Easter Seals is the region's leading provider of services and support for children and adults living with disabilities. Our clients' stories offer insight into the type of services provided by Easter Seals -- and provide inspiration for individuals and families that people living with disabilities can and do lead meaningful lives.
Blessings come in small packages. Latoya and Jean’s blessing came in the size of their first baby boy who was born with Down syndrome. While the news was, at first, shocking and a bit scary, Latoya soon realized the gift Isaiah was to her entire family. After Isaiah was born and had heart surgery for a defect, Latoya went right to work getting him the services he needed to succeed. She found the tools for success at Easterseals. Read Isaiah's story. (.pdf)
Starting a new experience sometimes can be nerve-wracking, but, it didn’t take long for Emily to fall in love with the environment, the staff, new friends and, of course, the dance parties at the Easterseals program she attends each day. Any nervousness quickly faded and Emily’s mom, Julia, has watched her grow into a more independent woman thanks to the skills she is learning at Easterseals. Read Emily's story. (.pdf)
When Maria is on the water in one of the new adapted canoes at Easterseals Camp Fairlee, she feels free and is able to explore the lake independently. Being independent is something many people take for granted but for Maria, who has cerebral palsy, it is not often she is able to “call the shots” on her own. Camp Fairlee provides that sense of freedom while providing a nurturing and safe environment for all. Read Maria's story. (.pdf).
Love is not just words said on your wedding day, but how one lives those words out each day. Emory and Otisia “Tish” did not know 37 years ago when they said the words “in sickness and in health” that sickness would come sooner than they thought. Though caregiving for Tish, who had her first stroke at 45, has not come without trials, it is Emory’s great attitude, support from family and a team of caring professionals at an Easterseals Adult Day program, that has really made a huge impact in their lives. Read Tish's story. (.pdf)