Who We Are

Our mission

Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for over 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

In the Spotlight


We promote and maintain an array of quality supports for individuals with disabilities to have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities.  These supports are centered on personal choice, self direction, self value, and dignity 


  • We are a teaching/training and therapeutic organization
  • Every interaction between a client and staff is an opportunity to help improve a life
  • We promote personal choice
  • We do our work in an atmosphere of community inclusion


Easter Seals El Mirador was initially awarded the maximum three year
accreditation award by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation
Facilities in 1988.  Subsequently, El Mirador was once again awarded the three
year maximum accreditation in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2003 for the programs including:

 Work Services
 Supported Employment
 Personal and Social Adjustment Services
 Residential Services:
      -supervised living
      -supported independent living

The current accreditation was awarded in the summer of 2003.



ESEM programming is administered from several sites:  Alcalde (P.O. Box 39) providing services to developmentally disabled adults Espanola Valley and and 10 A Van Nu Po in Santa Fe, which serves the developmentally disabled adult population in the Santa Fe area.  The telephone numbers are 505-852-4243 in Alcalde, 505-424-7700 in Santa Fe.   


It is ESEM's goal to ensure that all individuals referred, and who are enrolled in services with our agency, receive the utmost respect and consideration in procurement of quality service delivery.  Our attempt is to help program participants enjoy a high quality of life and happiness in an atmosphere of support and encouragement.  Our services are designed and delivered to increase independence and diminish dependence on external resources.

We believe that each person has value, self-worth and the potential for continued personal growth.

We feel all people can contribute to their communities and make informed choices and decisions that effect their lives.

We strive to focus on abilities and strengths rather than disabilities and barriers by enabling each individual to reach a greater level of independence.

In order to respond to each person's potential, we provide a variety of individual supports which include personal growth, individualized therapies, community work and employment, recreation, community living and other specialized services.

We believe that the above values are a vital part of our heritage and continue to shape our future.

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