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Monday February 13, 2012 Contact David Hauser
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MANCHESTER, NH—AbilityPLUS has received The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant, awarded to 76 organizations nationwide recognized for enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. AbilityPLUS will use the $5,000 grant to support its Soldiers for Soldiers program, which provides adaptive sports opportunities for injured service men and women.
“Our efforts are designed to promote independence and quality of life for veterans who incurred life changing injury as a result of their service to America,” said AbilityPLUS Executive Director David Hauser in announcing the grant. “Many veterans come to us with serious injuries, including amputations, traumatic brain injuries, burns, visual and hearing impairments and most all with the emotional scars from experiencing the trauma of war.” The AbilityPLUS for Soldiers project includes weekend events for veterans and their families to participate in adaptive sports and develop strong bonds with each other and encourage participation in other AbilityPLUS programs and activities.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: Improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities and more.
The Reeve Foundation grant comes on the heels of a $17,500 award to AbilityPLUS from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
AbilityPLUS is in its 15th year of enriching the lives of program participants, their families, friends and a growing community of venues and volunteers who work to provide adaptive sports and recreation for individuals with all manner of disabilities. AbilityPLUS also is partnered with Disabled Sports USA to serve returning soldiers with various injuries, including amputations, brain injuries, burns, visual and hearing impairments and all forms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other emotional scars.
AbilityPLUS has program locations at Mount Snow VT, Atttitash, NH, Wildcat Mountain, NH as well as summer program installations throughout New England. Additional information on AbilityPLUS programs and event schedules is available at abilityPLUS.org
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