Paul’s Pals Announces 2018 Grantees

November 7, 2018

The Autism Society of Minnesota is dedicated to the care and development of those with autism through
education, advocacy, and support. The Paul Adelman Technology & Learning Center will have technology
and infrastructure allowing AUSM to offer distance-learning options that are interactive and web-based,
reaching more than 500 users statewide.

The Courage Kenny Foundation presented the first annual Adaptive Sports Discovery Expo in partnership
with Paul’s Pals and the University of Minnesota. This was the first event of its kind with over 600 guests
and 40 vendors. Guests were able to learn more about the adaptive sports opportunities in the community in
one place. For highlights from this year’s event, click here.

The Mount Olivet Rolling Acres Discover Summer Day Camp provides children with Autism Spectrum
Disorder and Asperger’s with therapeutic and recreational activities each summer. This camp supports
around 12 youth with disabilities each week. Additional accessible equipment, including a sensory area,
calming area, and large group play space, will provide diverse opportunities for children and a strategic tool
during behavioral challenges.

PACER Center‘s Paul Adelman Assistive Technology Collection consists of cutting-edge hearing, speech
and learning tools for home and school. PACER Center will bring assistive technology into the 21st
century and beyond with the Innovation Lab, a cutting-edge lab providing parents, professionals, and
children with disabilities the opportunity to communicate, learn, and increase their knowledge of assistive
technology offering life-changing benefits.

The People for Parks Nature Ninja Adventure Play at North Mississippi Regional Park currently serves
over 326,000 guests annually. By updating the current play elements to increase accessibility, People for
Parks will allow children with disabilities to better connect with nature at the first accessible nature play
space in Minnesota.

True Friends seeks to provide experiences for children with disabilities to enhance independence and self
esteem. The organization’s four camps served over 2,600 children with disabilities in 2017. With the addition
of new bikes, each of the organization’s four camps will be able to better serve the needs of its over 5,000
camp participants annually with various disabilities.

We Can Ride‘s programs provide children with disabilities equine-assisted activities (EAA) that provide the
strength and skills to be independent and improve the quality of life. The addition of a mounting lift, footing
for the lift, ADA sidewalk and approach areas as well as waiting areas for clients and families will ensure the
organization’s new arena is fully accessible, allowing them to double the clients reached per week.

Young Dance transforms lives through movement and engages youth in life-long learning through creative
expression. By adding additional assistive equipment, the organization can better support an inclusive
creative process, empower dancers living with disabilities and raise disability awareness through classes
and performances. Young Dance will be able to impact 500 additional individuals annually.