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Access for All Abilities Mini Grant Initiative
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2016 Mini-Grant Recipients Announced!
The Sherlock Center awarded more than $12,000 in Access for All Abilities (AAA) mini-grants to five Rhode Island organizations in July 2016.
The Sherlock Centerís mini-grant initiative funds projects that increase access for people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities in the community, with the goal of increasing long-term accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities alongside those without disabilities. Since the initiativeís 2009 inception, more than $78,000 has been granted to 35 businesses and organizations. The next grant cycle is planned for spring 2017.
Recipients of the 2016 grants are:
- 2nd Story Theatre has a mission to provide plays accessible to both traditional theatre-goers and new audiences. The Theatre has steadily worked to make their facility physically accessible since purchasing the building in 2003. 2nd Story Theatre will use its grant to purchase and install a commercial door opening system. The change will allow for independent and barrier-free exterior access to the Theatre.
- Exeter Public Library is a municipal public library serving the town of Exeter and surrounding communities. Their facilities include a full-service library and playground, Chelsea Park. The Library will use its grant to purchase a two-bay ADA Combination Swing Set for Chelsea Park. The swing set will have a molded swing for children to be lifted into and a wheelchair swing that an adult or child in a wheelchair can use while remaining in their chair. The playground landscape is handicapped accessible, however, the equipment is not. The installation of the new swing set is the first step towards providing an inclusive space for families and children.
- Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts art exhibits, theater and dance performances, film screenings, and provides art and design educational programs for people of all ages. JAC will use its grant to host a series of trainings for its staff and instructor to better support individuals with disabilities within their typical programs. Funds will also be used to purchase adaptive equipment and art supplies. JAC will work closely with several partners in the disability community to encourage greater participation of individuals with disabilities in their programs.
- North Kingstown Free Library (NKFL) is a municipal library serving residents in the town of North Kingstown and statewide via the Ocean State Libraries consortium. In addition to offering physical and digital collections, their programs include lectures, workshops, concerts, movies, story-times, presentations, book discussions, etc. NKFL plans to use its grant to install an induction hearing loop in their meeting room space. The meeting room is physically accessible, and now the hearing loop will allow better access to programming for those with hearing loss.
- Ocean Community YMCA offers a wide range of social and leisure programs and classes at its three branches and at Camp Watchaug, as well as community events such as Healthy Kids Day, holiday gatherings, and races. The YMCA will use its grant funds to train an employee to become certified as an Adaptive Sailing Instructor and to purchase equipment that will allow campers of all abilities to safely participate in sailing.
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