Below is a list of common questions we hear at Easter Seals, and their answers. If you have another question or would like to request more information about Easter Seals, 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, Easter Seals assists more than one million individuals and their families annually at more than 550 Easter Seals 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 Central Illinois provide?
Our primary services include:
- Autism Services
- Children's Services
- Cerebral Palsy Services
- Medical Rehabilitation
- Aquatic Programs
- Camping & Recreation
Are Easterseals services limited to specific types of disabilities?
No. Easterseals is committed to caring for children with developmental delays, disabilities or other special needs-- whether diagnosed at birth or incurred through disease, accidental injury or the aging process.
How many people receive Easterseals services each year?
Easterseals Central Illinois serves upwards of 7,800 families per year. Every year, more than 1.5 million individuals benefit from Easterseals services nationwide. 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 Easter Seals 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. Approximately 87% of Easterseals revenue supports therapy programs and services for children and families in Central Illinois. Learn more about how we put that money to use in our annual report.
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. Easter Seals 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 Easter Seals 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 "Easter Seals" in 1967, reflecting the public's awareness and acceptance of the campaign.
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.