Ability1st is proud to announce we were awarded $20,000 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) 2019 High Impact Priority Grants Program. Seventeen grants totaling $520,000 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grant program's inception, more than 3,150 grants totaling more than $28 million have been awarded.
The grant will be used in our Access to Independence Program's durable medical equipment (DME) loan service. Specifically, the grant award will be used to repair existing electric scooters and wheelchairs and to purchase new manual wheelchairs and DME to loan to Ability1st consumers living with paralysis.
As we started 2020, all of our working wheelchairs were already on loan. And we had scooters in need of repairs or new batteries. The $20,000 will help us meet the needs of our consumers in the community and help us on our mission to empower people with disabilities to live independently and enhance their quality of life.
Last fiscal year, our Access to Independence Program served more than 600 people with durable medical equipment loans, including items such as wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, shower benches, and disposable medical supplies. For people living with a disability, access to this medical equipment can be the difference between being engaged in your community or being unable to leave your home. The Reeve Foundation grant is enabling us to expand our service in our community.