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DuPage Community Foundation Awards $15,000 Grant to Marianjoy Foundation

Wheaton, IL (September 2011) – The DuPage Community Foundation has awarded Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital a grant of $15,000 for its Assistive Communication & Daily Living Center; one of seven centers in Marianjoy’s Assistive Rehabilitation Technology Institute.  The grant, made possible with earnings from the Sindelar Family Fund, will be used to purchase augmentative communication devices and adaptive controls to help patients with severe disabilities gain independence and maximize function.

As the population ages and technology improves, more and more companies have focused on developing assistive products that work specifically for people with disabilities. This has created more affordable options which can be customized meet their needs. Examples include tablet devices that can be used for speech generation at considerably less cost than conventional augmentative communication devices.

Additionally, people living with a disability often experience substantial limitations because of barriers in their own home. Through the use of environmental control systems, individuals can improve the overall function in their daily life. In Marianjoy’s Adaptive Apartment, located in the Assistive Communication and Daily Living Center, patients are re-introduced to the daily activities of life at home. With the help of the DuPage Community Foundation, the Adaptive Apartment will be equipped with a variety of functional and communication technologies to assist patients in returning home enabling the therapist to evaluate, assess and customize the technology for each person’s specific need.

“The grant provided by the DuPage Community Foundation will allow us to expand on the technology we have available so our patients may test and utilize equipment to enhance their lifestyle,” explains Kathleen Yosko, Marianjoy President and CEO. “We are very appreciative of the DuPage Community Foundation’s generosity.”

The Marianjoy Assistive Rehabilitation Technology Institute (MARTI) includes seven centers: Assistive Communication & Daily Living Center (ACDLC); Balance & Vestibular Center; Drivers Rehabilitation Center; Gait Analysis & Mobility Center; Prosthetic & Orthotic Center; Swallowing & Voice Center; and Wheelchair & Positioning Center.

Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501 (c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation's grantmaking and community leadership activities.

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About Marianjoy

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, dedicated to the delivery of physical medicine and rehabilitation programs including stroke, neuromuscular, orthopedic, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Marianjoy’s $60 million, 120 private room replacement hospital is a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.