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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

CFC Code: 12198
IRS EIN Number: 36-2171729
AFR: 24.3% What's this?

Jessica Segal doesn’t need to watch “Project Runway” to learn about life as an aspiring fashion designer; her life already mirrors that of any finalist on the hit television series. A student at the Art Institute of Dallas, Jessica has been working feverishly to design and create a series of garments for an upcoming fashion show at the school her “final exam” before graduating in December. But for this 21-year-old, spending hours sketching and sewing is a dream come true; she’s wanted to be a fashion designer for as long as she can remember. The fact that Jessica has physical disabilities never presented much of an obstacle. The extra challenge fueled her.

Easter Seals Blog
Providing Help, Hope and Answers for Families with Autism Today
Wed, 30 Jul 2014
My hometown of Evansville, Indiana, is one of those little big cities. We are big enough to have very successful business men and women, but also small enough for your local farmer to prosper. It is a town where I can tell a story to a friend over lunch, and count on half of the [...]
Mon, 28 Jul 2014
I can list so many things that make my air travel difficult. Let’s begin with a few: Imagine sitting at the airport, waiting for your flight to be called…but the flight never comes. It has been delayed, and you didn’t know. The flight delay was announced through the speakers, but you can’t hear. Or what about [...]
Fri, 25 Jul 2014
I started losing my eyesight in 1984, when I was 25 years old. At first I didn’t use a white cane or a guide dog. I quit driving or riding my bike, but I could still see well enough to walk to work. I had a job at University of Illinois in Champaign, and most [...]
Wed, 23 Jul 2014
My friend Eliza Cooper is blind, and she was planning to race in last Sunday’s NYC Swim’s Brooklyn Bridge Swim across the East River. Eliza is a strong swimmer – she’s completed six, count them, six, triathlons already. (That’s Eliza on the right with her guide Megan Leigh.) The distance from Manhattan to Brooklyn is [...]
Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Last week I wrote a post about Amy Adams, an award winning actress who gave up her first class seat to a military serviceman. Adams is no stranger to attention through her acting, and her kindness did not go unnoticed, but, unfortunately, the good things our soldiers do for us overseas — and in [...]


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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