In 2003, Inclusion Matters submitted a grant to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to help us build a playground in Los Angeles where no children with disabilities were being served. That first phone call sparked a generous relationship that has grown so deeply over the years.
The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.
By investing generously in that one playground, they extended their partnership with Inclusion Matters through our education program, Together, We Are Able. The Foundation allowed us to reach thousands of students in Los Angeles. They support in-class learning, which demystifies a student’s misconceptions about people with disabilities. They then provide needed transportation that brings students of all abilities onto our playgrounds, where they discover: we really aren’t that different…we are kids who want friendship and acceptance.
Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration is proud to announce that it has been awarded $100,000 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) Expanded Effect Quality of Life Grants cycle. This generous grant will allow us to take our education and family programs to 5 communities throughout the United States, creating a legacy that will bring compassion to future generations. Inclusion Matters is honored and so very grateful to be a part of this Foundation’s legacy. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the program’s inception, 3,153 grants totaling over $26 million have been awarded. Funding for this new pilot program of expansion grants was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.christopherreeve.org/