"Your life and mine shall be valued not by what we take... but by what we give." Those words, spoken by Easterseals' founder Edgar Allen over 90 years ago, began a movement. Today, we're thankful to you for being a part of that movement. With over 50 million Americans living with disabilities, our work is far from complete. We encourage you to help us call attention to the experience of people with disabilities, and to raise awareness of and advocate for the services they need to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
It is the belief of Easterseals Midwest that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. All people should have choices and control of their own lives. And, all people can learn, live, work and participate in a community that values their contributions, regardless of their disability.
Whether you’re an individual, a family or a company, check out the various ways you can get involved with Easterseals Midwest.
Your gift to Easterseals Midwest makes a profound difference in the lives of people with disability. We are changing the way the world defines and views disability by making positive, profound differences in people's lives every day. Easterseals employs more than 1,400 staff members and provides services for over 4,600 individuals and families statewide through four divisions:
• Autism Services
• Community Living Services
• Early Childhood Services
• Employment Services
Because we are a nonprofit, we rely on public support to make our programs possible. Our volunteers come from every walk of life, and include teachers, professionals, staff, program participants, families, students, law enforement, church groups and businesses. Learn more about our variety of volunteer opportunities.
Easterseals belives that everyone, regardless of ability, should have a life of opportunity, independence and contribution. As a member of our community, you have an opportunity to shape policy around causes you believe in and improve the lives of people in our communty. Join us in maing the world a better, more inclusive place - through advocacy, we can help people of all ages and abilities reach their full potential.
There are six ways to help Easterseals Midwest give a voice to people with developmental disabilities: Meet your state Representative and Senators; get active in your community; attend your Representative or Senator’s fundraiser or town hall; plan a tour of Easterseals Midwest’s programs and invite your Representative or Senator; invite your Representative or Senator and a representative of Easterseals Midwest to coffee; write a letter to your local newspaper editor.