Abilities of Northwest Jersey has received a $7,500 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 79 grants totaling more than $575,704 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded more than 2,700 grants totaling more than $20 million since 1999.
Abilities will use the grant to purchase Smart Tables, which accommodate four individuals in wheelchairs simultaneously, include those to facilitate communication, learning and prevocational skills. Use of such devices also improves physical dexterity and creates opportunities for group activities and peer interaction, helping to make Abilities’ MSN a stimulating resource for individuals with limited mobility.
“It is with deep appreciation that we share this news of the Reeve Foundation’s generous contribution to expand the use of assistive technology in our MSN program,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “Their support will change the lives of those we serve with mobility impairments. We are grateful and hope this is the beginning of a rewarding collaboration with the foundation.”
Awarded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for organizations that improve daily life for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers. In this particular grant cycle, the grantee review board awarded a significant number of grants in medically underserved areas for modification projects, animal service programs and veteran programs.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis, as well as provide assistance and education to their families and caregivers. Funded programs serve individuals living with paralysis caused by injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including but not limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
For more information, visit www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.