Our Mission

The Alan T Brown Foundation (ATBF) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. Through personal contact we provide information, resource referrals and peer support to the paralyzed individual and their family. We strive to assist individuals in achieving the highest personal level of independence, sustaining a healthy lifestyle, managing daily and chronic health issues, and adjusting to their new life after paralysis.

Quality of Life to Those Living with Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis

Fran Brown co-founded the Alan T Brown Foundation six months after her son Alan’s spinal cord injury. At that time the mission was to fund spinal cord research and find a cure for paralysis. It was imperative to fund researchers and scientists involved in studies and projects at institutions and medical facilities worldwide. Over the years the Foundation’s focus gradually changed and now, the heart of the Alan T Brown Foundation is to bring a better quality of life to those living with spinal cord injuries and paralysis. The Foundation now proudly boasts a strong Outreach and Peer Mentoring Program.

It would be hard to document the broad scope of the lives touched daily. When paralysis occurs lives are radically changed forever. Simple tasks: touching a button, writing, brushing one’s teeth, speaking on a phone, and getting dressed – everything becomes monumental. Information is provided on how to continue one’s education, go to theater, participate in wheelchair sports, make a home wheelchair accessible—the list is endless. ATBF assists in finding a way to overcome obstacles. The Foundation is instrumental in the adjustment from a life of what “was” to a new world of what “is”. The message is clear—- there is life after a spinal cord injury.