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Quality of life

In general, the Brighter Tomorrow Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life of individuals and families with developmental disabilities through a competitive grant process. This goal supports Montgomery County’s efforts to address quality of life issues including employment, education, health status and health care, financial status and security, leisure and recreation, personal relationships, and crime and safety.

Several research studies show that quality of life and functioning improve when programs and treatments focus on individuals’ areas of ability rather than disability. BTF grants provide the critical dollars for many non-profit service organizations to offer these program opportunities.

Many people with developmental disabilities live in the community, either with family members, in some supported living arrangement or in their own homes that they occupy alone or with roommates. Support from the community may include assistance with daily living (personal care, shopping, medications) as well as undertaking new social activities, expanding a circle of friends, or providing access to community services. These supports are generally aimed at increasing the individual’s independence.

 

How we help

The Brighter Tomorrow Foundation enhances the work of the Montgomery County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities by providing grants to organizations that address areas of need for people with developmental disabilities. Priority interest areas are:

HousingHousing – Assistance ranges from emergency shelter to enhancement of day-to-day living conditions by providing safe living environments, improving personal care options, or fulfilling requests for specialized equipment.

Accessable VanLasting equipment – Individuals benefit from adaptive and other equipment that makes daily life easier and safer such as accessible vans for local transportation, battery powered lifts, kids car seats, exercise and therapy equipment, and special tools.

EducationEducation –Many people with developmental disabilities are able to learn a variety of useful skills which sometimes lead to employment opportunities. BTF grants can provide computers, software, cameras, projection and recording equipment, art supplies, and other items which encourage and make possible new learning and working options for these dedicated workers.

RecreationRecreation – BTF makes grants to organizations that promote and encourage socialization and physical fitness activities for people with developmental disabilities, including programs that teach families how to incorporate physical exercise for their family member into their daily routines. It also includes providing opportunities for field trips, exploring music and dance, and exercising artistic creativity.

 

 

500 Kettering Tower • Dayton, Ohio 45423

937-222-3390 • Fax: 937-222-0636

Greg Darling, Manager • gdarling@daytonfoundation.org

 

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