NEW GLOUCESTER – The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation announced recently that the All Tech Division of the Spurwink Institute has been awarded a Quality of Life Grant. In addition to the All Tech grant, the foundation awarded a total of $928,417 in Quality of Life Grants to 117 organizations nationwide as part of its Quality of Life Program.

The grants program was conceived by Dana Reeve, chairwoman of the foundation and co-founder of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center. Reeve started the program with the goal of helping people living with disabilities in the “here and now.”

Said Reeve, “I continue to be impressed and excited by the diverse, pioneering programs that CRPF supports through the Quality of Life program. In this cycle alone, we are funding eight projects specifically targeted to women with paralysis, several programs for American soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and a Native American Advocacy group.

Grants are awarded to programs and projects that improve the well being of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries. Funding is awarded twice yearly in 13 categories, including accessibility, advocacy, arts, assistive technology, children, counseling, education, employment, health promotion, independent living, practical services, sports and recreation and therapeutic riding.

Funds will help All Tech provide assistive technology, services and training to persons with spinal cord and neurologically based disabilities that have run out of insurance or other funding sources.

“This grant will help us to address the critical need for services of this kind. All Tech is very pleased to have the support of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation because of the wonderful work they do,” said Libby Cohen, director of research and policy on disabilities.

All Tech, a division of the institute, is a nationally recognized center for the provision of training, consultation and technical assistance in the areas of assistive technology, specialized software, Web accessibility and universal design in education.

Founded over a decade ago, All Tech has evolved through several national, regional and state initiatives into a center for promoting the use of technology to enable all individuals to lead full and independent lives.

For more information about the Quality of Life Program, call that department at 973-467-8270, ext. 211, or visit for a list of grant recipients. More information about All Tech is available by calling 688-4573 or by visiting

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