The Independence Center (The IC) has earned a grant from the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) to create new programs for people with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). The grant, worth$20,000, will be used towards new support groups, activities, and supplying people with adaptive equipment necessary for their independence. Teri Ulrich, Director of Development at The Independence Center said, “The Independence Center wants to directly impact those who are newly living with a Spinal Cord Injury.” This amazing grant allows this dream to become a reality.

Support groups are led by Tim Ashley and Paul Spotts, who work at The IC, and also have spinal cord injuries. They have started the new groups to provide an opportunity for people with spinal cord injuries to engage in fellowship with one another. Additionally, the activities being offered bring these people out into the community to participate in things like skiing, basketball, cycling, horseback riding, bowling, movies, dancing, and so much more.

By reaching out to physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities in Colorado Springs and Denver, The IC hopes to bring many new people with spinal cord injuries to participate in these incredible new opportunities. No matter what services people with SCI’s want to use, The IC is here for them. The fellowship, adaptive technology, and engaging activities are just the catalyst for people with disabilities to build community.