2nd Cycle 2018 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants

32 Grants Totaling $523,879
Grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Cooperative Agreement Number 90PRRC0002-01-01)

Adaptive Design Association, Inc.
New York, NY 10018
$24,825 – Assistive Technology
Adaptive Design-Adaptations at Home
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that makes, teaches and engages community members in custom assistive technology solutions that promote academic performance, recreation, self-care, work readiness and play. Grant funds will support teams traveling to client homes for fittings, design of needed assistive technologies, and deliveries.

Assistance Dogs of the West

Santa Fe, NM 31027
$6,932 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
Facility Accessibility Modification: Automatic Door Installation
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides people with paralysis and mobility limitations highly trained assistance dogs and training programs. Grant funds will support the installation of automatic doors at their new facility, promoting independence and allowing real-life opportunities for dogs in-training in activating automatic doors.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association – Alabama Chapter
Birmingham, AL 35242
$15,000 – Caregiving

Care Services for People Living with ALS and Family Caregivers in Alabama

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that benefits people living with ALS and their family caregivers. Grant funds will support the increase of the chapter’s Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet inventory’s most requested Loan Closet items, which include an electric patient lift and sling, batteries for power chairs and patients, lifts for ongoing maintenance, transport chairs, and rollators with baskets and seats.

Bridle Paths
McLean, VA 22101
$9,600 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Making the Connection: A Therapeutic Horsemanship Group for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that works with brain injury survivors living with paralysis to help identify and build upon their strengths, abilities, and possibilities in partnership with horses. Herd animals such as horses are acutely attuned to nonverbal communication and offer safety and community, making them uniquely suited to helping survivors of traumatic brain injury address challenges related to their injury. Grant funds will support the funding of three series of eight-week equine-assisted learning programs. Participants will learn new skills that allow them to assume increasing independence and initiative to address the challenges related to their injuries.

CHI Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute
Omaha, NE 68154
$24,438 – Camp

Junior Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Camp

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides a five-day summer camp for children living with paralysis, with campers ranging from five years old to twelfth graders. The camp, that continues to be the only camp in the region for children using wheelchairs, enhances and improves the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families through a wide range of sports adapted to the needs of wheelchair users. Approximately 45 children with paralysis and 20 volunteer counselors with paralysis will enjoy softball, basketball, swimming, and other adapted sports as well as experience friendly competition, social interaction, and friendship with children in similar circumstances.

Church of the Guardian Angel
Baltimore, MD 21211
$25,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports of a new access ramp onto the front of the Guardian Angel Sanctuary to provide access into the sanctuary for those living with paralysis, giving a new and improved opportunity for worship at the facility.

City of Clinton
Clinton, MO 64735
$25,000 – Accessible Playground

Clinton Inclusive Playground

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the installation of new playground equipment onto an accessible playground. The playground, serving children with physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive, and communicative disabilities, will allow all children to interact and play with able-bodied children. Programs are also offered that will allow individuals in wheelchairs and with other disabilities to partner with other children to help promote inclusive education. Grant funds will support a Sway Fun Glider with an accessible ramp.

Community Foundation of Orange County, Inc.
Monroe, NY 10950
$15,000 – Accessible Playground

CFOS Warwick Playground Dreams

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the installation of one wheelchair accessible Merry-Go-Round and wheelchair accessible ramps. This will allow for children and adult wheelchair users to navigate the park easily and fully enjoy what the park has to offer.

Connecticut Institute for the Blind d/a/a Oak Hill
Hartford, CT 06112
$15,471 – Fitness and Wellness
Oak Hill Sports & Fitness Crank Cycle Classes
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides services and solutions promoting independence, education, health and dignity to those experiencing paralysis as well as those with all types of disabilities. Grant funds are for five crank cycles, which are expected to be used by 250 people living with paralysis within the first year. The crank cycles will be used for classes led by certified inclusive fitness trainers and will be available for those living with paralysis and other disabilities outside of the classes.

Council for Court Excellence
Washington, DC 20005
$15,494 – Consumer Education
Improving Accessibility of Educational Resources on Legal Topics with People with Disabilities in DC
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that focuses on consumer education efforts targeted to individuals with disabilities in DC. Grant funds will support the creation of a new educational guide “Making Life Decisions, Managing Affairs, & Helping Loved Ones: A Non-Lawyer’s Guide to the Legal Tools for Assisting Adults in the District of Columbia.” The guide will provide legal information designed to make complex legal terms and situations understandable to those living with a disability in DC, as well as their families, caregivers, or others close to them. Funds will also support educational events designed to increase awareness about the guide’s many attributes.

Council for Developmental Disabilities, d.b.a. ABLE Community Based Services
Norman, OK 73069
$15,458 – Transportation
Vehicle Procurement for Vocational Transportation
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports wheelchair accessible transportation. Grant funds will support the funding of a new wheelchair accessible vehicle, which will be used to provide transportation to residents and assist ABLE’s vocational programs. This vehicle will allow residents to enjoy group outings and social activities as well as participate in opportunities in the community, such as shopping and attending local events – activities that many residents would never otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy.

Cure SMA
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
$14,535 – Durable Medical Equipment
Cure SMA Equipment Pool Program
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the expansion of a Loan Closet used by individuals affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy and their families. Grant funds will support five new Panthera Manual Wheelchairs.

Disability Action Center of Georgia d.b.a. disABILITY LINK (CIL)
Tucker, GA 30084
$12,238 – Employment
Empowering Young Adults Locating Avenues Through Peer Support
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that assists young adults 18+ with transitioning from a high school or college setting into gainful employment. Grant funds will support an internship program and classes that provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on professional experience.

East Tennessee Technology Access Center
Knoxville, TN 37920
$20,000 – Assistive Technology
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This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that connects people living with disabilities to the adaptive technology, tools and services they need to live with maximum independence and dignity. The center creates low-cost alternative devices to solve the specific challenges faced by their clients.

Eskenazi Health Foundation
Indianapolis, IN 46202
$18,800 – Employment
Career Website for the Gregory S. Fehribach Center at Eskenazi Health
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a new interactive website designed as a community resource for the organization’s past and current interns. The website will allow for interns to search and apply for job opportunities, as well as enable businesses seeking to employ candidates from the program to identify and recruit from intern resumes. The website will promote full-time, sustainable employment of approximately 65 individuals with physical disabilities including paralysis in the active workforce.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department
Fairbanks, AK 99701
$18,915 – Adaptive Sports
FNSB Parks & Recreation Adaptive Recreation Wheelchair Basketball Program
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program dedicated to helping people experiencing physical and developmental disabilities to get out into the community and exercise, recreate and socialize. Due to the long winter in Alaska and the need to stay active, wheelchair basketball is offered to individuals within the community living with paralysis and other disabilities. Grant funds will support the purchase of 10 new sport wheelchairs, making them a permanent addition to the current wheelchair fleet on loan and allowing for the program to expand and further serve its community.

Madison Claire Foundation
Woodbury, MN 55129
$15,000 – Accessible Playground
Madison’s Place at Maplewood Mall
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an inclusive indoor playground designed specifically for individuals living with disabilities. The project will benefit approximately 15,000 individuals living with paralysis, their families, and children with other physical and developmental disabilities by providing a year-round accessible play space. Grant funds will support the purchase of wheelchair accessible ramps for the playground, allowing children affected by paralysis to reach every facet of the play structures.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Omaha, NE 68137
$9,000 – Camp
MDA Omaha Summer Camp 2019- The Best Week of the Year
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a one-week no-cost summer camp designed specifically for children aged 8-17 who live with muscle debilitating diseases. Camp activities offer a chance for kids to take physical risks, challenge themselves and each other, and learn to navigate unfamiliar physical landscapes, all while being supported by round-the-clock medical staff and trained counselors. Grant funds will support attendance of approximately five campers.

Muscular Dystrophy Association – PA, Harrisburg
Harrisburg, PA 17110
$10,000 – Camp
2019 Summer Camp
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the purchase of new rolling shower chairs to be used at MDA Harrisburg’s annual summer camp. Due to the camp’s current lack of shower chairs, counselors are manually transporting campers from the pool to the showers. The rolling shower chairs will alleviate this issue.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association Houston (DBA United Spinal Association Houston)
Houston, TX 77004
$25,000 – Arts
Opening ARTS & Minds
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program designed specifically to foster the inner artist and improve the quality of life of those affected by and living with spinal cord injury. Professional teaching artists trained to work with individuals with special needs and complex health issues will lead a series of art projects geared towards all abilities and work with each person to help them achieve their art making goals, with the projects culminating in an end of year exhibit open to the entire Houston community.

Owensboro Public Schools Foundation for Excellence
Owensboro, KY 42301
$22,870 – Accessible Playground
Foust Elementary School Inclusive Play Project
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the purchase of new, wheelchair accessible equipment for the school playground. Due to the current inaccessibility of the playground and need for students living with paralysis and other disabilities to have a place to play, grant funds will go towards the purchase of a 12” ramp and “Alta Glider.” The playground is open to the community, including neighboring public schools, to promote awareness of the opportunity for inclusive play.

Piers Park Sailing Center
East Boston, MA 02128
$5,173- Accessible Beach/Dock/Pier
Advancing Adaptive Sailing
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that is dedicated to empowering children of all levels of ability through sailing and marine science education. Due to the age and frequency of use, some of the equipment has become outdated and now desperately needs refurbishing and replacing. To allow for safe and comfortable sailing for 15 children and 26 adults living with paralysis and their families in the 2019 season alone, grant funds will support the purchase of upgraded equipment.

Removing the Barriers Initiative
Lake Wales, FL 33898
$10,022 – Assistive Technology
WIN- Wheels in Nature
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the purchase of a wheelchair accessible golf cart so individuals using wheelchairs may use it to become more active participants in outdoor events, camps and community events. The design, which features a spot for a person in a wheelchair at the front of the bus, will also allow for event leaders in wheelchairs to move from site to site quickly and function as a “rolling command center.” Grant funds will support the purchase of the golf cart, as well as an attached PA system for event leaders.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Corporation
Boston, MA 02129
$9,870 – Adaptive Sports
Exercise for Persons with Disabilities (ExPD) Program
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a full-body exercise program for people living with paralysis using an intensive workout program that includes indoor assisted rowing and weight lifting.By using FES rowing machines, individuals are able to stimulate the nerves in paralyzed legs, helping to create a full body workout. Grant funds will support the purchase of five new adapted assisted rowing machines so Spaulding can increase their capacity and continue to provide high-quality FES rowing opportunities for people living with paralysis.

Special Kids Special Families
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
$25,000 – Transportation
Special Kids Special Families Wheelchair Accessible Van Purchase
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides services such as therapeutic foster care, adults with disabilities day programs, adult foster care and transportation for its clients throughout the Colorado Springs area. Grant funds will be used towards the purchase of a new wheelchair accessible passenger transport van.

Therapeutic Adventures, Inc.
Charlottesville, VA 22905
$18,678 – Adaptive Sports
Adaptive Snow Sports- Improving the Quality of Life for Persons Living with Paralysis
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that serves persons of all ages and abilities by providing a wide variety of year round adaptive outdoor adventures and sports. The Adaptive Snow Sports program provides an array of snow sports to participants living with paralysis from ages 4-76. Adaptive skiing allows individuals to complement their therapy goals such as strengthening, dynamic balance and range of motion and experience many social, emotional, and positive changes in their adjustment to disability. To effectively serve their client base, grant funds will support the purchase of 3 new bi-skis (adult and youth) and a snow slider for stand-up skiers with paralysis.

Triangle, Inc.
Malden, MA 01428
$13,620 – Adaptive Sports
Safe Access: Preventing Abuse in Adaptive Sports
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports Safe Access, a replicable five-session sexual abuse prevention curriculum for leaders, staff, and volunteers of adaptive sports organizations. Developing and disseminating a curriculum that helps to prevent sexual abuse of people with disabilities is critical. Grant funds will support the training of 15 leaders of adaptive sports programs and national dissemination of their abuse prevention curriculum.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation, High Rollers Wheelchair Rugby Student Organization
Las Vegas, NV 89154
$22,820 – Adaptive Sports
High Rollers Wheelchair Rugby Team
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a student organization dedicated to building a supportive community for people with paralysis and their families by promoting and expanding adaptive sports opportunities in Las Vegas. Available to UNLV students and the surrounding Las Vegas community, this wheelchair Rugby team offers a chance for people living with paralysis to experience the comradery of team sports and have a support network to share their challenges and triumphs. Grant funds will support the purchase of 4 new sport wheelchairs, gloves, and a storage shed for the team’s equipment.

Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation
Richmond, VA 23284
$13,000 – Facility Accessibility Modifications
Providing Environmental Education Facilities for Individuals with Paralysis
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program dedicated to providing environmental education as well as hands-on outdoor experiences for people living with paralysis and other disabilities. Activities offered through this program, including wetland kayaking, both connect individuals to the natural world and allow for them to grow personally through discovery and by challenging their own natural limitations. Grant funds will support the purchase of one new kayak, paddles, and transfer board to be used at the facility’s newly renovated, wheelchair accessible boardwalk and floating dock.

Wheelchair Help.org, Inc.
Elkhart, IN 46516
$10,000 – Durable Medical Equipment
Wheelchair Restoration
This Direct Effect Quality of Life Grant supports a Loan Closet program that refurbishes and disseminates durable medical equipment to individuals that cannot afford or access what they need. Due to the size of their client base and differing degrees of use of the donated items, many chairs need critical repair before they can be put to use again. Grant funds will go towards the refurbishment of the current wheelchair fleet, which features hundreds of wide and specialized chairs.

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation
Fishersville, VA 22939
$25,000 – Transportation
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This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that strives to help disabled individuals including those living with paralysis gain independence by evaluating their ability to drive and provide comprehensive driver training services. Grant funds will support the purchase of a new minivan and one lowered floor conversion package for the vehicle.

World T.E.A.M. Sports
Holbrook, NY 11741
$12,120 – Adaptive Sports
Empowering Face of America Adaptive Military Veterans
This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that brings adaptive and able-bodied athletes together by empowering, enabling and engaging individuals through inclusive athletic events. Grant funds will support the purchase of two new hand cycles and v-crank upgrades, which will allow the organization to expand and provide more veterans with the opportunity to participate in their annual Face of America cycling challenges.

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.