2018 Eric Fund Recipients Announced!
A young boy with Down syndrome and autism will receive a communication device. A teenage boy with autism will receive an iPad that he can use at home and share with his twin who is also autistic. A young woman who is blind and has a brain development disorder will receive a standing walker. A woman whose multiple sclerosis has progressed will receive a stair lift allowing her to stay in her home. This is how The Eric Fund celebrated its 20th anniversary!
Live out loud.
We are a Washington, DC-based organization that purchases needed but often expensive assistive technology and equipment to help children and adults with disabilities live on their own terms in the community. Through 2018, the organization has funded more than $200,000 in grants.
When 7-year-old Malik Studivant began using a Spring-board voice output device, his expressive language skills greatly improved. The Eric Fund was happy to help Malik continue to grow and express himself with a Springboard device of his own.
Brittany Lea Landers
The Eric Fund was pleased to help 21-year-old Brittany Lea Landers with purchasing the Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 software and a wireless headset. Brittany, who has quadriplegia, will use the device to help her with her college work.
During the last months of his life, Eric Savader's many friends sought a way to honor his life. Eric himself gave them the answer. His dream was to help children and adults with disabilities. He knew all too well how much some of the equipment they needed could cost, and Eric didn't like the idea of anyone missing the opportunity to live life out loud.
The Eric Fund Grant Awards are financed exclusively from money raised from individual donors through fundraising appeals and events. The largest of which is the annual Silent Auction. Generously supported by local businesses and attended by friends and family of the Eric Fund, the annual Silent Auction is great way to help our recipients live life out loud.
Helping children and adults with disabilities fulfill their dreams.
Founded in 1998, The Eric Fund’s mission is inspired by the memory of Eric Savader who died from cancer in 1997 and who worked on behalf of several disability causes. Over the past 20 years, The Eric Fund has assisted 92 people by granting over $200,000 worth of equipment and technology.
2018 YEar in Review
Dedicated to change.
Two decades ago, The Eric Fund was launched to honor a young man who dedicated the last years of his short life to helping people with disabilities. Today, The Eric Fund is stronger than ever thanks to you, the fund’s generous supporters. With this year’s recipients, you will have assisted 92 people with $210,000 worth of assistive equipment in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
We are deeply grateful for your generous contributions that make life-changing devices possible for adults and children in our community. Nineteen years ago, we had one recipient and our newsletter was one page long. Today, 92 recipients later and over $200,000 in donated equipment, we are the same small band of volunteers committed as ever to The Eric Fund mission. We hope you will continue to support the work of The Eric Fund and share our story with your friends and family.