Quality of Life Grants

The NSCIA offers Connecticut residents that are affected by SCI a quality of life grant. Grants have been given to individuals for transportation needs, education expenses, addition wheel chair cushions, to help pay for some home and vehicle modifications and a variety of adaptive equipment/technology needs. The grant awards range from $250 to $500. The grant application must be filled out completely and include current documentation from a medical provider. You may request an application by emailing the Chapter at: nsciact@gmail.org.

NSCIA CT Chapter Grant Sponsor of the Year


Subramani Seetharama, M.D.

Subramani Seetharama, M.D., is a physiatrist, a medical doctor who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Dr. Seetharama received his B.S. in botany at the University of Delhi and graduated from medical school at the Armed Forces Medical College of University of Poona. He did his internships at the Army Command Hospital and Tata Main Hospital and residency at Kasturba Medical College Hospital, all located in India. He also earned his M.S. in microbiology at West Virginia University. He did an internship at the Ohio Valley Medical Center and his residency in PM&R at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Dr. Seetharama is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Seetharama is the Director of the Spinal Cord Injury program at Hartford Hospital and is the Medical Director of Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network. He is an instructor in emergency medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Seetharama is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), and has presented at a number of conferences. He is active with the National Spinal Cord Injury Association CT Chapter.

Grants have been provided to:


Firstname City Grant Used For
James Bristol 2013 Odysesey Ex-L with brown ability conversion
Douglas Monroe Ameriphone Clarity Dialogue RC200 Remote Control/ Speakerphone with headset Micro/ Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 12
James Orange Assist with co-pay for a new wheelchair
Marc Pawcatuck Joey Lift
Tara Newington 5970 Tuffcare shower chair
Nathaniel Shelton Walking Harneass, Strengthing equipment & Core training equipment
Peter East Hartford Medical Supplies
Michael Haddam Lumbar support, shower bench & assist with the cost of OT 3x per week
Jose Trumball  lightweight mannual wheelchair/ outdoor ramp/ drop -arm bedside commode
Mathew Terryville van modification 
Jermaine Waterbury Grant to go to school
Daniel Manchester lock wheelchair in postion for safety while riding in handicap van
Patricia Willimantic Van repaired/ stain lift/ something to open and close doors
Michele Wallingford elevating seat on power wheelchair / fold down back & fender for outdoor use/ docking device for wheelchair lift on van
Jossie Bridgeport wheelchair fixed- front tire missing 
Brian Norwalk Ipad
Adalberto Unionville Automatic door opener
Geoff Ivoryton Harness Wheelchair racing gloves, computer for racing wheekchair

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