Paul’s Pals Announces 2017 Grantees

May 20, 2017

Paul’s Pals is excited to announce their 2017 Grantees! Each year, the organization funds projects that improve access, foster learning, and promote inclusion for children with disabilities. This year, Paul’s Pals will allocate a pool of $245,000 to be shared by six different Twin Cities-based organizations.

The 2017 grantees include:

Autism Society of Minnesota
The Autism Society’s Paul Adelman Technology & Learning Center will use their grant to bring affordable and accessible services to underserved and at-risk communities, reaching over 500 users across the state. The Center will continue to offer statewide, distance learning and engagement to support the care and development of youth with autism.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
The Paul’s Pals grant will enable the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute to purchase adaptive sports and recreation equipment. The Institute will buy new sport chairs and rock climbing equipment that will revamp the adaptive sports program, including wheelchair basketball, softball, tennis and power soccer, ensuring over 200 youth with disabilities have access to quality equipment, reducing the barriers for fun and fitness.

Golden Valley Parks & Recreation
In partnership with GameTime, Three Rivers Park District and Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground, Golden Valley Parks & Recreation will use Paul’s Pals funding to build Schaper Park Inclusive Playground, the first fully-accessible playground in Golden Valley.

Wilderness Inquiry
Wilderness Inquiry’s Paddling Beyond Boundaries program connects children and families with disabilities to rewarding and challenging outdoor experiences. The organization will expand this program with the addition of three adaptive sea kayaks, made possible by the Paul’s Pals funding. Over 2200 children with disabilities alongside their peers can enjoy the opportunity of outdoor recreation.

PACER Center
Using their Paul’s Pals grant, PACER Center will create a cutting-edge Innovation Lab to provide parents, professionals and children with disabilities the opportunity to communicate, learn and increase their knowledge of assistive technology offering life-changing benefits — greater independence, enhancements to learning and increased opportunities for employment.

Upstream Arts
Upstream Arts will use their Paul’s Pals funding to create mobile kits, which will include assistive technology and adaptive art supplies for use with interactive arts experiences. These experiences provide access to more than 2,000 children with disabilities to expand their communication skills, peer relationships, and self-esteem through artistic expression.