More than a generation ago, Easterseals was front and center during the polio epidemic, working tirelessly to help children and adults with polio gain the skills they needed to live independently through medical rehabilitation and various therapies. Now, Easterseals is the country’s leading provider of services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) today.
Easterseals has been providing services and support to children and adults with disabilities, and to the families who love them, for 100 years. Easterseals has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people with ASD the organization serves -- both through its services developed specifically for people with ASD and through services that include children and adults with ASD among other service recipients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new findings on the prevalence of ASD validate that more individuals are living with ASD today. There is an urgent need for increased funding, services and supports for individuals and families living with ASD today.
ASD is treatable. People with ASD, at any age, are capable of making significant progress through personalized interventions and therapy; they can and do lead meaningful lives. That’s where Easterseals comes in. Getting the right support at the earliest stage in life can help a child gain the skills he or she needs to be successful.
Read about Easterseals' programs across the country that provide a wide variety of interventions that help individuals of all abilities and the families who love them.
While there are a number of organizations researching to find the cause and cure for ASD, Easterseals is unique as the nation’s leading provider of services and support for children and adults living with ASD and their families. We’re working internationally to provide children and adults with ASD individualized treatment plans and comprehensive services.
Easterseals also advocates in Washington, DC, encouraging Congress to finance research to improve services and supports and pursuing public policy solutions for the challenges families with ASD face.