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Easter Seals, Inc.
Easter Seals is the nationís 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?

David was born with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. In Davidís case, the fluid put pressure on the optic nerve and caused impaired vision. Since birth, David has been legally blind. He also has mild cerebral palsy that affects his legs, making it difficult to walk long distances.

Easter Seals Blog
Providing Help, Hope and Answers for Families with Autism Today
Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Ryan Juddís guest post about music combined with Ellen Seidmanís guest post on playing with kids got me nostalgic for life with our son Gus while he was growing up. Gus was born with physical and developmental disabilities, and when he was little, friends and family members who wanted to give him a gift or [...]
Mon, 14 Apr 2014
Nine-year-old Ava Sendelbachís little brother Joey and little sister Sophia have been receiving occupational therapy services at Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley region since they were 3 years old. This guest post by their mother, Terri Sendelbach, shows us that her youngest two arenít the only ones who are learning at Easter Seals [...]
Thu, 10 Apr 2014
I have worked in the field of autism for over 30 years. Controversy has always been a part of the landscape in my profession. There is significant debate about the cause of autism. Professionals engage in heated discussions about the most effective treatment. Arguments rage about whether autism prevalence is really increasing or if [...]
Wed, 09 Apr 2014
A study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders reports that children with autism who come from minority backgrounds are more delayed than their Caucasian peers on the spectrum. Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore assessed 84 toddlers with autism from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and found significant differences between [...]
Mon, 07 Apr 2014
This post originally appeared on Ellen Seidmanís Love That Max blog, which she describes as “a blog about kids with special needs who kick butt.Ē We liked it so much we asked Ellen if we could share it here with our Easter Seals Blog readers. She generously said yes, and here it is. 7 ways to [...]


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 Childrenís 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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