Able SC and ILRU announce NEW expansion of the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center)

January 10, 2022- Kimberly Tissot of Able South Carolina and Richard Petty of ILRU in Houston announced today the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center) is expanding the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center). Deadline for eligible Centers for Independent Living to apply is January 24 at 12:00 Noon Eastern Time for grant-based funding to support vaccination access for people with disabilities across the nation. The original intent of this grant was to provide funds to increase COVID-19 vaccine access for people with disabilities by supporting part B CILs that did not receive CARES Act funding. The CDC Foundation with the approval of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded this funding opportunity to include: Part B CILs operating under a Part C CIL; Part C CILs not previously eligible for CARES Act funding in fiscal year 2020; and any Part B or Part C CIL to improve COVID-19 vaccine access in unserved counties. Awards for up to $50,000 through the vaccine access opportunity program for individual CILs are anticipated.

Interested eligible CILs are encouraged to apply for funding by completing an online application by 12:00 pm (Noon) EDT on Monday, January 24, 2022, via the online application.

  • Application Opens: Monday, January 10, 2022
  • Application Deadline: Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Award Decision Notification: Monday, February 7, 2022
  • Project activities initiation: Monday, February 14, 2022
  • Please note that the timeline is subject to change.

See the Request for Application

The Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center is operated with grant funding from the CDC Foundation and awarded to Able SC, which will collaborate with ILRU. Funding for this effort is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

ABOUT ABLE SOUTH CAROLINA: Able SC is a change agent committed to fostering an equitable society that empowers individuals with disabilities to live fully engaged and self-directed lives. Able SC is an organization led by individuals with disabilities that challenges stereotypes and promotes disability rights and justice. To learn more about Able SC’s programs and services, visit

ABOUT INDEPENDENT LIVING RESEARCH UTILIZATION (ILRU): ILRU at TIRR Memorial Hermann, founded in 1977, has a long history of providing research, education, and consultation in the areas of independent living, home and community-based services, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. ILRU is operated by community living and disability law experts with disabilities. To learn more about ILRU, visit

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