"Freedom Center Grant Press Release Final"
The Freedom Center THE FREEDOM CENTER, INC The Center for Independent Living serving Carroll and Frederick Counties THE FREEDOM CENTER, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MARYLAND TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FROM Rose Hill Plaza, Unit A-20 CHRISTOPHER AND DANA REEVE FOUNDATION 1560 Opossumtown Pike Frederick, MD 21702 FOR THE VOICE FOR FREEDOM PROJECT 301-846-7811 301-846-9070 (fax) Frederick, MD – August 28, 2008 – The Freedom Center is TTY: 711 proud to announce it has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The “Empowering people award was one of almost 100 grants totaling approximately with disabilities to $800,000 awarded to nonprofit organizations nationwide that lead self-directed, help improve opportunities, access and day-to-day quality of independent, and life for individuals and their families. Since its inception in productive lives in a 1999, the Reeve Foundation program has awarded 1,454 grants, barrier-free totaling nearly $12 million. community” The Freedom Center, in partnership with the Maryland Jamey E. George, Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP), an agency yof the Executive Director Maryland Department of Disabilities, ., will use the grant for the Voice for Freedom Project, a program that provides Board of Directors: augmentative communication devices to individuals with disabilities in nursing homes who want to re-enter the Russell Holt, community. Through this program, people with disabilities President who cannot communicate using traditional speech, will be able to communicate their preferences, coordinate their own services Patrick McMurtray, and ultimately plan their transition to the community. Vice President Currently, Medicaid allows individuals to purchase the devices Patie Elsberry, when the individual is no more than two weeks from moving Treasurer/Secretary into the community. The Voice of Freedom project provides the devices much earlier in the transition process. Craig Shafer Through an arrangement to provide the augmentative James Richards communication devices as an AT Provider, The Freedom Center and MD TAP can receive reimbursement for device Kathleen Hughes, Esq. purchases, thus allowing the program to recycle funds to purchase additional devices and create a sustainable, long-term Karlene Kaufmann integral program for Marylanders with communication disorders. “The Freedom Center and MD TAP are very appreciative and we’re honored that the Reeve Foundation recognized our efforts to provide a means of communication to people with disabilities so they can achieve full community integration,” stated Jamey E. George, Executive Director of the Freedom Center. "Being able to communicate is such an essential function in every day life that most of us take for granted. When disability precludes communication, a person is deprived of his/her ability to form friendships, conduct personal business and join in social gatherings,” said Cathy Raggio, Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities. “The Reeve Foundation grant will open new doors for people in this situation by enabling them to participate in life.” “As the late Dana Reeve once stated, our Quality of Life grants are about freedom, said Peter T. Wilderotter, president of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.” “The Freedom Center provides hope for individuals living with paralysis and their caregivers who are everyday striving to improve their physical and emotional well-being. We are honored to help The Freedom Center continue the heartfelt mission that Dana Reeve herself started back in 1999. “ The Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life grants are awarded in three categories, Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers, Caring and Coping, and fund programs across the globe that help people with paralysis become more fully integrated members of society. Some of the grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement number 1U59DD000338). Numerous grants were also made possible through generous financial donations from ICAP, the world’s leading interdealer broker, and Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader in the development of diagnostic and therapeutic products for central nervous system disorders and nerve repair, specifically in spinal cord injury. About the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation The Christopher and Dana 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. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292. “Empowering people with disabilities to lead self-directed, independent, and productive lives in a barrier free community.” www.thefreedomcenter-md.org (301) 846-7811 ### Contact Lori Markland Director, Marketing & Program Development The Maryland Technology Assistance Program 1-800-832-4827 firstname.lastname@example.org Lin Lawson Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation 800-225-0292 media@ChristopherReeve.org