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Educate   $1,600,000

 A Total Investment 

Independent Living Home Renovation and Program   $1,000,000
Develop our Independent Living Home into an innovative smart home to showcase dynamic, state-of-the-art accessibility and teach daily living skills.
Funding is needed to:
* Expand the existing structure to increase the accessibility for wheelchair users. This will also include a more open layout, wider doorways, and an accessible
kitchen ($350,000)
* Renovations will also include smart home technology; installing windows, flooring, fire system, and handrails; sourcing specialized furnishings; and waterproofing
the basement ($150,000)
* In addition, to keep this critical program available to future students, funds will be used for ongoing programming for students and upgrades to the home and
technology when necessary ($500,000)

Bridge to Adulthood   $300,000
The Viscardi Center has identified a growing population of young adults who are over 21 and in need of a program that would provide them with life skills and
social opportunities. We will launch our new post-secondary programs to provide social, educational, and vocational opportunities to young adults with
disabilities.  Funding is needed for:
* Start-up costs to establish the program, including renovating the classroom spaces, purchasing accessible vehicles, hiring staff, and marketing ($250,000)
* In addition, we seek to better prepare our HVS students for success in college by offering college-level courses while still attending high school ($50,000)

Technology and Innovation Fund   $300,000    
Build our STEM curriculum by investing in technology in our classrooms, and provide student laptops and accessible materials. Funding is needed to:
* Replace laptops, SMART boards, iPads, and assistive technology due to normal wear-and-tear ($200,000)
* Enhance our STEM-related curriculum in our classrooms, including the introduction of coding for all ages ($100,000)

Employ   $900,000
Viscardi Veterans Program   $400,000  
Provide job training for veterans to ease reintegration into the civilian workforce, and assistance for employers in hiring veterans throughout the New York
metropolitan area. Funding is needed for:
* Staff positions, including a director, instructor, career counselor and benefits counselor, all of which are important to providing a comprehensive program to offer
veterans evaluations, career counseling, job-specific training, benefits counseling, and job placement services

National Center for Disability Entrepreneurship   $500,000                  
Connect entrepreneurs with disabilities, including veterans, to training, resources, and start-up funding so they can create their own businesses. 
Funding is needed for:
* Staff positions, including a director, trainer, and part-time marketing and technology experts ($100,000)
* Hosting virtual online trainings via WebEx to a national cohort of entrepreneurs annually ($50,000)
* Creating an incubator, including access to marketers, website developers and accountants, to the top-tier participants who have completed the training
($250,000)
* Potentially granting small-business start-up loans to the entrepreneurs who have completed the training and incubator program, and also have a viable business
model ($100,000)

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