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Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.
Washington, NJ
$7,500 - Assistive Technology Initiative
Quality of Life grant funds will support the acquisition of one Smart Table and one Smart Podium, which will enable consumers to more actively engage and communicate with others in social, educational and vocational endeavors; reducing isolation and increasing socialization, self-confidence, and independence. Abilities' training and placement services are available to all individuals with disabilities 16 years of age or older who are in need of continual ongoing support services.

Acting Without Boundaries
Bryn Mawr, PA
$6,400 – Arts Program
Acting Without Boarders has provided acting and theatrical opportunities for children, teens and young adults with physical disabilities since 2004. Quality of Life grant funds will support two public performances of its premier production of Jungle Book. Grant funds will support accessible transportation for actors; props; and costumes for the Jungle Book production.

Adaptive Expeditions
Charleston, SC
$9,935 – Adaptive Sports
Adaptive Expeditions started in 2015 with six adaptive sport and recreation programs: kayaking, cycling, swimming, yoga, sailing, and natural history interpretation tours, and became a Disabled Sports USA Chapter and Charleston's only Paralympic Sports Club. Quality of Life grant funds will support the launch of the adaptive surfing program. Specifically, grant funds will support the following: five adaptive surfboards, each custom designed to accommodate different abilities; one beach-strength and rust-resistant TentCraft aluminum 10-foot x 10-foot foldable tent for staging area on beach (tent will provide sun and rain protection, marketing, and will serve as a fixed reference point for surfers to adjust position to compensate for longshore current); and one 7-foot x 12-foot enclosed box trailer to haul and store all adaptive surf program equipment.

ALS Association Iowa Chapter
West Des Moines, IA
$5,000 – Healthcare
Quality of life grant funds will support ten reimbursement grants to individuals with ALS and their caregivers to help offset costs associated with ALS that are not covered by insurance, such as durable medical equipment, home modifications, transportation adaptations, and services that support their new way of life and ever changing needs, and will improve quality of life and sustain independent living.

America's VetDogs
Smithtown, NY
$5,000 – Service Animal Program
America's VetDogs serves the needs of veterans of all eras and first responders with disabilities. VetDogs provides -- at no cost to the recipients -- guide dogs for individuals with blindness or visual impairments; hearing dogs for those who have lost their hearing later in life or in combat; service dogs for those with spinal cord injuries, paralysis, or other physical disabilities; facility dogs as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals, and PTSD service dogs to help mitigate the effects of PTSD in an effort to provide the emotional and physical support needed. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support two Open Seseme Automatic Door Openers for the service dog training campus facility, where recipients receive intense individualized training with their service dogs, and will provide increased independence for individuals with paralysis, as they won't have to rely on help to open the doors.

Angel City Sports
Los Angeles, CA
$3,900 – Adaptive Sports
Angel City Sports creates sports opportunities for adults, children, and veterans with physical differences and impairments. The initial programming focus is on Southern California, but events and programming will draw athletes from all over the country. Quality of Life grant funds will support the purchase of two racing sports wheelchairs and shipping costs, which will enable more individuals to participate in sports programming throughout the community.

Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast Chapter
Moorestown, NJ
$7,865 – Adaptive Sports
The Mentoring and Outreach Program connects peer athletes/mentors to individuals and/or groups seeking inspiration and motivation, using sports as a catalyst for conversation and engagement at schools, hospitals, and support groups to teach disability awareness and introduce a variety of adaptive sports and other community resources. Instructor trainers will be trained through the Amputee Coalition's national peer certification program. The Adaptive Sports Coalition overlaps the Mentoring and Outreach Program, bringing together 41 local organizations, including amputee, spinal cord, and stroke support groups, sports programs, healthcare providers, parks and recreation offices, and municipal police departments. These partners assist in enhancing sports, recreational and leisure programs for people with physical disabilities in addition to the volunteers who may have mental health issues like PTSD. Training peer visitors within partner organizations in the region and offering additional courses like CPR and swift water rescue training increases the number of volunteers available, strengthens the network across the state of New Jersey and in southern Pennsylvania, and expands program capacity and reach in the community. Quality of Life grant funds will support the cost of two trainers and the following kayaking equipment: one Current Designs Solara 120 fully-outfitted Kayak with seat and outriggers; one Current Designs Solara 145 Tandem Kayak; two Basic Kayak Chariots; two transfer systems; two Paddle Pivots with Pedestal, and three Jackson Sweet Cheeks Seat Cushions.

Bergin University of Canine Studies
Rohnert Park, CA
$5,000 – Service Animal Program
The "Our Dogs Helping Veterans" project provides highly trained assistance dogs free of charge to veterans with physical disabilities and/or combat-related disabilities. The program trains veterans with PTSD to work with the service dogs-in-training, thus helping the veterans to manage their own challenges with reintegrating into society while strengthening their sense of camaraderie with others who have served and increasing their sense of purpose and self-worth. Quality of Life grant funding will support programmatic equipment costs for the puppy raising program that provides dogs specifically bred with characteristics required for service.

Bright Time, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH
$7,000 – Accessible Playground / Ballfield
Wert Park in Colerain Township, Ohio is 10 acres in size and currently has a playground that has some accessible equipment, a nature trail, and a community garden where local residents can grow and pick vegetables for their homes. Due to the wood chip surfacing throughout the 10 acre facility, Wert Park is not currently accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support installation of TerraSoft Poured-in-Place surfacing to allow ADA access to existing accessible swings, and installation of TerraSoft Poured-in-Place surfacing to allow ADA access to the transfer module on the existing play structure.

California Inclusive Sailing
Newport Beach, CA
$6,000 – Adaptive Sports
Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the expansion of year-round sailing opportunities for individuals with paralysis in southern California with the acquisition of the RS Venture Keel sailboat with adaptive equipment needed for sailors with paralysis. During the first year, the project will serve at least 75 sailors with paralysis-causing conditions.

Camp PossAbility, Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN
$7,000 – Camp
Camp PossAbility exists to give high functioning young adults with physical disabilities opportunities to relax, refresh, let their guard down, and enjoy a week at a camp adapted just for them. This one-week summer camp is designed specifically for young adults ages 18 to 35 who have a physical disability and use any type of adaptive equipment -- walker, wheelchair, cane, etc. Campers may also use communication boards if needed. Quality of Life grant funds will support five full scholarships for campers with spinal cord injury to attend Camp PossAbility.

Camp Virginia Jaycee
Blue Ridge, VA
$5,400 – Camp
Camp Virginia Jaycee provides a safe, educational and recreational experience in a beautiful outdoor camp setting for campers ages 6 to 70 with intellectual and/or physical challenges. It serves as a respite setting for their parents and families to use this time to strengthen their marriages, care for their own medical needs and other family members. Campers come from Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, and Florida. Campers return year after year to suspend personal obstacles long enough to enjoy many wonderful camp activities, including swimming, arts and crafts, music, competitive and leisure sports, wagon rides, animal care, fishing, cooking, boating, drama, and nature study, as well as opportunities to build friendships and engage in activities in a safe, caring, and supportive environment. Quality of Life grant funds will support scholarships for nine campers with paralysis.

Canine Partners for Life
Cochranville, PA
$2,320 – Service Animal Program
Canine Partners for Life's Team Training classes provide a comprehensive educational program and curriculum to partner students (who have wide variety of disabilities) and trained service dogs (who have gone through a two-year intensive training process). The three-week Team Training is the process used to create safe, productive, responsible, and well-bonded service teams between students and dogs. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support expenses for the Service Dog Team Training Program, including staff time of trainers and other program personnel, equipment, and entrance fees for training field trips.

Challenged Athletes Foundation
San Diego, CA
$5,600 – Adaptive Sports
Challenged Athletes Foundation is the only national nonprofit providing all of the following services to people of all ages with paralysis and other physical challenges: 1) adaptive sports equipment like racing and sports wheelchairs, 2) adaptive sports clinics nationally, including mobility, swim, surfing and others, and 3) an extensive national network of program alumni who serve as mentors to those recently injured. Additionally, three para-triathlon camps will be hosted in cities across the United States where there is a great need. Quality of Life grant funds will support aquatic facility rental and camp facility rental.

Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project, Inc. - ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
Chapel Hill, NC
$7.980 – Caregiving
This Quality of Life grant will support the 2016 National Respite Conference that will be held in Denver, Colorado on September 20-22, 2016. This is the 17th national conference hosted by ARCH. The conference brings together 200 to 300 diverse participants representing providers, businesses, federal, state and local government entities, policy makers, advocates, health and social service organizations, family caregivers and consumers to learn about the current state of respite service delivery, respite best practices and innovations, training curricula, research and evaluation, and policy. Participants come from nearly all of the states. A family caregiver track provides resources and hands-on tools to help caregivers reduce their stress and take care of themselves and their loved ones to better prepare them to continue to provide care at home. A Lifespan Respite Track focuses on highlighting the accomplishments of the Lifespan Respite grantees, especially as they strive to better serve underserved and unserved populations. Keynote speakers generally include prominent federal officials from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, well-established state and national policymakers, authors, physicians and other health professionals, advocates, and family caregiving specialists. At least 25 breakout sessions will feature local and state community leaders and service providers from across the country. Quality of Life grant funds will support registration fees, hotel fees, and respite care for six individuals that would not otherwise be able to attend.

Cody Rotary Foundation
Cody, WY
$5,000 – Accessible Playground / Ballfield
This Quality of Life grant will support the installation of a public boundless play park at Mentock Park in the city of Cody, Wyoming. The Collier Memorial Play Area will be outfitted with many accessible features that will provide children of all ages and abilities opportunities to play together, and will enable adults with disabilities opportunities to play with their children. The inclusiveness of the play area will be an important factor in the success of this project. Grant funds will support the installation of a NEOS 360 electronic play system, which is specially designed and constructed for people that use wheelchairs, and allows them to play along with children and adults of all abilities. The NEOS 360 system is essentially a "Simon-Says" game where players repeat light and sound patterns. Its circular design builds peripheral vision, auditory and spatial awareness skills. NEOS 360 features eight games, one- and two-player options as well as team play, and one freestanding user control panel with player instructions on the back. A NEOS Wall electronic system will also be installed, which allows the "Simon-Says" game to be played by children and adults of all levels.

Commonwealth Community Care
Boston, MA
$13,461 – Durable Medical Equipment
Commonwealth Community Care provides consumer-directed, comprehensive, high-quality primary care in the most effective and cost-efficient manner possible to adults and elders with complex physical, developmental, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities by reducing barriers to care and establishing highly personalized partnerships with them. Bladder issues are extremely common for individuals with paralysis, and members may encounter numerous barriers to seeking care from a urology specialist, including: unreliable transportation, lengthy wait times with local urologists, inability to leave the home, and inability to communicate their symptoms and needs. Members have also experienced added hospital days for voiding trials after indwelling catheter removal that could be done at home. This Quality of Life grant will support the purchase of a bladder scanner that will be utilized both in the home and in the clinic for members who have difficulty accessing urological care through specialists. This project will help to eliminate the barriers to urological health and improve healthcare access for members by conducting noninvasive urological work ups as part of comprehensive primary care.

Community Rowing, Inc.
Brighton, MA
$5,500 – Adaptive Sports
CRI's Para and Military Rowing Programs work to enhance the quality of life for youth and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities by giving them the opportunity to fully participate in the sport of rowing. The Programs not only improve physical fitness, but also provide opportunities to engage in fun and competitive events, and build a sense of connectedness through teamwork and support. Participants learn the basics of rowing indoors on rowing machines, and then progress through a series of increasingly challenging boats as they gain confidence and comfort on the water. There are nineteen sessions of Military and/or Para Rowing each week, including: Adaptive Sculling; Friends and Family Sculling (Weekly rowing session for friends and family of members of the military programs); Women Veterans' Sculling; Military Sweeps; Advanced Para Rowing; In-School Inclusion Physical Education (in partnership with the Health and Wellness Department of Boston Public Schools); Junior LTA; Inclusion Race Team; Therapeutic Recreation; and short-term programs and field trips. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support programmatic personnel costs for the Intake and Health Outcome Specialist and the Para Intake Coach.

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Disability Action Center – NW
Moscow, ID
$17,500 – Home Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a modular ramp loan program in collaboration with the volunteer service organizations in the area that are working to meet the needs for minor home modifications associated with installing ramps, installing grab bars, widening doors, etc. for people who cannot afford to do it on their own. A variety of modular aluminum ramp systems that are designed to address different needs will be purchased and then will be deployed to community members on a short- or long-term loan basis, with volunteer labor from community service organizations, to meet access needs in a more efficient, widely available, safe, and timely manner. Further, the project will provide liaison work and training with the local service organizations to increase their knowledge and capacity to provide ramps and home modifications. Grant funds will support purchase of the portable modular ramp systems, program outreach, collaboration and training for partner organizations, transportation costs to bring ramps to partner organizations, and programmatic supplies.

Disability Action Center of Georgia dba disABILITY LINK
Tucker, GA
$8,800 – Employment Program
This Quality of Life grant will support "Locating Employment Avenues through Peer Support," a project that focuses on youth that are transitioning from high school into the work force, young adults who are coming out of college into the workforce, and adults aged 30 years and above that have gone back to college or are just now learning to be independent in their own lives. The project provides assistance with employment readiness skills (including interviewing, resume preparation, and job searching); regular job leads for a variety of local employment opportunities; both one-on-one and group-centered peer support; connections to state and community-based organizations such as the Benefit Navigator Program and Manpower; familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable employment regulations; and job location and placement. The purpose is for the consumer to learn lifelong skills in the areas of accessing labor market information, identifying job openings, understanding the application and interview process, worker rights and responsibilities, problem solving, motivation and on-the-job behavior. Consumers may also receive assistance in choosing a vocation or job consistent with their aptitudes and interest. Quality of Life grant funds will support paid internships for individuals with paralysis and personnel costs for the program's Employment Specialist.

DISLABELED Philly Film Series of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
$1,662 – Arts Program
DISLABELED is a new monthly film screening series in Philadelphia that showcases disability media and culture. The first event was hosted on June 15, 2015 at PhillyCAM, Philadelphia's Community Access Media studio. Each event includes a screening of one or more shorts, feature length films or other media, followed by a talk-back with special guests and the audience. Each talk-back is filmed to create a 30-minute program for television and online broadcast in partnership with PhillyCAM. DISLABELED is designed to be, first and foremost, a project developed by people with disabilities for artists and audiences with disabilities. This assertion is critically important in a history of related work which is all too often developed by nondisabled artists for nondisabled audiences about people with disabilities, often with very limited opportunity for individuals with disabilities to provide input, have subjectivity, or influence representation. While many people attending or viewing DISLABELED may learn many new things about "disability," DISLABELED is not intended to be primarily a community outreach or educational event. Rather, DISLABELED is a creative project, intending to intervene and make space in the curatorial and cultural landscape, to assert disability not as a diagnosis but as an identity and culture, and to assert artists with disabilities not as patients but as creative professionals and producers of culture. The project co-directors each have mobility disabilities but are intentionally designing DISLABELED to draw people with a wide range of disabilities (cross-disability), including sensory disabilities, intellectual disabilities, psychological disabilities and more. They are also committed to engaging audiences without disabilities (cross-ability). Opportunities are all too rare for cross-disability and cross-ability audiences to come together in a shared space. DISLABELED hopes to change that and works toward building a cross-ability coalition of people in a lively, fully inclusive social space for people with and without disabilities to create common understanding and take action around issues of disability visibility, representation and awareness and more. Quality of Life grant funds will support for artist personal care attendant fees, artist speaker fees, and artist travel.

Dream Foundation
Santa Barbara, CA
$6,000 – Healthcare
The Dream Foundation, founded in 1994, remains the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating end-of-life dreams for terminally ill adults. The program offers a unique form of palliative care that allows a Dreamer to focus on their quality of life, emotional well-being and what matters most to them at the end of life by granting a life-changing experience, basic need, or opportunity to create a special memory that will outlive them. At a time when options and resources are limited, Dream Foundation provides end-of-life dreams to terminally ill adults and their families that give inspiration, comfort, and closure. Quality of Life grant funds will support dream-related expenses for end-of-life dreams for individuals with ALS, including the Dreams for Veterans program.

Exceptional Equestrians
De Pere, WI
$9,373 – Therapeutic Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the installation of an overhead mounting lift at this therapeutic horseback riding center that specializes in pediatric hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and equine-assisted learning programs that improve cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Riders include people ages 2 years and up with a wide spectrum of conditions such as cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, brain injury, autism, sensory dysfunction, neuromuscular disorders, and other various paralysis-causing conditions. The lift will provide safer, more dignified transfers for riders that use wheelchairs, as well as increased safety for therapists and volunteers. The addition of an overhead lift will help children keep riding as they grow larger and will enable Exceptional Equestrians to accommodate hippotherapy services for adults.

Extra Special People, Inc.
Watkinsville, GA
$9,277 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Extra Special People (ESP) provides individuals ages 4 years old to 45 years old opportunities to cultivate skills, self-confidence, and relationships through recreational therapy, community involvement, and the arts. With the support of volunteers and donors, the ESP team gives participants and their families acceptance, hope, and opportunities to not just survive, but to thrive. This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase and installation of a Pressalit Care 300 changing table, an adult size, height-adjustable changing table with a rail. This changing table is viewed as the best and highest quality table to meet the needs of participants that have cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other paralysis-causing conditions that make it necessary for them to require assistance in toileting care. It is one of three tables to be installed in accessible bathrooms in different areas of the facility (two are funded through other sources). Providing access to adequate equipment in multiple restrooms in the building eliminates the separation between participants who are dependent on help in the bathroom and participants who are independent in the bathroom, further increasing social inclusion among participants of varying abilities. Further, participants will spend less time waiting to be changed, thus increasing their dignity and decreasing potential health issues.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Fort Myers, FL
$12,325 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will support Trailways Camp, a three-to-four night residential camp for adults with cerebral palsy or other paralysis-causing conditions, and includes all the camping experiences anyone would expect: fishing, swimming, canoeing, nature walks, hayrides, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, basketball, sports and the now famous talent show night. The event takes place at the Riverside Retreat in Hendry County near LaBelle, Florida. The rustic camp of 150 acres borders the Caloosahatchee River in Florida and challenges the mobility of many of campers due to its uneven terrain. A particular challenge is access to the river for water events. The camp accommodates 20 adults per session who age from 18 and over. For many, it is their first camping experience and first time away overnight from their parents, siblings or caregivers. The camp also provides parents and caregivers a break to pursue their own interests with the knowledge that their adult son or daughter is safe and having a good time. While their child is away at camp, some parents schedule medical procedures that have been delayed, or spend one-on-one time with their other adult children, grandchildren, or friends. For some parents, it is their first opportunity to take a mini-vacation. Quality of Life Grant funds will help to support the acquisition of the Trailways Camp Accessible Shuttle, which will furnish additional safety, comfort and independence by providing improved access to all camping activities for campers that rely on wheelchairs and other assistive devices for mobility.

Grand Forks Public School District
Grand Forks, ND
$14,047 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support an inclusive adaptive sports program that will provide to students with mobility impairments within the community and surrounding region opportunities to participate in winter outdoor recreational activities during recess, physical education class, and in the community with their families and friends. It will ensure inclusion, access, and increased independence in a variety of winter outdoor sports and games for four to five months every year, including ice skating, hockey, cross-country skiing, and exploring the great outdoors. A unique aspect of the program called the "Buddy System" provides additional equipment that can be used by friends and family members without disabilities to further enhance social opportunities, and bring disability awareness to the forefront. So, a student with a mobility impairment will not be sitting down low to the ground using a piece of sled hockey or sit-ski equipment while the rest of the kids are ice skating and skiing four feet above them. Instead, there will always be two children at a school or within a family using equipment from the program at the same time. This will end isolation by allowing for the side-by- side participation between friends or siblings with the same type of equipment, forming a cohesive social union. The Buddy System will help peers and siblings to connect on a higher level and experience what it might be like to have a mobility challenge. Quality of Life grant funds will support four Rev Force 1 sled hockey systems with all accessories and options plus shipping; one Hippocamp with all accessories and options plus shipping; and two Kiwi sit cross-country ski systems with all accessories and options plus shipping.

Heart 2 Heart Volunteers, Inc.
Wheeling, WV
$13,000 – Caregiving
Heart 2 Heart Volunteers uses a team of compassionate volunteers to visit individuals that reside in nursing homes that may not have family members or friends living close enough to visit, and helps to provide to them things that will help their quality of life. The visits help decrease isolation and loneliness, and provide companionship and a sense of community. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support various items that will specifically impact quality of life, independence and community engagement for individuals with paralysis that reside in institutional settings and have few opportunities. These items include: durable medical equipment; transportation to local events in the community; and technical assistance to train individuals living in nursing homes on how to use computers and other devices.

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Gretna, NE
$3,020 - Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) is the only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int’l) Premier Accredited Center in the state of Nebraska, with the next closest Premier Accredited Center over 200 miles away. Premier Accredited Center status is granted to centers that have demonstrated excellence in providing quality equine-assisted activities and have met established industry standards in areas of safety, facility, programming, and policies. HETRA has experienced a 100% increase in the number of participants served and a significant increase in the number of referrals in the past seven years, including veterans and military service men and women. This growth requires the strategic purchase of equipment needed to meet the needs of adult riders. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the purchase of two larger adult-sized special saddles and ten Troxel riding safety helmets of different adult sizes. This equipment will help accommodate more adult riders in the veterans program.

Impact Broward
Fort Lauderdale, FL
$12,337 – Caregiving
This Quality of Life grant helps to support the Senior Companion Program, which employs senior companion volunteers, 55 years of age and older, to provide companionship and respite services to caregivers and their loved ones throughout Broward County. Impact Broward has been the local sponsor of the Senior Companion Program in Broward County since 1988. There are no other agencies that solely focus on recruiting, placing, training and engaging individuals 55 years of age and older in volunteer opportunities throughout Broward County. Every Senior Companion volunteer must pass a Level Two criminal background check and National Sex Offender check before completed 20 hours of classroom training. Senior Companions visit with four to five clients per week and they volunteer fifteen to twenty hours per week. Every month there is a monthly in-service meeting held at the office that the Senior Companions must attend. The Senior Companions receive on-going training on community resources to share with the clients they visit. In addition, the organization recognizes the Senior Companions and all of the volunteers at an annual recognition luncheon held in April. Quality of Life grant funds will enable five Senior Companions to serve twenty-five additional individuals diagnosed with a paralysis causing condition weekly for an entire year.

Milwaukee, WI
$7,349 - Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase of thirteen specific pieces of assistive technology equipment designed to address four specific areas of living for individuals with paralysis, namely: Self-Care, Sexuality, Work and Gardening. The project will reach at least 175 individuals with demonstrations, loan trials and/or advice about reputable vendors and financing options for the purchase of adaptive equipment. These services will be unduplicated in the organization’s four-county service area. The equipment will be highlighted in annual trainings that are conducted with 100 occupational therapy students from Mount Mary University and the Milwaukee Area Technical College. These future occupation therapists gain knowledge about a wide array of assistive devices and equipment that they can convey to their consumers. The equipment purchased will become part of the Assistive Technology Loan and Demonstration Center and will continue to benefit hundreds of consumers after the grant year is over. Quality of Life grant funds will support the purchase of the following equipment: Easy Reach Seat Belt Extender; Milford Lift; Tilt Love Bumper; Love Lounge; Office Runner Computer telephone headset; Adjustable Touch Screen Stylus; Free standing number pad; Caduceus Stylus; Garden Kneeler; Standing Garden; VegTrug Patio Garden; Potato Grow Bags; and Tumbling Composter.

Independent Lifestyles, Inc. Center for Independent Living
Sauk Rapids, MN
$5,000 - Adaptive Sports
Camp Bliss is an accessible retreat center that accommodates people of all abilities that opened in 2015 to address the tremendous lack of social opportunities in Minnesota that are accessible, both attitudinal and physical. As Minnesota is a land of ten thousand lakes, understandably a majority of residents spend time recreating on the lakes, fishing and boating. For individuals who experience paralysis and other mobility disabilities, boating and recreating on the lakes becomes an instant barrier. After a long, complicated process, the paths down to the lake at Camp Bliss were made accessible to ensure that people with paralysis and all mobility disabilities are able to partake equally in activities and have access to the lakes and into the wooded trails. Quality of Life grant funds will support the acquisition of an accessible pontoon so that full socialization, fishing and recreation can occur. Camp Bliss will offer retreats that are three to five days in length to Veterans and all people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers. These retreats focus on wellness, socialization, healing, forming new friendships, developing skills and hobbies, and rejuvenation through the healing components of nature. This accessible pontoon will be used in many ways, including fishing trips, fishing clinics, sightseeing, recreation, boating across the lakes, socialization, and nature experiences, It will also provide to families, spouses, friends and caretakers opportunities to be with their loved ones for these experiences and do away with the notion of "separate but equal." This pontoon will afford people with mobility disabilities new and profound experiences that would not otherwise be available to them and will be utilized and enjoyed for years and years to come.

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Kelly Brush Foundation
South Burlington, VT
$7,500 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support "Pathway to Active Independence," an innovative and collaborative program aimed at establishing an efficient path to an independent, active lifestyle. Pilot partnerships will be established with local adaptive sports programs around the country, each with the goal of empowering individuals with spinal cord injury to achieve independent, active lifestyles through adaptive equipment ownership. Individual ownership of adapted sports equipment enables people with spinal cord injury to lead active lifestyles similar to individuals in the able-bodied community, inclusive of friends and family and on their own terms. This program has the potential to develop a model that can bridge the financial barrier between trying sports and recreation activities at a local adaptive sports program and achieving an independent active lifestyle through ownership of equipment. The program combines the strength of the individual ownership of equipment with the strength of the existing successful adaptive sports programs providing access, opportunity, and instruction. Quality of Life grant funds will support programmatic expenses for one partnership, including: personnel time, adaptive sports equipment, and travel expenses to facilitate the partnership.

Lakeshore Foundation
Birmingham, AL
$6,500 – Media Development
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the creation and distribution of Activate, a compelling video featuring real participants and their stories. Through its local, regional and global networks, Lakeshore will distribute Activate to those with new injuries around the world who will benefit directly and to those people who care for, influence and guide them. Lakeshore Foundation's physical activity programs for individuals with paralysis are consistently described as "life-changing" by participants and their family members or care providers. Often these individuals hadn't recognized their capacity to live active, healthy lives again. Activate is intended to evoke the benefits of physical activity through action-packed video and compelling snippets from those who are experiencing the action. The fast-paced video will feature footage of individuals with paralysis participating in a wide range of fitness, aquatics, recreation and sports like those available at Lakeshore Foundation. These include wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis, track racing and field events, rock climbing, water volleyball, recumbent road or trail cycling, swimming, shooting sports, canoeing and kayaking, and water skiing. In addition, the video will show aquatic exercise classes and fitness workouts with machines or free weights, yoga, and other adaptive activities. Bits of commentary from participants that reveal the impact of physical activity in their lives will be interspersed with video footage. Finally, a participant will issue an invitation to become active by visiting Lakeshore or similar facilities and adaptive recreational and sports programs in the viewers' own communities. Lakeshore Foundation is fortunate to house the National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD). Not only is NCHPAD a premier resource for distributing useful information to individuals with disabilities around the world, it is also a top-notch creator of media. NCHPAD staff videographers will work closely with Lakeshore programs and outreach staff to craft the content and message of this 3 to 5 minute video. In addition to capturing footage and interviews, the in-house videographers will accomplish all post-production tasks, including coordinating duplication of the video on discw and flash drives, and placement of the video on Lakeshore and NCHPAD web and social media sites for international public access. Lakeshore program and outreach staff will also distribute the video to local doctors, therapists, rehabilitation hospitals and clinics, and other participant referral sites and resources for use in-house or for distribution to patients at or prior to discharge. Quality of Life grant funds will support production and post-production costs of the video.

Lawrence Schools Foundation
Lawrence, KS
$12,200 – Accessible Playground / Ballfield
Since 1993, the Ryan Gray Playground for All Children, located on the grounds of Hillcrest Elementary School, has been well loved by countless children and families both with and without paralysis. Now, 23 years later, the first accessible playground in Kansas is in dire need of revitalization and renovation, with new pieces of play equipment on which people of all ages and levels of abilities can play together. Quality of Life grant funds will support the installation of one Burke Cruiser playground apparatus, an accessible car-like piece of equipment that enables people of all ages and abilities to play together. Playgrounds are great equalizers: they provide exercise, fresh air and social engagement for children and families. Contributing to the improvement of this community treasure helps to ensure the ongoing physical health and well-being of Lawrence-area residents with paralysis and their families for the next 20 years. The playground is centrally located in Lawrence, and although located on a school property, it is a community playground, used by a variety of community members each week. This type of equipment empowers children with paralysis to fully participate on the playground like their peers without paralysis. Not only will the Cruiser provide a fun experience, it is a key apparatus for engaging in integrated play for people with mobility impairments.

Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP)
Cleveland, OH
$7,190 - Consumer Education
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Creative Education Center, which provides pre-vocational and community inclusion services to persons with disabilities. Individuals will develop work and life skills utilizing the program's available assistive aids and devices in the assistive technology center to facilitate their learning, select learning opportunities of their choosing, and make the most of the Center's diverse neighborhood to participate in real world experiences in inclusive settings. Quality of Life grant funds will support session materials and personnel costs for the Assistive Technology Instructor, Independent Living Specialist, and Employment Specialist.

MAB Community Services, Inc.
Brookline, MA
$2,641 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a therapeutic horseback riding program for students of Ivy Street School, who are non-traditional students, and at-risk of never realizing their full potential, largely due to the complexity of their disabilities and the associated learning and functional challenges. Students may have neurological conditions such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other paralysis-causing conditions. Quality of Life grant funds will support programmatic staff time to supervise the therapeutic horseback riding program and transportation to and from the therapeutic horseback riding facility.

Medstar NRH
Washington, DC
$23,725 - Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Adaptive Sports & Wellness program, which provides opportunities to participate at the recreational or elite level in sports and recreation. Newcomers to the wellness program exercise with para-athletes, and learn about opportunities available in the community. Spinal Cord Injury peer mentors participate in the program, providing support and encouraging participation. Quality of Life grant funds will help to fund the acquisition of the RT-300 SLSA FES cycle for the outpatient gym. This equipment can be used for upper and lower extremity involvement, and has been proven to promote increased circulation, respiration, muscle mass, bone density and possible improvements to sensory and motor aptitude. It will be utilized by current patients as well as members of the community wellness programs.

Memorial Foundation
Hollywood, FL
$7,384 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Memorial Handcycle Club that meets two times a month for rides at different local parks. Participants must bring their own handcycles, which means that many who could benefit from riding cannot participate due to the high cost of the cycles and the challenges of transporting them. Quality of Life grant funds will support the acquisition of one XLT upright handcycle, one Tandem cycle, an equipment trailer to transport the handcycles to local parks, and replacement tires. The cycles will be loaned to individuals that do not own their own equipment, enabling them to participate in handcycling rides in the community with other riders.

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
$11,358 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the addition of wheelchair rugby to the Michigan State University Adaptive Sports and Recreation Club. Although on the surface the MSU Adaptive Sports & Recreation Club may look like it is all about sports, the most important aim of the program is increasing independence and improving the quality of life of individuals experiencing paralysis by using sports as a vessel to achieve those goals. In the process of participating in the program, athletes with disabilities gain transferable independent living skills as they improve their balance, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and range of motion. Progress in these areas leads to increased independence and, in turn, improved quality of life. Participants experience increased confidence and positive concept of self, as well as the social peer support network gained in the process of participating in the program. The program actively promotes inclusion and integration by engaging individuals with physical disabilities and able-bodied volunteers in all adaptive sports activities and building mutual understanding and reciprocal respect for diversity in ability, by making the complex concept of disability tangible. Additionally, by holding weekly practices at multiple MSU locations, the MSU Adaptive Sports & Recreation Club raises awareness about the abilities of individuals experiencing paralysis. For its contributions to inclusion and diversity on campus, the program received the MSU Excellence in Diversity Award in the team category. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the acquisition of 2 offensive rugby chairs and 2 defensive rugby chairs.

Mickee Faust Alternative Performance Club, Inc.
Tallahassee, FL
$7,852 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to transform the back yard of the Mickee Faust Club into a safe and welcoming outdoor communal space, where people with mobility impairment and other disabilities can feel at ease, secure in the knowledge that the surfaces upon which they are moving will not trip them or tip their chairs, and a performing area that is safely ramped, well lit, and sturdy enough to accommodate them. The Mickee Faust back yard is at the center of a vibrant arts district in Tallahassee, Florida—Railroad Square. As noted in the Huffington Post, "Railroad Square Art Park in downtown Tallahassee is a community of artists and craftspeople who live and work in a 10-acre park close to Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Once a lumberyard and industrial railroad park, Railroad Square began to take shape as an artist's community in the mid-1970s. Today, the lively First Friday Gallery Hop draws an eclectic crowd." The manager of Railroad Square estimates that during the monthly First Friday Gallery Hop, an average 4,000 of the most varied segments of the Tallahassee community eat at food trucks, listen to live music and other entertainment, browse the galleries, and shop around the square. Twenty-five percent of the vehicles that come in for First Friday have disability placards. The Mickee Faust Club is one of the most popular of those First Friday venues. Quality of Life grant funds will support costs to modify the outdoor stage to make it safe and accessible for several performers using wheelchairs at once, and safety lighting for the accessible back yard space.

Miracle League of Delray Beach
Delray Beach, FL
$2,700 – Accessible Playground / Ballfield
The Miracle League's mission is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. For over 10 years, the Miracle League of Palm Beach County has made it possible for children all over the county with physical and mental disabilities to achieve the same dream as their healthy peers -- to play ball. The field is complete with a cushioned synthetic turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to players that use wheelchairs or walkers or are visually impaired. All players are given a uniform and are placed on a team with his or her teammates, coaches and even a team Mom. Volunteerism is the foundation of the league. Every Saturday, over 150 community members come out to create a truly beautiful showing of support. Every game day is a soul-satisfying event. The Miracle League of Delray Beach has now grown to 12 coaches, 6 team moms, 8 cheer buddies and 85 baseball buddies affectionately known as Angels in the Outfield. Grant funds will help to support the cost of team uniforms.

Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
$3,400 – Camp
For over 60 years, MDA Summer Camp has given kids with muscular dystrophy and related diseases a chance to discover new interests while gaining self-confidence, making lifelong friendships and experiencing the independence of being away from home in an environment where barriers don't exist. For parents and guardians, MDA Summer Camp provides a brief break from their roles as full-time caregivers. They can rest assured their child's medical and physical needs will be met by a team of dedicated health professionals and trained camp volunteers. Aided by personal care from volunteer counselors who are by their sides day and night, campers get to do all the fun activities that regular life doesn't always allow. The independence and life skills campers acquire are more important than ever, as more kids and teens affected by neuromuscular disease are living longer, growing stronger and prospering into adulthood. During camp there are a variety of activities our campers can participate in and two of the most rewarding and popular are the challenge course and horseback riding. For many campers, being able to ride a horse or reaching the top of the challenge course is an experience they would never have if not for MDA Summer Camp. These activity costs are separate from the normal facility fee and operating costs of Summer Camp. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the costs of the horseback riding and the challenge course for 45 campers, so that they can enjoy a special and one of a kind camp experience.

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Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Stillwater, OK
$3,693 - Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will support Adaptive Baby Care Equipment for Parents with Disabilities, a project that will introduce to parents with disabilities adaptive baby care equipment, provide valuable information, and create options for them as a family. Trained staff including occupational therapists support parents' desires to perform baby care tasks, while helping them to reduce the possibility of additional or secondary injury to their own bodies. The use of adaptive baby care equipment can have a dramatic impact on families and their independence in baby care, offers parents more options, and reduces ergonomic strains. The equipment also increases parents' confidence and satisfaction in caring for their babies. Most importantly, adaptive baby equipment supports the parent-child relationship. Quality of Life grant funds will support parent training sessions and the following programmatic baby care equipment: Front Carrier; Lifting Harness; Adapted Boppy; Nursing Pillow; Rollator with added Bouncy Seat & Cradle & Swing; Walker with Feeding Seat added; Safety Kit: Tot Lok; Pacifier Thermometer; Rubberized Bibs; Easy Hold Bottle; Toddler Tub; Accessible Changing Table & Playard; Changing Pad; One-Hand Release Safety Gate; Crib Adaptation Parts; and additional adaptive baby care items plus shipping.

Operation Ward 57
Seattle, WA
$3,750 – Service Animal Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Standing Guard Service Dog Program, which provides financial and material support for veterans and their service dogs in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Services include assisting with covering costs of vests, training, transportation, vet bills, etc. This program also partners with several non-governmental agencies to help find and place service animals with disabled veterans. Grants are provided to active duty military personnel, career or medically retired military, or those honorably discharged from service who have been injured, wounded or acquired a disease during service (VA rating of 30% or higher). The program focuses on post-9/11 Veterans but will extend services to other eras as long as the individual has a professionally trained service animal. Veterans who are post-9/11 who do not have a service dog are provided with case management services in order to help the Veteran seek out other nonprofits that train and donate service dogs to Veterans or provide other assistance such as education, vests and supplies. For financial support, Veterans are required to complete an online or paper application and must provide their DD214 military discharge papers and their VA Rating letter. Additional documentation from a service dog agency or trainer may also be required. Grant money is paid directly to the person or company owed the debt, such as a veterinary clinic, obedience school or airline whenever possible. Quality of Life grant funds will enable the Standing Guard Fund program to respond to critical needs for five wounded Veterans with whom service dogs have been placed to enable them to live more independently in the community.

Options Center for Independent Living
Bourbonnais, IL
$5,540 - Home Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Ramp Assistance Program, which seeks to minimize barriers to individuals with disabilities who utilize a wheelchair or other assistive mobility devices for mobility. Individuals who require the use of a wheelchair or scooter face issues of isolation and are at risk for other health and safety complications. The device necessary to be mobile within their home becomes a source of imprisonment should they need to leave their residence and do not have a ramp. Currently, there are no services for ramps available in the Kankakee County region, which has a poverty rate of over 16% that leaves many persons vulnerable to their mobility impairment issues without the resources to resolve them. Numerous requests for this assistance are received, but there is no funding in Kankakee County for ramps. Quality of Life grant funds will support the acquisition of ten portable metal ramps for the Ramp Assistance Program. Ramps are provided to community members on a loaner basis, and must be returned to the Options Center for Independent Living when no longer required by the recipient.

Penn State University
University Park, PA
$6,000 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will enable Penn State University to field a competitive sled hockey team next season in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. This will add to the assortment of recreational sports that are offered to the Wounded Warriors and Paralympians. The addition of sled hockey will draw more Paralympians to the program, and will continue to grow the services offered. Quality of Life grant funds will be used to support the purchase of new ice hockey sleds and equipment, and support the continued success of some of the more established sport and recreation programs. This equipment will be used to support the training of Wounded Warrior and Paralympic athletes, as well as the sport and recreation programs for members of the University community living with disabilities. Specifically, Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the acquisition of the following sled hockey equipment: sleds, sticks, pads, helmets, neck guards, gloves, blades, picks, tape, and powder for twelve skaters; and sticks, pads, helmets, etc. for goalies.

Prancing Horse, Inc.
Southern Pines, NC
$3,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Prancing Horse is dedicated to providing children and adults with disabilities access to a high quality therapeutic riding program in a safe, secure, and educational environment. It is the only PATH International Premier Accredited Center program in Moore County and the surrounding areas. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the salary of a PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor, enable Prancing Horse to continue to offer customized therapeutic riding sessions to children from five Moore County public schools, to three to six year old children from Sandhills Children's Center, and to Wounded Warriors and their families through the Freedom Reins program.

Project MEND
San Antonio, TX
$10,270 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to support a project that empowers individuals to become active members of their communities by providing medical equipment or assistive devices that bridge barriers for independent living for individuals with disabilities and their families and enable clients to become active again. The program serves children with disabilities, as well as their parents, family members, and caregivers by providing the equipment necessary for them to take care of their child's daily needs, and also transport their child with a disability more easily so that the family can continue to engage in community and family outings. For senior individuals living with disability or paralysis, the proper piece of durable medical equipment such as a wheelchair, hospital bed, bedside commode, etc. may mean the difference for them to be able to remain at home or in the care of a family member/caregiver rather than placed in a nursing home. Project MEND also serves a large population of veterans and Wounded Warriors. Thirty-two percent (32 % in 2015) of the clients in need of medical equipment are veterans or Wounded Warriors whose veterans benefits do not cover the equipment they need to be mobile, or assist their family member or caretaker to address barrier challenges, or they are on a waiting list that will not allow them to have access to the medical equipment for 6-12 months. Project MEND is able to provide the items they need until their insurance finally provides for their disability, mobility, or access equipment needs. This project will enable Project Mend to begin to meet the demand for the most commonly needed items and enable those living with disabilities to reach a new normal of mobility, access and independence. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support 20 adult manual wheelchairs and 25 bariatric manual wheelchairs.

Ranken Jordan - A Pediatric Specialty Hospital
Maryland Heights, MO
$9,597 – Durable Medical Equipment
Ranken Jordan is the first pediatric bridge hospital in the country and the only hospital of its kind in the entire St. Louis region, providing rehabilitation and sub-acute medical treatment for children with medically complex conditions, including paralysis due to spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, brain trauma, and birth conditions. Quality of Life grant funds will support the acquisition of a new Series 2 FES leg cycle, Sage 10 controller, and Battery Pack Kit, and will be used immediately upon arrival to treat both inpatients and outpatients, ages 2 to 21 years of age, with paralysis and other medically complex conditions. This equipment improves cardiovascular health, strength, and blood circulation; supports neuroplasticity; maintains joint range of motion; decreases muscle atrophy, and reduces spasticity. The goal for many of the patients is to progress from using the FES cycle specifically for therapy to using the cycle as a healthful activity. The improvements that patients experience as a result of this treatment will help them to make the transition from hospital to home and to participate in activities of daily life, such as dressing themselves, eating at the family table, and going to school with their peers.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern CA
Sacramento, CA
$3,000 – Accessible Playground / Ballfield
Now in its 25th summer camp season, Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake provides confidence building experiences for campers who are "at-risk," disadvantaged and or living with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities. The fully accessible site removes all physical barriers and programs to promote individuality and self-esteem through the challenges of outdoor group living and teamwork in a supportive environment. This Quality of Life grant will expand accessibility at this camp facility's lake for campers that use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Specifically, grant funds will support the acquisition of an ADA-compliant beach access mat to enable campers that use wheelchairs to more safely and independently navigate the beach into the water.

RSVP of Weld County
Greeley, CO
$7,000 - Home Accessibility Modifications
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Weld County, sponsored by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, has been given a building in which to run its Seniors Helping Other People (SHOP) program. This handyman SHOP program is unduplicated in Weld County and consists of 12 volunteers with a cumulative experience of over 20 years building and installing ramps and handrails for Weld County residents. These volunteers give freely of their time and talents, working to create safer homes for older adults and people who are disabled and cannot afford to hire a contractor or service provider to complete the home modification. Weld County Colorado RSVP is the lifeline hub for addressing community needs in more than 22 communities in a 4,000-square mile county. Once renovated, the building will enable SHOP volunteers to increase the number of ramps and handrails provided by at least 15 percent. Quality of Life grant funds will support renovation of a building that houses the volunteer-run ramp building program that empowers seniors to help others in their community, including a new front safety door, repair of the roof, accessible shelving, and acquisition of a generator.

Ruth Meiers Hospitality House
Bismarck, ND
$19,810 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Ruth Meiers Hospitality House was established in 1987 as a seven-bed emergency shelter to provide emergency and transitional services to those experiencing homelessness in the region. Since that time, it has expanded to provide over 200 shelter beds to men, women and children. It is currently the only permanent men's shelter and one of two family shelters between Fargo, North Dakota and Billings, Montana. In 2015, 34,694 nights of shelter were provided to over 2,000 different individuals. Along with shelter, Ruth Meiers provides direct case management, a full nutrition program, children's learning center, salon, free healthcare clinic, prescription program and re-employment training. As the only permanent shelter in over 300 miles (in all directions), there has been an influx of clients with a multitude of needs, including individuals that use wheelchairs for mobility. There are currently four clients who are wheelchair users; two live in affordable housing, one lives in transitional housing, and the other lives in the transitional shelter. Quality of Life Grant funds will help to support accessibility modifications to enable the shelter to accommodate more guests with paralysis; specifically, ADA accessible shower rooms and shelter rooms.

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Saint Bernard Academy
Nashville, TN
$5,000 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
St. Bernard Academy has served students in the Nashville community for 150 years, and has made numerous accessibility improvements over the years. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the installation of an elevator that will ensure that all students, alumni, staff and community members have complete access to all of the areas of the facility so that they can participate in all school and community programs and activities.

San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation
dba Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association (ASRA)
San Diego, CA
$3,080 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the ASRA Competitive Wheelchair Basketball Program. Wheelchair basketball was one of the first sports that ASRA offered in the San Diego community, and it continues to be popular among older youth and adults. Currently, ASRA provides three levels of basketball: Recreation (under age12), Varsity (youth ages 10 to 18) and Adult (18+). Varsity and Adult are competitive teams and have opportunities to play against other teams only 2 to 3 times per year when the team travels to another city. Additionally, there are currently 8 adult players who are not playing on a team. Grant funds will help to support the creation of two additional teams; one Prep and one Adult. The Prep team is for younger youth, ages 10 to 13, and gives the athletes the opportunity to get ready for Varsity and high school basketball. The additional adult team will allow 8 or 9 players who are currently not on a team to join one, and the two Adult teams will be able to compete against each other as well as travel to tournaments on the West coast. Quality of Life grant funding will be used to support team recruitment, travel, referees fees, and facility fees.

Sarpy County Ag Society
Springfield, NE
$2,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This year will mark the 80th anniversary of the Sarpy County Fair at the current facility. The Fair has played a huge part in the lives of so many families in the area. Over the past few years, there has been a growing demand for ADA-compliant seating areas. There are people in the community that would enjoy coming to out to the Fair and spending time with their families and friends, but there are no picnic tables that accommodate a person using a wheelchair. Quality of Life grants will support the installation of three ADA-compliant picnic tables in the Kersten Memorial area of town. This area is located along the main street of the town, and along a well-traveled walking and bike path. The picnic tables will create a safe and welcoming area for people that are wheelchair users and their families, enabling them to be a part of the Fair, and engaged in the community year-round.

Shepherd Public Schools
Shepherd, MI
$7,000 – Accessible Playground / Ballfield
This Quality of Life grant will help to support The Play Zone, an accessible playground that will be located adjacent to the boys' Varsity Baseball field and the girls' Varsity Softball field at Shepherd High School. This playground will serve all visiting and local community children who attend these games, who are often looking for something interesting to do halfway through the game (and often there are a minimum of two games, and during tournament time, three), in addition to local and visiting community members. The Play Zone will be the only inclusive playground in Shepherd and will provide play opportunities for community children, ages 2-12. It will enable all children – including those with physical, developmental, cognitive and sensory disabilities – to experience accessible, independent, self-directed play and increased health and fitness, each at their own highest level of ability. Not only will it allow children with disabilities to participate, but it will enable people who do not have disabilities to play alongside those who do, building new relationships across all generations. Quality of Life grant funds will support the wheelchair accessible swing set and raised sand table.

Sixth Day Dance
Kirkland, WA
$2,500 – Fitness and Wellness
Adaptive Dance is specifically designed to reach out to people with paralysis and movement disabilities and engage them in a physically and artistically robust, collaborative environment where they will be mentored by a professional choreographer and an artistic director. It consists of 10 weeks of classes and a public performance. Throughout the classes, dancers explore their relationship with their physicality and choreograph their performance. Participants will experience considerable physical improvements in areas such as gross and fine motor control, balance, flexibility, range of motion, and respiratory control. Skills like procedural memory chaining, self-esteem, self-image, and relationship building will be encouraged through Art Therapy techniques. Dance, as opposed to other forms of physical training, compels unique movements in the body that cannot be predicted or directed. Dance movement is instigated from parts of the brain that are not stimulated during other kinds of training and opens the door to specific nerve pathways. Through their well-attended performances, student dancers expose their communities to the potential and beauty of this group and create better acceptance and understanding of the contributions individuals with disabilities can make to the community. Quality of Life grant funds will support dance instructors and facility rental space for the adapted dance program.

SoCal Trykers of National AMBUCS
Huntington Beach, CA
$6,990 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the SoCal Trykers Amtryke program, which assists in providing adaptive tricycles to children or adults with a disability. Recipients must be first evaluated by a physical or occupational therapist that recommends the adaptive tricycle, and then are placed on the wish list. Adaptive tricycles enable children and adults with disabilities opportunities to participate in activities that promote independence, social interaction, mobility, strength, self-esteem and quality of life. Quality of Life grant funds will support acquisition of adaptive trykes (plus shipping costs) for eight children and adults with paralysis-causing conditions.

Special Equestrians, Inc.
Indian Springs, AL
$2,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will support the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program at this Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Premier-Accredited center for riders ages four years old and up with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, Down's syndrome, autism, brain injury (including stroke), and many other physical and developmental disabilities. Therapeutic riding is taught in small groups of up to six riders to allow for shared experiences with peers that may have similar disabilities and to encourage social interaction before, during, and after class. Approximately 15% of the riders in the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program receive either partial or full financial assistance through the scholarship program. Special Equestrians never refuses services to individuals due to an inability to pay. Quality of Life grant funds will support the horse trainer, who will provide regular skills training to all of the therapeutic riding horses, as well as ongoing training for staff and volunteers to ensure the highest quality experience for all.

Spina Bifida Association of Alabama
Gadsden, AL
$4,124 – Camp
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the 2nd Annual VIP (Victory, Independence, and Possibilities) Weekend Retreat for Adults with spina bifida. The Adult VIP Retreat offers an amazing weekend catered around the needs of adults with SB and their family members. The Retreat is hosted at Children's Harbor on Lake Martin in Alexander City, Alabama, a state-of-the-art facility with cabins, meeting rooms, and recreation facilities. Children's Harbor is designed to be completely accessible, which ensures each adult is able to participate in all activities. The activities include exciting opportunities that take participants out of their comfort zone and allow for fun, socialization and learning. Each individual who attends the Retreat can choose to participate in water activities such as water skiing using a sit ski, tubing, swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Other activities include arts and crafts, and evening recreation activities including a campfire, and a ‘Casino Night' party. Finally, an important part of the Retreat is the educational/informational group and individual sessions for both the adults with SB and the parents/caregivers. The Adult VIP Retreat is one of the first in the country to focus solely on adults with SB and their family members and many other US SB Association chapters are interested in using the program as a model. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support water skiing expenses and camp counselors.

Stable Hands, Inc.
Wausau, WI
$6,984 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to install a SureHands Lift System in the new indoor arena and to train all staff and volunteers who will participate in its use. The lift will be used to expand therapeutic riding services to people who were previously ineligible due to disabilities which interfere with safe transfer to and from the horse or to and from a driving cart. And, it will enable Stable Hands to continue to provide therapeutic riding services to long-time riders whose conditions are progressive or who have grown too large or too heavy for safe transfers without a lift. Riders will be able to participate in their lift transfers by learning how to operate the lift's hand control unit (when possible) and will raise and lower themselves (with stand-by assistance). Riders using the lift will be integrated into classes with other riders of all levels of ability. Stable Hands is the only PATH-certified program in a 37-mile radius. No other programs in the region offer the same services and no other programs have a lift to safely transfer severely involved riders.

Stay-Focused, Inc.
New York, NY
$2,340 – Adaptive Sports
Stay-Focused is the fiscal sponsor for Rochester Adaptive Adventures (RAA), a new nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the community to ensure individuals with disabilities and medical conditions, and their families, have access to and choice of adaptive sports and inclusive recreation opportunities. Through collaborative partnerships with Rochester Spinal Association and with Erie Canal Boat Company, RAA has become determined to increase awareness of and access to adaptive cycling and adaptive kayaking. The Rochester area is replete with waterway systems and bike paths, and RAA seeks to ensure these are accessible to individuals with paralysis. RAA will use the Access the Erie Canalway project to increase access points to individuals and families, by providing in-hospital and outpatient clinics as well as community-based events. In order to further maximize client participation, RAA's Canal Pal program will augment the adaptive kayaking and cycling services. Canal Pals will be individuals thoroughly trained in RAA's kayaking and cycling services. These Pals will provide individuals with a companion on the waterway or on the bike trails, to provide directions, traffic monitoring, and time awareness, in addition to the very important social connection. Cycling Canal Pals will be versed in on-trail bike maintenance and safety protocols, and will also provide the cyclist motivating encouragement and even maintain time/distance records so the riders may set goals and track their progress. Kayaking Canal Pals will be able to provide safety protocols and on-the-water training to the paddler, as well as motivation and tracking. While not all participants will need a Canal Pal, there are many individuals who do not have family/friend supports available during times they can kayak or ride, and having someone to assist and to support is critical to their being able to access the Canalway. Canal Pals will enable many more individuals to access these trails. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the launch of the kayak program; specifically, funding adaptive kayak equipment and accessories.

Suburban Adult Services, Inc.
Elma, NY
$4,110 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Suburban Adult Services (SaSi) clinic provides physical and occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, social work services, psychological and psychiatric counseling as well as vocational rehabilitation counseling to individuals of all ages with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, and other conditions. Many of these individuals utilize wheelchairs or other mobility devices. SASi also provides employment services, residential opportunities and therapeutic recreation though Moving Miracles therapeutic dance and High Hurdles therapeutic horseback riding. Quality of Life grant funds will support the installation of automatic electric doors at the front entrance of the facility, enabling clients to independently enter and exit the building for programs and events.

The House Student Leadership Center
Woodbridge, VA
$1,000 – Peer Mentoring and Support
Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the eleventh annual National Capital A Cinderella Ball in Washington, DC, an event that fosters involvement in the community and improves quality of life and celebrates children of America's men and women in uniform affected by disabilities or life-threatening illnesses, helping change attitudes and break down barriers that exclude these students from the mainstream of the community. This daytime event features a banquet, entertainment, awards, and an after-party Ball for children who otherwise may not experience this type of social engagement. The Ball is a year-round, ongoing program with the completion date of the annual gala. A Cinderella Closet precedes the annual event, where each student guest receives his or her choice of prom apparel from more than 1,000 formal gowns and tuxedos. The formal attire is a gift, not a rental. Student members of the Center plan for this event year round as part of their service-learning curriculum through colleting formal attire, fundraising, and event coordination. Joining these students, invited through the military's Exceptional Family Members Services Office, are soldiers from Walter Reed's Wounded Soldier Brigade who will arrive, too, on the red carpet at the Willard's Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. This project is designed to merge and honor paralyzed service members during the time between active duty and their transition to civilian life, with an opportunity to uniquely mentor these young students and their families. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support ADA-accessible stage equipment with ramp accessibility for wheelchair users.

The World Institute on Disability
Berkeley, CA
$15,000 – Employment Program
This Quality of Life grant will support CareerACCESS, a project that aims to unleash the potential of young adults with disabilities (ages 18- 30) to work, develop skills, generate wealth, become entrepreneurs, and strengthen self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing them with incentives to enter the workforce while still receiving social supports for their costly disabilities. CareerACCESS will establish the elements and benefits (through the ROI model) of an expanded employment and career path for young people with disabilities. In addition to enabling young adults with disabilities to have an economic future filled with promise and purpose, CareerACCESS has the added objective of reducing government dependency and social support costs as income and skills grow. To succeed in the workplace, young adults with disabilities need ongoing support services that they can afford while they contribute and grow their income. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support costs for the Return on Investment researcher for the implementation of the pilot CareerACCESS program in three to five states.

Think Beyond the Chair
Flint, MI
$2,375 – Fitness and Wellness
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the 5th Annual Party in the Park: Health & Fitness, Adaptive Sports, Social Integration Festival. Party in the Park is completely accessible and eliminates the obstacles that prevent people with disabilities from enjoying life and engaging with their communities. This event focuses on health, wellness, sports and recreation in addition to social integration. Participants can enjoy a class of Tai-Chi, personal massage, healthy eating education, Zumba, pressure sore prevention education, the right-to-work seminar, sports, carnival games and activities. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the following programmatic costs for the event: portable ramps, accessible bouncy house rental, wheelchair massage, and instructors for Zumba, Tai Chi and Fitness classes.

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University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
$17,884 – Adaptive Sports
This Quality of Life grant will enable University of South Florida's Outdoor Recreation program to expand its current regular paddling programs to include individuals with mobility impairments. Due to its innate ability to leave the paddler feeling free and completely in control, adaptive paddling has grown substantially in recent years among the people with disabilities in the community Additionally, paddling equipment modifications are small if needed and paddling instructions are pretty much the same for everyone. Paddlers are able to engage in a diverse range of environments ranging from whitewater kayaking to coastal paddling. The skills used in paddling are usable all over the world. Paddling trips offer engaging opportunities to learn, enjoy, and experience amazing scenery together with other students, staff/faculty, and community members. Quality of Life grant funds will support the acquisition of a base set of equipment, initial training for staff, and staff hours to create unique programming aimed at establishing inclusive and engaging programs and services as for students, staff/faculty, and community members who may live with physical disabilities and are interested in paddle sports. Specifically, grant funds will support: trip leaders/instructors for kayak trips and programs; 2 Student Kayak instructor trainers for 4-week kayak skills training course each semester; 2 student interns for marketing events and promotions; 2 Current Designs Kayaks - Outfitted with adaptive equipment; 10 ACA foam outfitting kits; 2 Current Designs Phantom GX Graphite lightweight paddles; 2 pairs of Back of hand paddle adaptations; 2 pairs Wrist paddle adaptations; 2 Paddle pivot systems; ACA Adaptive Paddling certification for 10 staff; ACA Kayak Instructor Level 2 certification for 10 staff.

UPWARD for Children and Families
Phoenix, AZ
$4,822 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to improve the physical therapy experience for children and young adults with severe disabilities who are medically fragile, and the most vulnerable in the Phoenix area. Grant funds will support the acquisition of two therapy wedge systems to augment the one wedge system that Upward currently has to use in its classrooms, therapy rooms and the adult day treatment areas. Benefits of the wedge system include improving respiration and reducing respiratory complications; building head, neck, trunk and shoulder strength; improving range of motion; providing lower extremity weight bearing positioning opportunities; improving engagement in classroom activities; pressure relief to reduce skin breakdown complications; and relief of stress and pain help to enhance overall comfort and health. The addition of two more systems will allow the systems to be used by more clients more often and over a longer period of time as wear and tear will be reduced significantly.

Ventfort Hall Association, Inc.
Lenox, MA
$10,000 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support accessibility modifications in Ventfort Hall, an historic Gilded Age mansion built by Sarah Morgan as a summer home in 1893 in Lenox, Massachusetts. Ventfort Hall serves as a historic house museum and venue for cultural and educational programs. Ventfort Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an official project of Save America's Treasures. It is open to the public year-round, seven days a week, and is operated by a small staff of part-time employees (approximately 4.5 full time equivalents) and a substantial group of volunteers. Programs and events at Ventfort Hall include lectures, dramatic performances, concerts and children's activities, which take place on the mansion's fully accessible first floor. There are also daily guided tours of Ventfort Hall. Ventfort Hall is an irreplaceable piece of local architectural history from the days when Lenox was known as the “inland Newport” and is one of the few Gilded Age mansions in Lenox still open to the public. It is also the only historic house museum in the area that is open daily year-round, providing consistent value as cultural destination during the winter and shoulder seasons. Grant funds will help to support the installation of the elevator to enable individuals with paralysis and other mobility challenges to gain access to all parts of the historical building. The elevator will not only enable Ventfort Hall to provide the same quality experiences for all visitors, regardless of their level of mobility, but will make it possible for individuals that cannot navigate stairs to become volunteer museum docents.

Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship
Bellwood, PA
$8,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding
This Quality of Life grant will help to bring private, individual therapeutic riding sessions directly to wounded veterans that are not able to participate in therapeutic riding at a traditional center setting. Grant funds will help to fund the acquisition of a horse trailer to facilitate mobile therapeutic horseback riding for veterans that have traumatic brain injury and PTSD, many of whom are isolated and may be suicidal. Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship was founded in 2015 by United States Army, Sargent 1st Class, John Zanella. After living and working in Washington State as a therapeutic riding instructor for veterans, Sargent Zanella moved home to Central Pennsylvania where he saw the need for a similar riding program. He had participated in a therapeutic riding program in 2011. Suicidal at that time, Sargent Zanella credits the riding program with saving his life. After being discharged from the Army for medical reasons (multiple physical injuries, five traumatic brain injuries, and severe PTSD), Sargent Zanella states that working with him as an instructor is a rarity. Not only does he have medical reasons and 20 years of service with 11 deployments to which veterans can relate; nationally, he is the only service member who went through a therapeutic riding program to go on to found and run one. He knows where veterans are coming from. He knows he can save lives. VTH is the only therapeutic riding program for veterans in the service area of Blair, Centre, and Huntingdon counties in Pennsylvania.

Virtual Photo Walks
Washington, DC
$7,200 - Assistive Technology Initiative
Virtual Photo Walks (VPW) is a nonprofit organization in the United States and Canada that uses smart phones and video conferencing to enable people isolated by illness or disability to travel the world in real time. VPW plans to partner with the British Columbia Mobility Opportunity Society (BCMOS) to provide a series of summer virtual hikes throughout Canada for members of the disability community. While VPW volunteer photographers and videographers are usually able-bodied individuals that create the virtual walks, this summer hiking program will involve photographers/videographers who are VPW and BCMOS members that live with significant physical disabilities, who either have or are seeking a greater connection with nature. The members have a wide range of conditions including spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, and muscular dystrophy. Grant funds will help to support the acquisition of a TrailRider (a modified wheelchair which will enable individuals that use wheelchairs to hike) and a TrailRider arm to hold a smart phone to allow the hikers with disabilities using the TrailRider to stream and guide walks through video-conferencing. Once completed, the virtual walks will be available to experience on the VPW website.

Volunteers in Medicine, Inc.
Great Barrington, MA
$6,000 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Quality of Life grant will help to support accessibility modifications to this community health clinic, including a wheelchair ramp at the main entrance and a wheelchair lift. The clinic provides access to quality health care, broadly defined, in a respectful and caring manner for income-qualified, uninsured and under-insured residents of the Berkshire region, many of whom are at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. This is a rural area with inadequate public transportation and a paucity of healthcare providers. VIM enables local physicians, dentists, and others to give back to the community by volunteering as healthcare providers to those in need. The clinic building also hosts community programs such as the only Spanish-language Alcoholics Anonymous group in the Berkshires.

VSA Texas
Austin, TX
$8,500 – Arts Program
This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Re-Integration Project, which increases opportunities for veterans with disabilities and Wounded Warriors to find creative and fulfilling community options post military service. Since 2009, VSA Texas has annually curated a show of new work by veterans with disabilities and Wounded Warriors and exhibited this work at galleries and museums across Texas. The artist roster has increased to 150 veterans, the majority of whom are visual artists. Through the Re-Integration project, the roster will expand to include writers and musicians, as well as reach new visual artists. Project goals are three-fold: 1) A series of writing workshops for veterans with disabilities and Wounded Warriors; 2) Art/music created by artist veterans from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in response to individual writings; 3) A public exhibition of the collective body of work that includes an exhibit catalogue. Quality of Life grant funds will support marketing (print advertising, social media and press kits); exhibit space rental for the exhibition and reception; duplication of music compact discs for inclusion in the exhibition catalogue; and framing costs for display of selected prose and poetry for the exhibition.

Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation
Bozeman, MT
$12,500 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW) is a recreational therapy program that provides exclusive six-day therapeutic fly fishing experiences (FX) to traumatically injured veterans and their families. The FX program has proven to be an innovative approach that interrupts negative patterns of thinking, improves mood, and enhances motivation to make positive change. This is done in by treating them with abundance of love, camaraderie, respect, joy, and through the therapeutic outdoor sport of fly fishing. FX's are unique in that all expenses are paid for, including travel, accommodations, top-of-the-line fishing gear, guided fly fishing trips, and instruction from world-class professional guides for participating veterans. Upon completion of the six-day program, warriors get to keep all their fishing equipment, enabling them to continue the healing activity of fly fishing at home. It is the only all-inclusive program of its kind in Montana that also offers programming for warrior couples and an alumni companion model. The week in Montana provides a respite from the stresses of war and their medical treatment, and has a positive impact on the negative trends of suicide, divorce, unemployment and, alcoholism, all of which translate into increased independence, self-confidence, and spiritual and physical connections to their families and communities. Quality of Life grant funds will support accessibility modifications to the Quiet Waters Ranch (acquired after a capital campaign in 2015) to ensure that all barriers to complete inclusion are removed, so that no families are prevented from full participation in programming for wounded veterans and their families. Specifically, grant funds will support the installation of a platform lift, widened doorways and handrails. Previously, rental accommodations were used, which caused numerous problems that are obviated by having a completely accessible home for the program and participants, ensuring safety, continuity, and inclusion for years to come.

Waterford Recreation and Parks
Waterford, CT
$5,350 – Durable Medical Equipment
This Quality of Life grant will help to increase accessibility for individuals with mobility challenges at the Waterford Beach. Quality of Life grant funds will support the acquisition of two beach wheelchairs that will enable individuals that use wheelchairs or other mobility aids to access the community beach park with their families. Due to environmental restrictions, the parking lot is a long distance from the beach, and covers a variety of terrains: asphalt, grass, packed stone dust, a wooden bridge and, finally sand. Typical wheelchairs are almost impossible to push on sand, and canes and crutches do not provide reliable balance in sand. The beach wheelchairs are designed for moving through sand and other bumpy, unstable surfaces, and can be rolled into the water. The wheelchairs will make it possible for individuals that use mobility devices to go to the community beach with their families and friends and to enjoy the beach and water together.

Western New York Independent Living
Buffalo, NY
$5,700 - Assistive Technology Initiative
This Quality of Life grant will assist WNY Independent Living to upgrade the assistive technology which is currently offered in its model home and three equipment loan closets. This project will also allow the agency to provide education about the model home and loan closets to organizations and the general public about what is currently available at no cost. The goal of the project is to also create a virtual tour of the model home and learning modules which will be available at no cost to physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation centers, surgery centers and independent living specialists, to use as an educational outlet at no cost. This project will assist individuals with paralysis and mobility impairment caused by spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, etc., by providing physical tours of the model home so they may utilize and “test drive” assistive equipment, and borrow equipment from the loan closet at no cost. The how-to videos and community collaboration will offer opportunities for ongoing referrals, which will increase the user's knowledge, confidence and ability to live independently in the community. This program will also serve as a natural referral source to the Independent Living specialists, who can support the population without any medical costs to the individual. The education and outreach will also serve as the vehicle for new referrals, model home tours, and loan closet use. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the acquisition of the following assistive technology devices for the loan closets: Bathroom Related Assistive Devices (Grab Bars, Shower Stools, Commodes, etc.); Mobility Related Equipment (Walkers, Canes, Rolling Walkers, Gait Trainers, Bariatric and Standard Wheelchairs); Bedroom-Related Assistive Equipment (Lifts, Wedges, etc.); Technology (Ipad with Voice Enabled - JAWS Enabled; JAWS Voice Reader Programs for Computers); Assistive Technology (Reachers, Kitchen Aids, and Living Room Aids).

Women's Studio Workshop
Rosendale, NY
$5,502 – Arts Program
Women's Studio Workshop is expanding its campus to include a publicly accessible gallery of work created by Artists in Residence, who are recruited by a blind jury from across the United States and around the world. When the expansion project is complete, WSW will be the only cultural institution of its kind in Ulster County, the only gallery for competitive professional artists in the rural village of Rosendale, NY, and the only public cultural facility on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The recently purchased, adjacent historic building is being renovated to allow wheelchair access for residents with mobility challenges of Ulster County and beyond to attend WSW community events and exhibitions. WSW will need to reconfigure the historical property to allow wheelchair access. Full accessibility will enable inclusive access to regular exposure to professional level visual art, including conversations with professional artists about their work, connections with local business owners, local farmers, and community members, and free and nutritious meals in a beautiful, historic setting. These elements combine to make an unparalleled social, cultural, and educational experience, completely free of cost. Quality of Life grants will support accessibility renovations in the first floor restroom in the newly acquired historical building that will be open to the public.

Worcester County Horticultural Society/Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Boylston, MA
$8,826 – Education Program
This Quality of Life grant will support the educational programming of Tower Hill Botanic Garden's newly opened garden, The Court: A Garden Within Reach (GWR). The GWR is a universally accessible garden featuring raised garden beds and planters of varying heights, vertical gardens, a tactile planter, a tool display, and water features designed to accommodate those of all levels of ability and mobility. Located right at the entry of the education and visitor center, the Garden makes no compromise in aesthetics, showcasing how an accessible garden can be beautiful and functional at the same time. The Garden Within Reach is a space for everyone – a beautiful focal point for every visitor to the garden to enjoy as well as a platform for awareness and programming. It is a flexible, inclusive space, whether guests choose simply to spend time by the fountain, take a class on wellness, or are made aware of specific features such as gardening in a range of containers that make gardening available to more people. It is also a space for use by people who do not have a garden of their own yet still want to experience plants in a hands-on way. Adaptive gardening provides many benefits to gardeners, including an active lifestyle, connection with nature, a renewed connection with others, and engagement in the community. Quality of Life grant funds will support acquisition of adapted gardening tools and the horticultural therapist that will design and run the adapted horticultural programs.

YMCA of Southwest Washington
Longview, WA
$11,256 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
The YMCA of Southwest Washington provides the only year-round indoor aquatics facility in the entire county, offering aquatic rehabilitation programs and a physical therapy clinic that provides additional aquatic therapies in the facility's Activity Pool and Warm Water Therapy Pool. A partnership with local school districts uses the pools for their students with high needs. Partnerships with early-childhood therapy centers bring therapists and clients to the YMCA for occupational and physical therapy. About half of the YMCA members are senior citizens who rely on pool access for their physical well-being. The YMCA has three pool lifts that need to be replaced to ensure safe, dignified access to the pool for individuals with mobility challenges. Quality of Life grant funds will help to support the installation of one IGAT-180 Chair Lift/Pool Lift, Headrest, Removable Armrests, and additional seatbelt; and one 5176 Aquatrek wheelchair ramp in the facility's warmest water pool.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, 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.