Earlier this year, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) awarded the Reeve Foundation a three-year grant to continue its support of the National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). Since its founding in 2002, the Paralysis Resource Center has helped hundreds of thousands of people access information, receive direct mentoring and support, and participate in grant-funded programs that improve quality of life. It is the only program of its kind in the country that directly serves individuals living with spinal cord injury, MS, ALS, stroke, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and other forms of paralysis.
In addition, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently voted to increase funding for the national PRC by $1 million, to a total of $7.7 million for the next year of the three-year grant. The committee noted that the PRC “has long provided essential, comprehensive information, and referral services that promote independence and quality of life for the 5,400,000 people living with paralysis and their families.” This is extremely welcome news, as the President’s proposed budget recommended eliminating the PRC. The Senate is expected to finalize and vote on the bill next week.
Unfortunately, the House's version of the bill does NOT include the $1 million increase. Please contact your representative today and urge them to increase funding for the PRC! Simply enter your information to the right to get started. We strongly urge you to personalize your letter with information on how the PRC and its programs have helped you and your family. Legislators want to hear from you and understand your unique story as someone impacted by paralysis. It will take only a few minutes, but the impact is huge.
These funds will enable the PRC to extend the reach of its programs and services and help more families navigate the immediate realities and long-term challenges of paralysis. There is more work to be done, more people to help, and this increase in funds will power the PRC to have a deeper and greater impact across the paralysis community nationwide.
Your voice matters. Act now to protect the PRC!