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Access for All Abilities Mini Grant Initiative

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2014 Award Recipients

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College awarded "Access for Abilities" mini-grants to four Rhode Island organizations.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island plans to resurface the meadow trail from the Environmental Education Center at the Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge in Bristol. The changes will allow full accessibility to the boardwalk, grasslands, and wetlands down to the Narragansett Bay.

Providence Public Library

The Providence Public Library will use the mini-grant funds to make a sensory kit available to patrons. The kit will consist of assistive listening devices, magnifiers, and high intensity lamps. Staff will be trained to assist patrons in using the tools.

Town of Westerly

The Town of Westerly will purchase a MobiChair with the mini-grant funds. A MobiChair, which reclines and floats, is a high quality beach wheelchair that will allow access to the boardwalk, beach, and water.

Yawgoo Valley Ski School

Yawgoo Valley Ski School will train professional ski instructors in adaptive instruction. Instructors will receive training through the Professional Ski Instructors of America which specializes in instruction for skiers with disabilities.


The Sherlock Center is in its sixth year of the Access for All Abilities Mini-Grant initiative. To date, 26 businesses and organizations have more than $57,000 to increase access to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities for individuals with disabilities. The Sherlock Center, Rhode Island's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), receives funding for this initiative through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities.


The grant program's purpose is to increase access for people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities offered to the public by Rhode Island businesses and organizations. Non-profit organizations, businesses, and city and town government agencies are encouraged to apply.


AAA Grant applicants must be businesses or organizations currently offering social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities to the general public in Rhode Island. Non-profit organizations, businesses, city or town government agencies, which serve the general public, are encouraged to apply.


The next grant cycle will take place in spring 2015. To receive related email notices, join our Mailing List and select "Access for All Abilities (AAA) Mini Grant Announcements" from the list of options.


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