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Barbara Maizie Memorial Fund

Help us pave pathways towards opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in our community.

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We need your help to carry out a life's mission

Throughout her life's work, Barbara Maizie was renowned as an iconic leader: an "advocate's advocate", an innovative force and a caring mentor. Her career, spanning forty-two years of service at VistAbility (formerly Contra Costa ARC), was instrumental in the creation, preservation, and evolution of life-enhancing supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

We are honoring her legacy with the Barbara Maizie Memorial Fund, which will provide financial assistance to anyone receiving services from VistAbility to support them in affording assistive devices, extracurricular activities, and opportunities instrumental in reaching their personal goals.
The awards are for needs not typically funded by other entities. For people receiving our services, limits in available personal and state-provided financial resources can mean beneficial and valued supports may be out of reach.

Some examples of costs funded include:

  • Camp scholarships to attend specialized summer camps
  • College tuition and textbooks
  • Work attire to wear to a new job
  • Assistive equipment like communication devices, ergonomic supports, mobility aids
  • Emergency funds to be available to participants in crisis (i.e. encountering homelessness, emergency travel).