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Ability KC Adaptive Driving Program Expansion

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 88 K
Funding amount
The proposed project for Ability KC Adaptive Driving Program Expansion will support Ability KC by adding an adaptive van specifically for individuals with SCI to create a fully inclusive program. The Ability KC Driving Program is one of the oldest and most established programs in the midwest, however with the absence of an adaptive vehicle conducive for individuals with SCI our outreach has been limited to individuals with various other diagnoses. With funding from the Neilsen Foundation to purchase a Braun Entervan complete with a power ramp system, lowered floor, various hand controls, driver transfer seat and instructor controls the program will be able to serve a higher number of Ability KC patients as well as individuals in the broader community with SCI. In 2017 six individuals with SCI were served through the Driving Program while the organization saw 73 total individuals with SCI. Currently there is no other driving program with accessible equipment for individuals with SCI in the greater Kansas City area with the closest being across the state in St. Louis, Missouri. Neilsen Funding will support Ability KC's efforts to more successfully transition individuals served with SCI between the traditional medical rehabilitation day program and the Driving Program. In addition, we expect to reach local and national level agencies to provide education around available technology, increase the number of clients served by assessments of driving skill and need for vehicle modifications and number of clients trained in using technology for driving.

Through this proposal, the Neilsen Foundation will achieve their goals of creating opportunity and independence for individuals with SCI. For adolescents and adults with SCI the ability to drive can prove significant in empowering them to participate in the community and engage with friends, family and peers. By learning how to drive with an adaptive van under the instruction of our therapists, individuals will learn the skills needed to make safe driving decisions and recommendations on modifications that work best for them. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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