Category Archives: Independent Living

Cosy Is A Smart Heating & Home Control System Coming Out Of Cambridge, U.K.

Environmental control can be most helpful to people with disabilities and their caregivers.

Disability Books, Magazines, and Catalogs

Disability Resources!


Disability Magazines, Publications & Newsletters

Magazines & Newsletters
Ability Magazine
ABILITY Magazine provides information on New Technologies, the “Americans with Disability Act”, Travel and Leisure, Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities, Human Interest Stories, National and Local Resource Centers and more.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Electronic Newsletter.
Deaf Nation Newspaper
Diabetic-Lifestyle Online Magazine
In each monthly magazine you will find articles on the latest in diabetes management, medical research, and updates on treatments for diabetes complications such as eye disease (retinopathy), heart disease (cardiovascular), and kidney (renal) disorders, plus a wealth of tips on ways to cook with a minimum of fat and a maximum of flavor.
DIALOGUE Magazine’s Home Page
Blindskills, Inc. is a non profit corporation, based in Salem, Oregon, that publishes DIALOGUE, a magazine written specifically for persons who are blind or are experiencing sight loss.
PO Box 5181; Salem, Oregon 97304-0181 USA
Disability International
Disability magazine supported by Disabled Peoples’ Internation
101 – 7 Evergreen Place; Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2T3 Canada
Disabilityworld e-zine
E-zine of the International Disability Exchanges and Studies (IDEAS) Project 2000-2004
Emerging Horizons
the accessible travel newsletter, features foreign and domestic destinations, timely travel tips, accessible B&B’s travel resources and accessibility information.
Candy & Charles Creative Concepts
PO Box 278; Ripon, California 95366 USA
is a monthly newsletter that informs members and other people in the disability community about services, events and issues that impact them.
Hearing Health Magazine
PO Drawer V; Ingleside, Texas 78362 USA
JRA On-line
The Journal of Rehabilitation Administration is published quarterly and includes theoretical papers, applied research studies, practice reports, editorials and commentary designed to improve the practice of administration, management and supervision in a wide variety of human service settings.
Magazine of the Able-Disabled, Produced by, for and about people with disabilities, Mainstream covers news & current affairs, new products & technology, profiles of movers & shakers, education, employment, sexuality & relationships, housing, transportation, travel & recreation.
New Mobility Magazine
Free Monthly eZine
from Joni and Friends.
Electronic magazine for people with Spinal Cord Injury.
Parent to Parent’s Newsletter
is published quarterly. Current and back issues are available online.
PN / Paraplegia News Magazine
The News & Information Magazine for People with Mobility Impairments. PN / Paraplegia News covers the latest on spinal cord injury research, new products, legislation impacting people with disabilities, accessible travel, computer options, car/van adaptations, human-interest stories, news for veterans, and articles on housing, employment, health care, and all issues affecting wheelers and caregivers.
Ragged Edge online
The Ragged Edge: Disability-rights culture, ideas, revolution, humor … the best you’ve known with The Disability Rag, now even better. Created by Cliffwood Organic Works for The Advocado Press.
Self-Help & Psychology Magazine
Self-Help & Psychology Magazine is an educational publication written by mental health professionals for the discussion of general psychology as applied to our everyday lives.
Special Child
Online magazine For Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs.
Special Child uses JavaScript.
Sports ‘N Spokes
S’nS is a magazine dedicated to the ACTIVE Wheeler!, covering the latest in competitive wheelchair sports and recreational opportunities. Colorful, comprehensive information on training, nutrition/exercise, individual achievements, national/international competition, junior athletics, new products/equipment surveys, sports associations, calendar of worldwide events… and much more.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-4702 USA
The Braille Forum
from the American Council of the Blind.
The Magnifier – Newsletter of the MDF
Free subscriptions are offered to The Magnifier, the large-font newsletter of the Macular Degeneration Foundation.
The Multiple Sclerosis Quarterly Report
from the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association Jackson Heights, New York. EPVA produces a quarterly newsletter dedicated to examining research and quality-of-life issues pertinent to people with multiple sclerosis.

Books & Publications
ADA Compliance Guide
Step-by-step instructions for compliance and practical advice on what you can do, what you must do and what you cannot do.
Thompson Publishing Group
America’s War On The Disabled: 1975-1992: A Personal Account
by T. B. Morse. A gripping personal narrative gives a face to the statistics. Extensively researched. Impressive Bibliography. History, Politics, Disability, Women’s Issues, Activism, the American campaign against the poor.
Another source for Books: Electronic Text
From the Library of Congress.
Beyond Ramps
Disability at the End of the Social Contract
by Marta Russell
The First Place to Look for Book Information.
Deaf-Blind Perspectives
is a free journal-like publication, published three times yearly by the Teaching Research
Division of Western Oregon State College, focusing on all pertinent issues important to people who are deaf-blind, and the people who serve them.
Teaching Research
345 N. Monmouth Ave.; Monmouth, Oregon 97344 USA
Diabetes Mall
World’s Largest Diabetes Bookstore/Information Center. Books, Info, Software, Pumps, Humalog, Research.
Disability Etiquette Handbook
prepared by The City of San Antonio, Texas and the Disability Advisory Committee to enhance opportunities for persons with disabilities to pursue their careers and independent lifestyles. It contains information that can help make San Antonio (or any city) a better place for all who visit, live and work there.
Disability Solutions
A resource for families and others interested in Down syndrome and related disabilities. Disability Solutions is published 6 times yearly by The Enoch-Gelbard Foundation, a nonprofit, private foundation.
is an interactive, on-line publication that is updated regularly, providing information and resources on tinnitus, hearing loss, hearing evaluation referrals, hearing protection, hearing aids, and Assistive listening devices (ALD’s), as well as a referral service for Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R). and entertainment links.
Inclusion Press International
is a small independent press striving to produce readable, accessible, user-friendly books and resources about full inclusion in school, work, and community.
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation For Those With Disabilities.
Program Development Associates (PDA)
Resources include video, CD-ROM and books covering all aspects of disabilities including areas of Disability Awareness, Advocacy, and the ADA.
Psychological Self-Help
a science-based, comprehensive, easy-to-use self-help book. This is not a book read in an hour! You will want to spend a lot of time with it. Lots of good information.
Simtech Publications
Make this site your first stop for multimedia resources. Simtech specializes in HyperStudio based software for people with disabilities.
The Unwelcome Companion
An Insider’s View of Tourette Syndrome provides details about obsessions, compulsions, tics, and symptoms of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome.
Author – Rick Fowler
Travel Tales: A Mobility Storybook
has been on the market since l988, and continues to get high grades from mobility instructors, vision teachers, parents, and blind students themselves.
Voice of the Diabetic
Free quarterly publication from Diabetes Action Network division of the NFB. Includes medical, scientific, health, diet news, living with complications options.
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Disability Catalogs
Access to Recreation
Adaptive Recreation Equipment for the Physically Challenged. Access to Recreation’s catalog is full of recreation and exercise equipment that has been adapted specifically for use by the elderly and disabled. There is something in the catalog for everyone who is physically challenged.
Access to Recreation, Inc.
8 Sandra Court; Newbury Park California 91320 USA
Ann Morris Enterprises Inc.
One stop shopping for talking products, electronics and safety, housewares, kitchen, microwave, novelties, pet supplies, leather goods and more. Products for people with vision loss whether partially sighted or blind.
551 Hosner Mountain Rd.; Stormville, NY 12582 USA
Assisted Living Store
Independent living products and gifts for Seniors. Unique “Ask a Gerontologist” page. Visitors can receive answers to Gerontology/Aging related questions free of charge.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota USA
Different Roads to Learning
On-line catalog specializing in learning materials and playthings for children with developmental delays and challenges. This catalog puts together educational toys and materials that stimulate the skills leading to speech and language for challenged children ages 2 to 10.
Dynamic Living
Cost effective solutions for easier living: unique daily living aids, kitchen appliances, home automation and other products that promote a convenient, comfortable and safe home environment for people of all ages.
Hartford, Connecticut 06137-0249 USA
Independent Living Aids
National distributor of aids to people who are blind or visually impaired.
27 East Mall; Plainview, New York 11803 USA
Independent Living Products®
Assistive Devices that help seniors, caregivers, elder mature adults, geriatric, and disabled people achieve a quality, independent lifestyle.
10799 N. 90th St; Scottsdale, AZ 85260-6726 USA
Maxi-Aids Products Catalog
Maxi-Aids is one of the largest distributors of products for people with Special Needs. We have several thousand products for daily living. From Sewing needles to Voice Recognition Computer products.
Farmingdale, New York 11735 USA
MedCatalog.Com is a free medical catalog request service for medical products and supplies
North Coast Medical
Offers a wide range of Assistive technology products.
Check out their direct-order retail Functional Solutions Online Catalog
18305 Sutter Boulevard; Morgan Hill, California 95037-2845 US

Manual Wheelchair Power Assist!

TGA Wheelchair Powerpack PLUS – Electric Assist for Manual Wheelchairs
Source: TGA Mobility
Published: Mar 15, 2014 (Revised: Mar 15, 2014)
Author Contact Information:

Abstract: The TGA Powerpack provides an electrically powered method to propel a manual attendant controlled wheelchair and occupant.
“We receive countless visits and enquiries from people with disabilities and their carers who are looking for powered assistance with propelling a wheelchair.”
Detail: TGA WTGA, the UK’s leading mobility product specialist, will be unveiling its new Wheelchair Powerpack PLUS at Naidex National (29th April – 1st May, NEC, Stand B70) which now delivers a significant user weight capacity of 32 stone (448 Pounds).

The TGA Powerpack is first choice for many leading healthcare providers, care home managers, carers and disabled individuals. It delivers the most effective, powered method to propel a manual, attendant controlled wheelchair and occupant. This market-leading product has been totally designed and built in the UK for over 25 years and through decades of TGA development, has evolved into a proven product that is trusted by 50,000+ carers worldwide.

The highly established Solo, Duo and Heavy-Duty models, now alongside the new PLUS, drive almost all types of wheelchair, including many specialist tilt-in-space models. They eliminate the difficulties posed for carers when negotiating slopes, ramps or uneven surfaces and significantly reduce manual handling risks. Each reliable model has a lightweight yet robust design, ergonomic controls and compatibility with the majority of wheelchair types through an infinite range of UK manufactured fittings.

TGA is delighted to be launching the new Powerpack at Naidex National 2014. This product innovation from TGA will help protect care teams and wheelchair attendants against back injury, muscle strain and poor posture as the trend towards heavier wheelchair occupants continues. Over and above relatives and friends in the community sustaining injuries from over exertion, staff sickness in the commercial care sector is a major concern in relation to wheelchair propulsion. If carers are subject to undue risks, behavior practices and care levels can be compromised. Care home managers and healthcare groups are also then exposed to higher levels of financial loss through potential lost ‘man hours’ or even costly litigation issues.

The heightened capabilities of the new TGA Powerpack PLUS have been developed in response to significant evidence, that continues to build, regarding the moving and handling risks associated with carers pushing manual wheelchairs. As an example, the ‘Keeping the Wheels Turning’ white paper produced by the University of Dundee in association with NHS Fife, states why powerpacks significantly reduce pain and health-related difficulties for attendant carers: ‘….shoulder pain for example is over four times as common for carers propelling attendant propelled manual chairs as for those where the user has a powered chair. It is also noticeable that carers propelling manual wheelchairs are very much more likely to report heart, breathing or balance problems than those supporting powered wheelchair users….’

This report also highlights that the Health & Safety Executive advises that a carer should not manually propel an occupant weighing more that 20kg – the average weight of a six-year-old child. Hence the manual propulsion of an adult that typically weighs 80kg, plus the weight of a ‘standard’ 12kg wheelchair, far exceeds safe limits for males and females to push. Within the data, it also confirms that without the use of powered momentum, the number of healthcare professionals complaining of back pain increases by 25%. Coupled with statistics demonstrating that the majority of wheelchair occupants and attendants are aged 40+, the health and mobility benefits of fitting a TGA Wheelchair Powerpack are heightened even further.

In addition to its remarkable higher user weight capacity, the new Powerpack PLUS incorporates several additional pioneering features to enhance both the occupant and attendant’s mobility. These include advanced ‘soft-start’ technology, additional safety features, greater battery range and a service performance indicator.

The Powerpack hardware and software have been re-engineered to ensure powered activation is smooth and gradual, irrespective of how the control lever is operated.

This will now provide a more comfortable and relaxing transfer experience for occupants. The PLUS has a reduced top speed of 3mph so that steering heavier occupants is safe, manageable and strain-free even on cambers. When the Powerpack reverse gear is selected, an automatic restrictor limits power output to 60% so that manoeuvring is hassle free. The new 24v motor and high-grade tyres deliver greater torque for better traction and the 2 x 14ah batteries provide an impressive range of up to 10 miles, even with abariatric occupant. In the unlikely event that maintenance is required, the new integrated service indicator displays the Powerpack’s historic performance so faster repairs can be completed. Each PLUS is supplied with a two-year warranty and when off board charging is required, the battery pack can be quickly removed from the chassis without the need to disconnect complex wiring.

The clinical benefits of the Powerpack for wheelchair attendants have been clearly recognised by numerous leading Occupational Therapists.

Ailsa Reston of RKS, a Private OT Practice in Chester, has already commended the launch of this new 32 stone user capacity model. Ailsa said: “When we have previously prescribed the TGA Powerpack, we have had complete confidence it is the best solution for propelling an attendant wheelchair. It is obvious from a clinical point of view, its design has been carefully considered to ensure unhindered walking as all TGA models fit further underneath wheelchairs than competitors’ versions. It is fantastic to see that this new PLUS will greatly reduce moving and handling risks for carers attending to bariatric clients – a major issue faced by many of my peers in the sector.”

Ailsa continues: “We receive countless visits and enquiries from people with disabilities and their carers who are looking for powered assistance with propelling a wheelchair. With the growing trend towards larger care home residents and private individuals requiring propulsion, the new more powerful TGA model will make a significant difference. As Occupational Therapists, we are fully aware that there are many benefits for people to be able to access the community they live in. The ability to socialise with other people improves their well-being and lifts their mood. This pioneering TGA Powerpack PLUS will enable far more members of society to access these facilities and therefore improve quality of life for countless larger people. I would recommend it to all fellow healthcare professionals, care home managers and carers.”

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concluded:

“The TGA team and I are extremely proud to be launching this new, 24v Wheelchair Powerpack PLUS at Naidex National. We have pro-actively listened, reviewed and understood the needs of both wheelchair users and their carers so that a trusted solution could be introduced to solve bariatric mobility issues. This new product is the culmination of extensive R&D and investment that will now resolve a current challenge healthcare professionals face on a daily basis. The new PLUS will once again further reiterate our engineering prowess and 30-year proven heritage for manufacturing quality products, which deliver mobility with peace of mind. The TGA Powerpack is regularly copied but will never be equaled.”

Eric Cooper, TGA’s Wheelchair Powerpack specialist, will be demonstrating the benefits of the new PLUS version at the Soap Box Seminar Theatre during Naidex National, Day 1, 12-12:20pm.

On-Demand Ridesharing Startup Lyft Adds Insurance Between Rides

This could have interesting implications for people who have retired from driving and need to identify alternative transportation solutions.

Samsung Working With Startup Partners To Add Gesture-Based Smart Home Control To TVs

Environmental control is now becoming a part of the mainstream technology which should drive prices down for what used to be a specialty item.

Independent Living Products

Search words: adaptive techology, independent living

Assistive Devices/Products for Independent Living
Transfer Lifts/devices
Adapted Special Needs Clothing
Products for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Exercise Devices/Equipment
Medical Supplies
Medical Equipment Classifieds
Reading Aids
Toys for Differently Abled Kids
Other Products/Services

Assistive Devices/Products

Ablephone – hands-free phone
Access to Recreation – Independent living products
Achievable Conceptsy – Adapted Recreation and Sporting Equipment offers a wide selection of assistive daily living aids
Adaptive Technologies & Research – The Adapt-A-Grip System
AllegroMedical – Discount Medical Supplies
Bright Start Therapeutics – dedicated to developing better therapeutic solutions for special needs children
Cane Candle – cane/walker accessory
CARE4U – Aids for Daily Living
Comfort House products that make life easier, arthritis and independent living aids
Dining with Dignity – Utensils for the Disabled
Discount Medical Supplies is a physician operated medical equipment and supply company,
Dragonfly Toys – Aids for daily living
Dynamic Living – Solutions for Easier Living
Extensions For Independence – mouthstick devices
Grab Bars – Bathroom Handrails – Bathtub Handles
Independent For Life – e-Store – Walkers, Rollators, Canes and Crutches
LogicMark 30911 Guardian Alert 911 Emergency Contact Base & Pendant
North Coast Medical – Functional Solutions for Independent Living
Parentgiving – Home Care Products
Petite Baubles Boutique – custom medical id alert bracelets for baby’s,kids, teens and adults.
R.D. Equipment, Inc. – Tub Slide Shower Chair, Electric Leg Bag Emptier
Sammons Preston – Products for Personal independence
Seabridge Bathing Walk-in Bathtubs
Technical Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
WestCanProducts – aids to daily living products.

Transfer Lifts/Devices

Accessible Designs, Inc. – anti-slip transfer boards, more
Liko – patient lifts, overhead lift systems
Med-Lift & Mobility – power lift/power recline chairs
MobilityPro – Power Wheelchairs, Scooters, Lift Chairs and Accessories
RAND-SCOT – EasyPivot Transfer Machines
UPlift Seat Assist
Waverley Glen – Patient Lifts, Ceiling Lifts, Lift Slings, Floor Lifts, Safe Patient Handling Products, Mechanical Lifts

Products for Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Advanced Hearing Aid Center
SoundBytes – the hearing enhancement rescource company
Exercise Devices/Equipment

Access to Recreation – cycles, exercisers
Endorphin Corporation – Fitness & Rehabilitation Products
Flexiciser – Fitness for the Mobility Challenged
Therapeutic Alliances Inc
Uppertone Unassisted Muscle Strenghtening System For Quads
Wheelchair Gym – a unique wheelchair accessible hydraulic resistance movement therapy machine
Bed/Comfort Products

Aquila Corp – Wheelchair Cushion Manufacturer
Invacare Standard Products Group
Progressive Medical – Air mattresses, Foam Mattresses, and Miscellaneous products.
Turnsoft® – automatic turning mattress heals “Decubitus”
SenTech Medical Systems, Inc. – Thera-Turn Family Of Products
The EASE – Active Massage Wheelchair Cushion
Hygiene Assistance

Freedom Industries unique line of leg bag release systems
SelfWipe® Bathroom Toilet Aid
Urological/Incontinence Supplies

180 Medical – disposable medical supply company specializing in intermittent catheters
Comforthouse – Incontinence Products
Home Care Delivered – Incontinence Supplies – Incontinence Products Adult Briefs and Incontinence Products
Medical Supplies

A-MED Health Care Center – Medical supplies
AllegroMedical – Discount Medical Supplies
ConvaQuip – Obese and Bariatric Patient Aids
Elite Medical – Crutches, Forearm Crutches, Guardian Crutches, Walk Easy Crutches
ME Medical Shop | Home Medical Supplies and Equipment
Medical Department Store – Portable Concentrators | durable medical equipment | Medical Supplies
Medical Goods, Inc. – Discount Medical Supplies Store
Medical Supplies – Discount Medical Supplies and Equipment at
Medical Equipment
Ocelco Medical Supply | Patient Aid Equipment and Parts – Medical Supplies Online
Portable Oxygen Concentrators – Portable and Home Oxygen Concentrators. Portables are FAA Approved for travel!
Posey Company – health care products
Medical Supplies at
WHYP Inc. – Medical Supplies for Persons With Disabilities
Medical Equipment Classifieds

Medical EquipNet
Project Mend – Medical Equipment Network for the disabled

Fanlight Production – educational healthcare videos
Walk This Way – a film by Chris Sheridan
WHEELCHAIR WORKOUT-with beginning Karate
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program (Seated Version for Wheelchair Use)
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program (Lupus/Sun Sensitive Version)
Wrist/Hand Pain Gentle Exercises
Wrist/Hand Pain Intermediate Exercises
Wrist/Hand Pain Advanced Exercises
RESIST-A-BAND Chair Fitness Video for Seniors and Rehabilitation with Resistance Exercises
Tantric Massage Video
Reading Aids

Artograph Projectors
Mons International, Inc. – magnifiers,visually impaired,low vision,blind
Telesensory – Personal Reading Systems and Computer Magnification Systems for Enlarging Text
The Magnifying Center – Aid for the visually impaired
The Reading Edge – The “Edge” in Reading Technology


Audiobooks Online – Ear Friendly Books
Brookes Publishing
AWE-Struck E-Books – Sci fi, new age, romance, instructional books, software.
Other (alphabetical)

A.D.D. WareHouse – Products for Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities
Alphabet Signs – ADA signs
AOK Medi Rescue Chair – Emergency Stair Chair used for quick and safe evacuation of people in multi-story buildings.
Different Roads to Learning – products for children with developmental delays
Disability Product Postcards – Free product information
Family friendly fun and special needs resources that enhance the quality and fun of family life with special needs.
Handi-Ramp – Provides ramps, lifts and support information to people with disabilities and to meet ADA requirements.
Brush-Away – In-Wall Toilet Brush Cabinet
QuadAntics – QuadAntics: Tees promoting integration w/ Humor – Drug Side Effects Information for Consumers
ShurLok Key Storage Lock Box
The Boulevard – a Disability and Healthcare site
The Mining Company – Deafness/Hard of Hearing
Toys for Special Children & Enabling Devices
Tumble Forms – positioning and mobility equipment.
Umbrella of the Capital District — provides support services for elderly and disabled live safely and independently in their own homes.
Van Duerr Industries – ADA Compliance Products

Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users

Author: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Published: Jul 26, 2010 (Revised: Jul 26, 2010)

Abstract: Seattle, Denver, Chicago Among Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users.

Detail: Seattle, Denver, Chicago Among Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users – Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Rates Cities to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Denver and Chicago are some of America’s Top 20 most livable cities for people living with paralysis, rated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Reeve Foundation commissioned the list in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was passed by Congress on July 26, 1990, to protect against discrimination based on disability.

The Top 20 Most Livable Cities represent several regions of the country and highlight those communities that provide the best combination of health and livability-related factors, which enable a disabled person to live a fuller, longer life. Health factors include clean air, Medicaid eligibility and spending, access to physicians and rehabilitation facilities. Livability factors include access to fitness facilities and recreation, access to paratransit and the percentage of people living with disabilities who are employed. The city’s age and climate are also taken into account. Find out more details at

“Our Top 20 list highlights the great work taking place across the country to help Americans living with paralysis live their lives to the fullest, thanks, in large part to the passage of the ADA,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO. “However, there is still so much more we can do as a nation to improve the quality of life for the tens of millions of Americans living with a disability.”

The cities named are as follows, in ranked order:

1. Seattle, Wash.
2. Albuquerque, N.M.
3. Reno, Nev.
4. Denver, Colo.
5. Portland, Ore.
6. Chicago, Ill.
7. Birmingham, Ala.
8. Winston-Salem, N.C.
9. Orlando, Fla.
10. Lubbock, Texas
11. Miami, Fla.
12. Tampa, Fla.
13. Durham, N.C.
14. Fort Worth, Texas
15. Virginia Beach, Va.
16. Arlington, Texas
17. Baltimore, Md.
18. New Orleans, La.
19. Arlington, Va.
20. Atlanta, Ga.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, visit