For Immediate Release

Louisiana Autism Community Benefits from Nonprofit Merger

Louisiana, April 28, 2022

Media Contact:
Matthew Wallace

Tracy Garner

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, APRIL 28, 2022—Yesterday, community leaders gathered to officially launch Easterseals Louisiana (ESL) and the Chartwell Center merging into one organization. This partnership means an immediate increase in supports for children and adults with Autism and their families in New Orleans. Chartwell Center will now operate as the Easterseals Chartwell Center. 

Individuals with Autism, parents, educators, and supporters gathered at Chartwell’s Magazine Street campus to celebrate the launch of the partnership and for an official unveiling of the new logo and signage. Attendees were able to experience life at Chartwell firsthand during an interactive tour where Chartwell team members demonstrated how students learn through the unique Chartwell curriculum. 

Featured speakers included: Brad Spedale (Chairman of the Board), Tracy Garner (CEO and President), Dr. Jane El-Dahr (parent and Board member), and Folwell Dunbar (Chartwell Center Director).  

Easterseals Louisiana President and CEO, Tracy Garner, was excited to finally share with the community the partnership that has been in the making for over a year, “COVID-19 changed the way we live. For nonprofits, already accustomed to doing more with less, our creativity and capacity were stretched to limits beyond what we could ever imagine. In the Summer of 2021, one third of nonprofits in the U.S. were in jeopardy of closing. We are thankful that Easterseals Louisiana was able to bring the Chartwell Consortium into our continuum of programs to continue to deliver high quality supports to people living with Autism in our community!”

For over 20 years, the Chartwell Center has been working to make a life of independence and purpose possible for children and adults on the Autism Spectrum in New Orleans. Currently, Chartwell provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), academic services, and vocational training.  Chartwell’s curriculum is rooted in four pillars: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), community integration, arts education, and health and wellness. 

Easterseals Louisiana looks forward to expanding the program in New Orleans to offer additional supports to current and future students.  On Give NOLA Day on May 3, 2022, Easterseals is excited to invite the community to invest in this vision.

About Easterseals Louisiana:
Easterseals Louisiana (ESL) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities achieve independence. ESL has provided supports to individuals with disabilities in the state since 1951.  Each year ESL’s 200+ team members support over 10,000 individuals and their families across the state through their 12 service sites. “Like” ESL on Facebook (EastersealsLouisiana) or follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@eastersealslouisiana).​ “Like” Chartwell on Facebook (TheChartwellCenter) or follow us on Instagram (@thechartwellcenter).​ 

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