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Impossible Dream 2020 Summer Tour

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 48 K
Funding amount
Project Title: Impossible Dream 2020 Summer Tour

Project Description: Every Summer since 2015, Impossible Dream travels the East Coast of the United States on a five-month voyage from Miami to Maine sharing the joy of sailing with over 1,000 people with Spinal Cord Injuries(SCI) and life-changing illnesses and their families. The organization is committed to improving the lives of persons with SCI through participant programming and by building awareness about the benefits of universal design. There is a revolutionary moment on every cruise when a sailboat with people in wheelchairs sails into port and the community has a glimpse of what is possible when universal design and compassion meet. In this manner, the Impossible Dream is changing perceptions of what is possible. In partnership with local community groups and rehabilitation hospitals in twenty ports of call, the Impossible Dream spreads the message that an SCI is a challenge that does not need to limit quality of life.

In 2020, the Impossible Dream will embark on her sixth Summer Tour, sailing 4,000+ miles along the entire Eastern Seaboard to provide the transformational experience of sailing onboard for a daysail to 750 individuals living with SCI.

On our Summer Tour, Impossible Dream partners with rehabilitation hospitals to bring their patients sailing and be mentored by our Guest Crew with respect to the challenges of living and working on a sailing vessel. In this innovative approach, the Guest Crew instructs program participants on the use of many assistive technologies such as hydraulic lifts and automated systems incorporated throughout the boat. We are very proud of our close relationships with the nation’s leading rehabilitation facilities which bring together people with recent SCI and our Guest Crew members who act as mentors by giving the newly injured a vision of the possibilities available to people with SCI.

Expected Outcomes:
1) Host over 1,000 people with disabilities and their families for a sail, free of charge, on the Impossible Dream. We aim to have 75% of our program participants be people with SCI which will be measured by our questionnaire/waivers
2) Provide peer mentoring for our program participants during the five-month tour which will be measured in collaboration with our rehabilitation partners
3) Employ fifteen people with SCI to be Guest Crew onboard the boat and mentor our program participants which will be measurable through payroll records

(CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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