Triangle’s IMPACT: Ability empowers people with disabilities and communities to prevent abuse through Safety & Self-Advocacy trainings.

Disability Inclusion Initiative

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:

  1. Improving the distribution of assistive technology devices and/or the availability of related training and support services
  2. Increasing opportunities for participation in sports, recreation and the arts
  3. Improving services to underserved populations such as the elderly, youth in transition, and social and linguistic minorities.
  4. 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.

Disability Inclusion Initiative - Selected Past Grants:

  • AccesSport America
    $25,000 for the In-School Conditioning and Soccer Program, an adaptive high-challenge sports and recreation program for students with disabilities in select Boston Public high schools.
    visit the AccesSport America website
  • All Out Adventures
    $15,000 for start-up support for Greater Boston Access to Recreation.
    visit the Access Recreation Boston web site
  • Associated Grantmakers
    $20,000 for the Summer Fund, a collaboration of donors that supports quality, affordable summer programs for Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea and Somerville youth. Grant funds are directed to camps that specifically serve youth with disabilities.
    visit the Summer Fund website
  • The Boston Home
    $25,000 for the Greater Boston Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Project (DMERP) pilot program, an equipment reuse program that will enable fast access for individuals with disabilities to needed equipment.
    visit The Boston Home website
  • Carroll Center for the Blind
    $20,000 for the Apple Training Lab project, an effort that will train Carroll Center staff, clients and the broader low-vision and blind community to use universally-designed Apple technology products.
    visit Apple tutorials on Carroll Center web site
  • CAST
    $40,000 for the Read-with-me eBooks project
    visit the CAST website
  • Community Boating
    $8,000 for the Universal Access Program which aims to provide any youth or adult the use of specialized, accessible sailboats and transfer equipment, dedicated staff assistance and sailing instruction.
    visit UAP on the Community Boating website
  • D.E.A.F., Inc.
    $25,000 for the Elder Services Independent Living Program
    visit Independent Living Program on the D.E.A.F., Inc. web site
  • Disability Law Center
    $30,000 for the Disability Inclusion Project which advocates for the legal rights of special education students as they transition to post-secondary school life. Funds will support six community-based workshops for underserved communities with linguistic and cultural barriers and the printing of DLC’s Transition Manual.
    visit the Disability Law Center website
  • Easter Seals Massachusetts
    $20,000 for the Transition Services program which helps youth ages 14-26 and their families navigate the transition years from school to work by expanding the Youth Leadership program and working with schools and state agencies to better coordinate and develop transition services.
    visit Transition Services on the Easter Seals web site
  • Jewish Vocational Service
    $25,000 for the Transitions to Work program that trains adults with disabilities, helping them develop job skills to launch their careers.
    visit the Transitions to Work website
  • Massachusetts Advocates for Children
    $30,000 for the Transition Planning for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities project which aims to overcome barriers to a successful transition from high school to further education, employment and independent living for youth ages 14 -22 with disabilities.
    visit the Massachusetts Advocates for Children website
  • Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
    $10,000 for the Advocates in Motion program which supports teens and young adults to become as independent as possible through participation in social and recreational activities, a Self-Advocate Advisory Council and a Self-Advocate Workshop at the MDSC Annual Conference.
    visit AIM on the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress web site
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
    $45,000 for the Advancement of the Assistive Technology School Swap (ATSS) Program
    visit AT School Share on the Mass Rehab web site
  • National Braille Press
    $30,000 for the B2G (Braille to Go) program to support the development of a handheld personal digital assistant (PDA) device that uses refreshable Braille.
    visit B2G on the National Braille Press website
  • New England Eye Institute
    $35,000 for the New England Eye On-Sight program to provide primary eye care services through a mobile eye van for low-income elders in Jamaica Plain and Dorchester.
    visit Eye On-Sight on the New England Eye Institute website
  • Piers Park Sailing Center
    $20,000 for its Adaptive Sailing Program which provides the equipment and training necessary to allow for participants of all abilities to sail together, including a companion program to assist severely disabled adults.
    visit Adaptive Sailing on the Piers Park Sailing Center website
  • Resources For Human Development
    $12,500 for the Outside the Lines Studio: ASK for Art program, a mobile art instruction program bringing art instruction to adults living in group homes who cannot, for whatever reason, travel to OTL’s art studio.
    visit the Outside the Lines Studio website
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    $20,000 for the Boston Teen Wheelchair Basketball Program for youth 13-18 with physical disabilities who live in the city of Boston. The program will partner with Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) and include training for BCYF and Boston Public Schools staff.
    visit Adaptive Sports on the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital website
  • Triangle
    $30,000 for IMPACT: Ability, a comprehensive abuse prevention program that raises awareness about the disproportionately high rates of abuse against individuals with disabilities, teaches individuals with disabilities the skills to protect themselves, and works with organizations to achieve widespread commitment to abuse prevention and response.
    visit IMPACT on the Triangle, Inc. website
  • Vinfen Corporation
    $25,000 for the Gateway Arts: Up The Ladder program, creating opportunities for inclusion in the mainstream art world for artists with intellectual disabilities.
    visit the Gateway Arts website
  • Waypoint Adventure
    $15,000 for general operating support. Programs include rock climbing, kayaking, hiking/snowshoeing, ropes courses, team building and surfing to help youth and adults with disabilities discover their purpose, talents and strengths through the transforming power of adventure.
    visit the Waypoint Adventure website

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