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Access:Ability January 2024 Newsletter

The January 2024 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Ability Central Philanthropy

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Ability Central Awards Grants to 12 Organizations Working with Disability Communities

$1 million awarded for healthcare training, leadership and career development, and digital access initiatives.

Oakland, California – January 9, 2024 – Ability Central has awarded more than $1 million to 12 nonprofit organizations in California working to expand communication access for Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Recipient organizations offer a diverse array of support and services to these communities. The funding priorities for this grant cycle focus on healthcare training, leadership and career development for people with disabilities within nonprofit organizations, and digital accessibility initiatives.

Eleven of the grants awarded were given to empower organizations to develop or expand their own projects and internal practices. In the 2024 cycle, Ability Central is also committing $100,000 to a joint digital accessibility project with the Institute for Exceptional Care (IEC). IEC is a national nonprofit organization working with coalitions of clinical organizations and healthcare providers to improve patient health and access for people who are disabled. Ability Central will work with IEC to develop online education solutions that empower healthcare professionals to create accessible, inclusive environments in their practice or organization. 

“Thanks to our most successful grant cycle ever, we are not only supporting organizations dedicated to helping individuals who are Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent,  but we’re working with our community to ensure that each grant we make brings us closer to a more inclusive and supportive society,” says Matt Cherry, director of philanthropy at Ability Central. 

Visit our newsroom for a list of the 2024 grant recipients! 

Resource Round-up

Seven Tips to Recognize and Prevent a Stroke

A middle aged Black man in an orange button down shirt sits alone on his couch at home, holding his head in pain in the onset of a stroke

While stroke is the second-leading cause of death around the world, about 80% of strokes are preventable. In this article, we’ll address the types, causes, risk factors, and prevention of strokes.

Read more on the Ability Central Portal.

Auditory Processing Disorder or Hearing Loss? Seven Quick Facts You Should Know

In a college computer lab, a frustrated student in a white tee shirt strains to drown out other people's conversation and focus on his assignment

Auditory processing disorder (APD) affects the way a person’s brain interprets speech, regardless of what they hear. This article addresses the causes, types, and day-to-day challenges of living with APD.

Read more on the Ability Central Portal.

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