For the month of December, Nonprofit Gold is proud to recognize The Chanda Plan Foundation as the Nonprofit of the Month.
Pain and Suffering Led to “the Plan”
Can you imagine one day waking up and realizing you are paralyzed from an accident? For Chanda Hinton this scenario took place when she was only 9 years old and has dramatically changed her life. After 12 years of pain, weight loss and emotional roller coasters, Chanda knew that something needed to change.
Along with her sister, Crystal, Chanda came up with “the Plan” which would lead to The Chanda Plan Foundation. Through their initial conversations, these sisters discussed how alternative healing treatments could be utilized to help Chanda and other people with disabilities.
After finding her own alternative healing treatments which improved her endurance, strength and movement, Chanda knew she wanted all people with disabilities to have access to these services even if companies including Medicaid wouldn’t cover these expenses.
What Has Chanda Plan Foundation Accomplished?
Since the inception of the organization in 2007, the organization has worked towards four main goals:
- Educate disabled community about integrative treatments and outcomes they can expect.
- Change health policy to include integrative health care options within Medicaid.
- Improve the health (mind, body and spirit) for persons with disabilities.
- Improve access to integrative health care options to increase work and social activities for healthy living.
In four and a half years, the organization has become a major resource to the disabled community and has provided many individuals the opportunity to receive integrative health care including: yoga and acupuncture. Additionally, Chanda has become one of the strongest advocates for the disabled community and currently serves in many capacities to bring awareness and changes around the state of Colorado. She currently serves on the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities and as a Health Committee Member for the Denver Foundation.
The organization not only walks the walk by providing wonderful and innovative health care solutions but also is talking the talk by working with government agencies, local foundations and health professionals to bring about real change.
Small but Mighty
While the Chanda Plan Foundation might be small in staff and budget, the organization is a big player in the ever evolving world of the disability community. From their annual People to Know Event which brings amazing disabled individuals to share their stories (past People to Know keynote speakers have included comedian Josh Blue, climber Erik Weihenmayer, and actress Aimee Mullins) to the integrative health care being provided to the ongoing policy work being done, the organization will continue to be a mighty player in bringing about change for individuals and the disabled community for many years to come.
If you are interested in learning more about the Chanda Plan Foundation or would like to donate to the organization, please visit their website at www.iamtheplan.org.
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