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2015 Mini-Grant Recipients

The Sherlock Center has awarded a total of $10,000 in Access for All Abilities (AAA) mini-grants to four Rhode Island organizations.

The Sherlock Center's 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 initiative's 2009 inception, more than $67,000 has been granted to 30 businesses and organizations.

Recipients of the 2015 grants are: Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Warwick, and Youth Pride, Inc. of Providence.

Coggeshall Farm Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to explore 18th-century farm life in Rhode Island. The Museum provides group and school tours, educational programs, and other events open to the public. The Coggeshall Museum will use its grant to purchase both a permanent and portable ramp to provide access to the 1790's farmhouse and a restroom at the farm.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary (NBS) offers seven miles of hiking trails, camp and educational programs, as well as public programs and events. The NBS will use its award to contribute to the creation of an ADA-compliant Universal Trail that will allow access to individuals who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. The grant will supplement funding by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to upgrade 1500 feet of trail.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church offers a variety of social activities, performances, and events, as well as community support services. Pilgrim Lutheran Church will use its funding to purchase items to address visual and auditory needs of individuals participating in services and public events, including large print or Braille books, large print programs, and an FM assistive listening system. The grant will also help fund an American Sign Language interpreter for social activities.

Youth Pride, Inc., (YPI) supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and young adults. YPI's runs a drop-in center dedicated to meeting the needs of young people, ages 13 - 23, impacted by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression. YPI will use its grant to provide professional development training to its staff to help them better serve youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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