National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability Awards Funding to Accelerate Disability Inclusion through Community-Based Micro-Grants (During COVID-19)
October 7, 2020 — The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) at the UAB-Lakeshore Research Collaborative announces awards for the Accelerating Disability Inclusion Community-Based Micro-grants. These grants, awarded to seven community-based organizations, aim to recognize, support, and grow efforts around designing communities that promote inclusive health for people with disabilities.
The projects will create or advance disability inclusion in existing work by incorporating an innovative community-based project that integrates disability inclusion into programs, policy, systems and/or environments related to improving physical activity, nutrition, or healthy weight management. All projects will demonstrate involvement of local disability representatives and show how the project will have a broad impact on people with disabilities in the identified community. The projects are also able to be completed safely during COVID-19 restrictions.
The project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and will be led by NCHPAD staff.
Summit Community Gardens in Park City, Utah
Summit Community Gardens is a community garden that gathers community members to experience nature, to bond over planting seeds, to nourish bodies with freshly grown fruits and vegetables, and to engage as a community. Summit Community Gardens plan to enhance the existing gardening program by providing workshops, trainings, resources, and transform their space to be more accessible and inclusive of individuals with disability by adding raised garden beds, adding Braille to current signages, and providing adapted gardening tools and equipment.
Hillsboro Parks & Rec in Hillsboro, Oregon
Fit at Home
The City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department is an award-winning and nationally accredited parks and recreation agency. The Hillsboro Parks & Rec staff plan to complete the Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer certification and then develop at-home inclusive workouts. They plan to partner with local entities to reach more individuals with disabilities and also develop “Fit at Home kits” that include appropriate fitness equipment. This group has been connected to NCHPAD before through NiCIP’s Inclusive Health Coalition in Oregon.
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Increasing Accessibility Within Enhance Fitness Remote Delivery
The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan plans to use funds to educate Enhance Fitness instructors on accommodations to support and include PWD in Enhance Fitness programs. They will continue to create recruitment materials and training tools that will support Enhance Fitness participants, especially while remote. Some examples include strategies like inclusive marketing, verbal and visual cues during class, and general effective communication.
Shawnee County Extension Master Gardener Program in Topeka, Kansas
The SCEMG Accessible Community Garden Project
The Shawnee County Extension Master Gardener Program strives to help people help themselves by taking university knowledge to where people live, work, play, develop and lead. The program plans to develop a more inclusive gardening space for the general public, including PWD. They will add wheelchair accessible raised beds as well as include healthy, easy recipe information in the Little Library next to the garden. They plan to work with their local independent living center for inclusive garden designs and disability education trainings to their staff in addition to NCHPAD resources.
Adaptive Adventures in Lakewood, Colorado
Staying Active, Healthy, and Engaged with Adaptive Adventures
Adaptive Adventures’ mission is to provide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. Adaptive Adventures is seeking to expand current virtual adaptive sport program offerings and specifically target Spanish-speaking individuals with physical disabilities. They will implement a twice-monthly virtual program in Spanish that features a variety of adapted workouts and sports topics, including cycling, climbing, skiing, dragonboat racing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. While this is currently remote, it will lead into future in-person sessions that will promote the same health benefits for individuals who get to participate.
Sibling Leadership Network in Chicago, Illinois
Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities and their Siblings through Mindfulness
The mission of the Sibling Leadership Network is to provide siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support, and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families. This project will support adults with developmental disabilities and their siblings by engaging them in an inclusive virtual mindfulness program. A self-paced mindfulness course will be developed with community input specifically for adults with DD and their siblings to learn strategies to cope with stress, enhance relationships, and improve their health and well-being. Three live remote mindfulness sessions will also be conducted.
Capital Region Nordic Alliance in New York
Trail Orienteering – Life Mobility Initiative for the Visually Impaired and Blind
Capital Region Nordic Alliance Inc. (CRNA) is a recognized 501c3 Charitable not-for-profit outdoor recreation alliance, focusing on year-round activities in the Nordic Sports of Biathlon, Orienteering, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Paralympic Nordic to the entire community, including individuals with disabilities. CRNA is collaborating with Microsoft Soundscape to create a virtual version of orienteering, which is a competitive sport in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across a certain location/area with the aid of a map and compass. This will target blind persons and individuals with vision loss and improve the independent navigation while competing and enduring in physical activity.