National Paralysis Resource Center Announces High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology Grants

ACL's National Paralysis Resource Center (operated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation) will open the new application cycle for the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology grants program on July 15. Applications are due September 16.

Launched in 2015 in partnership with ACL, the National Paralysis Resource Center’s HIIAT grant 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. These additional grant funds will help state programs expand their reach in the field of assistive technology through new innovations that will impact people living with paralysis in their homes and communities.

Awarded grant funds support 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.

Join the Application Technical Assistance Webinar on July 22 at 3-4 PM ET.

Previously funded organizations are eligible to apply, however past grantees must submit proposals for new and innovative projects. Past grantees must also be in good standing, having successfully closed out past grant awards with a final report outlining accomplishments and fully expending grant funds awarded.

ACL funds the Paralysis Resource Center to provide comprehensive information for people living with spinal cord injury, paralysis and mobility-related disabilities and their support networks. Resources include information and referral by phone and email in multiple languages including Spanish; a peer and family support mentoring program; a military and veterans program; multicultural outreach services; quality of life grants; and a national website.

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