With the generous support of individuals, organization and foundations, Easter Seals South Florida serves approximately 1,500 families each year through our school for special needs students, our education centers for at risk preschool children in our community, and our adult day services and in-home respite program that helps families care for adults living at home with Alzheimer’s disease.
We are driven by a passion to help families live lives of dignity, respect and independence which is why we devoted 90 cents of every dollar spent to programs and services in 2015.
Across all of our programs, Easter Seals supports and strengthens families. Because of your support, we are able to do many things that are critical to the success of those we serve. Examples include:
Provide speech, occupational and physical therapy to our youngest children (birth – 3 years old) at our Child Development Center. By embedding these therapies into their day, we assure the children get the therapy they need which is essential in helping them achieve critical milestones. As a result of our inclusive model, in many cases children overcome their developmental delay. To providing this one-on-one therapy, we devote significant resources to ensure our children are making progress and thriving.
Maintain a staff to student ratio of not more than 3:1 in our elementary, middle and high school classes at the Wayne & Nicole Cypen School for Special needs students. As a result, students receive individualized instruction and supports responsive to their unique needs which supports their academic achievement and personal growth. Families consistently share stories of amazing progress their children make due to the personalized attention they receive in our school.
Provide supports and relief to family caregivers who are caring for their loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. These families take on a 24/7 responsibility that often drains them emotionally, physically and financially. Families being served with in-home respite services are assigned to support staff: a case manager who provides them resources and guidance to navigate their challenges and access community resources and a Certified Nursing Assistant who spends time in the home relieving families of their caregiving responsibilities for a time and giving them a much-needed break. Families being served with adult day care are
Families being served by one of our adult day care centers know that when they go to work, their loved one is safe and well cared for and that as the disease progresses and their need for support increases, we will continue to serve them with love and dignity and we will be by their side.
Together and with your support, we make the lives of people living with disabilities so much better and we give families hope they can do the best for their loved one.
As of August 31, 2015, combined functional expenses of $11,433,211 were allocated to:
Program Services (90.2%)
Management and General (6.5%)