STARability Florida Adult Training Program

Grants 2024

Grants Awarded April 2024

Golisano Foundation - IDD

Kelberman Center, Inc.
$60,000 to support the Empowering Pathways Project which provides a Family Navigator to those awaiting neurodevelopmental diagnostic evaluations ensuring timely and personalized support, community inclusion, and connectivity to Autism / IDD early intervention and specialized services within the Syracuse area.

Corn Hill Waterfront & Navigation
$34,000 over two years towards a two-year comprehensive, sustainable inclusion strategy that creates inclusive programming and outreach for individuals with IDD within Rochester and the surrounding areas.

Rochester City Ballet
$26,000 over two years to support year-round accessible and inclusive dance performances, including sensory-friendly main stage performances and community performances for children and adults with IDD.

Cobblestone Arts Center
$25,000 to support the Celebrating Arts Outreach Project that allows individuals with IDD in Waterloo, NY to attend DayHab Without Walls in their community.

Directions in Independent Living
$20,000 to support reliable, accessible transportation for individuals with IDD living in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties to access medical appointments and recreational outings.

$20,000 towards a collaborative effort between local agencies and stakeholders to conduct a community wide housing analysis identifying available needs, barriers, and housing options for those with IDD / Autism living in Monroe County and the surrounding area.

Rochester Rookies
$12,000 to support the 2024 season of wheelchair and ambulatory track and field sports programs for youth and young adults with IDD.

Redhouse Arts Center
$8,000 to support the 2024 drama workshop and main stage theatre production of “Truck Everlasting” produced in collaboration with the Arc of Onondaga.

Family Initiative
$250,000 to renovate two buildings on the Thrive Academy campus by dividing classrooms into smaller rooms to accommodate students with ASD, adding sensory rooms, upgrading electrical network, plumbing, and enhancing hurricane safety features.

Epilepsy Alliance Florida
$54,000 to hire a Children’s Case Manager / Educator to help parents, caregivers, and school staff address the specific needs of children with epilepsy and IDD in Collier and Lee counties. 

University of Florida Foundation
$50,000 to support the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry expand the Oral Health Promotion Center and Specialized Operatory room services for individuals with ASD in the growing Collier County.

Alzheimer’s Association Florida
$50,000 to support the Program Manager and Project Lead (subject matter expert) positions in SWFL’s Region 9 educating individuals with IDD and their caregivers on Alzheimer's disease.

Goodwill Industries of SWFL
$45,000 to formalize the Disability Navigation Services program that empowers families facing disability diagnoses by guiding them through the process of applying for funding, accessing community supports, and ensuring timely access to resources. 

Suncoast Stars Community
$20,000 to hire a part-time Program Manager with Special Education certification to expand Suncoast Stars Community’s Day program and increase enrollment for individuals with IDD.

Sertoma Kids
$20,000 to hire a SLP certified in PROMPT speech-language therapy treatment and expand service offerings by implementing two social groups (youth with ASD and a mommy-toddler group) increasing Sertoma Kids’ caseload.

Grants Awarded January 2024

Golisano Foundation - IDD

Medical Motors Services
$100,000 to maintain and expand transportation services for the Rochester area by certifying drivers, replacing vehicles nearing end-of-life, and upgrading technology.

$75,000 to support the development of CCAT which will offer innovative education, health opportunities, digital media, VR technology, and performing arts for individuals with IDD in the community.

Arc of Allegany Steuben
$50,000 for the expansion of Stitched INK, a social enterprise to hire additional employees and replace outdated equipment to meet demand and accommodate expansion.

Mary Cariola Children’s Center
$15,000 to conduct preschool evaluations to identify academic, cognitive, or social-emotional delays and create Individualized Education Programs to support students as they begin school.

Rock Autism, Inc.
$12,000 to provide individuals with autism educational and vocational programs in music, filmmaking, and theatre as well as paid internships and job opportunities.

Danceability, Inc.
$10,000 to support individualized dance, fitness, and movement programs for those with IDD.

Momentum Choir, Inc.
$6,000 to provide enhanced learning, skill development, and artistic expression through music for adults (18+) with IDD.

GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Myers
$75,000 to begin the Amina Grace 1-1 Speech & Language Program to serve 60 individuals with Down Syndrome.

Guardian Angels for Special Populations
$30,000 to collaborate with community partners in renovating Lake Kennedy Park to be accessible and inclusive for 100+ individuals attending Special Populations Center and community members of Lee County.

Protected Harbor, Inc.
$30,000 to hire two, part-time direct service staff to expand the new Day Services and Respite program from 8 to 30 residents with IDD living in Lee County.

Freedom Waters Foundation
$20,000 to collaborate with healthcare facilities and local agencies in Lee and Collier counties to offer therapeutic boating and sailing experiences for 1,000 individuals with IDD.

Face Autism
$10,000 to support the Dynasty Stars ballroom dance program designed for individuals with IDD to develop relationships, learn interpersonal skills, and increase independence through musical movement and dance.

Adventure For All
$5,000 to support the Gravel & Giving program that empowers individuals with IDD to challenge societal perceptions and discover their potential through competitive gravel bike training and racing.

Updated May 2024