Funding to Support Programs for Individuals with Visual Impairments, Blindness
WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, April 5, 2022 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, announces that it has received $119,502 in grants from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support research and programs for individuals with visual impairments and blindness.
Gaylord’s Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation was awarded a $90,000 grant to fund research to determine the effect of peripheral vision loss on balance in concussion patients. The three-year study, which will be conducted in partnership with Southern Connecticut State University, is expected to produce clinical best practices for treating this patient population.
An additional $29,500 grant will fund the purchase of essential visual rehabilitation equipment for Gaylord’s Vision Clinic, which provides assessments and treatment to inpatients and outpatients with visual impairments resulting from brain trauma, spinal cord injury, stroke and other medical conditions.
The grant will also be used to acquire adaptive sports equipment and cover transportation costs for participants in adaptive sports and recreational activities through the Gaylord Sports Association.
“We thank the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for their generosity,” said Roslyn Gilhuly, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare associate vice president, development operations and campaign initiatives.
“These grants will not only improve quality of life for the individuals we serve with visual impairments and blindness, but will also have a far-reaching impact by creating best practices for this population. Their gift validates our work of healing the human body, restoring function and inspiring longevity.”
About The Community Foundation:
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the U.S. and was established in 1928 as the permanent charitable endowment for New Haven and its surrounding communities of: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge. In 2020, The Foundation began implementing a 5-year strategic plan and enacted new mission and vision statements toward expanding opportunity and equity in Greater New Haven. In 2021, it launched Stepping Forward, a $26 million commitment to addressing the impact of COVID-19 and advancing racial equity. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire, support, inform, listen to and collaborate with the people and organizations of Greater New Haven to build an ever more connected, inclusive, equitable and philanthropic community.
About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient Services and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. Gaylord's Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation is a hub for accelerating world-class rehabilitative research, technology development and innovation to improve the quality of life and function of people around the world. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehabilitative care driven by clinical experience, innovation and human compassion.