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Access for All Abilities Mini Grant Initiative

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2017 Mini-Grant Recipients Announced!

The Sherlock Center has awarded Access for All Abilities (AAA) mini-grants to five Rhode Island organizations as of September 2017.

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, approximately $88,000 has been granted to 40 businesses and organizations. The next grant cycle is planned for fall 2018.

Recipients of the 2017 grants are:

Davisville Free Library for almost 100 years, has provided recreational, educational and cultural services to the community of North Kingstown. The library will use its grant of $1400 to educate staff on how to create inclusive Storytimes. The library will purchase equipment such as scarves, shakers, beanbags, big books, and flannel board stories to help meet the diverse sensory needs of children participating in storytelling activities.

Preserve Rhode Island’s Lippitt House Museum, built in 1865, captures the brilliance of Victorian design and represents a time in Providence's industrial history. The Museum offers guided tours, special exhibitions, lectures, art installations, concerns and family programs. Preserve Rhode Island will use its grant of $2064 to develop an American Sign Language (ASL) video tour equivalent to their docent-led tours and to develop a written English translation of the ASL video tour to serve as a supplement for self-guided visitors.

Providence Community Library is a nonprofit organization operating nine neighborhood libraries in Greater Providence. The Library will use its grant of $2200 to install an automatic swing door operator in the South Providence Library location. The library offers access to numerous community events, classes, and programs, as well as typical library resources. The library is fully accessible once inside. An automatic door will allow individuals with physical impairments to enter/exit the library on their own.

The Wilbury Theatre Group, founded in 2010, is a collaboration of artists producing contemporary theatre in Providence. Three years ago, The Wilbury Group expanded its programming the Providence Fringe Festival that includes performances by local and national touring artists, as well as a “Family Fringe Day” that offers free performances to children and families. The Wilbury Group will use its grant of $1800 to make its new Olneyville performance space full accessible. Renovations will include the addition of a wheelchair ramp at the side door and renovations to make a restroom wheelchair accessible.

YMCA of Pawtucket is comprised of five branches across the state, including the Westwood YMCA Summer Camp located in Coventry. The Westwood YMCA offers swimming, boating, hiking, and a variety of other activities for children. The YMCA of Pawtucket will use its grant of $2500 towards the purchase of a Hippocampe Wheelchair that would permit campers easier access to the water. The Hippocampe Wheelchair is an all-terrain chair that individuals can self-propel, be pushed, or pulled to participate in camp activities.




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