The Disability Inclusion Initiative was established in 2000 to support individuals with disabilities as they strive to achieve independence, community integration and a better quality of life. The Foundation believes that persons with disabilities have the right to be included in the broader community and the right to opportunities that promote their participation in it.
The Foundation’s strategy for supporting individuals with disabilities involved four approaches:
- Improving the distribution of assistive technology devices and/or the availability of related training and support services
- Increasing opportunities for participation in sports, recreation and the arts
- Improving services to underserved populations such as the elderly, youth in transition, and social and linguistic minorities.
- Employing a systemic approach to overcoming barriers to inclusion
Since the inception of the Initiative, 154 grants totaling about $3.8 million have been made, benefitting 61 organizations.