In response to COVID-19, Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Rockford has adjusted programming and rescheduled events. View details here.
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COVID-19 Communications

Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Rockford is following the states guidelines set forth by Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot, and the CDC. 

Importantly, Governor Pritzker noted a requirement, starting May 1, that all individuals over age 2 who are medically able to do so are expected to wear a face covering or mask any time in public where social distancing cannot be enacted. We encourage you to observe these practices for your health and safety.

We are doing everything we can to stay connected with you during this time. Let's continue to stay connected and strong, together!

Easterseals Academy

Easterseals Academy staff and administration could not be more excited to launch our hybrid learning option this Monday, October 5, 2020. 

Please read the letter published March 3, 2021 to our families from our Director of Educational and Clinical Services, Mary "Betsey" Tallon, MEd, OT/L

In addition to the hybrid learning option, which provides students a combination of in-person and remote learning, the Academies continue to offer a fully remote learning option for those families who are not yet comfortable with sending students for in-person instruction. We are committed to providing our students with robust educational services regardless of whether they are in-person or remote.

Please review the daily home screening tool our team developed for parents.

Our Academy is led by our Director of Educational and Clinical Services, Mary 'Betsey' Tallon, and our Academies' Principals. If you have any questions regarding one of our Eastseals Academy locations please contact:

Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center

Easterseals Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center is currently closed. We will reopen on Monday, October 19, 2020 and carefully follow the precautions set forth by the City of Chicago's reopening plan for child care centers. This includes limited capacity and enhanced procedures to ensure the health and safety of children, families and staff. We can't wait to see you October 19th!

CFC 8 & CFC 12

We are following guidance from DHS regarding Early Intervention Services. Until further notice, face-to-face services are discontinued. Guidance from DHS.

Early Learning Services

The Early Learning Services Office is open. 

Contact: Tracey Mikasa at or call 708.330.4958.

Family Support/Partnering with Parents/Teen Family Support of Rockford


All HarrysButtons locations, including Machesney Park, Tinley Park and Chicago have reopened and implemented very strict measures on health and safety during this time. 

Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP)

Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP) continues to support our academies and partner school districts with evidence-based coaching, consulting, and instructional materials.  

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For more information on how the Illinois Autism Partnership can support your district or organization, contact: Sarah Smith at or call 312-491-4116. 

The Autism Program (TAP)

The Autism Program of Easterseals is working remotely and will continue to provide services virtually. We are available via phone, email, Zoom, and other virtual modes.  We kindly ask that you not come to our site on Parkview. The building is not open to the public at this time. Please feel free to call us. We will get back to you as soon as we can. 

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Easterseals Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP) has created tools for families and schools including:

We are carefully monitoring the situation and are focused on continuously updating information and recommendations from ISBE, the state of Illinois,  WHO and CDC, as well as our school district partners and local and state health officials

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