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Funding Announcement – November 22, 2017


November 22, 2017

Contact: Mike Teachey, Greenville CAN, Lead Facilitator / Director



Greenville CAN Receives $77,500 To Improve Opportunities And Access For People Living With Disabilities in Greenville County

Greenville, SC (November 21, 2017) – Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network) announced today it was awarded new grants totaling $77,500 from Hollingsworth Funds, Graham Foundation and the Jolley Foundation to continue its mission of serving as a champion for disability related issues. The new grants will help Greenville CAN complete comprehensive strategic planning and continue the work initiated by The Barbara Stone Foundation, which launched Greenville CAN in 2013 to strengthen systems of support for the disability community.

Greenville CAN consists of self-advocates, service providers, families, caregivers and professionals all working towards reducing barriers to employment, increasing recreational opportunities, improving accessibility, and advocating for affordable housing and accessible transportation for individuals with disabilities in Greenville County.

“Three of the biggest challenges people with disabilities face are outdated stereotypes, false assumptions and limiting attitudes,” said Mike Teachey, Greenville CAN’s lead facilitator. “Our dedicated partner network has made significant progress since 2013 and now it’s time to leverage our work and chart a strategic and measurable path forward.”

Greenville CAN’s leadership team is led by co-chairs Laura Bratton of Laurens Road United Methodist Church and Robin Blackwood of Family Connection of SC and includes representation from Able SC, Barbara Stone Foundation, Bon Secours St. Francis, Bridges from Augusta, Broken Wing Farm, Center for Developmental Resources, Center for Disability Resources, City of Greenville Parks and Recreation, David’s Table, DDSN, Family Connection of SC, Greenville County Schools, Greenville Health System, Greenville Tech, Jeff Dezen Public Relations, Livewell Greenville, Meyer Center, NAMI, Project Hope Foundation, SC Autism Society, SC Vocational Rehabilitation, Shriners Hospital, Ten at the Top, Thrive Upstate, and Touch the Future.

To stay informed of news, events, and opportunities relevant to disabilities in Greenville County, join Greenville CAN’s email list by contacting Mike Teachey at 864-420-1366 or visit


About Grenville CAN

Greenville CAN was started in 2013 as a network of self-advocates, service providers, families and community stakeholders working collaboratively to take actions that will strengthen Greenville, SC and make it a better place to live and work for individuals with disabilities. We address community needs by linking organizations together, leveraging available resources to expand capacity, and advocating for system and policy change. We believe the best way to increase services, programs, access, opportunities, and resources in our community for individuals with special needs and disabilities is through collaboration and partnership. For more information, visit