Ability Central & WITH Foundation award grants to foster Supported Decision-making for AAC users

February 5th, 2020

Ability Central Philanthropy is pleased to announce that more than $478,000 will be awarded to five organizations as a result of their joint RFP.

 

Ability Central Philanthropy, WITH Foundation, theAmerican Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) are pleased to announce that more than $478,000 will be awarded to five organizations as a result of their joint RFP.

These grants will fund programs focused on the development of resources, programmatic models, and/or advocacy related to Supported Decision-Making (SDM) for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

“Ability Central believes the ability to communicate is both a basic human right and the means by which all other rights are realized. SDM is the area of overlap of our foundations’ missions: access to health care (WITH) and access to communication & information (Ability Central). We are excited about the proposed resources, collaboration and advocacy efforts and look forward to seeing their impact,” said James Gilroy, Chairman of the Board of Ability Central.

“These projects will not only benefit adults with I/DD who use AAC, but the projects are led by or have meaningful involvement from individuals with lived experience of AAC use. The work that these organizations are doing to make SDM available for all adults with I/DD is vital." said Ryan Easterly, Executive Director of the WITH Foundation.

The following California projects were selected and will receive funding from Ability Central:

Disability Voices United: Supported Decision-Making California Advocacy Project ($87,700)

University of California, San Francisco's Office of Developmental Primary Care: Implementing Supported Health Care Decision-Making for People who Use AAC to Communicate ($100,000)

For full list of awardees nationwide and descriptions of their projects, please refer to the official press release on the WITH Foundation News webpage.

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