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Stories of Hope

Individuals served by Easterseals face numerous obstacles self-sufficiency: lack of education, poverty, illness, disability, family troubles, and more. But every day we encounter individuals who defy the odds, break down barriers, and achieve their goals. These are their stories.

You can also learn more about the people and organizations who go above and beyond to further the purpose of Easterseals, our Easterseals Heroes.

Mushay has overcome disadvantages

mushay davis Those who meet Mushay today have trouble believing that she was once a shy teenager facing economic challenges and struggling in school. Now she's a college graduate who is paying it forward as a Workforce Development Specialist.
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Keeping a Legacy Alive

Engberg Including Easter Seals in your will is a way to honor a loved one. Giving back to an organization that has touched your family personally is a wonderful way to keep a legacy alive.
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Grace Lutz: Finding Success

Picture of Grace Lutz After high school graduation, Grace wanted to join her friends at college, but her parents pushed her towards Easterseals’ Project SEARCH. As she looks back on how far she has come, she candidly advocates for Project Search and other programs like it. “Without Easterseals,” she reflects, “I don’t think I would have known what to do.”
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Eddie is defying disability

eddie pope square pic Eddie exemplifies the path to employment for many young people with disabilities. With eight years of experience in increasingly responsible positions, Eddie successfully pursued community employment, and it’s been a great fit.
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Chris Macklin 2014 Independence Award

2014 Independence Award Winner The Independence Award recognizes an individual served by Easterseals who has set and achieved or made significant progress toward greater independence. They have taken on new challenges, such as learning a new skill, setting and achieving an education or life goal, or have stepped out of their comfort zone in order to explore new opportunities to grow and to increase their self-esteem and independence.
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Ben Tonnis: From a Shy Young Boy to Confident 'Big Ben'

Picture of Ben Tonnis Ben Tonnis came to Easterseals through a referral and worked with Easterseals’ Work and Grow program, a blend of paid work and recreational activities in a community setting. Ben started as a shy young man, now he is friendly, dependable, hardworking and beloved by all at the Powell Crosley YMCA.
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A good heart and a great employee

justin glover Justin Glover may have a developmental disability, but that doesn't define him. While involved with Easterseals, Justin Glover received job coaching and participated in three different internships, finding a great fit in maintenance at the Hamilton County Sherriff’s Department. His hard work and dedication led him to become the first Project Search participant to be hired on by the Hamilton County Sherriff’s Department.
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