Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers we hear at Easterseals Midwest. If you have another question or would like to request more information about Easterseals Midwest, please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

Who is Easterseals Midwest?

For more than 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families facing disability, offering a wide range of services and supports nationwide. Now, as America faces a broad range of new issues, we are especially committed to making major, positive, life-changing differences in the lives of people and families facing today’s disabilities. The work we do every day is leading us to 100% equity, inclusion, and access for all.

What types of services does Easterseals provide?

Our best in class, inclusive services are provided through a network of 75 local Easterseals in communities nationwide, plus four international partners in Australia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Easterseals offers hundreds of home and community based services and supports.

Are Easterseals Midwest services limited to specific types of disabilities?

We support individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism. We provide autism services, employment services, early childhood education, and community living services. Each program provides individuals with developmental disiabilites of all ages customized support to best meet their needs.

How many people receive Easterseals services each year?

More than one million people benefit from Easterseals services across a network of 75 affiliates in communities nationwide. Additionally, Easterseals helps more than 100,000 physicians, therapists, and other professionals learn ways to improve services for people with disabilities through professional education programs. In Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri, Easterseals Midwest supports nearly 6,000 people with disabilities and their families each year.

How is Easterseals Midwest supported financially?

To make our services accessible to as many people as possible, Easterseals Midwest relies on public contributions. Public contributions help cover the difference between actual program costs and what our program participants can afford.Easterseals Midwest is a Section 501(c)(3) organization that also receives funding from a variety of other sources, including private insurers, government agencies, and fee-for-service.Easterseals Midwest exceeds all of the Standards for Charity Accountability set by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

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What does my donation to Easterseals Midwest support?

Easterseals Midwest is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization Easterseals Inc., a national nonprofit organization. Your donation supports the services we offer to our regions through our regional offices located across Missouri. We offer autism, early childhood, community living, and employment services, supporting nearly 6,000 children and individuals with developmental disabilities. Your donation allows the individuals we support to live healthy, active lives in their community. Thank you!

Does Easterseals Midwest have a religious affiliation?

No. Easterseals Midwest is not affiliated with any religion and does not discriminate. At the core of the Easterseals organization is a common passion for caring shared by our staff, volunteers, and by those who support our mission.

Is Easterseals Midwest accreddited?

Easterseals Midwest was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) -- an international nonprofit organization that reviews and grants accreditation for people with developmental disabilities -- for a period of three years for the following services. Learn more about our accreditation here.

What are Easter "seals"?

Easter "seals" are stamp-like seals that were first created in 1934 to raise money for services benefiting children with disabilities. Then known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the organization was re-named "Easterseals" in 1967, reflecting the public's awareness and acceptance of the campaign.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

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