08-13-2002, 09:42 AM
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Awards $257,500 to 27 Nonprofit Organizations
SPRINGFIELD, N.J., Aug. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) announced today that it has awarded $257,500 in Health Promotion grants as part of its Spring 2002 funding cycle of the Quality of Life program.
The Health Promotion initiative, launched in 2001, seeks to remove societal and environmental barriers that limit the abilities of individuals with paralysis to participate in life activities. Participation in these activities improves physical and emotional health and prevents secondary conditions for persons living with paralysis. In this cycle, CRPF awarded such vital programs as the American Stroke Association of Dallas, Texas, Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment of Roanoke, Va., among others. A complete list of the Health Promotion grant recipients is available at http://www.christopherreeve.org/qlgrants/qlgrantsmain.cfm
"The Health Promotion arm of the Quality of Life program fulfills an enormous need for those living with disabilities to live life free of obstacles," said Dana Reeve, CRPF Director and Chair of the Quality of Life committee. "The advent of the Quality of Life program was to provide an opportunity for those living with paralysis to improve the quality of their daily lives." The Health Promotion awards are funded through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, made possible by a grant (Grant No. U10/CCU220379-01) that CRPF received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the fall of 2001.
The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) is committed to funding research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The Foundation also vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through its grants program, paralysis resource center, and advocacy efforts.
For more information about CRPF's Health Promotion grants or the grant application process, please contact the Quality of Life department at 973-467-8270, ext. 205 or visit our website at http://www.ChristopherReeve.org.
Contact: Maggie Goldberg for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 973-379-2690 ext. 115
08-15-2002, 12:37 AM
Health Promotion Grantees, Spring 2002, First Cycle
Access Northern California
CRPF grant will be used to alleviate some of the difficulties people with mobility-related disabilities experience while traveling specifically by educating businesses and people living with such disabilities.
Adult Day Services of Napa Valley
Funding will support an art therapy program and provide community outings for persons living with disabilities and multiple chronic health problems.
All Out Adventures, Inc.
All Out Adventures will apply its award toward Get Out and Play, an adaptive recreation program which will reach out to persons with severe disabilities to encourage their participation.
American Stroke Association
Funding will be used for the distribution, including printing, postage and handling, of one issue of Stroke Connection magazine.
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
The CRPF Health Promotion grant will allow the BOEC to offer tuition assistance to persons living with paralysis for its Wilderness and Adaptive Wintersports Programs.
Canine Companions for Independence
Santa Rosa, CA
CRPF grant will support the placement of professionally trained assistance dog teams to benefit people with paralysis or related mobility issues and their families.Â* Team placements will be made across the United States in the categories of CCI Service, Skilled Companion and Facility dogs.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
The Search for Fitness program of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center addresses accessibility issues, accommodations and adaptations, transportation, support systems and other issues that prevent people with disabilities from engaging in physical activity.Â* The Health Promotion grant will be applied to this program for employees and students who have significant disabilities.Â*
Community Hospitals Foundation
Funding will be allocated to Hook Athletics, an adaptive sports and social program for people with disabilities in the Indianapolis region.
Easter Seals Massachusetts
Easter Seals Massachusetts will utilize its grant to replicate its successful Integrated Assistive Technology and Job Training model in Boston.Â* The project currently runs in central Massachusetts and uses assistive technology to provide job training and employment opportunities in business settings to people with disabilities.
Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment (FREE)
CRPF grant will assist FREE in achieving its vision to build a replicable model that provides rehabilitation equipment to adults living with disabilities who have exhausted all other means of funding.
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, Inc.
LVCIL will apply its grant to the Wellness for All program, a weight loss and fitness program for persons with mobility impaired disabilities.
Meet The Toms, LLC
San Francisco, CA
CRPF funding will be designated for the completion of the editing process of My Flesh and Blood: A Documentary Film.Â*This film follows a family with eleven adopted children with special needs and portrays the ways in which this family copes with the challenges of growing up differently.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Blue Ridge Chapter
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will utilize its grant for an aquatic wellness program, thus offsetting the program fee for participants.
Parents Helping Parents, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
The CRPF Health Promotion grant will enable Parents Helping Parents to provide support, resources and direction to families of children with special needs and to the professionals who serve them.Â* As a result, the children's immediate and long-term needs will be met, and they will be able to more fully participate in school, on the job and in the community.
Pennsylvania Elks Major Projects, Inc.
With its Health Promotion grant, the Pennsylvania Elks will support its Home Service program; through this program, nurses visit individuals living with disabilities or diseases and their families in their homes to help them address their own healthcare needs.Â*
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
CRPF Grant will enable the wheelchair sports program at Penn State University to expand to include swimming, tennis, basketball and other sports.
Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center
The King Adult Day Enrichment Program features exercise, recreation, social activities, assistance with medical needs and meals; the CRPF Health Promotion grant will support this daily program.
Southeastern Wisconsin Adaptive Ski Program
SEWASP will utilize its award to support its recreational activities and to train volunteers to become certified adaptive ski instructors, thus enabling SEWASP to meet the demand for adaptive ski lessons.
CRPF Funding will support the educational and recreational components of the Teenage and Adult Body Awareness Therapy program.
Special Needs Advocate for Parents (SNAP)
Los Angeles, CA
SNAP will allocate its grant to the Medical Insurance Empowerment Program, which educates parents of children with disabilities in the specifics of their particular medical insurance plan.Â* As a result of this program, parents develop positive strategies that maximize authorizations and reimbursements of medically necessary care for their children.
The ALS Association
Calabasas Hills, CA
CRPF funding will support the distribution of copies of the Living with ALS Video Series free of charge to patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals.
The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center
CRPF grant will be allocated to the Grief Intervention Training Project, a program that focuses on the relationships and barriers between professionals who work with pediatric patients with disabilities and their parents, resulting in the resolution of grief-related issues by the parents, more shared decision-making and enhancement of the patients' lives.
The Woodlands Foundation, Inc.
The Woodlands Foundation will apply its award to a series of sports programs designed to encourage participation of regional youth living with disability and chronic illness.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
CRPF funds will be applied to The House that Courage Built, a model affordable home for assistive technologies for a low-income family with members with disabilities.
U.S. Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association
With its CRPF Health Promotion grant, the U.S. EWHA plans to support its PowerHockey National Tour, bringing the tour directly to the disabled community through various events and exhibition games.
United Cerebral Palsy of Western New York, Inc.
The CRPF grant will be designated for the Fulfilling Dreams program, which affords consumers living with disabilities the opportunity to live life to the fullest through participation in recreational and leisure activities.
World Institute on Disability
The World Institute on Disability will use its CRPF grant to carry out a comprehensive outreach and dissemination effort to its growing audiences, reporting on its work in health care/personal assistance services, financial independence, access to technology and leadership development.