WPC Receives Grant from Reeve Foundation for Fallingwater Handicapped Access

Fri, May 15th 2009, 15:44. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – May 15, 2009 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) received a $7,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to improve handicapped accessibility at Fallingwater. The Conservancy is one of 145 recipients to receive grants from the Reeve Foundation this year.

The Conservancy will use the awarded funds to construct an accessible entrance ramp to the Visitor’s Pavilion at Fallingwater. The project is part of a comprehensive overhaul of the parking lots and interior roadways at Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork located in Mill Run, Pa.

“We are grateful to the Reeve Foundation for this award, which will help to make an icon of modern architecture more accessible to individuals living with disabilities,” said Lynda Waggoner, vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and director of Fallingwater.

“Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the Quality of Life grants have helped nonprofits throughout the world improve the lives of people living with paralysis,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. “The program also provides assistance for family members and caregivers, offering services such as counseling, support groups and educational conferences.”

The Quality of Life grants are awarded in 3 categories; Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers and Caring and Coping. Each category is designed to promote active and fulfilling lives for those living with spinal cord injuries and other paralysis causing conditions. Individuals are encouraged to participate in sports, train for a job, operate specially-adapted computer technology, modify homes for wheelchair accessibility, access public transportation, participate in the arts, proactively maintain their health, and much more.

Since inception of the Quality of Life grants program in 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than 1,500 grants, totaling nearly $12 million. Some grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recipients of these include nonprofits that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases and birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral scleroses (ALS).

“Ten years have passed since Dana Reeve created the Quality of Life program,” said Peter Wilderotter. “It is our hope that, in the years to come, we can continue to support programs that enable children and adults living with and affected by paralysis and their families the full range of activities that many of us take for granted.”


About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC was responsible for the founding of six state parks and has conserved nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 8,300 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,300 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

Media contact:
Stephanie Kraynick
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2358


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