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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?

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| Easter Seals Blog
Providing Help, Hope and Answers for Families with Autism Today
Fri, 24 Apr 2015
If you read the post I wrote earlier this month, you know the unemployment rate among people living with autism is very high. This year we’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to hiring people who have disabilities. […]
Wed, 22 Apr 2015
People often ask me if there are any GPS programs that are especially suited to people who travel by foot and have visual impairments (there are) and whether or not I use them (I don’t). I use a Seeing Eye dog to get around safely, and with one hand constantly gripped on the harness, it […]
Mon, 20 Apr 2015
I’m in Michigan this week — one day I’m giving a presentation at an elementary school in Caledonia, and the next day I’ve been invited to a book club sponsored by St. Matthew’s Church in Spring Lake. They’re reading a book that has a blind character in it, and I’ve been asked to give my […]
Fri, 17 Apr 2015
My Seeing Eye dog Whitney is carded every time we enter the lobby of the Chicago high-rise where my doctor’s office is. Humans who walk into that building are required to show an ID card, and they also ask for an ID to prove that the superbly-trained 5-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador Cross who guides...
Wed, 15 Apr 2015
And now for part two of Monday’s post about medical privacy written by guest blogger Aaron Likens. Aaron is the Autism Ambassador for Easter Seals Midwest and raises awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders by giving presentations to police, students, parents and teachers. This post seemed especially appropriate for April, which is Autism Awareness Month. The […]


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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