|TLG receives new award from the Paralysis Resource Center|
The Paralysis Resource Center announced that Through the Looking Glass was one of 107 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a grant to Support Quality of Life Initiatives. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is administered by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. These grants provide financial support to fellow nonprofits that mirror the PRC’s mission to foster community engagement, enhance independence and promote self-determination and empowerment. Awarded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for organizations that promote the health and well-being for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers. To find out more about the Paralysis Resource Center and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, please go to https://www.christopherreeve.org/living-with-paralysis/about-the-paralysis-resource-center
TLG’s $25,000 award will support babycare adaptation services for parents and parenting grandparents with paralysis. Fifteen families in which parents or parenting grandparents have physical or mobility disabilities, including paralysis, and their babies or toddlers or grandchildren (0-3) will be served by this project. Babycare adaptations have a significant impact on parents’ roles, infant/parent relationships, and on the custody situations of parents with physical disabilities. TLG occupational therapists will, during home visits, assess needs, provide babycare adaptive equipment, facilitate use of the equipment and the learning of adaptive babycare techniques, and follow-up on needed solutions through time. All care activities and play will be addressed through appropriate items identified on the market, adapting or customizing products, or through adaptive techniques. Babycare equipment will include adapted cribs, walkers with babyseats, lifting harnesses, baby seats that attach to wheel-chairs, dual seat belts and wheelchair steps for young children, adapted diapering and bathing surfaces, adapted infant carriers and breastfeeding pillows, etc. Adaptive parenting techniques include one-handed care and facilitating cooperation in the young child during care. The unique babycare equipment and techniques and assessment tools to guide provision of the adaptations have been developed and field-tested by TLG during the past 25 years. Depression screeners and ASQ developmental screeners are included and appropriate referrals made. TLG’s Baby Care Assessment for Parents with Physical Limitations or Disabilities (BCA), which includes an initial Self-Assessment by the parent, will provide a framework for the services. Funding for the project will allow expansion of these services to additional families in TLG’s current service area and expansion of services to a new SF Bay Area county. The project will include mentoring of a new TLG occupational therapist, helping with expansion of the Bay Area services. The process of providing the services is expected to lead to the identification of additional helpful equipment on the market and the development of new adaptive solutions. TLG’s internal process of training OTs regarding babycare adaptations will be documented, as part of a program description of TLG's babycare adaptation services, in order to facilitate replication. TLG will disseminate information about these new resources and information through national and international training, consultation and publication by its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families, funded by NIDILRR, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grant funds will help to support new equipment and training of a new OT for program that will teach baby care techniques to families.