In the second quarter of 2016, the Coleman Foundation approved grants totaling $637,500 to non-profit organizations in support of its human services programs. These grants advance strategies articulated in the Foundation's Impact Plans. Among those receiving grants in this program area are:
$200,000 – Teaching Together Chicago Prototype
Three agencies - Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Helping Hand Center, and El Valor will develop a prototype for the “Teaching Together” program in Chicago. Through this collaboration, three agencies and several local schools will partner in creating a program to train, prepare and place individuals with developmental disabilities to work as teacher's aides in the school classroom. Teaching Together Chicago will be modeled after a successful program currently running at a school in Washington, DC.
$45,000 – Adapted Outdoor Physical Recreation Area
This grant is to support the creation of an outdoor physical recreation area so that 140 participants in the organization's programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can participate in activities leading to physical and behavioral improvements.
Have Dreams, IL
$125,000 – Have Dreams Academy
This award will continue the Have Dreams Academy workforce development program that trains adults with autism to work in light-manufacturing industries and to pilot the Academy for Adults with High Functioning Autism which will assist individuals with Aspergers Syndrome in obtaining employment.
$151,000 – Discovering Choice - Helping Hand Center
This grant is to support the renovation of an agency-owned space to accommodate the launch of a program which will enable up to 50 individuals, many with profound/severe cognitive impairments, to experience community-based opportunities of their choosing.
$116,500 – Quality of Life Training Project
This grant is to create a staff development training initiative involving PACTT and several collaborating organizations to train over 150 individuals to assess quality of life of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to implement person-centered program plans through utilization of a national standard approach.