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Governor Nixon Visits Easterseals Midwest

Media Contact:     Laura Checkett, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
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Governor Nixon Visits Nonprofit Easterseals Midwest to Celebrate Critical Successes for Missourians with Disabilities

ST. LOUIS – January 5, 2017 – Today Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Easterseals Midwest, a disability service nonprofit serving more than 4,500 individuals and families. Nixon took this opportunity to greet staff, address the public, and tour one of Easterseals’ seventeen locations providing therapy and support to people with autism and other developmental disabilities. The visit was part of Governor Nixon’s final tour before leaving office.

“Six years ago we brought Democrats and Republicans together to pass landmark legislation requiring insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of Autism spectrum disorder,” said Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. “Since then, Missouri has continued to make great strides to expand access to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy that improves the lives of children with autism and their families. I thank Easterseals Midwest and the many dedicated caregivers across the state for the vitally important work they do each and every day.”

In May 2016, Governor Nixon signed a budget increases federal funds in the state for developmental disabilities, mental health, and substance use disorders. “Throughout his career in office, Governor Nixon has been a dedicated ally to Missourians with disabilities,” said Wendy Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Easterseals Midwest. “With demand for disability services on the rise, we have been fortunate to have bi-partisan state leadership that values and protects our most vulnerable community members.”

About Easterseals Midwest  |  Easterseals Midwest is a nonprofit organization changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.  The organization employs 1,700 employees delivering services to more than 4,500 individuals statewide through four divisions: Autism Services, Community Living Services, Early Childhood Services and Employment Services.

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