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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of common questions we hear at Easterseals, and their answers. If you have another question or would like to request more information about Easterseals, feel free to use our online form to contact us. Thanks for your interest!

What is Easterseals?

Easterseals provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families. We've been helping families for nearly 100 years. Today, Easterseals assists more than one million individuals and their families annually at more than 550 Easterseals service sites across the country. Each center provides top-quality, innovative services tailored to meet the specific needs of the people we serve.

What types of services does Easterseals provide?

Our primary Easterseals services include:

Are Easterseals services limited to specific types of disabilities?

No. Easterseals is committed to caring for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities and special needs resulting from any cause -- whether diagnosed at birth or incurred through disease, accidental injury or the aging process.

How many people receive Easterseals services each year?

Every year, more than one million individuals benefit from Easterseals services. Additionally, Easterseals helps more than 100,000 physicians, therapists and other professionals learn ways to improve services for people with disabilities through professional education programs.

How is Easterseals supported financially?

Easterseals receives funding from a variety of sources, including private insurers, government agencies and fee-for-service. To make our services accessible to as many people as possible Easterseals also relies on public contributions. Public contributions help cover the difference between actual program costs and what our clients can afford. Help us to continue to provide exceptional services by making an online donation.

How are the funds disseminated?

Easterseals is proud of putting your donations to work effectively. More than 90 percent of Easterseals' revenue supports services in the area where funds are raised. Easterseals is a grassroots, community-based organization.

How large is the Easterseals organization?

Easterseals assists more than one million individuals with disabilities each year at more than 550 service sites in the United States and Puerto Rico. Easterseals headquarters in Chicago provides assistance to more than 70 affiliates through management training, implementation of best practices and consultation services.

Is Easterseals a non-profit organization?

Yes. Easterseals is a non-profit provider of health and human services, incorporated under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Does Easterseals have a religious affiliation?

No. Easterseals is not affiliated with any religion and does not discriminate. At the core of the Easterseals organization is a common passion for caring, shared by our staff and by those who support our mission.

What are Easter "seals"?

Easter "seals" are stamp-like seals that were first created in 1934 to raise money for services benefiting children with disabilities. Then known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the organization was re-named "Easterseals" in 1967, reflecting the public's awareness and acceptance of the campaign.

Do Easter "seals" still exist today?

Yes. In fact, Easterseals mails seals to more than 19 million households across the country every year, raising almost $14 million to support services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.

How can I volunteer?

Easterseals' continued success in providing services to people with disabilities would not be possible without volunteers! Your time, energy and hearts will inspire and touch the lives of those we serve. Your personal commitment enhances the services we provide to our clients nationwide. Search for a volunteer opportunity in your area.

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