HEAL FoundationGrants Awarded in 2016

SPRING GRANTS

ACCEPTS
Awarded $5,500

Facilitated Communication Skill Building Workshop
The Facilitated Communication Skill Building Workshop will train proficient facilitators in leadership to become coaches in FC. The seminar will help non verbal or verbally limited individuals to communicate through typing with a goal of independence.  Facilitated communication has been a ground breaking blessing to many non verbal individuals, giving them a voice.

Beaches Speech Therapy
Awarded $1,500

LEAP Summer Camp Programs
LEAP is an 8 week summer camp program with an emphasis on language enrichment, social skills, and play. This camp will include different forms of augmentative communication including iPads and apps.

Catholic Charities
Awarded $2,186.71

Camp I am Special
Provides persons with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities life enriching experiences that promote health and well being and help the campers gain independence and grow personally. The camp offers 7- week long, overnight summer camps.  Last summer, 109 of the 238 Campers had a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum.

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Awarded $2,000

Camp Cummer Scholarships
Camp Cummer is a week-long summer camp taught by full-time Museum Educators whose work is supported whose work is supported by the time and talent of dozensf of volunteers. Camp Cummer is a fun summer camp that offers fun, adventurous ways for children to grow by discovering art and person Expression. The Cummer will have six one-week programs for grades 1 through 6. These campers will print, draw, paint, create with clay, and learn new ways to think and talk about art in the galleries and gardens. The Cummer will also offer a one-week session grades 6 through 9. These campers will learn the skills of printmaking, drawing, painting, and clay techniques while being inspired by masterworks in the galleries and the histories gardens. All the children will also spend time exploring Art Connections.

Duval School District
Awarded $8,484

iHEAL
iPads were given to ESE and CSS classrooms to enhance the learning experience. Abess Park Elementary-Greenfield Elementary-Kernan Middle School-Mayport Elementary-Mt Herman Exceptional School Sabal Palm Elementary-Southside Estates Elementary

Flip Dog Yoga
Awarded $1,360

Special Needs Awareness Yoga Program
The goal is to spread the word that yoga can be enjoyed and should be part of the therapy equation for every person with disabilities. The grant funds will be used to offset the cost to participants. These classes will be offered at no cost with a onetime $10 registration fee.

Great Strides Rehabilitation
Awarded: $1,000

Great Strides was the top fundraiser at The HEAL Zoo Walk and received a $1,000 grant to use at their discretion?).  Great Strides hosts a Comprehensive Autism Center and School serving Northeast Florida families affected by Autism and related disabilities.

Great Strides Rehabilitation
Awarded: $1,000

Great Strides was the top fundraiser at The HEAL Zoo Walk and received a $1,000 grant to use at their discretion?).  Great Strides hosts a Comprehensive Autism Center and School serving Northeast Florida families affected by Autism and related disabilities.

Haven Horse Ranch, Inc.
Awarded: $2,000

Equine Therapy
The primary mission of Haven Horse Ranch is to assist each child with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses. It is a licensed Spirit Horse Therapeutic Riding Center providing Free Equine Assisted Therapy. It's the only facility in NE Florida providing full time, free, therapy, 6 days per week for those with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, Learning disabilities, Developmental Delays, and at risk and abused youth.

Henderson Haven
Awarded: $5,000

Camp Possible 2016
Camp Possible 2016 will provide learning in a fun environment while promoting age-appropriate social skills. Each week Camp Possible will have a different theme, which will relate to an area of living an independent life, such as safety and/or health. Camp Possible will have volunteers and community resources to enhance the experience for each camper.

Hope Therapy
Awarded: $2,500

Scholarship for Hope
The grant will he used to help alleviate costs for occupational therapy, physical therapy, and therapeutic riding to children and adults diagnosed with autism utilizing the help of a horse. This form of therapy is called hippotherapy and research has shown to improve the quality of individuals with Autism.

HUG/Help Us Golf
Awarded: $1,500

The goal of HUG Juniors Golf Camp is to focus on teaching the game of golf to the juniors within the Autism Spectrum. The HUG program will be hosted at several Jacksonville area golf courses and include physical fitness, history/rules, environmental stewardship and fundamentals of the golf swing. Grant will be used to offset the cost of the program.

Jacksonville Miracle League
Awarded: $2,500

Uniforms and Equipment
Jacksonville Miracle League provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. A “buddy” system is used pairing players with an able-bodied peer. The buddy helps the players with batting, rounding the bases, and fielding. Monies will be used for the purchase of new uniforms and equipment.

Jacksonville School for Autism
Awarded: $5,750

Summer Enrichment Programs
The grant will be used to help support the school’s summer enrichment program, which includes piano/music, karate and yoga. Remarkably, many Autistic children have been found to have extraordinary musical and artistic talents .Other experiences include trips to the zoo, surfing lessons, dolphin experience and other community field trips.

Jacksonville School for Autism also received a $750 grant for their fundraising efforts at the HEAL Zoo Walk.

Little Star Center
Awarded $4,650

Field Trips and "In House" Trips and 5 iPads
Little Star Center serves as both a school and Behavioral Therapy Center.  The school is offering a Summer School Program which incorporates an intense ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) but with some fun. The grant will be used to help fund some of the summer outings. These include Riverboat Cruise, Trolley Tour, Hands on Museum and more. Five iPads were given to enhance the learning experience of the students.

North Florida School of Special Education
Awarded: $3,000

Flora, Fauna, Fitness Summer Camp
The school will be providing weekly summer camp in the month of July. The first week is for campers 8-11 years old and the remaining 12-22 years of age, many on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The grant will be used to offset the costs associated with the program.

Occuplay
Awarded: $1,500

Leap Summer Camp
LEAP is a summer camp with emphasis on Language Enrichment, social skills, and play. Each of the 8 weeks will focus on a different themed activities will emphasize social engagement and interaction, language based activities, opportunities for movement through yoga and sensory play, gross and fine motor coordination, arts/crafts, music and dance. Grant will be used to offset the costs.

Reach Academy
Awarded: $404

iPad was given to enhance the learning experience of students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

Redeemer Church
Awarded $3,000

Special Nation Summer VBS/Summer Camp
Redeemer Church offers a Vacation Bible School June 13-17 to special needs children in the Jacksonville area. This unique camp presumes competence and encourages participation. The grant will be used to staff the camp with skilled workers with experience in autism/special needs. Funds will be used to have trained individuals help with the inclusion aspect of this unique camp.

Ridgeview High School
Awarded: $1,800.93

Specially Designed P.E.
The Specially Designed P.E. program at Ridgeview High School provides students with disabilities, both intellectual and physical, the opportunity to experience all aspects of a comprehensive PE program. The funds will be used to purchase single rider adult tricycles to be used to ride around the track during P.E.

Ponte Vedra/ Palm Valley Rawlings Elementary School
Awarded $250

Ponte Vedra/Palm Valley Elementary received a $250 grant for being the 4th place school fundraising team at The HEAL Zoo Walk.  PV PV Rawlings plans to purchase mini-trampolines and iPad cases with their funds.

Sabal Palms Elementary
Awarded:  $1,200

Sensory Room
The grant will be used to purchase sensory items to create a centralized sensory room that can be utilized by all Communication and Social Skills programs (CSS) at Sabal Palms Elementary School.

St Johns School District
Awarded:  $808

iHEAL Grant
Ipads were given to ESE classrooms at Ponte Vedra High School and Bartram Springs Elementary school to enhance the learning experience.

FALL GRANTS

ACCEPTS
Awarded $5,000

Facilitated Communication Skill Building Workshop
The Facilitated Communication Skill Building Workshop will offer introductory training for parents and teachers who are new to FC. The seminar will help non verbal or verbally limited individuals to communicate through typing with a goal of independence.

BASCA Inc.
Awarded:  $2,500

BASCA Creations
BASCA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with development and intellectual disabilities in Northeast Florida. They have recently purchased a 24,000 foot complex that will allow them to increase their services 200%.

Catholic Charities Bureau
Awarded $2,045

Camp I am Special
Camp I am Special offers weeklong, overnight camp sessions with activities that are modified to meet the needs of the campers.  The funds will be used to purchase a special bike for campers with balance needs.

Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens
Awarded:  $5,000

2017 VSA Festival
The VSA Festival provides unique museum-based, hands on opportunities for more than 2,200 children, teachers and families over a four day period. Public students from the surrounding five county Exceptional Education Student Services program rotate through eight art stops in the in the Museum's galleries and gardens to create art, view The Cummer's collection, listen to live musicians and storytellers, and learn about art appreciation.  The Grant will be used to help fund this May 3-6, 2017 event.

Flip Dog Yoga
Awarded $2,500

Special Needs Awareness Yoga Program
The goal is to spread the word that yoga can be enjoyed and should be part of the therapy equation for every person with disabilities. The grant funds will be used to offset the cost to participants. These are 6 week classes .

Haven Horse Ranch, Inc.
Awarded:  $2,500

Equine Therapy
Primary mission of Haven Horse Ranch: "to assist each child with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses." A licensed Spirit Horse Therapeutic Riding Center providing Free Equine Assisted Therapy. It's the only facility in NE Florida providing full time, free, therapy, 6 days per week for those with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, Learning disabilities, Developmental Delays, and at risk and abused youth. The grant will provide 100 sessions of Equine Therapy along with camp and various "horse shows"  for local children diagnosed specifically with an ASD.

Henderson Haven
Awarded $2,500

Free 2 Be Me School and After School Programs
The grant will be used to help cover the costs of educational and therapeutic equipment for the Free 2 Be Me programs. This includes teaching material for elementary students and supplement therapies for students with sensory related disorders.

Hope Therapy
Awarded:  $2,500

Scholarship for Hope
Hope Therapy provides hippotherapy as well as therapeutic riding to children and adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jacksonville Miracle League
Awarded $2,500

Special Needs Baseball
Grant funds will be used to offset uniforms.

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Hope Therapy
Awarded:  $2,500

Scholarship for Hope
Hope Therapy provides hippotherapy as well as therapeutic riding to children and adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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