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Access for All Abilities Mini Grant Initiative

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2011 Access for All Abilities Mini-Grant Recipients

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities awarded a total of $10,000 in "Access for All Abilities" (AAA) mini-grants to five Rhode Island organizations in April, 2011.

Recipients of the grants are The Providence Children's Museum, Providence Inner City Arts, Rock Spot Climbing, The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre and Vartan Gregorian Elementary School PTO.

The Providence Children's Museum
The Providence Children's Museum welcomes children and adults of all backgrounds and from all communities. Its focus is on serving southern New England children ages 1 to 11, and the adults who care for them. The Museum will use its grant to expand a training initiative on inclusion and best practices in disability awareness for staff and volunteers. Funds will also be used to conduct a year-long evaluation of the Museum's learning environments, in consultation with families of children with disabilities and professionals. A long-range plan for new exhibits will incorporate strategies and information learned through the evaluation and training initiatives.

Providence Inner City Arts
Providence Inner City Arts is a new place in the city of Providence for people of all cultures to enjoy each other and each other's cultures, and to celebrate the arts. Providence Inner City Arts will use its grant funding to build an accessible stage at its newly opened Roots Café, allowing artists and performers with disabilities to be included in arts, cultural and entertainment programming, and workshops or lectures.

Rock Spot Climbing
Rock Spot Climbing, located in Lincoln, an indoor climbing facility that welcomes climbers of all ages and abilities. Rock Spot Climbing offers visits, memberships and lessons to individuals and groups. Staff are available to provide accommodations to climbers with varying abilities. Support is available from minimal to complete physical assistance, and low element activities are an option. Rock Spot Climbing will use its award to offer discounted day passes to individuals with disabilities.

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre
The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, located in Pawtucket, offers live theater and educational programming to the public. The Theater produces a five-to-six season of plays, reaching over 26,000 audience members annually. The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre's award will be used to purchase and install aisle rails to increase safety and improve accessibility to each row of the 137-seat theater.

Vartan Gregorain Elementary School PTO
The Vartan Gregorian Elementary School PTO will use its award to help provide access to an elevated play structure, as part of its Accessible Playground Project at Cabral Park. Students at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School use Cabral Park playground for daily recess. The Boys and Girls Club at Fox Point use the park to provide after school programs to children of all abilities. Children will have access to the elevated play structure through a series of accessible ramps, bridges, and wheelchair accessible play panels.

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