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Stories of Success


Confidence and Development Gained

joey by himself in color In 2020, Joey and his family came to Easterseals Michigan after a friend of his mother, Jennifer, recommended the services that Easterseals Michigan provides. Joey, who is on the autism spectrum, receives speech and language therapies, along with autism services, at Easterseals Michigan.
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Coping with Anxiety and Stress Kit 2022

High School Hallway Stress and anxiety can happen immediately or gradually over time. It is important to have tools to use that can help prevent and manage your stress and anxiety. We have compiled some tools for your mental health tool belt, especially when it comes to being back at at school this fall.
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Easterseals Michigan Seal of Approval

logo for seal of approval - ESM logo, orange, yello, lime and navy lettering The sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and you’re out of ideas to keep the kids entertained. No Problem! Easterseals Michigan has saved you time as we compiled a list of activities to do this summer while keeping in mind all abilities and sensory friendly options. Here are some activities in the state of Michigan that get our Seal of Approval this Summer 2022!
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Easterseals MORC Disability and Sensory Friendly Christmas List

disability and sensory friendly edition This holiday season, Easterseals MORC compiled a list of must-have toys that are great for children and adults with accessibility and sensory friendly needs!
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Easterseals MORC Fall Seal of Approval

Fall seal of approval - leaves Below are some fall activities that earn the Easterseals MORC Seal of Approval this Fall 2022. Our goal was to save you time as we compiled a list of activities and places to check out this fall. All activities/places are located within the state of Michigan while keeping in mind all abilities and sensory friendly options.
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Easterseals MORC Winter Seal of Approval

facebook post formatted winter seal of approval image for winter 22 This winter, Easterseals MORC compiled a list of activities & events to do and visit throughout the state of Michigan. To receive the Easterseals MORC Seal of Approval, the activity, event, or location must be (or have accommodations for) sensory and/or disability friendly.
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Free Resource Guide

Mental Health IS Health - Resource Guide Download this free resource guide with over 40 pages of recipes, helpful hints, exercise tips, financial wellness tips, and much more! Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network and Blue Cross Complete.
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Get Screened!

Mental Health IS Health - Screening Take our free, anonymous online mental health screening. It's quick, easy, and available 24/7!
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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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Meet Allison!

Allison with bat hitting at the Ribbon Cutting Event Allison is one of our new ambassadors at Easterseals MORC! She enjoys playing baseball with the Miracle League of North Oakland and hopes to be an interior designer when she grows up. Read more about her story here!
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Meet Brody!

Brody with orange ESM shirt flexing muscles Brody can light up a room with his big personality and contagious smile. He has a special skill of making others smile with his goofy and fun-loving personality. He loves playing sports, dancing, Matchbox cars, and spending time with friends and family. Brody is also a big Wrestling World Entertainment (WWE) fan who prides himself in knowing the walk-up song for almost every wrestler.
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Meet Jenn!

Jenn in orange ESM shirt laughing Jenn is one of our newest Easterseals MORC ambassadors! She lights up a room with her contagious smile, loves to be in the kitchen cooking and baking, and enjoys planning gatherings for her friends and family.
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Meet Jeremy!

young man in Easterseal orange shirt Jeremy lives a very active life. He enjoys cooking, grilling, and baking (especially his favorite key lime pie!), reading, being outdoors, football, and playing games. He also loves to learn everything he can about math, research, coding, engineering, and science. However, Jeremy hasn’t always had such a healthy and active lifestyle.
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Meet Jonathan!

Jonathon playing wheelchair basketball Jonathan loves to work on puzzles, stay as active as possible, and explore throughout his community. Since becoming a more active member in his community, Jonathan is able to explore various activities the area has to offer. He enjoys spending most of his free time with his friends laughing and finding new places for karaoke.
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Meet Justin!

justin in esm orange shirt smiling If you ask Justin’s peers, they’ll describe him as friendly and genuine. He’s also an avid sports fan, enjoys listening to music, and watching movies. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family and loves to be outside.
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Meet Kiara!

Spotlight image of Kiara Kiara is a lover of all things that include going to arcades, bowling, and shopping at the mall or Target. Her favorite items to shop for are Bratz dolls and lip gloss from Claire’s. Kiara also enjoys playing various driving and ‘girly’ games on her iPad along with playing with Diego, her service dog.
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Meet Kiauna

Kiauna with ESM orange shirt Kiauna is a very active member in society. She is an entrepreneur, a brand ambassador, and soon to be a nurse. She also loves to vintage shop, participate in anything where she can be creative, and spend time with her husband, family, and friends.
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Meet Matt!

image of man Matt enjoys spending his free time playing all types of video games and watching episodes of Charmed and Big Brother. He has also been involved in many advocacy groups that support individuals with disabilities. Matt currently stays busy with the Citizen's Advisory Council, the Beginning Ending Stigma Today group, and various Oakland County Health Network (OCHN) groups.
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Meet Nicholas!

Nicholas in an oragne shirt looking off in the distance Michael and Kimberly, Nicholas’ parents, described their son as a very sweet and loving big brother. He loves music and dancing and loves the color yellow. They explained that Nicholas also enjoys being outside, especially when it involves slides or kicking, throwing, and running with balls. Nicholas has a sunshine personality that radiates in any room he is in, thanks to Easterseals MORC.
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Meet Sarah!

sarah posing with the easterseals logo in the background In 2017, Sarah found Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse (DUC). She explained that prior to finding DUC, she was a hermit, didn’t have many friends, and didn’t have much motivation. Fast forward five years and Sarah is on the right track.
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Meet Tammy!

Image of Tammy for ambassador story Tammy's peers would say that she is older than her years and focuses on whatever grabs her attention at that given time. She is an avid writer, a self advocate, enjoys video games, and sharpening her computer skills.
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Mental Health Awareness Week - Daily Guide

Mental Health IS Health - Mental Health Week Daily Guide This free day-by-day guide can help you stay mentally and physically healthy!
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Miracle League of North Oakland Highlights BIG Personality

In press box On Saturdays at the Miracle League of North Oakland, Johnny and his teammates are the MVPs of the game. Johnny, who has Down Syndrome, gets to showcase his development and highlight his big personality, while playing the game he loves. “He is a ham and loves being the center of attention,” Johnny’s father, John said. “The Miracle League has allowed my son to work within a team and have a desire to learn.”
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More than Just a Power Chair

Orange shirt farm background smile Like any 12-year-old boy, Evan loves playing video games (Minecraft especially), the Dallas Cowboys, and Lebron James. Lindsey, Evan’s mother, said her son has a great sense of humor and loves to make people smile. Evan says that his favorite way to make people smile is by walking. “Evan loves to make us proud,” Lindsey said. “He knows that when we smile, we are proud of him.”
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Ready to Take on the World!

Ariel, young girl ambassador, looking down and smiling Ariel is a sweet, young girl who loves to dance and sing, especially when that involves singing songs by her favorite group, BTS. She also enjoys watching countless episodes of Coco Melon and Gracie Corner. However, Ariel’s life didn’t always seem this simple. When Ariel was born prematurely at 24 weeks, her mother, Tia, explained that the doctors were unsure that young Ariel was going to make it.
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