Stories of Success

These stories are examples of how some of the exceptional people we support are living active, full and independent lives in communities throughout Southern California.

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Adult Day Services

Meet Bianca: Best Friend to All

Bianca and friend Adult Day Services (ADS) participant gains confidence and builds friendships with the support of Easterseals.
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Pandemic Prevents Mom and Daughter from Seeing Each Other; Easterseals Southern California Helps Them Reunite

JayPad assistive devices from the Easterseals Technology Lending Library provides them with barrier-free weekly communication.
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Person-Centered Services Helps Participant Discover Voice-Over Talent

A smiling man in a grey shirt Hector, an Easterseal's Cerritos Adult Day Services participant with autism, develops his voice-over talent.
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James Adapts to Being Social From a Distance

James on phone with coach James, a participant from Adult Day Services in West Covina, is adjusting well to his remote services and interactions with Easterseals.
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Robert: The Music Man

Robert Playing Bongos Each Friday morning, Robert takes center stage at Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) Adult Day Services in Glendale and gives a rousing musical performance with his guitar and drums.
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Keshaun: Rap Artist in the Making

Photo of Adult Day Services Rapper Keshaun “I think music saved my life,” Keshaun explains, referring to a difficult life at home growing up, being bullied in high school because of his autism and past challenges with anxiety, depression, anger management and aggression. Now, with the help of Easterseals, Keshaun has a positive outlook on life...
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Adult Day Services in San Pedro Receives a Special Safety Presentation from Local Fire Station

Adult Day Services San Pedro Firestation visit Members of Los Angeles Fire Station 101 came out to discuss what to do in the event of an emergency and to help participants feel more comfortable.
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Easterseals Facilitates Adult Peer-to-Peer Social Group, Helping Foster New Friendships and Relationships

Peer-to-Peer Space Shuttle Visit  The outings – including visits to the Getty Museum, Skyspace LA and the California Science Center – have been a huge hit!
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George Visits the Beach

Adult Day Services Spotlight George at the Beach In his entire life George had never been to the beach, until Easterseals took him.
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Autism Therapy Services

Thriving in the Spotlight: Brothers with Autism Excel at School and at Home

An African American family of three April (mom), Evan, and Ethan posing for a photo. Before brothers Evan, 10, and Ethan, 7, started Autism Therapy at Easterseals Southern California, their mom, April, never imagined she would one day see her sons participate in activities like performing on stage, modeling, and playing team sports.
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Easterseals Autism Therapy Services Empowers a Mom to Help Her Son

Photo of Junior sitting on a sideways column Learn how parent training sessions and behavior skills training gave Julie the tools to help her son, Junior.
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Mom Says Son Is A More Independent Person Thanks to Easterseals Autism Therapy Services

Photo of Autism Services Participant Adan playing guitar When Adan was just a baby, his mom, Mayra, noticed he was developing differently. By the time he was three, Adan wasn't speaking, his eye contact was limited, and he had trouble communicating his wants and needs.
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Autism Services Graduate Participates in Yucaipa Christmas Parade

Autism Graduate Ethan at the Yucaipa Christmas Parade Receiving three years of ABA services not only helped Ethan gain communication skills that changed his and his family's lives, it made their participation in a community Christmas parade possible.
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Jacob's Mom Shares: “Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) Changed my Son’s Life.”

Jacob Autism Story -- former Autism Therapy Participate thriving after receiving services from Easterseals SoCal Eight-year-old Jacob enjoys going to school, socializing with friends and he was ecstatic for Halloween. He appears like a typical elementary school kid but his mom, Heather, says without Easterseals Southern California (ESSC), this wouldn’t be Jacob’s reality.
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Autism Therapy Services Client Gabe Makes Great Gains and Achieves Greater Independence

Gabe Autism Story pic 230 px Gabe and his family shared touching notes and a handmade plaque with Easterseals.
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Adam's Autism Journey

Photo of Adam and his parents Adam has come a long way from when he was first diagnosed on the autism spectrum when he was three.
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Veteran Employment & Transition Services (VETS)

Navy Veteran Shares How Easterseals Helped Him Find Purpose

A woman dressed in black stands with a man in white in front of the Padres Stadium After serving in the military for 20 years, Veteran Anderson learned countless transferable skills, but there’s one thing the military did not teach him: how to get a job as a civilian.
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Navy Veteran Sanjeeta Begins Building A Solid Post-Military Career

Photo of Sanjeeta T, a Bob Hope Veterans Support Program client Easterseals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program helped Sanjeeta with her separation from the Navy during the pandemic.
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Michael’s Journey to Meaningful Employment during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo shows an African American man in his Navy uniform When he immigrated to the United States at the age of 27, Michael enlisted in the US Navy to serve his new home country as a Hospital Corpsman. After six years of honorable service, Michael had to adapt to the civilian workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Jonathon Finds His Passion and Purpose with Guidance from Easterseals Southern California’s Bob Hope Veteran Support Program

BHVSP Participant Jonathon During Iraq Deployment The BHVSP team not only worked alongside Jonathon to develop a strong resume and sharpen his interview techniques but helped him identify jobs where he could channel his passion for serving others through his work.
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Dan Finds His Footing in the Professional World with the Help of Easterseals Southern California’s Bob Hope Veterans Support Program

Photo shows man with beard wearing a black beanie and blue shirt taking a selfie After seven years of military service, Dan felt it was time to transition to the civilian workforce. The adjustment to civilian life can often be more challenging than expected for veterans and Dan found himself unsure of how to succeed.
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Volunteer Counselor Andy and Camper Josh Form a Unique Bond Over 25 Years

Volunteer Counselor Andy and Camper Josh Because Easterseals Camp is such a special place, many campers and volunteer camp counselors have been coming back year after year. As a result, special bonds are often formed, like the one between counselor Andy Thompson and camper Josh.
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Camp Marks 45th Year With Life-Changing Experiences for Campers and Volunteers

Photo of fun with the camp zipline Campers and volunteers convened for the 45th year at Easterseals Camp held at Camp Oakes in Big Bear for fun-filled activities and many life-changing experiences.
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Children Services

Ethan Excels Thanks To Expertise and Support from Child Development Services in Montclair

The photo shows a man in a blue shirt holding his grandson in an orange shirt. Both are smiling at the camera. When the his family discovered Easterseals Child Development Services (CDS) and its center in Montclair, they knew that it was a perfect match for Ethan’s needs.
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Anze and Abraham are Prepared for Elementary School Thanks to Easterseals Children’s Services

The photo shows mother, Illya, and her two sons Abraham and Anze in an embrace From child care to speech therapy, the team at Easterseals worked alongside Illya to assist her family in the ways they needed it most.
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Savannah Meets Her Milestones with Support from Easterseals' CDC

Savannah's Story of Success When 14-month-old Savannah came to Easterseals' Child Development Center she couldn’t walk or crawl and spoke just two words due to developmental delays—but by her second birthday she and her parents had true reasons to celebrate!
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ESSC Child Development Center Graduates Miranda and Nicholas Excel in School as Miranda Prepares for College

Child Development Center Graduates Miranda and Nicholas The siblings attended ESSC’s Early Head Start program as toddlers, which put them on the path to success.
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Living Options

Welcome Home, Shayna!

Shayna smiles while seeing her new home for the first time Easterseals Living Options Welcomes Formerly Homeless Resident
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Baseball Buddies: Best Friends Enjoy Summer Baseball Stadium Tour

Three men in baseball hats at a stadium enjoying a baseball game Two Easterseals So Cal Living Options participants and friends take their love for baseball from the living room to the stadium!
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Easterseals Living Options’ Coordinated Life Services Supports Mellisa’s Mental Health Journey

Blonde woman with glasses smiling while sitting in a booth at a restaurant Phone sessions with her Community Support Specialist during the pandemic lead Mellisa to an improved quality of life.
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Joseph Receives Corrected Medical Diagnosis Thanks to Living Options' Coordinated Life Services (CLS)

Coordinated Life Services Participant Joseph in wheelchair with mask on Easterseals Community Support Coordinator connects Joseph and his family to better medical support services for improved services and care.  
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Minerva and Her Family Receive Support From Easterseals Coordinated Life Services

Photo of participant Minerva The small team makes a big impact on the life of a young girl and her mother.
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Senior Day Services

Senior Day Services Participant Trained Animals for Hollywood Movies

Photo of Linda with a bouquet of flowers Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) celebrates Older Americans Month this May by highlighting ESSC participant Linda, who used to train animals for Hollywood movies.
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Phil’s Musical Talents Bring Joy to Senior Day Services

An older man wearing a sweater plays the saxophone with his eyes closed For participants in Easterseals Southern California’s Senior Day Services in Brea, music is one of the highlights of their day. The music does not come from the radio or from a streaming service but from their fellow participant, Phil.
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Centenarian Celebrates His 104th Birthday at Senior Day Services Open House

Cliff stands in front of his birthday cake with family and ESSC associates The new Senior Day Center in Brea hosted the event where tributes for the guest of honor, Cliff, came from across the community.
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Wife of Senior Day Services Participant Shares Family's Journey to Easterseals

Photo of John Law John's wife, Susan, sent us his story. It demonstrates the importance of finding a purpose in life, a foundation of what we do at Easterseals and something everyone deserves, no matter what their disability may be.
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WorkFirst Employment Services

Starting National Disability Employment Awareness Month with Orion's Story

Photo of Orion outside Little Ceasars For Orion, having a job, “helps me learn new things that I have not done before, and helps me gain experience for other things in the future.”
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Easterseals WorkFirst Helps Newly Married Couple Find Their Dream Jobs at Disneyland

Matthew and Vallee in front of castle After Matthew's successful transition into a job in security, Vallee landed a job as a cashier thanks to tips and guidance from WorkFirst.
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Thomas Advanced in His Job thanks to Easterseals WorkFirst Employment Services

Workfirst Spotlight Photo of Thomas Miller Thanks to his WorkFirst vocational specialist and the HR team at Legoland, Thomas was able to move up into a higher paying role as a cashier.
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Past Success Stories

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