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Our mission

Easterseals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

In the spotlight

Walk With Me Spotlight

Easterseals Walk With Me is an event to raise awareness and support for families living with disabilities! Join hundreds of passionate people in your community for a day full of entertainment, fun and, of course, our signature walk! Every walk event is different -- your walk could be at a local school or at the aquarium. But every walk is a lifeline of funds that enables your local Easterseals to continue providing vital services and support to people with disabilities and their families.

Our History

The Story of Easterseals

Easterseals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

Tragedy Leads to Inspiration

In 1907, Ohio-businessman Edgar Allen lost his son in a streetcar accident. The lack of adequate medical services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin a fund-raising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired by this discovery, in 1919 Allen founded what became known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the first organization of its kind.

Easterseals Today

Easterseals offers help, hope and answers to more than a million children and adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities or special needs and their families each year. Services and support are provided through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S. and through Ability First Australia. Our center provides exceptional services that are individualized, innovative, family-focused and tailored to meet specific needs of the particular community served.

Easterseals Capital Region and Eastern Connecticut:

Our center has a long and proud record of service to the community. In the past five decades, we have expereienced remarkable growth and expansion. Today we are proud to stand as Greater Hartford's leader in comprehensive rehabilitation services.

Incorporated in 1948, from simple beginnings, the organization provides a wide range of medical and vocational rehabilitation services designed for individuals of all ages with any type of disabling condition.  Combining physical, occupational, speech and neuropsychological therapies uniquely suited for the rehabilitation of cognitive, communication, physical, behavioral and psychosocial impairments.

Here at Easterseals we strive to provide every client with the combination of services best suited to their individual needs. Easterseals’ strengths remain unchanged: a relevant purpose, a strong infrastructure, and the support of a caring community.

Primary Easterseals services include:

Medical Rehabilitation

Employment & Training

Children's Services

Adult & Senior Services

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