STARability Florida Adult Training Program

Grants 2022

Grants Awarded October 2022

Abilities Movement
$15,000 towards program expansion to improve health/fitness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through adapted fitness and sports, personal training, community-based group fitness classes, and outdoor programing.

Arc of Monroe
$300,000 towards the Aging with Grace, Aging in Place Initiative to construct two fully accessible ranch homes for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by the Arc of Monroe.

Best Buddies
$250,000 ($150,000 for year 1, $100,000 for year 2) to be used towards the Pre-Employment Training Program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Western New York and Southwest Florida.

Gliding Stars
$20,000 towards the Adaptive Ice-Skating program for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Buffalo and Rochester, NY.

$5,000 towards the KEYS Music Therapy Outreach program for children with disabilities to enhance and improve their quality of life through the joy of music.

Rochester City Ballet
$4,000 towards the production of the 2022 Nutcracker performance making it more inclusive and accessible for children with disabilities.

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center
$15,000 to support the DATA program for young adults with autism spectrum disorder, an art and technology education program teaching media art and social skills to further life and career goals.

WXXI Public Broadcasting
$1,650,000 ($330,000/yr. for 5 years) to support the continuation and expansion of the Move to Include (MTI) multi-media initiative to other stations across the country to increase engagement and impact on issues, experiences, and perspectives of the disability community.

Grants Awarded July 2022

Bivona Child Advocacy Center
$180,000 ($60,000 a year for 3 years) towards the collaboration with the Monique Burr Foundation and educators from Monroe 1 BOCES, to transform the current Monique Burr Foundation school-based abuse prevention program for students with IDD.

$20,000 towards a two-week overnight camping experience at Camp Babcock-Hovey on Seneca lake during August 2022, for 100 children between the ages of 8-16 years old who have physical and or developmental disabilities.

Center for Disability Rights
$2,500 towards the 2022 “Accessible Trunk or Treat” Halloween event located at Frontier Field for children with IDD and their families.

David’s Refuge
$15,000 towards overnight respite, resources, and support connections for parents and guardians of children living with IDD.

Edith B. Ford Memorial Library
$5,000 towards creating a Lending Library, Sensory Friendly Fridays and Sensory Friendly programs that create an sensory friendly environment and access to tools for library patrons with autism and/or IDD.

GiGi’s Playhouse in Buffalo
$40,000 to expand the Amina Grace Speech and Language program that teaches effective speech, language, and communication skills to individuals of all ages with Down Syndrome.

Homesteads for Hope, Inc.
$80,000 ($50,000 for year 1, $30,000 for year2) to be used towards a Farm Project Manager position that will promote and coordinate programs, memberships, social events, and farm projects for the inclusive community including those with IDD.

Inclusion in Motion
$19,000 towards the construction of the MJ pavilion to include fully accessible bathrooms and a motorized wheelchair charging stations at the inclusive playground located in Canandaigua, NY.

Protected Harbor

$40,000 towards the expansion of case management services to help adults in Collier County, Florida with IDD advocate for themselves, develop goals towards independence, and access community-based vocational, residential, recreational, and social service providers.

Rochester Hearing and Speech Center
$20,000 to support a collaborative between Nazareth College and Monroe County Early Intervention Program which will provide monthly play date sessions incorporating parent training and education seminars for children waiting for services on the Early Intervention Capacity List.

Grants Awarded April 2022

$200,000 to implement and integrate Netsmart software agency wide. Netsmart is a comprehensive electronic health record system that will be used across all four counties to better serve 2,000+ people with I/DD in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.

Arc of Ontario County
$35,000 to Ontario Arc Bottling social enterprise for required upgrades to meet current OPWDD & OSHA standards to become an integrated work setting for people with I/DD.

$10,000 for training of two AutismUP staff members to become Master Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trainers to provide staff, community members and families with the training and tools needed to better support people with significant behavior challenges and increase inclusion in AutismUp programs.

Camp Abilities 2022
$18,000 to support the 2022 summer camp for youth who are blind or visually impaired; teaches sport as well as strategies for wellness and self-advocacy.

Community Services for Every1, Inc.
$60,000 to expand Easy Eats for Every1, a culinary arts education program designed to help people with I/DD to realize personal outcomes for employment, inclusion and wellbeing.

Florida Gulf Coast University
$1,000,000 towards the CAN Program (Community Autism Network) to develop model programs and build community capacity through interdisciplinary research, training, and service collaboration facilitating inclusion, self-efficacy, and wellness across the lifespan for individuals with autism.

$15,000 to support the Green Visions program which provides workforce development training, and work experience for at-risk youth and youth with I/DD.

Goodwill of Southwest Florida
$6,000 to launch a 12-week, pilot Microenterprise training course for participants in the Pathways to Opportunity Program to learn fundamental business and entrepreneurial concepts through the creation of Dog House Treats Microenterprise.

Rochester Accessible Adventures
$50,000 for Be Inclusive Phase 2; expansion of RAA to prepare recreation businesses in the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes and WNY regions to fully include people with I/DD.

$36,000 to expand SABAH's Outdoor Series Program that offers nature hikes, snowshoeing, beach walks and birding in 10 regional New York State Parks for 800+ individuals with I/DD annually in WNY.

Redhouse Arts Center
$5,000 for the 2022 theater production of "Now. Here. This." with Arc of Onondaga as an inclusive, engaging, educational experience for all that attend.

Rochester City Ballet
$4,000 for sensory friendly ballet performance for children and adults with autism, sensory sensitivities, I/DD, or other individualized needs and their families and/or caregivers.

Rochester Rookies at CDR
$10,000 to support Rochester Rookies; wheelchair and ambulatory track and field sports program for youth and young adults.


Bailey and Friends Grants Awarded April 2022

Rochester Hope for Pets
$2,500 to be used towards the cost-share program, Spay it Forward, that provides financial assistance to reduce the overall cost of owned cat and dog spay/neuter surgeries through the Rochester Community Animal Clinic.

Mr. Grey’s Strays, Inc.
$4,000 to purchase a custom, CDE Animal Cage that will provide safe and secure temporary housing for kittens, cats, pregnant cats and their litters, while they receive medical care and prepare for adoption.

Keller’s Kats Rescue, Inc.
$3,000 to be used towards the general and specialized medical care for the unexpected intake of kittens and cats rescued from a local house fire.

SNIP Collier, Inc.
$12,000 to be used towards spay/neuter surgeries within the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program for kittens and cats in Southwest, FL.

QT Kittens, Inc.
$2,500 to purchase medical equipment, diagnostic tests, and vaccines to care for pregnant cats, kittens, and special needs cats in Southwest, FL.

Grants Awarded January 2022

Alzheimer’s Association
$500,000 to support the Alzheimer's Association IDD Health Initiative - Phase 2 - (Rochester/FL, WNY & SWFL) Train the Trainer Program which trains staff on best practices for caring for people with IDD, who commonly are older and who also have dementia.

Directions in Independent Living, Inc.
$20,000 towards the Transportation Program expansion that provides increased access to independent living by providing clients with IDD transportation in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties to appointments, social activates, employment and other tasks as requested.

Friends of Bristol Valley Playhouse Foundation
$3,000 to support the Bristol Valley Theater as it expands its repertoire, artist opportunities, and audience base to include persons with IDD through the professional production of Amy and the Orphans in Summer 2022.

Mary Cariola Children’s Center
$100,000 for renovations, equipment and upgrades needed to create a school that will meet the needs of all Mary Cariola "High School" students, ages 15 to 21, with multiple complex disabilities.

WNY Home of My Own
$65,000 for the Home of My Own Wellness Project that will create and equip common space in the 24-unit apartment community in East Aurora with areas to socialize, cook, take classes and exercise while enhancing the wellbeing and quality of life of residents with IDD.

Bailey and Friends

Pet Pride of NY
$20,000 to outfit the in-house surgical suite with the necessary equipment to provide spay/neuter services and medical care to kittens and cats. The suite will include a surgery, preparation, and recovery room.

Janine The Bean Rescue, Inc. 
$3,000 for the TNVR Program (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Return) to support the costs of spay and neuter procedures, vaccines, supplies, and food for the general care of feral cat colonies in the Northeast Area of the City of Rochester.