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Easter Seals, Inc.
Easter Seals is the nation�s leading non-profit provider of rehabilitation services to children and adults with disabilities as well as support to their families.
Telephone: 800-221-6827
http://www.easterseals.com

CFC Code: 12198
IRS EIN Number: 36-2171729

Kayla Pinard is everything you imagine a little girl to be. She is a petite little lady, painfully shy to strangers but with a look in her eye that means mischief is lurking. She is such a typical a little girl that it is hard to believe that she ever was anything else. But typical is not how her life began. At her twenty-week ultrasound, the Pinards got news that every parent dreads to hear. Something somehow had gone wrong during her development.





Easter Seals Blog
Providing Help, Hope and Answers for Families with Autism Today
Fri, 29 Apr 2016
I am pleased to introduce Jeff Flodin as a guest blogger today. Jeff is a social worker and a writer…and he’s blind. …And I’m Blind by Jeff Flodin When the weed patch next door reached knee-high, I rapped on my neighbor’s front door. “You’ve got to do something,” I told him. He mumbled lame excuses […]
Wed, 27 Apr 2016
The presidential election and events like yesterday’s primaries get so much attention that some of the more interesting state and local races seem to be somewhat overlooked. The Senatorial race here in Illinois is a good example. Whatever the outcome, the next senator from Illinois will use a wheelchair. Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Duckworth […]
Mon, 25 Apr 2016
I am pleased to introduce James Charles Dixon, Co-Chair of the National Council on Independent Living’s Voting Rights Committee, as a guest blogger today. By James Charles Dixon People with disabilities: Have you ever experienced any issues when trying to cast your vote at your designated polling place? If so, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) […]
Fri, 22 Apr 2016
You might recall a post I wrote last year about Michael Patric Thornton, an actor who returned to Chicago after playing a doctor in the TV drama Private Practice. Michael suffered a spinal stroke when he was 23 years old that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He started a theater company in Chicago […]
Wed, 20 Apr 2016
Please join me in welcoming today’s guest blogger, filmmaker Jill Jones. Jill is the producer behind SPECTRUM: A Story of the Mind, a thought-provoking documentary about autism and sensory issues. by Jill Jones When I first told friends I was making an autism documentary, their eyes glazed over. When you think of the words ‘autism […]

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

During the past 36 years, Easter Seals actively supported and promoted the passage of the following federal legislation that has helped people with disabilities achieve independence.

2000 - Older Americans Act Amendments include a new National Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides funding to state and area agencies on aging, and other organizations they contract with, to provide systems of support services to family caregivers. The reauthorized OAA also includes includes an innovation grant program to provide competitive grants to foster the development and testing of new approaches to sustaining the efforts of families and other informal caregivers of older individuals.

2004 - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reauthorized and amended to ensure improved educational services to students with disabilities.

2006 - The Lifespan Respite Care Act was signed into law to ensure that community-based respite care services were more accessible and affordable to family caregivers, regardless of the care recipient's or caregiver's age or disability.

2008 - The ADA Amendments Act, legislation to restore the intended coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities and providing millions of Americans the chance to participate fully in life.

2009 - State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization for 4.5 years and provide coverage to approximately 4 million additional children.

2010 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and reconciliation measure enacted. This historic effort to reform the nation's health care system makes insurance coverage available for an additional 32 million Americans.


 

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