1st Cycle 2018 High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants

18 Grants Totaling $679,922
Grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Cooperative Agreement Number 90PR3002)

Abilitree
Bend, OR 97702
$50,000 – Employment
Rural Job Development for People with Disabilities
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the expansion of job development services for people with disabilities to areas of rural Central Oregon.

Access to Independence of San Diego, Inc.
San Diego, CA 92108
$40,000 – Nursing Home Transition
Oahu Ho'olilo Project
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the replication of their successful transition program in their Hawaii branch. People living with paralysis who reside in skilled nursing facilites, rehabilitation hospitals and acute-care hospitals will be assisted in transitioning to community-based living.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association - NV (Nevada Chapter)
Las Vegas, NV 89120
$30,000 – Transportation
pALS Transportation Program
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will allow this organization to provide wheelchair accessible transportation on demand to ALS patients to visit various ALSA health and social services clinics.

Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Salisbury, MD 21804
$50,000 – Employment
Paralysis to Placement
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will help those living with paralysis to find gainful employment thus increasing the sustainability of their community-based living.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
White Plains, NY 10605
$30,000 – Respite/Caregiving
Launching a First-of-its-Kind Caregiver Center at Burke Rehabilitation Center
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support Burke's new caregiver center which will provide support, education and programs to help alleviate stress and to plan for and improve a patient's recovery.

Caregivers Workforce Development Institute
Placitas, NM 87043
$30,000 – Respite/Caregiving
Caregiver Leadership and Coping Skills
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support workshops and skills training for caregivers of people with paralysis leading to better care for people living with paralysis.

Center for People With Disabilities
Boulder, CO 80301
$40,000 – Nursing Home Transitions
Nursing Home Transitions
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support expansion of a Transitions Program to increase the number of people living with paralysis who transition from living in facilities to living in their own homes or communities.

Craig Hospital Foundation
Englewood, CO 80113
$50,000 – Employment
Community Reintegration for Individuals Living with SCI and TBI at Craig Hospital
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the Community Reintegration program which provides career exploration, job coaching, adaptive technology and employer education in order to make the transition back into employment as smooth as possible for people living with paralysis.

Disability Connection
Gulfport. MS 39501
$50,000 – Employment
Employment Connection
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support individuals living with paralysis to prepare for and find employment by providing an online employment resource center.

Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center
Evansville, IN 47714
$30,000 – Transportation
Transportation independence through driver's training for individuals living with disabilities
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the modification of a van to enable driver training to virtualy all types of wheelchair users thus giving them independence.

Easy Does It Emergency Services
Berkeley, CA 94703
$30,000 – Disaster Response
Disaster Preparedness Program for People with Disabilities
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the development of a robust disaster preparedness program for people living with disabilities and their caregivers. It will enable home visits to assess the home, offer preparation assistance, education in creating an emergency kit and tips on earthquake-proofing the interiors of their home.

Independence Place
Lexington, KY 40503
$50,000 – Employment
Inclusion & Employment First
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will provide supported employment and peer support to individuals who seek employment including information and referral to the office of vocational rehabilitation, pre-employment transition services, employment training, employer support training, and long term planning.

IndependenceFirst
Milwaukee, WI 53204
$40,000 – Nursing Home Transition
IndependenceFirst Nursing Home Transition Initiative
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support their initiative to assist individuals with disabilities to leave institutions and live independently in the community. This is supported with education about choices for community based living, teaching decision-making skills and self-advocacy, teaching independent living skills, and helping in identifying community resources.

Main Line Health/ Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital
Malvern, PA 19355
$30,000 – Transportation
Driver Rehab Program: The Road to Independence
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the purchase of adaptive equipment to enable people with paralysis to learn how to drive and increase their independence and transportation options.

Muscular Dystrophy Association - National Headquarters
Chicago, IL 60606
$30,000 – Disaster Response
MDA Emergency Response Program
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support a Disaster Response program which will include a disaster preparedness toolkit, enhanced technology to be able to text those in disaster-hit areas, and ensure the ability to call all MDA families in event of disaster.

TBI Warrior Foundation
Boerne, TX 78006
$29,922 – Respite/Caregiving
Caregiving Skills Toolbox: Successful Caregiving of Veterans, Adults and Children with Paralysis
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the provision of education and skills training to family caregivers of individuals with paralysis. This will enhance caregvier skills and also bring caregivers of people with paralysis together for mutual support.

The World Institute on Disability
Berkeley, CA 94703
$30,000 – Disaster Response
Disability and Disaster Readiness: National Policy and Education Initiative
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the creation of a comprehensive set of materials and trainings on disaster response preparation for individuals living with paralysis.

Paths to Independent Transitional Living (TRPIL)
Washington, PA 15301
$40,000 – Nursing Home Transition
TRPIL's Increased Initiative for Nursing Home Transition
This award is a High Impact Priority QOL Grant for the purpose of supporting individuals living with paralysis and their families. This award will support the services and equipment needed to enable the transition of people living with paralysis from facilities to community-based living.

1st Cycle 2018 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants

48 Grants Totaling $551,061
Grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Cooperative Agreement Number 90PR3002)

A Chance for Therapy
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
$10,000 – Physical/Occupational Therapy
Therapy Grant Program
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides essential therapies for children with paralysis. The project serves families with little or no insurance.

American Stroke Foundation
Overland Park, KS 66202
$12,000 - Transition from Institution to Home
Stroke Survivor Navigation Program
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports individuals that have had a stroke and their caregivers to help them learn to perform normal tasks in their homes with altered body function, reintegrate into their family and community, navigate the complexity of the health care system, negotiate difficult financial conditions caused by the stroke and locate needed resources. Grant funds will support the expansion of the program to include the Missouri side of the metropolitan area.

ARISE Child and Family Service, Inc.
Syracuse, NY 13203
$10,000 - Assistive Technology Initiative
ARISE Adaptive Design Pop-up Builds
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an innovative program that will expand the reach of Adaptive Design services that create highly customized equipment for very young children with paralysis. Sophisticated software and simple materials like rigid cardboard, wood, and plastic make it easy to adjust and/or redesign equipment as children grow and/or their needs change. Adaptations are not intended to replace medical, sport, or mobility equipment, but offer quick, simple solutions aimed at improving one’s quality of life, and items produced are made available at no cost to families. This project will make Adapted Design services available at various "pop-up" locations in the community so that families that cannot otherwise travel to the CIL can access services.

Baptist Health Foundation
Little Rock, AR 72205
$12,500 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Ceiling Lift for Wheelchair and Seating Clinic
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the purchase and installation of a ceiling lift for the Wheelchair and Seating Clinic, which serves approximately 150 individuals per year, many of whom require total lift assistance for transfers in the Clinic for skin inspection and pressure mapping. The ceiling lift will make the transfers safer, more comfortable, and more time-efficient for patients and health care workers, and will result in more thorough assessments of patient needs, better decisions about which cushions and wheelchair features will promote healthy skin, and allow a greater volume of patients to be seen.

Camp For All Foundation
Houston, TX 77092
$7,500 - Adaptive Sports
Camp For All Hand Cycles
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project to add more hand cycles to the fleet of cycles at this totally accessible camp for people of all ages. Biking is a camper favorite, and the project will enable more campers with paralysis to enjoy it with their friends.

Camp PossAbility, Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN 46845-6120
$15,000 – Camp
Camp PossAbility Camper Scholarships
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a one-week summer camp designed specifically for young adults ages 18-to-35 years old who live with physical disabilities and who use a wheelchair for mobility, and who have received their high school diploma or equivalent. The camp’s main goal is to provide social enrichment that will encourage our young adults with disabilities to seek their full potential.

Camp Twin Lakes
Atlanta, GA 30309
$15,000 – Camp
Camp Twin Lakes Camper Scholarship Program for children with paralysis-focused diagnoses
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports scholarships that will enable 27 children with paralysis-causing conditions to attend camp based on their unique needs. Campers of all ability levels will enjoy the full array of traditional camp activities (playgrounds, biking, archery, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, trails, zip line, rock wall, and zero-entry pool) and other exceptional components.

Challenge Aspen
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
$15,000 – Adaptive Sports
Offering Hope: Providing Outdoor Therapeutic Experiences to People with Paralysis
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a series of four weekend retreats -- one per month for four months -- for five Craig Hospital patients or alumni along with their caregivers and three Craig Hospital physical therapists. The group will share a rented house in the Snowmass Village area with the intention of building community and creating friendships by sharing personal experiences of rehabilitation and disability while learning to ski together.

Cheshire Home
Florham Park, NJ 07932
$7,361 - Facility Accessibility Modification
Installation of Automatic Electronic Doors for Access to the Residents' Terrace
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the installation of automatic electronic doors to the residents' terrace, which will enable the residents to open and close the doors without assistance so that they can enjoy the terrace independently. This increases independence, self-direction, and satisfaction for the residents.

Community Rowing, Inc.
Brighton, MA 02135
$7,500 – Adaptive Sports
Military and Para Rowing Program
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the costs of coaching the various Para and Military programs offered and the design, building, testing, and modifying of specialized equipment, including custom-built seats, pontoons, and hand grips and other modifications that people with disabilities and paralysis-causing conditions need in order to row. The Para and Military programs take place year round, and benefit people with paralysis as well as people with other disabilities and include military personnel and veterans.

Determined2heal, Inc.
Potomac, MD 20854
$12,635 – Adaptive Sports
2018-2019 Moving Forward with Adventurous Wheels
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support a serious of therapeutic outreach group events for individuals with spinal cord injury and their families, including activities such as adaptive rock climbing, hunting or shooting, kayaking, motorcycle sidecar, paddle boarding, parasailing, dune buggy, sit waterskiing, camping, rafting, tubing, fishing, gliding, indoor skydiving, miniature golf, paintballing, sailing, scuba diving, sit snow skiing, slingshot golf, surfing, and bowling, as well as a multi-day adventure in Virginia Beach which will include surfing, indoor skydiving, parasailing, sit waterskiing, camping, tubing and fishing.

Equinoterapia Puerto Rico, Inc.
San Juan, PR 00926
$10,000 - Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Equinoterapia Puerto Rico, Inc. Horse Healing Power Project
This Quality of Life grant will support a project that partners with the VA Caribbean Healthcare System to plan, develop, manage, and implement a therapeutic riding program for disabled veterans and disabled members of the armed forces with spinal cord injury and paralysis. It will provide instruction and participation in equine-assisted activities that will improve and enrich bio-psycho-social function. Leaders of the equine therapeutic activities, adaptive sports therapists and mental health professionals will work together to provide a unique program for the veterans and service members with paralysis in Puerto Rico.

Frank V Bergman PTO
Manhattan, KS 66503
$13,290 – Accessible Community Spaces
Bergman "Fitness For All" Project
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support a community accessible fitness trail that will connect two levels of greenspace, ball fields and an accessible playground for outside play and activities, and will include accessible fitness stations.

Freedom Service Dogs of America
Englewood, CO 80112
$15,000 – Service Animal Program
Service Dogs for Paralysis Clients & Ongoing Support
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the initial client training program and ongoing support for three individual clients with paralysis. Grant funds will support special equipment for the dogs in training, travel costs for ongoing support services, trainer costs, and supplies.

Friends of Hamlin Recreation, Inc.
Hamlin, NY 14464
$15,000 – Adaptive Sports
Increased Accessibility to Recreation Programs Project
This Quality of Life grant will support the purchase of 6-8 athletic wheelchairs of different sizes for use by children in the afterschool programs and summer recreation programs, as well as by other members of the community, to enjoy adaptive activities such as tennis, archery, basketball, volleyball, and pickleball.

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc.
Pleasantville, NY 10570
$15,000 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Operation Access - New Rochelle Program Center
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support an initiative to increase accessibility at the New Rochelle Program Center. The grant funds will be used to install accessibility ramps at the front and back entrances of the building so that Girl Scouts that have mobility issues can easily enter and leave the building to participate in volunteer opportunities and other activities.

Highcroft Ridge Elementary School
Chesterfield, MO 63017
$15,000 - Accessible Community Spaces
Let's ALL Play at Highcroft
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to fund the purchase of an accessible glider for an accessible community playground at Highcroft Ridge Elementary School. The project was started by the students of the second grade, who felt that it was unfair that their friends that use wheelchairs can't play with them on the playground, and who raised money for the playground through a series of lemonade stand sales and other fund raisers.

Impossible Dream
New York, NY 10036
$15,000 – Adaptive Sports
Impossible Dream's New Generator
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the purchase and installation of a new generator for this barrier-free sailboat to ensure that sailors with spinal cord injury will be comfortable and safe from heat exhaustion. The generator powers the air conditioning unit as well as all of the electrical outlets on the vessel.

K2 Adventures Foundation
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
$7,500 – Camp
H.O.R.S.E. Camp: Health, Opportunity, Recreation, Support, Education for Children with Paralysis
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support K2’s H.O.R.S.E. Camp, designed for children with paralysis ages 5-to-16 years old and their families and caregivers. H.O.R.S.E. Camp will accommodate 28 individuals: 7 disabled children and 21 family members or caregivers. Whispering Hope Ranch staff plans and implements all activities which are designed to accommodate each individual’s special needs. K2 provides funding, program coordination and volunteers to assist during Camp. H.O.R.S.E. Camp 2018 will be held Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3.

Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation
Spearfish, SD 57783
$11,000 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Shade for Accessible Play Area
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the installation of a shade structure at a community universally accessible playground. Many individuals with spinal cord injury and other complex conditions have difficulty regulating temperature. The shade will provide critical protection from the sun for all visitors to the playground.

Marty Turcios Therapeutic Golf
Augusta, GA 30909-2754
$15,000 – Adaptive Sports
Marty Turcios Therapeutic Golf
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the purchase of a Paramobile, a rugged joystick-controlled all-terrain wheelchair that traverses grass and sand, up and down hills, over small curbs and makes much of the outdoors accessible to people with paralysis, and enables them to stand up when they reach the ball.

Milly's Wings
Norris, TN 37828
$13,000 - Fitness and Wellness
South Clinton Inclusive Playground
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support first fully inclusive playground in Anderson County, Tennessee. Specifically, the Reeve Foundation grant will be used to purchase an accessible glider and an access ramp for the South Clinton Park. This initiative seeks to provide recreational equality to children, parents, and grandparents with a variety of disabilities. Currently there are no inclusive playgrounds in Clinton or the surrounding counties, and the South Clinton Park will be an asset to the entire region.

Milwaukee Ballet
Milwaukee, WI 53204
$10,000 – Arts Program
Milwaukee Ballet's Tour de Force
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support an adaptive ballet program that combines professional ballet teachers, Milwaukee Ballet Company dancers, physical therapists and doctors with children ages 5-15 years old who have varying physical disabilities and paralysis. In 2018, the program will serve 24 children, in four classes, including a new level for children that incorporates wheelchairs into their movement. Other classes are conducted out of the child’s wheelchair with the use of floor mats, wedges, benches or bolsters. Every child is partnered with his/her own Milwaukee Ballet Company Dancer and physical therapist and a ballet teacher leads the class through basic ballet movement that incorporates key therapy goals such as enhancing posture and balance and facilitating motor control.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation
Columbus, OH 43215
$5,000 – Caregiving
Caring for Caregivers: A Nationwide Children's Comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Program Initiative
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support a caregiver support initiative that focuses on caring for the caregiver for families with cerebral palsy. The program will be offered throughout the year at various health and well-being outings and activities at community locations including parks, spas, YMCAs, local businesses for artistic outlets, and mindfulness classes such as yoga and reiki. Caregiver participants will be given "Health Bags" containing gift cards, essential oils and books that promote an ongoing focus on mindfulness and self-care.

Paralyzed Veterans of America - National HQ
Washington, DC 20006
$7,000 – Adaptive Sports
Scholarships for Veterans with SCI/D to Attend the 38th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support a scholarship program that will enable veterans that have spinal cord injury or disease to attend the 38th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Orlando, Florida. Grant funds will enable 14 paralyzed veterans participate that would not otherwise be able to due to financial constraints of travel costs.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.
Boston, MA 02116
$15,000 – Arts Program
Access to Theatre - A Program of Partners for Youth with Disabilities
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support Access To Theatre programming that will serve approximately 60 participants ages 13-24 years old in the Greater Boston area in 2019 in afterschool sessions an in the summer. By providing opportunities for artistic expression as well as positive role models, youth are inspired by seeing first-hand that their futures are full of potential.

Providence Little Company of Mary
San Pedro, CA 90732
$13,070 - Durable Medical Equipment
Providence Little Company of Mary Rehabcentre
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will broaden the choices in durable medical equipment available to help clients with paralysis choose a wheelchair that works best for their lifestyle. The Peromobilus Aero-Z wheelchair allows taller patients to adjust the seat height, while also folding side-to-side, minimizing the width of the chair and maximizing transportation. The AirWheel H3 Auto Folder Chair provides electronic folding with the touch of a button, and yet is still lightweight and easy to transport, offering further functionality. Grant funds will also support the purchase of the Hausmann Electric Standing Table, which allows clinicians to work on functional activities while the patient gets used to being in a standing position. Standing a patient with spinal cord injury/paralysis is critical in managing blood pressure, preventing osteoporosis, and maintaining overall health.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Summit, NJ 07901
$5,000 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Support for Phase 2 Accessibility Initiative
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the professional architectural and construction plans for the second phase of the accessibility initiative of this beautiful outdoor community center. The accessibility initiative will expand the accessibility provided in phase one, which consisted of creating an ADA-compliant spacious drop-off area and open classroom, to include full access to the open lawn areas, multiple historical horticultural gardens and the Daffodil Bowl. The project will include installation of gentle ADA-compliant ramps with handrails.

Rockland Rowing
Nyack, NY 10960
$11,755 – Adaptive Sports
Rockland Adaptive Rowing Program (RARP)
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase of a dedicated single boat shell, adaptive rigging, fixed seat, pontoons, and two sets of adaptive oars. This will open up more time on the water to enjoy the outdoors, compete, and grow as a team.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose, CA 95128
$15,000 – Fitness and Wellness
Weight Management in Spinal Cord Injury – Intervention and Monitoring via Tele-Nutrition
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support an innovative initiative to provide continued nutritional counseling and monitoring via tele-nutrition by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist that can help offset both sort-term and moderate-term health complications attributed to unhealthy weight for persons with spinal cord injury. The goal for each participant is to remain at a healthy weigh or attain closer-to-ideal body weight.

Shepherd Center
Atlanta, GA 30309
$15,000 - Assistive Technology Initiative
Assistive Technology to Improve the Lives of Spinal Cord Injury Patients
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the Assistive Technology Access Lab, a highly successful initiative that empowers clients with spinal cord injury to return to work, finish school, and connect with family and friends via computers, smartphones, tablets and environmental control units. Grant funds will support the purchase of needed software and hardware in order to equip the Lab with cutting-edge technology solutions.

Shining Hope Farms
Mt. Holly, NC 28120
$7,500 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Lift System for Shining Hope Farms' Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy Programs
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the purchase and installation of a hydraulic lift system that will provide safe and dignified transfer from wheelchair to horseback and back to wheelchair for riders with paralysis. The lift will enable the expansion of therapeutic riding and hippotherapy programs for larger riders, and will enable younger riders to continue to participate in programming as they grow.

Sisu, Integrated Early Learning
Gainesville, GA 30504
$15,000 - Physical/Occupational Therapy
Therapy Equipment for Sisu
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase of updated therapeutic and adaptive equipment to serve the children ages birth - 12 years old with paralysis. This equipment includes therapeutic seating chairs, feeder seats and accessories, and a therapeutic treadmill.

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
Loudon, TN 37774
$12,500 – Service Animal Program
Funds to support training expenses for four dogs for four disabled veterans
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support canine training costs for four dogs that will be carefully screened and carefully matched for compatibility with individuals that are Veterans with paralysis seeking a service dog.

Southern Tier Alternative Therapies (STAT)
Ligonier, PA 15658
$15,000 - Accessible Community Spaces
Bridging Barriers - Acquisition of TrackChair for Veterans
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the acquisition of two Action TrackChairs for use at no charge by veterans visiting or participating in programming at the 137 acre property. TrackChairs enable individuals with paralysis to traverse rough terrain to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, family picnics, camping, skeet shooting, fishing and more.

Spalding University
Louisville, KY 40203
$2,800 - Assistive Technology Initiative
Helping Children Access Core Curricula - Enabling Technologies of Kentuckiana (enTECH)
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase of assistive technology software available for children with significant disabilities, including paralysis, to enhance their participation in educational and social activities. The software will help children access core curricula provided by school districts and will increase participation in non-instructional areas so that children living with paralysis can engage more fully in activities during the school day, which will help reinforce learning objectives and healthy childhood development.

Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania
Wexford, PA 15090
$8,000 – Camp
FireFly Camps and Retreats
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support a year-round program of camp and retreat opportunities for youth, teens, and young adults with spina bifida to come to together for skill development, mutual support, friendship, and physical activities in an environment of complete acceptance. The FireFly program focuses on helping youth, teens and young adults overcome the challenges they face in being healthy and physically active.

SportAbility of Iowa
Prairie City, IA 50228
$13,530 – Adaptive Sports
SportAbility Rolling Panthers
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the launch of the Rolling Panthers Varsity team, along with continuing the Prep team in National Wheelchair Basketball. Grant funds will support the purchase of basketballs and other sports equipment and sports wheelchairs of various sizes for basketball, tennis, softball and any other sport where sports chairs can be used.

The Lakes Health Center, Inc.
Iron River, WI 54847-4690
$15,000 – Healthcare
Facilitating Dental Access in Rural Northern Wisconsin
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support an initiative to increase accessibility of dental care for individuals with spinal cord injury that reside in rural northern Wisconsin. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the Clinic provides a safety net for the most vulnerable people in this rural area and serves all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, and offers sliding-fee discounts and payment plan options.

The Sterling Thomas Push Push Pray Foundation
Tulsa, OK 74133
$5,000 – Consumer Education
The Sterling Thomas Push Push Pray Foundation
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support an integrative health and wellness fair to be held in Tulsa in April 2019. This initiative will focus on improving the lives of individuals living with paralysis and provide helpful informational resources to them and their caregivers, health care professionals, supporters and the general public.

The University of Texas Foundation
El Paso, TX 79968-0697
$12,990 – Adaptive Sports
El Paso Recreational Adaptive Sports (EPRAS)
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the expansion of the El Paso Recreational Adaptive Sports to include programming for children with paralysis living on the border dividing the United States and Mexico. The intent for this project is to help facilitate physical activity for children with paralysis, many of whom do not speak English, who have no other way of getting access to a sports wheelchair.

The WaterFront Center
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
$9,755 – Adaptive Sports
ZigZag Adaptive Sailing
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support an initiative to expand accessibility of the fleet of four 23-foot Sonar sailboats that are used for recreational and competitive sport. Specifically, the adaptive equipment that will be installed in the four sailboats include movable seats, handrails, benches and sip-and-puff and joystick control systems. Further, each boat will be equipped with a beach wheelchair, allowing participants to access the shoreline and participate in the marine education programs. This program serves individuals living with paralysis and their families, and has special programming for veterans and their families.

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85749
$15,000 - Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Heroes on Horses
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the Heroes on Horses programs, which encompass therapeutic horseback riding, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, and Cantina--a weekly gathering of veterans, their spouses or significant family members, and TROT veteran volunteers. Cantina is intentionally designed to address feelings of isolation, and offers opportunities for community with other veterans, social interaction and support.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Killington, VT 05751
$15,000 – Adaptive Sports
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports Veterans Venture Program
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the Veterans Venture Program, which provides year-round adaptive sports opportunities and unique, specialized equipment to people with disabilities throughout Vermont to enjoy paddling, cycling, climbing, skiing, fishing, snowboarding, sailing, hiking, archery, bowling, sled hockey and more. Grant funds support the coordinator for the Veterans program, travel stipends for participants, and fees for outside activities not covered by the Program.

William Way LGBT Community Center
Philadelphia, PA 19107
$5,875 - Facility Accessibility Modifications
Community Center Access
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support an initiative to increase accessibility to the William Way LGBT Community Center of Philadelphia by funding a ramp and other modifications to the building's north entrance. The doors of the Center are open 365 days per year, serving over 2,000 visitors monthly, and these improvements in safe accessibility will ensure that no one is unable to enter the building to take part in free programs and community services.

Women's Studio Workshop
Rosendale, NY 12472
$7,000 – Arts Program
Paved ramp for artistic programming and public access
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support increased access for artistic programming and public access. Specifically, funding will support installation of an exterior paved ramp from the parking lot to the front door of the building. Increased access will dramatically improve the experience of both artists-in-residence that live with paralysis as well as members of the public living with paralysis and their families that visit the Center.

Wright State University Foundation
Dayton, OH 45435
$15,000 - Assistive Technology Initiative
Wright State University: Eating with Robotic Elegance
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will help to support the purchase of three Obi Robotic Dining Companions to help maximize independence for students with paralysis that have limited-to-no upper extremity function. The device offers dignity and freedom by automating the dining experience for individuals that need assistance to feed themselves. The user controls Obi, without assistance from other people, by conveniently located buttons or switches or by blinking their eyes. The devices will be set up, cleaned and maintained by the University's food service operations.

Wyoming Disabled Hunters
Cody, WY 82414
$10,000 – Adaptive Sports
Adaptive Equipment for Hunters with Disabilities
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the purchase of an Action TrackChair to be used by hunters with paralysis. This equipment enables improved access to Wyoming's rough and rugged outdoor terrain, and provides hunters with disabilities, many of whom are veterans, with unparalleled independence and freedom.

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.