Easterseals provides services for young adults who are transitioning from childhood to adult life. Whether preparing for the next step after high school, seeking employment or making friends and having fun in a social setting, Easterseals offers a variety of innovative and exciting programs to help young adults reach for and realize their full potential.
Our Employment Preparation program provides customized solutions for youth with disabilities in support of competitive-integrated employment. Through an agreement with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), we are able to offer paid work-based learning experiences and job shadowing to help you prepare for, find and retain jobs of your choice.
LEAP is a 4-week (summer) comprehensive employment preparation program for youth with disabilities, who attend school and are eager to work and earn a paycheck. It combines workplace and independent living skills instruction with real work experience to provide participants with the skills they need to transition successfully into adulthood.
We offer individual and small group programming designed to empower young adults and adults with disabilities to live independent and rewarding lives in their community. Participants explore volunteer, recreation and educational opportunities to discover how they can connect to their community and peer network. The program provides the support they need to develop critical life skills, participate in community life and engage in satisfying activities of their own choosing. All services are provided in the community and scheduling is individualized based on participant needs. Easterseals now offers an activity fund to further enhance the experience.
We offer two day camps, Camp Lily Berks and Camp Lily Lehigh Valley. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of campers through an atmosphere of caring, dedication, integration and acceptance. Offered in a series of one-week sessions from July through August, Camp Lily is jam-packed with fun, safe activities that are appropriate for kids age 8 through young adult.
We also offer an overnight camp, Easterseals Camp Growing Green, held on the beautiful campus of the Pocono Environmental Education Center in the Pocono Mountains. Overnight camp provides incredible opportunities for growth and development in a safe, nurturing environment staffed by Easterseals trained counselors. Growing Green runs for 6 weeks each summer and campers attend for one or more weeks. Campers must be at least 10 years old to attend.
Saturday Respite: September through May
Respite allows families and caregivers to enjoy a well-deserved break. Our program is designed to provide your loved one with a social and recreational experience, and provide you with a day to take care of other responsibilities, have fun or just recharge. We offer programs in Reading and the Lehigh Valley that run from September through May of each year.
Evening Recreation: September through May
We offer two evening recreation programs for ages 12 through young adult that run from September through May of each year. Participants enjoy getting together to socialize and participate in a variety of fun activities. The program is staffed by young adults with the skills and training to provide the behavioral, developmental and communication support necessary for the success of all participants.
In Reading, Hang Time meets every Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sinking Spring YMCA where we provide a variety of fun activities and access to the Y’s state-of-the-art amenities.
In the Lehigh Valley, Hangin' Out meets every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Teens enjoy getting together to socialize and participate in many different fun activities, such as bowling, dancing, cooking, arts & crafts and hanging out.
Pre-registration is required for all of our programs. See the individual program pages to learn more and download application materials. To find out more, email Emily Gonda or call 610-289-0114 x209.