SBRN Receives $21,200 Quality Of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Our “Empowered Conversations: Virtual Speaker Series”

SBRN is proud to announce that it has been awarded $21,200 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 2021 Priority Impact Quality of Life grants. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Funding for this program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living.

 “I am so pleased to welcome these seventeen organizations to our family of Quality of Life grantees,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Reeve Foundation. . “The Priority Impact program focuses on areas of deep need within our community of people living with paralysis and their families and caregivers. These areas include respite and caregiving, addressing social isolation, assistive technology, and employment – all of which more than enhance quality of life and are in many ways its very foundation.”

SBRN will use the grant to support our “Empowered Conversations: Virtual Speaker Series,” which provides weekly virtual one-hour workshops, coordinated and facilitated by individuals who identify as having a disability, that explore living with paralysis and disabilities in an open forum for sharing and asking questions of peers. This program provides adults with disabilities an interactive safe space for peer- and expert-led discussion, education and skill building to minimize social isolation during and beyond COVID and to optimize physical, social and emotional health and well-being.

“SBRN is very honored to receive this award for our Virtual Speaker Series.  These funds will allow us to expand our options and support our speakers and facilitators.  This program will empower participants to become changemakers in their own lives and communities, and will encourage them to live life without self-imposed limits.  Thank you to the Reeve Foundation for their support in empowering individuals living with paralysis to live their best lives,” said Roberta Kestenbaum, Executive Director of the Spina Bifida Resource Network. SBRN provides services and programs throughout New Jersey and beyond for children and adults with spina bifida and other disabilities.

Please visit https://www.thesbrn.org/news-and-events/teleconferences/ for more information about the Empowered Conversations: Virtual Speaker Series and our other virtual programs.

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