High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants 2019

7 Grants Totaling $232,266

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


Phoenix, AZ 85034

$40,000 – Nursing Home Transition

Transition from Nursing Home to Community Living

This High Impact Priority Quality of Life grant supports a program that assists nursing home residents’ transition back into their communities by introducing them to Independent Living Philosophy and developing independent living plans that include Independent Living Skills Instruction and resource development in housing, transportation, education, social/recreational activities, self-advocacy skills and family. Grant funds will support the costs of four people living with paralysis transition into independent living.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association – Arizona Chapter

Phoenix, AZ 84004

$30,000 - Transportation

ALS Clinic and Program Transportation

This High Impact Priority Quality of Life grant supports wheelchair accessible transportation for individuals living with ALS. The ALS Arizona Chapter holds 19 multidisciplinary clinics each month, at which patients see a neurologist, respiratory therapist, dietician, social worker, occupational therapist, and physical therapist. Support will enable ALS Arizona to meet the increasing demand for accessible transportation, which averages $300 per round-trip for local distance and can run up to $800 for those living in rural Arizona. Approximately 200 individuals with ALS, their family members, and caregivers will benefit from this transportation service.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association – Pennsylvania (Greater Philadelphia) Chapter

Ambler, PA 19002

$30,000 – Respite/Caregiving

Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care Program of the Patient Care Services Program

This High Impact Priority Quality of Life grant supports a program that offers respite to family members and caregivers of individuals living with ALS by providing up to 12 hours a week of custodial care. The Greater Philadelphia ALS Chapter serves over 1,100 people yearly and covers a broad service area that encompasses eastern and central Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey, and all of Delaware. Grant funds will support 1,500 hours of custodial care, improving the quality of life of 250 individuals.

New Horizons, Inc.

Unionville, CT 06085

$30,000 - Transportation

New Horizons – Accessible Transportation to Medical Appointments

This High Impact Priority Quality of Life grant supports a program that supports wheelchair accessible transportation. Programming will expand to include non-emergency medical transportation to New Horizons’ 101 residents as well as disabled community members. Grant funds will support the expansion of the current transportation fleet, increasing the number of accessible vans from 6 to 7. Funding represents 81% of the wheelchair accessible van cost at $37,048.

Rancho Research Institute / Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

Downey, CA 90242

$48,742 - Employment

Rancho Works Café and Gift Shop: Changing the Image of Disability to Ability, One Job at a Time

This High Impact Priority Quality of Life grant supports an employment program that helps participants with paralysis sharpen their work skills and increase their confidence before transitioning to competitive employment. Grant funds will support the salaries and training of seven program participants, allowing the program to expand from five participants to nine during 2019.

Services for Independent Living

Cleveland, OH 44132

$28,524 – Disaster Response

The ABC’s of Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities

This High Impact Priority Quality of Life grant supports a program that will provide trainings to individuals with paralysis and social services professionals on how to plan for an emergency, including the development of a personal emergency plan. Trainings will cover emergency response from assembling go-bags, to the basic supplies that should be on hand, developing community resources, natural supports, shelters and identifying communication mechanisms. Over 340 people across the Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga, Ohio counties will be affected by these trainings.

The Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida

Orlando, FL 32801

$25,000 - Transportation

Adaptive Driving Program

This High Impact Priority Quality of Life grant supports an adaptive driving program for young adults living with Spina Bifida. Grant funds will subsidize the initial assessment of 40 drivers, as well as orientation classes taught by SBACF staff that will provide program participants with program information and resources for vehicle modification. Funding represents 100% of the overall project cost. Approximately 150 people with Spina Bifida, their family members, and caregivers will be served by this grant.

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.