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100th Anniversary

We’re Celebrating 100 years of National Easterseals!

In 2019, National Easterseals celebrates 100 years of being an indispensable resource for people and families living with disabilities.





In 2019, National Easterseals celebrates 100 years of being an indispensable resource for people and families living with disabilities. Thank you for your support of Easterseals services to assure that everyone is 100% included and 100% empowered to live, learn, work and play in our communities.

The Easterseals Story:
1919 –Rotarians from Ohio come together to create the “Ohio Society for Crippled Children.”

1934– First “seals” designed by Cleveland Plain Dealer cartoonist, J. H. Donahey.

1948—Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore is incorporated.

1950—The Easter Seal Society has affiliates serving in every state.

1952—The lily was officially incorporated into the Easter Seal’s logo.

1954 – Easter Seals Camp Fairlee begins serving children and adults with disabilities.

1955—Polio vaccine came into use. President Eisenhower becomes the first president to launch the Easter Seals campaign.

1967 – The name “Easter Seals” was adopted.

1984—Easter Seals served more than 1 million people annually.

1990—Easter Seals helped pass Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

2005 – A medallion honoring Easterseals Founder, Edgar Allen, is installed at the Points of Light Monument in Washington, D.C.

2017 – The name “Easter Seals” becomes “Easterseals” and a fresh new logo is adopted.

Today—Easterseals offers top-quality, innovative services at more than 400 sites.

As a local affiliate, Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore provides critically needed services in our region, including Children’s Therapy Services, Adult Day and Senior Services, Community and Employment Day Programs for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Year-Round Recreational Respite Services, Assistive Technology services and Services for Caregivers.

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