The webinar will highlight two recent HIIAT grant recipients by the REEVE Foundation: the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. and the South Carolina, Assistive Technology Program. Staff members from the two programs will provide an overview of their grant accomplishments. The Florida Alliance goal was to: "Increase overall physical & mental health of individuals living with paralysis in 18 county rural areas in Florida through outdoor & recreational activities. The South Carolina, Assistive Technology Program had a goal to: "Improve access to eye gaze devices for underserved, low income South Carolinians living with paralysis, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, ALS and cerebral palsy by enabling them to communicate, control their environment and gain greater independence through their eyes.
Mark A. Bogosian Director, Quality of Life Grants Program Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation will also provide webinar participants with information on the next competition of the Reeve Foundation High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grants program funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Reeve Foundation’s HIIAT grants program is a competitive grant program that awards a small number of one-year grants of up to $75,000. Eligible applicants are restricted to state programs funded through the State Assistive Technology Act, including implementing agencies and agencies subcontracted for Assistive Technology activities. The Reeve Foundation supports innovative programs or services that:
Target a specific, well-defined underserved population within the broader disability community in their state through assistive technology devices or services;
Increase access to services;
Increase the independence or inclusion of people within the underserved population within their communities; and
When complete, will have a demonstrable, direct impact on people affected by the project.
Assistive technology can be a powerful tool to increase the independence of people with disabilities, assist them to participate fully in the communities of which they are a part, and enhance their social, employment, education or finance-related quality of life.