1st Cycle 2019 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants​

73 Grants Totaling $1,244,263

Grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Cooperative Agreement Number 90PRRC0002-01-01)

Adaptive Adventures

Lakewood, CO 80215

$13,275 – Accessible Beach/Dock/Pier

Beyond the Waters Beach Party – Accessible Beach Equipment

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant provides adaptive beach equipment for barrier-free beach access for individuals with spinal cord injury. Grant funds will support the purchase of two Tiger Medical All Terrain Beach Wheelchairs and a Mobi-Mat RecPath to provide safe access to Adaptive Adventures Beyond Boundaries programming throughout the summer and its 11th annual Beyond the Waters Beach Party, which impacts over 300 people with disabilities, 150 of those living with paralysis. Funding represents 53% of the total project budget amount.

Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF)

Windham, NY 12496

$22,740 – Fitness & Wellness

Outdoor Recreation Equipment

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that provides adaptive sports opportunities to veterans and individuals with disabilities including paralysis. In order to better serve veteran programming as well as community events, grant funds will support the purchase of a SoloRider adaptive golf cart and two Monique-1 monoskis. ASF is in Greene County, NY which is a rural county designated as a Medically Underserved Population. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and will serve a minimum of 75 veterans and individuals with paralysis.

Adventures Without Limits

Forest Grove, OR 97116

$25,000 - Camp

Campable Oregon: Building Community Among Individuals with SCI Through Outdoor Programming

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a 3-day, 2-night camping trips for individuals living with paralysis and their families. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses as well as adaptive kayaking and camping equipment. Approximately 70 individuals living with paralysis, their family members and caregivers will benefit from grant funding.

American DanceWheels Foundation (ADF)

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

$10,210 – Adaptive Sports

ADF’s Wheelchair Ballroom and Latin Dance Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides social, rehabilitative, and competitive benefits of Wheelchair Ballroom and Latin Dance to partnerships comprised of one seated and one standing dancer. Grant funds will support the purchase of 5 adaptive sports wheelchairs for students to use in ADF’s Wheelchair Ballroom and Latin Dance Program. Funding represents 95% of the cost of the wheelchairs and will benefit approximately 16 people with paralysis.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association – MO (ALSA St. Louis Regional Chapter)

St. Louis, MO 63146

$24,550 – Assistive Technology

Loan Closet Plus

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will increase loan closet capacity by purchasing various advanced communication devices and pairing them with one-on-one sessions with a speech pathologist to train clients in the use of each device. Grant funds will support the purchase of communication devices and subsidize the cost for 3 sessions each to 23 people utilizing the loan closet. ALSA St. Louis serves several rural counties that have been designated as Medically Underserved. Funding represents 55% of the total project budget and approximately 50 patients with ALS, their family members and caregivers will benefit from this program.

Beltrami County Agricultural Association, Inc.

Bemidji, MN 56601

$6,832 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Operation Inclusive Accessibility Equipment 2019 – Picnic Tables

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will bring additional accessibility to the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. To further increase accessibility for people living with disability and mobility issues, grant funds will support the purchase of 12 ADA compliant picnic tables. Funding represents 94% of the total project budget. Approximately 2,000 individuals with paralysis, family members and caregivers will benefit during the first year of installation.

Bethany Lutheran Church

LaPorte, IN 46350

$25,000 – Accessible Playground

LaPark Inclusive Multigenerational Playground & Splash Pad

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the installation of new playground equipment onto an accessible playground. Grant funds will support the purchase of multiple equipment pieces. This playground will be the first inclusive play space in the LaPorte, Indiana community and is expected to benefit more than 500 people with paralysis in its first year.

Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD)

Bismarck, ND 58504

$11,933 – Facility Accessibility Modification

A Place at the Table – Accessible Picnic Tables at 21 Park Shelters

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an accessibility project that will purchase 11 ADA-compliant picnic tables for 7 park picnic shelters. To increase access to their most visited parks, BPRD will prioritize the placement of the tables based on socio-economic housing types, giving priority to the low to middle-income locations. Approximately 3,865 individuals with paralysis, family members and caregivers will benefit from this project yearly.

Brandenburg Primary School

Brandenburg, KY 40108

$19,316 – Accessible Playground

BPS Playground

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will redesign and renovate an existing school playground to provide school students and community members the first accessible playground in the Brandenburg, Kentucky community. Grant funds will support the purchase of an Alta-Glide and ramp. Brandenburg is a designated medically underserved, rural area with large portions of the community being ethnic minorities, homeless, and low-income. Grant funds will benefit approximately 30 students and community members living with paralysis.

Break the Barriers, Inc.

Fresno, CA 93720

$24,933 – Fitness & Wellness

Breaking Barriers with Accessibility

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a fitness program that serves individuals with spinal cord injuries including veterans who have experienced a traumatic injury. To help increase the number of individuals served yearly and improve HOPE Program offerings, grant funds will support the purchase of additional adaptive exercise equipment. Break the Barriers boasts a wide service area containing many underserved populations including ethnic minorities, homeless, low-income, survivors of violence and military service members. Grant funds will benefit more than 150 individuals living with spinal cord injury.

Camp Aldersgate

Little Rock, AR 72205

$3,661 – Assistive Technology

Assistive Equipment for Camp Aldersgate’s 2019 Summer Medical Camps Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the only nonprofit organization in Arkansas that is solely dedicated to serving children, youth and senior adults with special needs in an out-of-doors camp environment. In order to ensure that campers living with paralysis will have greater access to and become more independent while swimming, canoeing or participating in adapted archery activities, grant funds will support the purchase of various adaptive equipment. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and will directly impact 50 children and youth with health conditions resulting in paralysis who will attend a one-week long summer camp session in 2019.

Camp Bullwheel

Ennis, MT 59729

$25,000 – Adaptive Sports

Wheelchair Accessible Raft and Drift Boat for Float Fishing Rivers

This Direct Effect Quality of Life Grant supports a program that provides adaptive fishing experiences to people living with spinal cord injury. Grant funds will support the purchase of two wheelchair accessible boats and necessary support gear. Funding represents 100% of the project’s total budget and will increase angler capacity by 50%.

Center for Medicare Advocacy

Washington, DC 20036

$19,517 - Advocacy

Medicare Home Health Outreach, Education and Advocacy Project

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an education project that focuses on Medicare home health coverage and access with an emphasis on Medicare coverage for home health aides. Grant funds will support the dissemination of CMA’s electronic and printed educational pamphlets and webinars, which will impact a minimum of 600 individuals living with paralysis, their advocates, family members and caregivers.

Central Valley Ballers

Fresno, CA 93703

$20,045 – Adaptive Sports

CVB Wheelchair Basketball Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program dedicated to helping people living with paralysis get out into the community, exercise, recreate and socialize. In order to expand the team roster, grant funds will support the purchase of five basketball wheelchairs and a trailer. The CVB’s service area is a designated medically underserved area, medically underserved population, and health professional shortage area. Approximately 120 individuals with paralysis, their family members and caregivers will benefit throughout the useful life of the equipment.

CentraState Healthcare Foundation

Freehold, NJ 07728

$13,540 – Fitness & Wellness

CentraState MS Wellness Graduate Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides comprehensive health services, including instruction in how to safely get the most benefit out of exercise, such as best nutrition practices and temperature regulation, fitness training, etc., in the central New Jersey region. To help keep MS Wellness Graduate Program fitness and wellness classes free to all participants, grant funds representing 57% of the total project budget are expected to serve 32 individuals living with MS.

Charter Township of Canton

Canton, MI 48188

$10,831 – Fitness & Wellness

Aquatic Wheelchair and Swimming Aides for Canton

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will bring additional fitness opportunities to swimmers with paralysis by improving access to the Charter Township of Canton’s recreation center pools, locker rooms and outdoor splash pad area. Grant funds will support the purchase of indoor and outdoor aqua wheelchairs, wet vests and additional equipment that will enhance user experiences. Funding represents 100% of the total budget amount and will serve approximately 20 individuals in 2019.

City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL 32202

$25,000 – Accessible Beach/Dock/Pier

Bethesda Park Adaptive Kayak Launch

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an accessibility initiative to improve community accessibility at Bethesda Park located in Jacksonville, Florida and provide more outdoor adaptive opportunities. Grant funds will support the purchase of an adaptive kayak launch. Jacksonville is home to over 115,000 people living with disabilities, with a large portion of the community identified as minorities and living below the poverty line. The city is also home to three naval facilities and one of the largest veteran communities in the country. An estimated 17,600 individuals living with paralysis, their family members and caregivers will benefit from the installation of this launch.

City of Madison Heights

Madison Heights, MI 48071

$11,400 – Accessible Playground

Accessible Swings in Parks

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the installation of wheelchair accessible swings throughout parks in the City of Madison Heights, Michigan. Grant funds will support the purchase and installation of 7 accessible platform swings. These will be the first accessible swings in Madison Heights and surrounding communities and are anticipated to impact up to 2,500 people with paralysis, their family members and caregivers.

City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods Division

Memphis, TN 38112

$24,045 – Adaptive Sports

Rolling in Memphis: Health & Inclusion at Glenview Community Center

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides free recreational wheelchair basketball opportunities to community members living with paralysis. Grant funds will support the purchase of sport wheelchairs, parts, and other programmatic expenses. Glenview Community Center is in a medically underserved area, with many program participants being low-income and ethnic minorities. Funding represents 57% of the total project budget and will benefit 20 adults with paralysis in 2019.

City of Norwalk Park and Recreation Department

Norwalk, IA 50211

$25,000 – Accessible Playground

Wheels Off the Ground, Flight to Billy O. Phillips Park

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the installation of new playground equipment onto an accessible playground. To create an accessible surface for all, grant funds will support the installation of pour-in-place rubber surfacing. Approximately 100 community members living with paralysis, their family members and caregivers will benefit from this project in during the grant year.

Columbus Recreation and Parks – Therapeutic Recreation

Columbus, OH 43205

$16,146 – Fitness & Wellness

Columbus Recreation and Parks SCI Wellness Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a nine-month SCI Wellness Program for adults with paralysis and their families to come together in working on condition-specific exercise, focusing on cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, and introducing them to lifetime activities and sports. Columbus Recreation and Parks boasts a large service area, with many program participants identifying as ethnic minorities, low-income, military service members, rural residents and survivors of violence. Approximately 40 individuals with paralysis will benefit from grant funds in 2019.

Community Vision

Portland, OR 97221

$20,000 – Assistive Technology

Alternative-Access Loan Closet

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that helps individuals move from Oregon’s state-run institution into their own homes post-injury, providing independence with an emphasis on self-determination. To decrease assistive device abandonment rates and improve AT outcomes in the region for those living with paralysis, grant funds will support the expansion of Community Vision’s Alternative-Access Loan Closet with the purchase of a variety of assistive devices including joysticks, alternative mice, keyboards, switches, eye gaze modules, software, arm mounts, trays and slant boards. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and will directly benefit 40 individuals with paralysis in 2019.

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Inc.

Goshen, KY 40026

$23,374 – Accessible Playground

Inclusive Glider for The Forest Friends Playground

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the installation of new playground equipment onto an accessible playground. To increase independence and provide a space for disabled and able-bodied children to play together, grant funds will support the installation of an Alta Glide Inclusive Glider and ramp and rubber surfacing. Creasey Mahan Nature Preserves hosts over 50,000 visitors yearly. Approximately 1,500 individuals with paralysis will benefit from the installation of the Alta Glide each year.

Desert Ability Center

La Quinta, CA 92253

$15,000 – Adaptive Sports

The Cycle Crew

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that increases independence, encourages empowerment, improves health and supports human rights through adaptive sports and recreational rehabilitation. To provide indoor cycle training opportunities to individuals with paralysis, grant funds will support the purchase of three handcycles, five trainers, 3 GPS computers for monitoring distance and speed and programmatic costs. Funding represents 62% of the total project budget and will serve approximately 20 individuals with paralysis.

Dream Catchers

Williamsburg, VA 23187

$4,305 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Lifting to Success

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that improves the quality of life for individuals with physical, emotional and developmental needs by providing therapeutic equine assisted activities and advancing effective practices through professional education and research. To enable participants to safely and efficiently mount and dismount their hoses, grant funds will support the purchase of a replacement motor and necessary parts for a SureHands Lift System. 30 individuals with paralysis will benefit from grant funds this year.

Easter Seals - Colorado

Lakewood, CO 80226

$7,500 – Accessible Trail

Rocky Mountain Village – Boardwalk Expansion

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will improve accessibility to the campgrounds and hiking trails at a residential, respite and recreational campground in the Rocky Mountains. Grant funds will support the expansion of the ADA-compliant boardwalk from the main camp area to the climbing wall, giving children and adults of all abilities the chance to participate in activities such as rock wall climbing and zip lining. Rocky Mountain Village is in a designated Medically Underserved Area, and the increase of accessibility is anticipated to benefit 250 individuals with paralysis in 2019.

Easter Seals – Massachusetts

Worcester, MA 01608

$5,000 – Assistive Technology

Puffin Purchase for Assistive Technology Loan Closet

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the expansion of an assistive technology loan closet. Grant funds will support the purchase of five Puffin assistive devices, which are maneuvered by the mouth and can be used to access computers and mobile devices that use mice, keyboards, touch screens and other conventional interfaces. The addition of these devices will improve independence for a minimum of 120 individuals with paralysis, many of whom are newly injured or diagnosed with paralysis, low-income and military service members.

Edgar May Health and Recreation Center

Springfield, VT 05156

$25,000 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Enhanced Access and Mobility

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will improve accessibility to the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center. To give visitors with disabilities greater independence and provide further exercise opportunities for people with paralysis, grant funds will support the purchase and installation of three automatic door openers for the main entrance, a new ADA-compliant pool lift, and fitness equipment for the recreation center. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and will serve approximately 100 individuals with paralysis during the grant year.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Scottsdale, AZ 85259

$25,000 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Taliesin West Facility Accessibility Project

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will improve accessibility to a National Historic Landmark at Taliesin West, a functional site and residential community dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages through the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s revolutionary design and innovative concepts. Grant funds will support the installation of accessible surfaces, ramps, and handrails, and the modification and addition of two wheelchair accessible restrooms. The accessibility initiative will remove barriers to participation in tours, educational classes, cultural events and more, benefitting over 2,000 visitors with disabilities each year.

GRACE Rides, Inc.

Defuniak Springs, FL 32435

$25,000 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Facility Accessibility Improvements to Enhance Provision of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to veterans and individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities. To make GRACE Rides’ 40-acre site and facility fully accessible to riders with paralysis, grant funds will support the installation of ADA-compliant walkways. Walton County is a designated Medically Underserved Area, with many community members identifying as military service members, ethnic minorities, low-income, rural residents and newly injured or diagnosed with paralysis. Funding represents 97% of the total project budget and will benefit approximately 1,000 people with paralysis, their family members and caregivers throughout the grant year.

Greybull Needs a Pool, Inc.

Greybull, WY 82426

$7,909 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Community Pool ADA Equipment

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will improve accessibility to Greybull Pool. Grant funds will support the purchase and installation of a pool lift and cover, as well as a pool wheelchair and walker. The Greybull and Basin area are considered medically underserved and designated under HSPA indicating a shortage of primary care and mental health care professionals. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and the addition of this equipment is expected to benefit approximately 60 people with paralysis this summer season.

Hammerheads Sled Hockey Association, Inc.

Philadelphia, PA 19154

$17,450 – Adaptive Sports

Hammerheads Adaptive Hockey for Children and Youth with Disabilities

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that promotes skill development, fitness, sportsmanship and personal improvement by providing children with paralysis barrier-free access to the competitive sport of sled hockey. To help expand their reach into adult leagues, grant funds will support programmatic expenses and ice time. Grant funds will benefit approximately 100 athletes with paralysis.

Home of the Innocents

Louisville, KY 40206

$25,000 – Fitness & Wellness

Soft Play Areas for Youth of Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a pediatric convalescent center that serves children aged birth to 21 who have multiple complex disabilities. To best serve KCPCC residents, grant funds will update and modify an indoor playground designed for their enjoyment and capabilities. Grant funds will support 27% of the indoor play space and will affect approximately 200 children with paralysis, their family members and caregivers this year.

Hoofbeats with Heart

Higley, AZ 85236

$21,330 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Access to Equine Therapy for People with Paralysis

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports East Valley Arizona’s only equine therapy center that offers all four types of equine assisted activities and therapy services recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. To expand access to therapeutic riding and focus on access for low-income individuals and families, grant funds will support the purchase and installation of a lift system as well as subsidize 8 weeks of sessions for approximately 35 individuals with paralysis. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and will impact a minimum of 35 people with paralysis.

Hope Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center

Manhattan, KS 66503

$5,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Lift with SureHands at Hope Ranch

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that provides equine-assisted programming designed for individuals with a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. To enable participants of varying ability levels to safely and efficiently mount and dismount their hoses, grant funds will support the purchase of a SureHands lift system. The installation of the lift system will directly benefit 20 riders with paralysis, some of whom identify as military service members, newly injured or diagnosed, low-income and limited English proficiency.

Horses Spirits Healing, Inc.

Billings, MT 59106

$8,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy Sessions for People with Disabilities

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that provides veterans, their children and caregivers with equine-assisted programming designed to promote independence and community integration following a service-related injury. Grant funds will be used to finance the direct costs of 100 sessions for Veterans living with paralysis.

Ignite Adaptive Sports

Boulder, CO 80308

$10,049 – Adaptive Sports

Ignite’s Adaptive Winter Sports Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that ignites personal growth, independence and confidence in people with disabilities by providing safe, fun and affordable adaptive winter snow sport opportunities. To ensure Ignite’s lessons are accessible to everyone who wants to participate, grant funds will support the purchase of a new mono-ski with tethers and outriggers for the fleet and complete much needed updates to Ignite’s accessible van. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and will benefit approximately 730 individuals and veterans with paralysis during the 2019-2020 winter program.

IMPACT Personal Safety

Santa Fe, NM 87504

$10,000 – Fitness & Wellness

Violence Prevention for People with Disabilities

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides violence prevention programs for people living with paralysis and their caregivers. Grant funds will support programmatic costs. The dissemination of this programming throughout New Mexico is expected to benefit approximately 50 individuals with paralysis and their caregivers, many of whom identify as ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, low-income and survivors of violence.

Infinity Dance Theater Company Ltd.

New York, NY 10025

$15,000 - Arts

Year-Round Dance Training with Performance Opportunities for People Living with Paralysis

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that aims to inspire people with and without disabilities by encouraging and empowering them through the healing and transformational power of the arts. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses and provide Infinity students the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a fully produced, 2-night concert. Grant funds will benefit approximately 500 individuals living with paralysis.

Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

$24,118 – Durable Medical Equipment

Beach Mobility for All

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that provides specialized manual and power beach wheelchairs to children and adults with all levels of paralysis, offering access to two popular San Luis Obispo beaches. Grant funds will support the purchase of manual wheelchairs that are equipped with hip guides, trunk and chest supports and headrests as well as a power made chair that can accommodate both children and adults and give independent mobility to those who use a joystick. Grant funds will serve thousands of residents with paralysis for years to come, with more than 3,000 benefitting in 2019 alone.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation

Hollywood, FL 33021

$22,500 – Adaptive Sports

Junior Sharks Wheelchair Basketball – Making “Swishes” Come True

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an adaptive sports program dedicated to helping children living with paralysis get out into the community, exercise, recreate and socialize. To expand roster size and accommodate the immediate needs of each athlete, grant funds will support the purchase of basketball wheelchairs and related equipment. Grant funds represent 56% of the total project budget and will benefit approximately 300 children with paralysis, their family members and caregivers throughout the useful life of the chairs.

Johnson County Parks and Recreation

Franklin, IN 46131

$24,438 – Accessible Playground

Independence Park Playground

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant will support the replacement of existing playground equipment with new, accessible equipment. The playground will help revitalize the park and encourage play between children of all abilities in a safe, challenging and fun way. Upwards of 10,000 children and families living with paralysis will benefit from grant funds throughout the useful life of the playground equipment.

Kansas University Endowment Association

Lawrence, KS 66047

$25,000 - Caregiving

Navigating Progressed Multiple Sclerosis

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that helps individuals with MS and their caregivers navigate the complexities of MS by identifying appropriate resources, providing education and practice in self-care and offering in-person practical applications for life with paralysis. Grant funds will support programmatic costs to provide various fitness and wellness classes, in-person education and a professionally facilitated support group for caregivers and people with MS. Grant funds will benefit more than 200 individuals with MS and their caregivers, many of whom identify as low-income.

Kenny Rogers Children’s Center

Sikeston, MO 63801

$24,287 – Adaptive Sports

KRCC Adaptive Sports Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that introduces children, adolescents and young adults with physical disabilities to sports and fitness activities that promote physical fitness, self-confidence and a positive, team-building environment. Grant funds will support a variety of adaptive sports equipment to be used in wheelchair soccer and basketball leagues. As one of the only adaptive sports organizations in the area, KRCC serves a wide geographic area, with many participants identifying as low-income and rural residents. Funding will provide year-round recreational and competitive sports opportunities to more than 150 children with paralysis and other disabilities.

Manna’s Hana Riding Center

Cookeville, TN 38506

$8,104 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Accessible Therapeutic Horseback Riding

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that provides recreational riding for individuals with disabilities by means of equine-assisted activities. To help riders of all ability levels safely mount and dismount their horses, grant funds will support the purchase of a lift system. The addition of the overhead lift will help children continue to ride as they grow larger and allow Manna’s Hana to expand services to accommodate military service veterans and adults with paralysis. This project will serve a minimum of 21 people in 2019.

Nancy’s House

Wyncote, PA 19095

$24,016 - Caregiving

2 Nancy’s House Respite Retreats for Family Caregivers: A Retreat for Men and a Retreat for Women

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that provides a retreat setting that breaks the isolation and exhaustion of family caregiving – allowing rest, education and connection with other family caregivers and support networks in order to return home with skills and knowledge for caregivers to maintain their own health and well-being. Grant funds will support two respite retreats for single-sex groups – one for women and one for men - allowing for deeper and more honest and intimate conversations and discussions.

New England Youth Theatre

Brattleboro, VT 05301

$14,850 - Camp

NEYT’s Theatre Adventure Program – Disability Specialist

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that educates the hearts, minds, bodies and voices of youth of all abilities through the dramatic arts. Grant funds will support the Disabilities Specialist staff position, which will coordinate projects designed to serve people with disabilities and ensure that the theatre program operates with the resources, capacity, adaptive expertise, and equipment needed to offer accessible programming. Funding will benefit approximately 80 individuals with paralysis and other mobility impairments in 2019.

Northeast Disabled Athletic Association

Burlington, VT 05408

$16,367 – Adaptive Sports

NDAA Adaptive Kayaking

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that works to enhance opportunities and provide support for individuals with physical disabilities who wish to participate in recreational and competitive athletics. To help NDAA expand its Adaptive Kayaking program, grant funds will support kayak adaptations, safety equipment, and programmatic expenses. Approximately 150 veterans, youth and adults and with paralysis will benefit from the physical, social and emotional benefits of kayaking this summer season.

Oakbrook Terrace Park District

Villa Park, IL 60181

$20,876 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Stage Accessibility for Mario Parente Theater

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will improve stage accessibility at Mario Parente Theater. Grant funds will support the purchase of a portable platform lift. With the availability of a platform lift, individuals with paralysis will now be able to access the stage without assistance and have the ability to participate fully in activities and community events taking place in the theater. Funding represents 91% of the total project budget and a minimum of 25 individuals with paralysis will directly benefit from this project during the grant year.

Options Center for Independent Living

Bourbonnais, IL 60901

$6,000 – Durable Medical Equipment

Options Center for Independent Living Loan Closet

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the expansion of the Options CIL Loan Closet Program. Grant funds will support the purchase of durable medical equipment such as bariatric and standard rollators, wheelchairs and quad and standard canes. Grant funds represent 60% of the total project budget and will benefit a minimum of 80 individuals with paralysis, their family members and caregivers during the grant year.

Paralyzed Veterans of America – Central Florida Chapter

Sanford, FL 32773

$20,000 – Adaptive Sports

PVACF Handcycle Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that will afford veterans and others with paralysis the opportunity to participate in hand cycling, in groups or independently, on trails throughout Central Florida. Grant funds will support the purchase of four different hand cycles and accessories such as helmets, heart monitors and GPS systems. Funding represents 86% of the total project budget. Approximately 50 veterans and community members with paralysis will benefit from this project, including ethnic minorities, low-income and rural residents.

Phoenix Alternatives, Inc.

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$18,800 - Transportation

Community Access for People with Paralysis

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that will provide onsite support at community engagement opportunities. Grant funds will support the purchase of two wheelchair accessible vans, as well as outfit the vans’ interiors with a changing table, other necessary equipment and electric Hoyer lifts for each van. This project will significantly enhance both the number and quality of community engagement opportunities for community members with disabilities and is anticipated to benefit more than 70 individuals with paralysis in its first year.

Portland Wheelers

Portland, ME 04104

$5,000 – Fitness & Wellness

Additional Equipment – Getting More “Wheelers” Outside for Rides

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that provides outdoor biking experiences to people with disabilities. To help double their program capacity, grant funds will support the purchase of a tricycle specifically designed to support wheelchair users. Portland Wheelers serves a large geographic area, with many riders identifying as low-income, military service members, and rural residents. Approximately 1,000 people with paralysis will benefit from grant funds throughout the grant year.

RISB Foundation

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

$10,500 - Camp

Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp 2019

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a camp for children and youth between the ages of 6 and 19 with a wide range of disabilities who use wheelchairs to participate in sports. To help keep the program free for participants, grant funds will subsidize travel costs for athletes with paralysis. Approximately 120 individuals with paralysis, their family members and caregivers will benefit from funding in 2019.

Rotary Club of College Station

College Station, TX 77842

$25,000 – Accessible Playground

Fun For All Playground

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports the installation of new playground equipment onto an accessible playground. The Fun For All Playground will be the first accessible park within 100 miles of Brazos Valley, Texas, an area in which approximately 7,000 individuals live with paralysis. Grant funds will support 100% of the purchase of two Inclusive Whirl merry-go-rounds, which will promote play and inclusion between children with and without disabilities.

Sande School of Horsemanship

Warren, OR 97053

$5,000 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Sande School of Horsemanship’s ADA Inclusiveness Expansion

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that provides accessible equine programs focusing on life-skill development for all individuals, including at-risk youth and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To create a fully inclusive, ADA accessible facility and reach more community members with a broader range of disabilities, grant funds will support bathroom accessibility modifications and the purchase of two portable wheelchair ramps and two grooming platforms. Sande School of Horsemanship has a large service area, with many riders being military service members, rural residents, and newly injured or diagnosed with paralysis. 120 people with paralysis are expected to benefit from grant funding in 2019.

Sled Stars

Pittsgrove, NJ 08318

$14,270 – Adaptive Sports

Equipment for Sled Hockey Team

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that is dedicated to helping build a supportive community for people living with paralysis and their families by providing sled hockey opportunities in New Jersey. To increase their player roster and provide additional equipment for new participants and demo games, grant funds will support the purchase of adaptive hockey equipment including sleds, wheel kits, hockey sticks and goalie setup kits. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and a minimum of 12 children with paralysis will benefit annually.

Spina Bifida Resource Network

Flemington, NJ 08822

$6,900 – Consumer Education

Adult Empowerment Retreat

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a unique, peer-led and interactive three-day conference designed to increase independence, socialization, self-esteem and overall growth of individuals with disabilities through the exploration of health and wellness, relationships and intimacy, disability justice and other important topics. Due to the steady increase in number of attendees and the consistent requests for more educational, interactive workshops led by their peers, grant funds will support programmatic expenses and scholarships for five low-income attendees. The Empowerment Retreat serves a vast group of people living with spina bifida, paralysis and other disabilities, with an average of 90% of event attendees living with paralysis. Funding represents 78% of the total project budget and will serve approximately 30 people with paralysis.

Spreading Smiles

Lakewood, NJ 08701

$25,000 – Assistive Technology

Spreading Smiles Family Center

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that is dedicated to promoting inclusion, supporting community integration and lifting the spirits of children and adults who have paralysis or other physical disabilities. To enable children with paralysis to play and create alongside their friends and family members, grant funds will support the purchase of adaptive arcades, gaming equipment, musical equipment and craft supplies. Funding represent 85% of the total project budget and will serve over 500 children with paralysis and physical disabilities.

Starkville Parks and Recreation

Starkville, MS 39759

$25,000 – Facility Accessibility Modification

J.L. King Senior Memorial Park Inclusion

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will improve accessibility at JL King Senior Memorial Park in Starkville, Mississippi. To improve greatly needed access to and inside the park, grant funds will support sidewalk and pathway reparations and the purchase of accessible picnic tables and benches. JL King Senior Memorial Park is in an at-risk, under served and low-income neighborhood with numerous housing units nearby. Starkville residents and visitors with paralysis and other mobility issues will greatly benefit from improved access to the park, which will allow for greater independence and community inclusion. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and will benefit a minimum of 100 people living with paralysis.

Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.

Citra, FL 32113

$15,418 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Sure Hand Lift for Paralyzed Riders, Wheelchair Accessible Ramp to Mount the Lift System To

This Direct Effect Quality of Life supports a program that works with children and adults with paralysis to help identify and build upon their strengths, abilities and possibilities in partnership with horses. To provide better services to more people living with paralysis, grant funds will support the purchase and installation of a Surehands Lift System and ramp. Marion County, Florida is designated as both a medically underserved area and medically underserved population. Stirrups ‘n Strides serves many community members that are low-income, military service members, newly injured persons with paralysis and rural residents. Funding represents 100% of the total project budget and will impact more than 20 people with paralysis during the grant year.

Summit Assistance Dogs

Anacortes, WA 98221

$12,500 – Service Animal Program

Prison Program Curriculum Project

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that creates life-changing partnerships by training and providing highly skilled assistance dogs for people living with mobility disabilities, specifically spinal cord injuries and other paralysis-causing conditions. To accommodate for limited trainer time and training space for dogs in advanced training, grant funds will support an increase of capacity for Summit Assistance Dogs’ intermediate level prison training program. Funding represents the total proposed budget amount and will impact 12 individuals with paralysis during the grant year.

TEAMability, Inc.

San Antonio, TX 78201

$11,225 – Education

Active Learning-Access Equipment Acquisition

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an educational program that gives children with complex medical disabilities opportunities to achieve their potential and experience the joy of success. Grant funds support adaptive seating that will help improve postural control, allowing for greater upper body function and active participation in learning activities and daily tasks. TEAMability is the only organization in South Texas dedicated to exclusively serving children from birth-22 years with complex medical disabilities. 351 children will benefit from this grant annually.

The Audubon Society of New Hampshire

Concord, NH 03301

$22,479 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Improving Accessibility for Visitors of New Hampshire Audubon at Two Centers

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. To reduce physical barriers to involvement in the self-directed and staff-led educational opportunities offered at both centers, grant funds will support the purchase and installation of push button automatic door openers and an accessible pathway. Grant funds represent 85% of the total project budget and will benefit 1,000 individuals with paralysis and other mobility issues each year.

The Family Place

Logan, UT 84341

$15,075 – Facility Accessibility Modification

Facility Accessibility for Individuals Living with Paralysis

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will improve accessibility to facilities that are dedicated to serving children and families. To better serve their clients with mobility issues and paralysis, grant funds will support the installation of automatic doors and openers at multiple office locations. The Family Place’s main service areas are Rich and Cache counties, which are both designated medically underserved populations. Many of those receiving service are at-risk of incarceration, ethnic minorities, homeless, indigenous or tribal communities, LGBTQ, limited English proficiency, rural residents and survivors of violence. A minimum of 40 individuals will be impacted by this grant.

The Transverse Myelitis Association

Powell, OH 43065

$25,000 - Camp

TMA Quality of Life Family Camp

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that hosts a cost-free, five-day camp for children diagnosed with rare neuro-immune disorders and their families. Grant funds will allow TMA to host camp free-of-charge for participating families. Grant funds represent 38% of the total project budget and will serve approximately 60 children with Transverse Myelitis and other neuro-immune disorders, many of whom are newly diagnosed, and their family members.

The Village of Richwood

Richwood, OH 43344

$23,478 – Accessible Beach/Dock/Pier

The Richwood Lake Park Accessible Pedestrian Dock

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a project that will improve lake access to persons living with disabilities. Grant funds will purchase and install an ADA-compliant pedestrian dock. Funding represents 100% of the cost of the dock and will impact over 1,000 community members with paralysis, some of whom identify as low-income, military service members, and rural residents.

TR 4 Heart and Soul

Bismarck, ND 58504

$12,100 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Accessibility Improvement Through Adaptive Equine Driving

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that seeks to improve the physical and emotional quality of life of adults and children with disabilities through the heart and soul of a horse. TR 4 Heart and Soul (TR 4 HAS) is the only certified therapeutic riding program to offer year-round programming to individuals with paralysis within a 200-mile radius. Grant funds will support a variety of adaptive equine driving equipment and subsidize the cost of lessons for groups of four to come over a 24-week program. TR 4 HAS serves a large geographical area with many rural residents. Approximately 3,000 people with paralysis will benefit throughout the useful life of the equipment.

United States Adaptive Recreation Center

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

$25,000 – Adaptive Sports

Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation for Persons with Paralysis

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides access to outdoor recreation programming to individuals living with disabilities. To provide completely free programming to 400 people with paralysis in 2019, grant funds will subsidize 23% of the cost of each session. USARC is in San Bernadino County, which is classified as a medically underserved area. Of all participants, 29% are living with paralysis, 50% are children aged 18 and under, 37% are female, 54% are of a minority ethnic origin and 44% reside in households reporting low incomes.

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

$24,894 – Adaptive Sports

Increasing Opportunities & Integration for Individuals with Paralysis at the University of Alabama

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides sport, fitness, leisure and recreation opportunities for persons with paralysis through a variety of adapted sports including wheelchair basketball, tennis, power lifting and track and field. Grant funds will support loan closet expansion with the purchase of a variety of adaptive sports equipment. Grant funds represent 100% of the total project budget and will serve approximately 110 individuals living with paralysis during the grant year.

Virginia Beach Adaptive Watersports, Inc.

Virginia Beach, VA 23456

$23,231 – Adaptive Sports

Virginia Beach Adaptive Watersports 2019

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports a program that provides an opportunity for persons living with paralysis to experience adaptive water sports such as skiing, tubing and kayaking at a 40-acre private lake in Virginia Beach. To improve their offerings and better serve individuals living with paralysis, grant funds will support the purchase of adaptive equipment and other programmatic equipment and costs. This project will serve 330 individuals with paralysis, some of whom are homeless, low-income, military service members, newly injured and rural residents.

Wheelchair Dancers Organization

San Diego, CA 92124

$4,946 - Arts

Inclusive Adaptive Ballroom, Latin and Contemporary Dance Program

This Direct Effect Quality of Life grant supports an organization that empowers the minds, bodies, and spirits of wheelchair through the power of ballroom, Latin, hip-hop and contemporary dance. Grant funds will support the cost of two 8-week sessions, each serving approximately 25 individuals with paralysis. As the only adaptive dance class offered in the region for individuals with paralysis, Wheelchair Dancers boasts a large service area with many dancers being ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, low-income and newly injured. Connections made with one another will cross boundaries and support integration not only into the dance community, but also promote friendship and inclusion outside of class.

Windwalkers Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy Center

Carbondale, CO 81623

$15,000 – Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Ride to Freedom at WindWalkers

This Direct Effect Quality of Life supports a program that works with children and adults with paralysis to help identify and build upon their strengths, abilities and possibilities in partnership with horses. Grant funds will support programmatic expenses, portable mounting ramp, harness and gait belt, and the subsidization of 75 hours of riding for children and adults with paralysis. Windwalkers has a large service area with many of their riders being low-income, military service members, newly injured, survivors of violence, and at-risk youth. Grant funds will benefit a minimum of 250 individuals living with paralysis throughout the grant year.

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.