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Disability touches us all.

Your actions make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Easterseals Midwest believes 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 community. Join us in making the world a better, more inclusive place—through advocacy, we can help people of all ages and abilities reach their full potential.

Learn more about our current Legislative Priorities.

Our Public Policy Objectives

•    Raise community awareness around disability and disability issues
•    Create opportunities for people with disabilities to live and participate
      in their own communities
•    Eliminate barriers for people with disabilities so that public spaces are                              safe and accessible
•    Expand opportunities for civic access
•    Ensure equal access to new and emerging technology
•    Pursue equal employment opportunities for people of all abilities
•    Provide access to safe, affordable housing for people with disabilities

Here are six ways to help Easterseals give a voice to people with developmental disabilities:

Meet your state Representative and Senators. Tell a personal story to educate them about people with developmental disabilities.

Get Active in your community. Speak up at public forums, school board meetings, or other events and encourage your elected officials to remember people with developmental disabilities while in office.

Attend your Representative or Senator’s fundraiser or town hall. Cultivate a relationship with them and share your story.

Plan a tour of Easterseal’s programs and invite your Representative or Senator. We can help you set it up.

Invite your Representative or Senator and a representative of Easterseals to coffee. Discuss critical service needs in an informal setting and share the expertise of our staff.

Write a letter to your local newspaper editor. Help educate the community about inclusion and people with developmental disabilities.

Raise awareness and support individuals with autismAutism License Plates

For the very first time, Missouri is offering Autism Awareness specialty license plates. These license plates provide taxpayers with a new way to support autism programs, while increasing awareness. Autism now affects 1 in 70 children in Missouri. Your specialty license plate purchase will help provide vital services for children and adults in Missouri who have autism.

Before Missouri begins production of these plates, we must pre-sell 200. The cost of the plates is just $25 for one year, plus a processing fee paid to the Missouri Department of Revenue. Learn more here.

Volunteer

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities within our service area, including volunteering at special events, serving on event committees, hosting fundraising events, working with our program participants, and so much more! Whether you are an individual, a family, or a company, you can help us build a better, more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Click here to learn more.

To learn more about how to get involved at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119  or friends@esmw.org.

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