Rockville, Maryland– (February 4, 2021) –Disability Partnerships is proud to announce that it has been awarded $25,000 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) 2020COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation Quality of Life grants. Eleven grants totaling $314,200 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, more than 3,300 grants totaling over $32 million have been awarded. Funding for this new pilot program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for CommunityLiving (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-03-00).
The ReeveFoundation National Paralysis Resource Center has several grants under theQuality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying indifferent amounts. The COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation Quality of Life grants program funds one-year grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofits programs that address social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of enhancing connectedness of people living with paralysis and their caregivers to their communities and preventing adverse health outcomes.
“Much of the research indicates that social isolation has had the number one negative impact on the lives of people living with disabilities relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and shows that social isolation and loneliness are linked to many physical and mental health problems,” saidMark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Christopher & DanaReeve Foundation. “The Reeve Foundation believes that this is a pioneering program and was impressed – if not downright awestruck – by the innovative and creative responses that these organizations presented in their awarded projects. These projects will truly make a considerable difference in the lives of people living with paralysis, their families, and their caretakers.”
DisabilityPartnerships will use the grant for its Health and Wellness 4 All program. Health and Wellness 4 All is a series of free and virtual activities combined to create a health and wellness program for persons with physical disabilities and seniors. Activities include adaptive exercise, adaptive cooking demonstrations, nutrition, mindfulness and meditation and stress management. The program is a partnership betweenIndependence Now, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, and DisabilityPartnerships. The target audience is persons with spinal cord injuries, as well as all persons with physical disabilities and seniors.
DisabilityPartnerships is honored to receive this award from such a wonderful foundation doing exceptional work in the spinal cord community. We are a small, but mighty nonprofit organization. And thanks to the ReeveFoundation, we can continue supporting persons with disabilities as they try to remain connected during this challenging time.
The Christopher& Dana Reeve Foundation s dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the ReeveFoundation’s national Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
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