For Immediate Release

Easterseals Louisiana Earns Rare Distinction

Recent accreditation yields results achieved by less than 3% of the over 8,000 accredited organizations around the world.

New Orleans, LA, October 18, 2022

Media Contact:
Matthew Wallace

Tracy Garner

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, OCTOBER 18, 2022—Easterseals Louisiana (ESL) recently merited their re-accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with zero recommendations – an extremely rare honor for health and human services organizations.  This distinction was recognized at all surveyed locations and resulted in accreditation for; Community Housing, Case Management/Support Coordination, Supported Living, and Community Integration.

Easterseals Louisiana President and CEO, Tracy Garner, remarks, “We are thrilled to announce that this Fall, Easterseals Louisiana received what is referred to as "a Unicorn" in the CARF world, a survey resulting in no recommendations. This accomplishment is achieved on only 3% of CARF surveys and to our knowledge has not been awarded in Louisiana previously. These results are a testament to our commitment to the highest level of standards and quality of care for the participants we support across the State.”

The CARF International group of companies currently accredits more than 60,000 programs and services at over 28,000 locations. More than 15 million persons of all ages are served annually by 8,000-plus CARF-accredited service providers. The accreditation process is rigorous and requires meticulous, evaluating organizations on over 2,000 independent standards.  The survey scrutinizes policies, procedures, and practices as well as service delivery and participant satisfaction. Easterseals Louisiana has maintained CARF accreditation since 2011. 

ESL looks forward to continuing its legacy of excellence through commitment to quality support, innovative service offerings, and continuous organizational evolution.

About Easterseals Louisiana:
Easterseals Louisiana (ESL) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day. ESL has provided supports to individuals with disabilities in the state since 1951.  Each year ESL’s 200+ team members support over 8,000 individuals and their families across the state through its 12 service sites. “Like” ESL on Facebook (EastersealsLouisiana) or follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@eastersealslouisiana).​

About CARF:
CARF’s employment and community services accreditation area includes standards for several areas, which can be found at and has expanded over the past decade to include short-term immigration supports and rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention. CARF-accredited employment and community services serve individuals at more than 10,000 locations globally. CARF has been accrediting health and human service organizations since 1966.

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