Children in Central Illinois are counting on us. With your help, we can ensure every child has access to the best care close to home.  The need for pediatric therapy is great, and it is growing. 

  • 1 in 4 Americans are diagnosed with a disability.
  • 1 in 6 children experience a developmental delay.
  • 1 in 33 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 00advocacy

The first five years of development lay the foundation for a child's overall success.

Easterseals Central Illinois is a partner in your child's wellness, supporting their growth and happiness through life's earliest developmental milestones.

We are dedicated to providing pediatric therapy services to all children. However, those who are on Medicaid face additional barriers to services.  Even with the recent rate increase passed in 2023, these vital services are vastly underfunded.

Without action, children in Central Illinois will continue to have limited or delayed access to pediatric therapy services that can have a huge impact on their lives. 

How Can You Help?

Contact your local representative to encourage them to connect with Easterseals Central Illinois and learn more about the impact of Medicaid rates on children with disabilities. 

Connect with us directly! Contact our Manager of Grants and Government Affairs, Julie Schifeling at (309)686-1177 or email her directly at

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