bring dance instruction to their location in Yonkers for one hour weekly for 45 weeks, serving 15 adult residents. These residents are extremely fragile and medically involved; they are unable to attend day programs for this reason, causing them to be isolated. They all have respiratory issues, so upper body movement will be a focus in order to help alleviate breathing problems. For the Young Parkinson’s group, 5-10 singles and couples will be served at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains. The program will focus on movement for balance, rhythm and core: body awareness, conditioning the core, and learning how to move the body in a healthy way in order to strengthen, avoid injury, and reinforce proper movement principles; and will also focus on interpretive movement and freedom of expression. Grant funds will support dance instruction costs.

Summit Assistance Dogs
Anacortes, WA 98221
$5,000 – Service Animal Program
This Quality of Life grant will support Fund-a-Pup, a puppy raising program at Summit Assistance Dogs to help address the urgent need for mobility assistance dogs for clients with mobility challenges. Historically, Summit has obtained dogs from animal shelters, received donations from breeders, and purchased dogs from breeders. However, it difficult to obtain enough dogs from these sources that meet the high standards required to perform the multitude of tasks that for which clients with mobility challenges need assistance, and that have the impeccable temperament required to accompany them to public places. This results in a reduction in the number of mobility dogs that can be placed and the lengthening of the waiting list for people needing a dog. The creation of a breeding program will increase the supply of dogs and ensure that puppies between birth and 8 weeks of age receive the critical socialization they require to become assistance dogs. Many breeders do not provide this early socialization and it has become more and more difficult to obtain quality dogs. Grant funds will help to support costs for 3 puppies and related expenses.

Swim With Mike - University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0602
$5,000 – Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will help support Swim With Mike a college scholarship fund for students with paralysis. Established in 1981, was started following what was planned as a one-time-event: a Swim-a-Thon organized by former teammates of Mike Nyeholt. Mike, a three-time All American Swimmer at USC who graduated in 1978, ranked ninth in the U.S., 13th in the world and a competitor in the 1976 Olympic trials, was paralyzed from the chest down following an accident in January 1981. The first event was held in March of 1981 as Swim For Mike, to raise money to purchase a specially equipped van for Mike. The Swim-A-Thon raised $58,000; significantly more than was needed for the van. At Mike's suggestion, the excess funds were used to create the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, the only one of its kind in the nation. Every year the fund provides scholarships to athletes who have suffered major life changing injuries much like Mike Nyeholt and the late Christopher Reeve. To date 187 athletes have received scholarships, 57 were awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. Many schools and communities around the country also participate with satellite Swim With Mike events to support their students who are current SWM recipients: UC Berkeley, Univ. of Arizona, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, Univ. of Connecticut, and others. Grant funds will support two scholarships for students with spinal cord injury.

The Chickasaw Nation
Ada, OK 74821-1548
$24,715 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center (CNMC) Inpatient Physical Therapy (PT) Walking Enhancement Program. Program staff view each client as an individual with unique needs, concerns and resources, and strive to acknowledge, understand and respond to those unique needs, treating and educating them with quality, comprehensive and individualized physical therapy services. The target population are patients with any level of paralysis or significant limb weakness resulting from injury or illness. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of the LiteGait I-500ES, a portable assisted-gait device that will enable the CNMC acute inpatient PT department to provide state-of-the-art therapy, early and intensively, to AI/AN patients who are experiencing paralysis from any cause. The grant also supports equipment for use with the LiteGait I-500ES device, including: the FreeDome Yoke attachment to allow sidestepping and 360 degree rotation; the GaitKeeper 2000T-500 treadmill; Gaiter Stool Deluxe to facilitate lower extremity cueing and support; various i-Harness sizes ranging from junior to extra-large and two set of i-Harness leg straps. The purchase of the LiteGait I-500ES device includes four hours of training. In addition, grant funding will cover an additional seven-hour training seminar. The four hour training consists of one hour theory and rationale, one hour of hands-on instruction and two hours clinician/patient hands-on practice. The seven hour seminar provides a complete review of the basic science and clinical foundation of body weight supported treadmill training and the expected outcomes, one hour of harness application techniques and two hours of clinician/patient treatment sessions. A systematic documentation program will be developed to track the use of the device, progression of patients’ status and their disposition after discharge, either to home, rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility. The LiteGait I-500ES comes with the BiSym Scale to measure unilateral or bilateral support and is a great tool for charting of therapy progression. This equipment will assist in maximizing each patient’s potential to regain their highest level of function and independence.

The Foundation for the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA 70112
$12,000 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a Post-Stroke Clinic to be held at LSU Health New Orleans, School of Allied Health Professions. Persons living with chronic stroke (where the onset of stroke was greater than 6 months ago) in the New Orleans area and surrounding communities who have not had rehabilitative services, who have exhausted their rehabilitation dollars, or who do not currently have funding or access to rehabilitation services will be eligible to participate in the no-cost clinic. Faculty and students enrolled in Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) programs will provide critical therapy services for the most needy and underserved in the New Orleans community who are living with chronic stroke. This project will provide basic needed healthcare service to persons living with chronic stroke and the effects of debilitating paralysis who may be underserved, underinsured, uninsured, or indigent. It will provide critical outcome evidence that persons living with chronic stroke can and do still make functional gains months and years following the initial onset of stroke. This evidence can be provided to legislators and insurers to justify continued coverage for extended rehabilitation services for this population, and can be the needed validation to advocate change in public policy; and 4) Create a novel, ongoing educational learning experience for LSUHNO occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology students through implementation of a student-serviced, no-cost rehabilitation clinic serving patients living with chronic stroke in the New Orleans community and beyond. Grant funds will support transportation, adapted computer equipment, staff, and other programmatic expenses.

The Frazer Center
Atlanta, GA 30307
$5,000 – Transportation
This Quality of Life grant will support Out in the ATL, a program that enables adult participants to expand their circles of friends, experience a wider variety of arts and cultural activities, explore local parks and discover volunteer and possible employment opportunities. This project is a major shift in programming from campus-based to community integration. Since May 2015, community outreach visits have increased from once a week for 10-15 people to daily for 24 people who travel in groups of six with one staff member either in Frazer-maintained vehicles or on MARTA, Atlanta's public transportation system. Grant funds will help to offset participant expenses for increased public and private transportation expenses, and tickets and admissions for opportunities to more fully integrate into the community.

The Independent Living Center, Inc.
Joplin, MO 64804
$2,500 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of life grant will support Expanding Independent Living for Individuals with SCI and their Families in Missouri. The program provides comprehensive, holistic services to enrich the lives of participants with spinal cord injury and their families through a number of programs, including peer mentoring, physical therapy and fitness, and home accessibility modifications. Grant funds will support family fitness scholarships for 10 families individuals with spinal cord injury. This will help to reintegrate families into their communities, strengthening the family bond and fostering connections with others, reducing isolation and depression. And, the family members gain multiple benefits from participating in activities that improve fitness and wellness.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
$5,000 – Advocacy Initiative
This Quality of Life grant supports Free Legal Services for people with paralysis at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and Inglis House. Clients with paralysis are served through LCD’s Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) at Magee. MLP, a nationally recognized evidence-based model, integrates legal professionals into healthcare teams to ensure to health and legal problems of low-income people. LCD’s staff attorneys at Magee collaborate with medical and social work staff to identify and serve patients with paralysis. Patients are evaluated for legal needs at admission, or during the course of their stay at Magee, and are channeled to the attorney if a legal issue is identified. At Inglis House, a LCD staff attorney assists people with paralysis onsite at Inglis House. LCD’s staff attorney provides onsite services at least one time per month, meeting individually with patients with legal concerns and providing intake to open a case. All people with paralysis served have an income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. Grant funds will support programmatic personnel costs.

The Painted Turtle
Santa Monica, CA 90401
$7,500 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will support The Painted Turtle's Family Weekend for children with Spina Bifida and Paralysis. This year-round medical specialty camp sessions offer children ages 6-17 with serious medical conditions the opportunity to participate in an authentic recreational camp program, all while receiving the highest quality of medical care. All camp sessions are medical condition-specific, and each session holds up to 120 campers. Programs positively empower these children, helping them develop the confidence, courage, and strength needed to increase their chances for more positive medical and daily outcomes. The Painted Turtle’s Family Weekend programs give families the opportunity to relax and recharge as a unit and have some good, old-fashioned-fun. Since 2007, The Painted Turtle has been providing an annual Family Weekend camp session to children with spina bifida and their families. This program expanded in 2010 to include children with paraplegia due to disease or injury. The annual Spina Bifida and Paraplegia Family Weekend offers education, respite, empowering activities, and a supportive peer and medical network for children and their parents, siblings, and other family caregivers. On average, 25-30 families participate in each Family Weekend. In 2015, 30 families, including 33 children with Spina Bifida and Paraplegia, attended our spring Spina Bifida and Paraplegia Family Weekend – a total of 127 participants. Of these participants, 35% were new to camp, 43% were of low-income, and 62% were of minority ethnicities. Through the camp experience, the goal is to offer campers the opportunity to celebrate childhood – to swim and fish, ride horses, sing campfire songs, and make friends that will last a lifetime. All recreational programs and the facilities are universally accessible to campers and are used year-round, including: Aquatics, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Boating, Equestrian, Fishing, Gym & Rock Climbing Wall, Music & Performing Arts, Nature & Discovery, Ropes Courses, Team Building Initiatives, and Woodshop. These camp activities empower children and their families to discover who they are and instill in them the skills, confidence, and knowledge about their own medical care that is needed for them to thrive at their highest potential.

The Sparkle Effect
Bettendorf, IA 52722
$10,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support Sparkle Effect, an organization that will generate, outfit, train, and sustain 25 new school-based inclusive cheerleading teams. The total cost for this project is $100,000 (or approximately $4,000 per team). Sparkle Effect teams are truly inclusive: students with disabilities and their typically developing peers practice together after school and perform at home sporting events as one team. To date, The Sparkle Effect’s 150 teams directly involve over 3,000 students, both male and female, with a wide range of disabilities. While Sparkle Effect teams profoundly impact those directly involved, the true impact of the teams reaches far beyond program participants. As students with and without disabilities perform together at home sporting events, they showcase a loud and public symbol of acceptance, forever changing a school’s culture to one that values diversity and kindness. This means that over 250,000 students are currently experiencing the benefits of seeing a Sparkle Effect team in action. The students on Sparkle Effect teams visibly relay a simple message: at participating schools, all students are respected, accepted, and included, regardless of ability. Further, Sparkle Effect teams raise the spirit not just of a school, but of an entire community. The teams that have started in towns big and small across America are potentially impacting a total population of over 12 million! Nationwide, students on Sparkle Effect teams are stepping up, learning from one another, and teaching others to value connection over perfection. Mark Ozburn, a blogger for The Huffington Post, observed, "The real life lesson that [The Sparkle Effect] has taught me is how a small amount of empathy can powerfully influence an individual and a school community. . . A program like The Sparkle Effect fosters empathy in all youth . . .” In this way, participants channel their commitment and compassion into collaborative change within their schools and broader communities. Grant funds will start-up costs for two teams plus additional programmatic expenses.

Through the Looking Glass
Berkeley, CA 94703
$25,000 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
This Quality of Life grant will support babycare adaptation services for parents and parenting grandparents with paralysis. Fifteen families in which parents or parenting grandparents have physical or mobility disabilities, including paralysis, and their babies or toddlers or grandchildren (0-3) will be served by this project. Babycare adaptations have a significant impact on parents’ roles, infant/parent relationships, and on the custody situations of parents with physical disabilities. TLG occupational therapists will, during home visits, assess needs, provide babycare adaptive equipment, facilitate use of the equipment and the learning of adaptive babycare techniques, and follow-up on needed solutions through time. All care activities and play will be addressed through appropriate items identified on the market, adapting or customizing products, or through adaptive techniques. Babycare equipment will include adapted cribs, walkers with babyseats, lifting harnesses, baby seats that attach to wheel-chairs, dual seat belts and wheelchair steps for young children, adapted diapering and bathing surfaces, adapted infant carriers and breastfeeding pillows, etc. Adaptive parenting techniques include one-handed care and facilitating cooperation in the young child during care. The unique babycare equipment and techniques and assessment tools to guide provision of the adaptations have been developed and field-tested by TLG during the past 25 years. Depression screeners and ASQ developmental screeners are included and appropriate referrals made. TLG’s Baby Care Assessment for Parents with Physical Limitations or Disabilities (BCA), which includes an initial Self-Assessment by the parent, will provide a framework for the services. Funding for the project will allow expansion of these services to additional families in TLG’s current service area and expansion of services to a new SF Bay Area county. The project will include mentoring of a new TLG occupational therapist, helping with expansion of the Bay Area services. The process of providing the services is expected to lead to the identification of additional helpful equipment on the market and the development of new adaptive solutions. TLG’s internal process of training OTs regarding babycare adaptations will be documented, as part of a program description of TLG's babycare adaptation services, in order to facilitate replication. TLG will disseminate information about these new resources and information through national and international training, consultation and publication by its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families, funded by NIDILRR, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grant funds will help to support new equipment and training of a new OT for program that will teach baby care techniques to families.

Triangle, Inc.
Malden, MA 02148
$7,373 – Consumer Education
This Quality of Life grant will support the IMPACT:Ability, an evidence-based program of abuse awareness and personal safety for people with disabilities. Too often concerns and fears about safety impede people with disabilities from fully participating in their communities. IMPACT:Ability gives people with disabilities the tools to protect and advocate for themselves so that fear of violence does not diminish their lives. The IMPACT:Ability curriculum teaches personal safety skills by simulating scenarios of attempted violence. Students have the opportunity to practice appropriate self-protective responses with an instructor who plays the role of an actual or potential perpetrator. Another instructor teaches them physical and verbal self-protection skills and coaches them through the simulated assault scenarios. The scenarios presented include community and neighborhood violence, as well as attempted physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by a familiar person. The training for students will also include strategies for reporting unsafe situations to trusted adults. In collaboration with the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England, this program will be presented to middle and high school students with spina bifida. Abuse awareness education will also be offered to the parents of these young people. Grant funds will support fees for safety and abuse prevention instructors for the program for individuals with spina bifida and their families.

Troy University Foundation
Troy, AL 36082
$2,050 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will support the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF), an annual five-day intensive leadership training program that trains junior and senior high school students with disabilities in developing leadership skills, independent living skills, and opportunities to engage with potential employers. Volunteer staff are made up of YLF Alumni and students in the Rehabilitation Program at Troy and Auburn Universities. Student delegates attend sessions on self-advocacy, independent living, career exploration, health care positioning, and assistive technology. Delegates travel to the State Capital where they visit with State Legislators and the Governor. At a Mentor Luncheon, delegates are paired with an adult with a disability (typically similar to his/her own disability), and are able to spend time discussing personal goals and challenges that the adult may have faced and how they overcame them. At the Mentor Luncheon, an adult who has a disability speaks to the delegates and guests. During the week, there are many social activities and times for the delegates to shine as leaders. Grant funds will support a registered nurse to provide nursing care, including dispensing medications and first aid as need, and certified nurse assistants to assist with activities of daily living.

United States Adaptive Recreation Center
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-2897
$8,723 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support therapeutic recreation lessons for individuals with paralysis at a year-round adaptive sports and recreation center that has provided unduplicated services in southern California since 1983. Being able to participate in outdoor recreation is a real thrill for many who have limited access to outdoor opportunities or adventurous physical challenges. It also provides a boost in self-esteem that carries over directly into a more positive approach to rehabilitation and everyday challenges of living, and an improvement in quality of life. Very often, people with disabilities and their families face high medical and living costs, limited employment opportunities and medical and specialized equipment expenses. The project will provide a minimum of 300 outdoor therapeutic recreation lessons administered by certified recreation therapists to 150 unduplicated persons with paralysis between December 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Grant funds will support programmatic equipment for the summer sports program, including one bi-ski, one water ski, 5 water ski cages and a beach access chair specifically for use with persons living with paralysis.

United States Quad Rugby Association
Davis, CA 95616
$5,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the USQRA 2016 National Championships and Annual General Meeting to be held in Houston, Texas. This is the premier event of the United States Quad Rugby Association. Forty teams across the United States compete throughout the year to be one of the sixteen teams (eight in Division 1 and eight in Division 2) that will advance to compete in the National Championships. The USQRA National Championships feature the highest level of wheelchair rugby competition in the country and are an exciting opportunity for athletes, families, volunteers and fans. Over the course of three days, teams will compete in forty games to determine the Division 1 and Division 2 National Champions. Throughout the weekend athletes not only have the opportunity to compete but also to network and enjoy the comradery that is an important aspect of the sport. Grant funds will support scholarships for 5 athletes and their families to participate in the National Championships and Annual General Meeting.

United States Rowing Association
Princeton, NJ 08540-1513
$12,500 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support a project that will introduce the multiple benefits of rowing to 20 individuals with paralysis in the New Haven, Connecticut area. Funds will be used to purchase an eight-seat teaching “barge” to be managed by the Veterans’ Rowing & Kayaking program in partnership with a local rowing club, Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. A rowing barge with a dual hull is a secure and safe introductory way for individuals with disabilities—or those new to rowing—to experience and learn how to row on the water. This program is part of a concerted national effort by the United States Rowing Association (USRowing) to increase the opportunities for veterans and other people with disabilities to row for recreation, fitness and competition. This past year saw the successful launch of FREEDOM ROWS, an adaptive rowing program in six areas targeted to veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities, including those with spinal injuries and paralysis, with funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at a prominent New England location to open up the great sport of rowing to many more individuals with paralysis and other disabilities. The state-of-the-art facility will involve veterans and individuals with paralysis who will be rowing from the very beginning as an integral part of this high-impact, high-profile community waterfront project. This project has national relevance in terms of setting the bar for adaptive rowing and proactively creating unprecedented opportunities for persons with paralysis and other disabilities. Grant funds will help to underwrite the purchase of the rowing barge.

University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204
$10,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the University of Houston Adaptive Athletics Sports Class, a student organization and sports club at the University of Houston (UH), in the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP), promotes opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in an active lifestyle through sports. The organization is free to join and open to all UH students as well as members of the greater Houston, Texas community. Veterans account for approximately 10 percent of participants and the program works to engage all persons interested by collaborating with the TIRR Memorial Hermann, the City of Houston, area secondary education schools and local non-profit organizations. By cultivating students’ participation in high school, UH is working to establish involvement in a program with a continuum of education and Adaptive Athletics opportunities promoting well-being and inclusion. The program offers direct program access to physical activity, including wheelchair rugby practice, a summer wheelchair basketball and rugby league, and summer rugby camps. Track and tennis programs are in development. Further, students of physical, occupational and recreational therapy, athletic trainers and individuals working in the parks and recreation industry help to run and plan events, practices and competitions for athletes with disabilities. They receive applied experiences and learn about disabilities as early as their freshman year of college. Students are well trained and understand seeing individuals with disabilities as peers in addition to potential clients. The reach of this program is broad, as graduates go on to drive programs and work in communities better informed and trained when working with the disabled. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of two rugby wheelchairs.

VSA Wisconsin, Inc.
Madison, WI 53704
$5,500 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will support three educational arts programs for children and adults with disabilities in Wisconsin. Firstly, at the VSA Art Center, approximately 40 unique classes will be offered in music (singing, drumming and percussion), improvisational drama, movement, and visual art (drawing, painting, watercolors, printmaking, paper-making, photography, ceramics, clay sculpture, papier mâché, textiles, weaving, mosaics, graffiti art, or other multi-media approaches). The classes will be conducted by approximately a dozen professional teaching artists on weekday afternoons and evenings for adults with disabilities. Secondly, "A Call For Art" Exhibition is the single largest, best attended, most anticipated, exhibition for artists with disabilities in Wisconsin. It is celebrated once-a-year in Madison, and features the artworks of approximately 225 artists. VSA Wisconsin will conduct a statewide Call for Art this Fall to solicit artwork from children and adults with disabilities for the exhibition. Works in an eclectic variety of media are submitted each year, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, glass, tile and textiles, and other mixed media. Thirdly, a Traveling Exhibition will be created. The Call for Art jury of arts professionals will select ten works of art for purchase awards based on originality, creativity, and craftsmanship. These top ten works will be added to VSA Wisconsin's Traveling Exhibition of 30 works by artists with disabilities. An estimated audience of 22,000 will view the traveling exhibition over a twelve month period and gain a heightened awareness of the talents of individuals with disabilities at up to five venues throughout the state, including corporations, libraries, galleries, and museums. Award winning artists will be honored at a ceremony prior to a public Call for Art exhibition in Madison. Grant funds will support art instruction and art supplies.

Wheelchair Help.org
Elkhart, IN 46516
$8,000 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will support program that restores donated wheelchairs and matches the equipment for loan to people in need that do not otherwise have the means to acquire it. Wheelchairs must be sorted by brand/model on the custom 100' 3 tier-2 sided steel rack which organizes 600 folded wheelchairs due to limited floor space. Cubby shelves store 150' x 12' high for slings, arms & parts. Parts are sorted and cleaned. Frames are cleaned, repaired and lubricated. Finally good slings, arms and paired footrests are re-attached. Over 800 loose footrests must be sorted by brand, paired and repaired. Grant funds will help to support the wheelchair technician that repairs and refurbishes the equipment.

Why Not Now? Inc. d/b/a Camp Big Sky
Princeville, IL 61559
$2,950 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will support the purchase and installation of two, electronically operated automatic doors for the Camp Big Sky Learning Center, providing independent access and enabling campers traveling from greater distances to visit the camp, thereby expanding the geographic service area and to extend the season beyond the current six months and offer new activities such as ice fishing, sledding and other winter pursuits. Campers who we have previously been unable to serve due to their need for more personal care will now be able to experience the outdoors and participate in all activities with the ability to independently access the enhanced accommodations. This project will allow campers to enjoy the outdoors, while at the same time, learn new life skills to enhance their chances to live more independently in the community.

Wolfson Children's Specialty Center
Lake City, FL 32055
$13,540 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Pediatric LiteGait Project. The Pediatric LiteGait 200MX, made by Mobility Research, is a gait training device used for body weight supported locomotor training and is used to control weight bearing, posture, and balance in children. The LiteGait allows the clinicians to manually assist the child's legs and pelvis to achieve proper gait patterns and can be used over the treadmill or overground. Current rehabilitative research supports body weight supported treadmill training/locomotor training as effective in improving muscle activation, brain neuroplasticity, balance, and coordination. This project will allow children treated in Lake City the same opportunities for recovery as those being treated at the more established outpatient clinics in Jacksonville. The LiteGait would allow the therapist more freedom to progress upright standing balance tasks and gait activities without the use of another person or caregiver to help support and position the patient. The harness system that is provided with the LiteGait allows the patient to stand at the most upright posture, and will support a child's weight as needed if they are unable to do so independently. The BiSym scale allows the therapist to see how much weight the patient is bearing through each leg which is important for outcome measurements. The diaper harness will allow the therapist to perform standing and walking tasks with toddlers and smaller children who could also benefit from upright weight bearing.

World T.E.A.M. Sports
Holbrook, NY 11741
$7,600 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the World T.E.A.M. Sports hand cycling program. World T.E.A.M. Sports produces highly challenging adaptive athletic events for people with disabilities. The program's unique model of pairing athletes with and without disabilities to accomplish a common goal compels each to rely on the strength of the other and brings out the best in both. The Adventure Team Challenge – a multi-day, multi-sport adventure race sanctioned by the United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA) in both Colorado and North Carolina – includes an inclusive and adaptive mountain biking component that is essential to the overall diversity and success of the event. The sport of adaptive off-road handcycling is growing and becoming more popular, but equipment can be hard to find and is cost-prohibitive to the athletes we serve. Grant funds will underwrite the purchase of a newly built bike from ReActive Adaptations to be added to the fleet of hand cycles, which will be used at every World T.E.A.M. Sports event that includes an off-road handcycling component, and will be lent out to athletes during the off-season.

Wyoming Disabled Hunters
Cody, WY 82414
$8,500 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will support the 2016 Hunting Adventure for Hunters with Disabilities. Wyoming Disabled Hunters was founded in Cody, Wyoming, in 2008 to provide accessible, affordable hunting opportunities for hunters with disabilities from Wyoming and across the country. In 2016, 35-40 hunters will have the opportunity to bring a caregiver or family member with them to Wyoming for deer and elk hunts. This is the only organization serving hunters with disabilities annually in northwestern Wyoming, and it works closely with the VA to include many Wounded Warriors in the annual hunts. Most hunters dream of a hunting adventure in Wyoming's beautiful scenery. Hunting is a way of life for many individuals, particularly in this part of the country. It is profoundly impactful to provide hunters that have been paralyzed with the opportunity to participate. Adaptive equipment, knowledgeable volunteers, and generous landowners make this all possible. To ensure that financial hardship is not a barrier to participation, grant funds will support stipends for travel expenses for accessible hunts in Cody, Powell, Hyattville, and Ten Sleep, Wyoming.

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.