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Coronavirus Update

Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania is open for business even though our center in Reading (George Street) and office in Allentown (Lehigh Street) are closed to visitors. Employees are working remotely and we are all proud of how hard we have worked to retool the organization, develop virtual models of our programs and introduce new services in order to meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve.

We are providing virtual and telehealth services where feasible, including:

As much as possible, we are using this crisis and stay-at-home order as an opportunity to explore game-changing ideas and think creatively about what we do, how we do it and how we can leverage new methods of service delivery.

Have you seen our commercials on WFMZ Channel 69? We are leveraging grant dollars to implement a marketing campaign to promote our Make The First Five Count program in order to address the needs of children who are not receiving pediatric wellness visits during the stay-at-home order. The free online screenings are an alternative that enables parents to measure and monitor their child’s development and alerts them to any concerns. One of our child development specialists contacts the family to go over the results, provide activities the family can do at home to support the child’s development and if necessary, provide a referral to Early Intervention services for further assessment if a potential delay or disability is detected. In this way, the family does not lose critical time waiting for an evaluation and getting enrolled in therapy services.

We continue to celebrate milestones with our families, like Enzley, a young girl receiving occupational therapy through our Early Intervention program who fed herself for the first time during a remote therapy session. The way we operate and the way our lives look has changed dramatically, but our mission and drive to impact the lives of those we serve has not wavered.

We remain in contact with our consumers and families by phone, email and teleconference to provide support, strategies for caring for their children at home during the crisis and information about available community resources. If there is something you need, please feel free to contact us by sending an email or using the contact numbers provided on our program webpages.

You can keep up to date on information issued from the Governor in the Guide to Responding to COVID-19 available on his website.

We strongly urge you to utilize the resources available from the experts on this disease:
Centers for Disease Control
Pennsylvania Department of Health 
World Health Organization

Page updated 5/22/2020

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