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Upcoming Events:

Disability Awareness Day + Dia de los Muertos Concert
Saturday - November 4, 2017 - Day Long 

Visit the Dia website for more info!

This year marks our inaugural Disability Awareness Day! We are so excited to launch this effort to spread awareness of the disability community and the obstacles individuals with disabilities face in their everyday lives.

One of the biggest obstacles people with disabilities face is the inability to gain meaningful and necessary employment. Through Disability Awareness Day we are working to increase employment opportunities for people living with disabilities. We're teaming up with some of our favorite local businesses to raise awareness leading up to Disability Awareness Day. Check out our Event website for a list of all the places you could shop, visit and eat for a good cause!

The Texas Wranglers are having their annual City Wide Hold Up on the morning of Nov. 4 to kick off the day! Hundreds of UT students will be posted up on Austin street corners to raise money for Easterseals. Join us at night for our fifth annual Dia de los Muertos Concert at Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater. Learn more at

We hope you'll join us in spreading awareness leading up to the day and on November 4. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for more updates. Please contact our Communications and Marketing Manager, Lilli Lopez at for media inquiries and Vanessa Maldonado, VP of Development at for sponsorship opportunities.

Past Events:

Fiesta Happy Hour Fundraiser
Thursday - July 13, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Fiesta Happy Hour benefiting ESCT PST program

Join Easterseals Central Texas and Taco Cabana for a Fiesta Happy Hour benefiting the Parent Support and Training Program! Families of children with special needs experience unique challenges and unexpected obstacles along their journey. To make sure that Moms, Dads, and caregivers receive the resources they need to meet these challenges, the Parent Support and Training program at Easterseals Central Texas provides programming for parents in Travis and Williamson Counties.

This event will provide necessary funding so that families are able to receive the support they need. 20% of all proceeds from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM will go directly to providing Play Groups, Support Groups, Workshops, Respite, and fun community events for families of children wtih special needs in the Austin area.

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors for a Fiesta Happy Hour for a good cause!

Margaritas, Topo Chicos, and Mexican Cokes will all be available for purchase along with the delicious Mexican food.

Hot Yoga Wednesdays benefiting Easterseals 
Wednesdays - July & August, 8:00 p.m. 

Join Easterseals at Modo Yoga every Wednesday in July & August at 8 p.m. for hot yoga! Modo Yoga is a donation based yoga studio. All proceeds from these classes will benefit Easterseals Central Texas programs children, families and adults with disabilities. 
What to take: Lots of water, yoga mat, towel (they have these available for rent for $1 each, or free if its your first visit). 
RSVP on Facebook to get a reminder when it's time to sweat!

2017 Easterseals Central Texas Casino Royale Venetian Carnival Gala
March 4, 2017 6:00pm - Midnight, W Hotel Austin, Downtown Austin

Easterseals Central Texas is thrilled to announce the 20th Annual Casino Royale Gala will be held Saturday, March 4th at the W Hotel. This special event will ensure individuals with disabilities and there families can continue to receive serves to enable them to purse their hopes and dreams. This fun- filled evening will feature Silent and Live Auctions, a Venetian-inspired dinner, a casino and dancing to a LIVE band. The "Venetian Carnival" Gala is an annual gala to raise money for the core mission of the organization. It is a night to celebrate the mission, success, and community support ESCT.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses and individuals, please visit our event website.

Mission in Action Open House 
Join us for our next Open Houses (dates to be announced soon)

Mission in Action Open House

We're inviting you to see and experience the mission of Easterseals Central Texas at our “Mission in Action Open House.” This is your opportunity to be a part of a fun and interactive presentation, meet our staff, hear our stories and learn how you can support people with disabilities in our community.

Our Mission in Action Open Houses will be held quarterly.

Space is limited for each event. If you are interested in attending, please contact Vanessa Maldonado, Sr. Development Manager at

3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival
October 17, 2015 Noon - 10:00pm at Fiesta Gardens

Día de los Muertos Festival is a unique festival featuring a full day Dia los Muertos cultural experience with live music, performances, art, kid's zone, food and drink. The festival brings together a dynamic blend of music with vibrant Día de los Muertos traditions. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor EZPAWN. Thank you to our sponsors includin William Gammon Insurance, United Healthcare, Superior HealthPlan, Google Fiber, H-E-B, CLS Partners and HPI Real Estate Services. Organizers still have sponsorship and underwriting opportunities available. Media sponsors are KUT/KUTX, Univision Austin TV and Radio, El Mundo Newspaper, Austin American Statesman, Austin and ¡Ahora Sí!. 

Proceeds from the festival will benefit Easterseals Central Texas’ mission of promoting independence and creating opportunities for people with disabilities. Visit our Festival website for more information.

Dia de los Muertos Festival 2015

2015 Easterseals Central Texas Casino Royale King and Queen of Hearts Gala
February 28, 2015

2015 Gala logo small

Our 19th annual Casino Royale King and Queen of Hearts Gala on Saturday, February 28 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. The event was hosted by emcees Scotty Bennett, on air personality from KOKE-FM and Austin High School senior Archer Hadley. Click here for full press release.

Thank you to our Gala Chairs, Dr. David and Sharon Sneed. We appreciate the generous support from uor sponsors: Monarch Natural Gas, Infinite Workforce Solutions, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Bradfield Properties, Prosperity Bank, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LL, Jeannette Spinelli - Spinelli Residential Group/KW Realty.

Dia de los Muertos Festival 2014

Dia de los Muertos Festival
October 25, 2014 - Noon - 10pm

Our 2nd annual Dia de los Muertos Festival  was held at Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center in Austin, Texas.  Proceeds from the festival benefited Easterseals Central Texas’ mission of promoting independence and creating opportunities for people with disabilities. Visit our Dia de los Muertos website for more information and to see photos from the 2014 Festival.

The Next Chapter Book Club of Easterseals Central Texas presented author luncheon with Ron Suskind
August 21, 2014

Author Ron Suskind

The Next Chapter Book Club of Easterseals Central Texas was excited to host a special inaugural luncheon with New York Times bestselling author, Ron Suskind on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Mr. Suskind discussed his latest book, “Life Animated, a Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism" a truly inspirational story of how the Suskind family reconnected with their autistic son, Owen.  At age 3, Owen regressed into a non-communicative world, but through his affinity and deep connection to Disney movies, has since graduated from high school, college and is living in a semi independent living facility. 

At Easterseals Central Texas (ESCT), we encounter families like the Suskinds everyday.  They are searching for help, resources and support to meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities.  ESCT provides patient centered services such as outpatient physical, occupational, audiological and speech therapy, as well as paid job training, an independent living program, and the Next Chapter Book Club for people in 21 counties in Central Texas. 

At weekly meetings, the Next Chapter Book Club gathers adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities to promote literacy and social interaction experiences that encourage friendship and lifelong learning within a community-based setting.

Proceeds benefited Easterseals Central Texas’ clients and programs.

Dia de los Muertos logo 2013

Easterseals Central Texas was proud to host its first annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fiesta Gardens in Austin, Texas. The festival celebrated life and life to come in a full day Dia los Muertos cultural experience with live music, performances, art, children's activities, food and drink. Everyone enjoyed the music from Tejano and Texas music industries including Little Joe y La Familia, Dale Watson, Los Texmaniacs and other performers such as Austin Samba School and Las Monas.

See photos from 2013 Dia de los Muertos Festival here

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