2020 COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation Quality of Life Grants

11 Grants totaling $314,200

Childrens Hospital of Alabama

Birmingham, AL 35233

$13,010 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

Addressing Social Isolation and Inactivity for Alabama Children with Paralysis

This grant provides active virtual reality gaming opportunities for children and youth with various diagnoses that result in upper and/or lower extremity paralysis. Virtual gaming can be used to promote/increase physical activity and activity tolerance and decrease pain. The project will be carried out by establishing a Virtual Reality gaming loan closet with "Oculus Quest 2" VR systems and games so that patients can get active and increase their heart and respiratory rates while at home.

Clemson University

Clemson, SC 29634

$42,604 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

Clemson University: Tutor, Talk and Train

This grant supports a program offering continuous opportunities for social connections and improved mental and physical health benefiting 15 military veterans with paralysis and their caregivers throughout the 2021 calendar year. The program will provide 1-2 hours of programming per day throughout the year and will address the increased potential for social isolation and loneliness, physical and mental health challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the added health risks this particular population may face. Core activities include: MHFA certification, elementary school tutoring, adaptive yoga, adaptive strength training, additional adaptive sport opportunities, a book and movie club, and group Zoom dinners.

Disability Partnership Project

Rockville, MD 20850

$25,000 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

Health and Wellness 4 All

This grant will support the Health and Wellness 4 All program. Health and Wellness 4 All is a series of existing activities combined to create a health and wellness program for persons living with spinal cord injuries and paralysis. The virtual program results from the partnership between Independence Now, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, and Disability Partnerships and is free and will include a minimum of one activity per week that allows for networking and social interaction. Exercise classes will occur twice a week in 4 six-week sessions throughout the year.

Lakeshore Foundation

Birmingham, AL 35209

$22,490 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Individuals with Paralysis

This grant supports online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs for individuals with paralysis living locally and nationally, including injured military and veterans. The Zoom-based program will bring together online up to 18 participants per program course who will complete an orientation, eight weeks of weekly MBSR online classes, and a 6-hour full day retreat. Lakeshore will implement four of these eight-week program courses during the project year, reaching up to 72 people with paralysis.

Paralyzed Veterans of America - National HQ

Washington, DC 20006

$25,000 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

PVA chapter laptop loan closet

This grant supports the pilot of laptop loan closets at ten of PVA’s thirty-three chapters. The intent of the project is to provide technology training, access to laptops, and peer-to-peer training at the local chapters. PVA will engage Veterans who do not have the skills or equipment to access new PVA virtual opportunities. These new opportunities will generate new social interactions and virtual sports and recreation engagement.

Rochester Spinal Association

Rochester, NY 14642

$22,715 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

Keep it Together

This grant supports the "Keep it Together" program for people living with paralysis to facilitate groups, perform outreach, connect people with social and recreational opportunities, promote online fitness programs, execute a virtual health fair, and to collaborate with a local library for the lending of video gaming controllers.

Rocky Mountain MS Center

Westminster, CO 80031

$25,000 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

Empower Program

This grant supports the Empower Program, which will provide extensive online services including virtual social events, counseling, education and support programming, and various online classes that will serve 500 Rocky Mountain region residents. It includes: a) virtual social gatherings and activities; b) twice weekly online adaptive group exercise classes; c) virtual counseling sessions for individuals and families conducted by licensed clinical social worker and counselor; d) virtual peer-to-peer volunteering activities; and e) a continually updated online resource guide with information on wrap around services and resources for reducing anxiety, socializing, staying active and volunteering.

Sistema Infantil Teleton USA

San Antonio, TX 78233

$25,000 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

The Buddy Program

This grant supports The Buddy Program for children living with mild to severe neurological and musculoskeletal disorders which provides activities throughout the month including work outs, game sessions, social session, dances/karaoke events, art projects, STEM projects, and more that unite patients and participants from the safety of their own home.

Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England

Milford, MA 01757

$19,500 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

SBAGNE Connections

This grant supports virtual programing aimed at connecting adults and children living with Spina Bifida, their siblings, families, and caregivers to 1) improve physical health through educational programming from the national organization and virtual adaptive fitness programming, 2) improve mental health through programming with national partners and ongoing work with eight medical clinics across New England, and 3) increase resilience and independence, happiness, and an expanded social network post-pandemic.

University of Kentucky Research Foundation

Lexington, KY 40506

$50,000 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

Recharging Resiliency Together-Virtual Retreat

This grant will support a project to help people living with paralysis recharge their resilience and provide the necessary connections and supports that are needed to navigate in a COVID-19 environment through four week-long virtual retreats and group calls and peer-to-peer mentorship.

University of Miami - Miami Project

Coral Gables, FL 33136

$43,881 - COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation

Remote Engagement and Reintegration of People with Spinal Cord Injuries During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This grant aims to develop a community‐based outreach program to support the activity, life-satisfaction, and physical/emotional health of individuals with SCI and related disabilities who have been marginalized by the COVID‐19 pandemic throughout the three-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. The program provides exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, and peer-support programming and establishes a COVID CORNER offering medical, behavioral, and therapeutic information.

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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.