Meet Brian: 2022 Medical Rehabilitation Patient of the Year

Brian cooking on stovetop

Brian is an Easterseals staff favorite and it’s hard to not smile when he is in the Windsor Outpatient Therapy Office. He is always quick with a greeting, a story, an observation or a suggestion on how to fix something. This was not always the way for Brian who received special education services in school and started coming to Easterseals at the request of his mother. His mom Carla thought he would benefit from Speech Therapy and after research she found Easterseals.

Brian was unable to introduce himself by name when he started speech therapy but now he can! Not being able to introduce himself was tough since he is very social. He is now working on clearly articulating other names that are important to him. In therapy, he makes personalized communication cards so he can order independently at his favorite restaurants. Brian now gets excited to show people his cards and uses them effortlessly to share his stories with others. In November, Brian was named Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut Patient of the Year. He made a communication page to tell others about his award and proudly walks around showing his new plaque.

Due to his success in Speech Therapy, staff thought it would be great to get Brian involved in Occupational Therapy since he said he loved cooking. Click here to see Brian making coffee! Brian can now make sandwiches, eggs, pancakes, waffles, coffee and more. His skills are increasing and he is becoming more independent. And that makes life a little easier for his family. There aren’t many places like Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut with a multi-disciplinary team to help someone like Brian. We at Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT are honored to be a part of his story. He truly makes our day brighter and we hope we have made his days brighter as well!

These accomplishments would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the Staff, Programs and Services provided each day at Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut. For 75 years we have proudly provided programs and services that enhance quality of life and provide expanded access to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities for those with disabilities and our Active Military population. Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut is leading the way to 100% equity and inclusion in our community—an organization that recognizes that our differences are our strengths.

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