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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announces key appointments to its National Paralysis Resource Center

Regina Blye serve as Director of Programs and Policy; Jamil Paden announced as the Foundation’s first Racial Equity and Health Officer

SHORT HILLS, NJ, March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation today announced two key appointments to its National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC): Regina Blye act as Director of Programs and Policy, providing leadership and oversight; and Jamil Paden joins as the Foundation’s first Racial Equity and Health Manager. Both appointments take effect immediately.

Blye is a dynamic leader committed to making significant system changes to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. It fights to remove barriers to education, employment, health care, transportation and housing to provide equal opportunities for all.

“Regina brings to the Foundation and our National Paralysis Resource Center both a keen sense of profession and lived experience that will greatly benefit the paralysis and disability communities,” said Maggie Goldberg, President and CEO, Reeve Foundation. “Through his dedication and leadership in the policy arena, The Reeve Foundation will greatly expand our services and help elevate the voice of the paralysis community.”

The NPRC – funded by a $8.7 million Federal Cooperative Agreement from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – provides comprehensive information, resources, and referral services to those affected by paralysis. Since opening in 2002, more than 112,000 people have received one-on-one assistance from the NPRC, accessing extensive resources and free personalized support and information for people living with paralysis – from IBS, multiple sclerosis, stroke brain, ALS, traumatic brain injury, and other causes – and their caregivers.

Since 2016, Blye has worked at ACL, overseeing the Independent Living Services program, managing a $25 million annual budget and 155 disability-related grant recipients while monitoring their compliance with the Rehabilitation Act.

Blye suffered a C6-C7 spinal cord injury when she was 10 years old, which prompted her to learn how to defend herself and others at an early age. Her perseverance in advocacy work led to her being nominated by President Barrack Obama to serve on the United States Access Board for six years in charge of accessibility guidelines and standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), who paved the way for his work. at the ACL.

“Working with the Reeve Foundation, I have the opportunity to see first-hand the individual impact of the essential services and resources provided by the Foundation through the National Paralysis Resource Center to help people lead a healthy and independent life,” says Blye. “It is an honor and a privilege to work here.”

As a sociologist specializing in sociology and social justice, Jamil Paden has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade as a diversity, equity and inclusion leader, developing and implementing innovative programs and activities or overseeing training and dynamic staff development. In his new role, Paden will work with Foundation program managers to develop strategic plans related to race, health, and disability equity and implement those plans and actions across programs and existing outreach, such as the Quality of Life Foundation Grants and Peer & Family Support Program.

“Racial and health equity are essential pillars of inclusivity. With Jamil’s leadership, The Reeve Foundation will advance innovative, data-driven approaches to addressing diversity issues that will enhance and expand our life-changing work. life on behalf of all who live with or are affected by spinal cord injury and paralysis,” Goldberg added.

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to healing spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families affected by paralysis. By bringing together the brightest minds in the field, we work tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery in spinal cord research by investing in laboratories around the world. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis. , providing comprehensive information, resources and referral services helping more than 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to raising the voice of our community and must achieve greater representation and independence. We meet the Better Business Bureau’s 20 standards for charitable accountability and hold the BBBs charity seal. For more information, please visit www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

SOURCE Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation