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Vision, Mission & History

Vision

Our vision is that all children receive the developmental services they need to live their best life.

Mission

Our mission is to enable infants, children, and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum independence, and to provide support for the families who love and care for them.

History

Volunteers founded Easter Seals DuPage in 1942 as the Illinois Association for the Crippled, DuPage Chapter, where a handful of therapists provided in-home services to 15 families. Early services consisted of providing braces, wheelchairs, and equipment for special classes in the public schools. In 1952, the Chapter became an official Easter Seals agency, Easter Seals DuPage, and opened an outpatient treatment center in Villa Park. In December 1984, Easter Seals DuPage moved into a former school building located at 830 South Addison Avenue in Villa Park. In June of 1999, after the completion of a capital campaign, Easter Seals DuPage opened the doors of its new, state-of-the-art facility. The new structure was built on its existing site, replacing the old building. This 31,000 square foot building was completed with the assistance of many generous donors. The Arthur and Mary Rubloff portion of the facility was built as a result of the joint agreement entered into with United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago. Easter Seals' therapy, assistive technology, and social work services are offered in this portion of the building. The Center's Child Development Center, audiology suite, therapy and staff offices, and overall administrative services are located in the rest of the facility. Additional therapy services are offered to the community through outreach programming.

Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley is headquartered in Villa Park and also serves children and adults with disabilities at centers in Naperville and Elgin. To expand our services and to serve more children, the Lee A. Daniels Center in Naperville opened in September 2001. In 2005 we assumed service responsibilities for children receiving therapy at the Jayne Shover Center in Elgin and became Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley Region.

Through our dedication to helping individuals gain their independence, Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley has become one of the largest and most highly regarded pediatric outpatient rehabilitation centers in the Midwest. Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley serves more than 3,200 infants, children and young adults with developmental disabilities each year. In addition to providing children and young adults with traditional physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, our services now also include assistive technology therapy, medical nutrition therapy, evaluations, audiology, social services, community outreach programs, a child development center, specialty clinics, and a continuing education program.

Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley  has a staff of more than 130 people, including more than 70 therapists who have significant knowledge, medical expertise and experience in pediatric rehabilitation. Through continuing education courses, our staff is constantly updated in new treatment options to assist children from infancy through young adulthood. From a child with multiple needs to a child needing assistance in one specific area, we are a valuable resource.

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