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Joshua Makes Great Strides

joshua 02 Joshua, who is diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, first stepped through the doors of Easter Seals South Florida in 2010. At that time, he couldn’t communicate, was nonverbal and would throw himself to the floor. After four years, Joshua, age 20, has incredible skills including operating the dishwasher, sweeping, mopping, setting up tables and participating in cooking and serving trays with minimal assistance. He has become very independent and finishes his job.
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Take a Step in Making a Difference in Your Community

Walk With Me group Easter Seals 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 Easter Seals to continue providing vital services and support to people with disabilities and their families.
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Great Job Jayson!

boy standing in front of a white board When Jayson began at Easter Seals Academy last fall, he was in 7th grade but functioning academically at a Pre-Kindergarten level. Jayson, age 13, did not speak, could not hold a crayon or pencil, did not look or interact with anyone -- even his mother. The teamwork between Easter Seals South Florida teachers and his family has paid off. Jayson has made significant progress. He can write some words, interact and express his feelings with words. Keep up the good work Jayson. Learn more about our Children's Services and Autism Services at Easter Seals South.
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A Picture Says A Thousand Words

Spotlight-Betty 01 Betty's career as a professional photographer is something she keeps alive in her memory. Through her landscape photos taken in the 1980's in Colombia, she can vividly recount her experiences. Betty shares her stories in the "Memory Gym" at Easter Seals South Florida's Adult Day Care.
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Great Progress for Jonathan

Spotlight-Jonathan When Jonathan first came to Easter Seals South Florida, he recognized only a few numbers and letters and didn't have many social skills. After a few years of working with Jonathan, he has come so far. Now,at age 11, he is reading chapter books, answering questions and is excelling in math. He can add with three digits, measure, and is working on place value. Jonathon has learned all of the months and holidays, and understands their meaning. Most importantly, his social skills have improved dramatically. Easter Seals South Florida is proud of Jonathan’s accomplishments in the classroom. We look forward to continued progress for this sensitive and caring student!
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Is Your Child Under Age 5? Take the Developmental Milestones Screening

mom huggin two sons with text is your child developing on time? Children develop skills, or "milestones," at their own pace. How is your child or grandchild doing? You only need 10-20 minutes to check with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® online screening. Your results will help you see if your child's developmental progress is on time and alert you to any concerns that you can talk over with your health care provider.
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Spotlight: Shelley Daniel Rutherford

Group of celebrity chefs A very special thank you to Shelley Daniel Rutherford! She's a longtime Easter Seals Supporter and is a familiar face at Easter Seals South Florida. She took on the task as Chair of the 25th Annual Festival of Chefs in November, which was a huge success
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A Big Thank You!

senior citizen woman smiling Ginnie McCrea is a donor, volunteer and friend of Easter Seals South Florida. For 35 years, she has been dedicating her time, service and financial support to the children and adults with disabilities at Easter Seals South Florida. We can’t thank her enough for making a difference in so many lives.
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Our Miltary & Veterans Services

Service member and significant other embracing As the largest provider of disability-related services, Easter Seals offers military and veterans systems of care with viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts.
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Our Autism Services

boy on swing Easter Seals programs across the country provide a wide variety of interventions that help individuals of all abilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Easter Seals currently has a combination of services specifically targeting individuals with the diagnosis of ASD as well as other services that include individuals with ASD among their service recipients.
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Act of Kindness Leads to Inspiring Reunion

Learn more about this inspiring reunion Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kimberly Mitchell was reunited with the former Vietnamese Marine 2nd Lt. who rescued her from the Vietnam streets 40 years ago. Mitchell now serves by helping veterans and military families in her role as president of Dixon Center at Easter Seals.
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A 'One-of-a-Kind Kid'

Auburn Smith Easter Seals 2013 Youth Representative Auburn Smith is a nationally-ranked tennis player and aspiring musician who loves to travel. This active high school sophomore doesn’t let a disability get in her way.
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