Annual Celebration Award Winners

Annual Celebration 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the Live, Learn, Work, Play and Independence awards!

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Easterseals Iowa provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

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401 N.E. 66th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313

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Thank You!

January 17, 2020

Over the past 5 years Easterseals Iowa has made tremendous strides thanks to the support of our comm…

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September 3, 2019

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Keturah’s Confidence and Abilities Grow

August 26, 2019

Keturah’s mom, Kathy, is incredibly proud of all that Keturah has been able to accomplish. Keturah h…

A Case Manager’s Care for her Clients

August 16, 2019

Chelsea Stapleton has been an Easterseals Iowa team member for nine years and in three different dep…

Assistive Technology Sensory Supports

July 22, 2019

The Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program has many assistive technology devices that may ass…

Stories of Hope

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A “can-do” spirit

Marti Clark has a history of exceeding people’s expectations. As a former Easterseals child representative, Marti grew up to accomplish her goals with her therapists and teachers over the years helping through transitional times in Marti’s life.

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At Easterseals, Retired Tuskegee Airman Stays Active

Cicero is “the life of the party” at Easterseals, where he attends an adult day program twice a week and enjoys socializing, dancing and therapeutic activities.

Auburn Smith
A "One-of-a-Kind Kid"

Born with Spina Bifida and clubfoot, Auburn Smith became a nationally-ranked tennis player and aspiring musician.

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Act of Kindness Leads to Inspiring Reunion

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From "wait and see" to success in school

Born with autism, Connor is bright, funny, warm, loving and energetic.

Featured Programs

Life Club

The Easterseals Iowa adult day habilitation program Life Club takes place on site at Camp Sunnyside as well as in the Des Moines area community. The program provides training in skills such as socialization, communication, problem solving, creative thinking, peer relationships and more. Life Club clients make friends, get out to see different community attractions and choose and lead activities they enjoy. Team members focus on strengths and independence as clients participate in activities. All camp activities are available to Life Club participants which regularly include swimming, in addition to other outdoor activities, crafts, singing and wellness activities.

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Child Development Center

Our Child Development Center at Camp Sunnyside, located at 401 NE 66th Ave. in Des Moines, provides education in an integrated setting where children with and without disabilities ages six weeks to five years old have the opportunity to learn and grow together in a fun and unique environment. Children enjoy horseback riding, year-round swimming, nature trails, two spacious playgrounds, a tree house, boating and more at Camp Sunnyside. All children benefit from playing, learning and growing together.

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Rural Solutions

For many farm family members and rural residents with a disability, Rural Solutions represents their only hope of returning to farming and their communities. Easterseals Iowa offers agricultural work site and home modification consultations, peer support, services for the family, information and referrals, and medical equipment loan services. Team members are knowledgeable about resources throughout the state that can address the unique needs of rural family members with disabilities, and actively pursue services that will enhance their lives. Funding is provided by the State of Iowa for this program.

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