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Over 80 Years of Impact

Easterseals South Florida has been serving people and families challenged by disabilities and disadvantages in our community for more than 80 years.

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Easterseals South Florida’s mission is to provide services that address equity and inclusion disparities for individuals with disabilities by enhancing education, advancing health, expanding employment, and elevating community.

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80th ANNIVERSARY

Easterseals South Florida is proud to be serving families in South Florida for over 80 years. 

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Easterseals South Florida

1475 N.W. 14th Ave.
Miami, FL 33125
Phone: 305-325-0470

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Another banner year at the Easterseals Golf Fiesta!

Our 30th Anniversary Golf Fiesta was a hole-in-one success for our Easterseals South Florida family! Thanks in large part to your ongoing commitment and support, we were able to raise over $80,000 to support families struggling to overcome the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and other disabilities in our community.

On Teacher Appreciation Week, the Easterseals South Florida family is beyond grateful to Navarro and CVS Pharmacy for the special grant we received to support our amazing teachers and the wonderful work they do for our students.
The Easterseals South Florida family was honored to receive a very special visit from Senator Rene Garcia with Miami-Dade County District 13, a dedicated advocate and tireless champion for vulnerable children, young adults, older adults, and seniors in our community and beyond.
A huge THANK YOU to the BE THE LIGHT Club Members from Westminister Middle, La Salle, and Belen Jesuit for hand making and delivering Mother’s Day cards along with flowers, and cookies.
Coffee, anyone? Our amazing student baristas-in-training had so much fun serving coffee during the Ryder System officers’ meeting. They loved the new Ryder corporate headquarters!
We’re thrilled to celebrate an inspiring success story of inclusion and opportunity! Sebastian, a student in our Easterseals Culinary Arts Program, has now officially joined the Nicklaus Children's Hospital family as a valued team member!

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Healing with Community and Self-Guided Care: Easterseals MORC’s Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse

June 18, 2024

Sarah joined Easterseals MORC’s Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse in 2017 when she was struggling with her …

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Disabled, Trans, and Denied: Experiences with Problems in Medical Care

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Bridging Employment Gaps for Veterans and Older Americans: An Interview with SCSEP’s Crystal Odom-McKinney

June 12, 2024

Crystal Odom-McKinney is the National Director for the Easterseals Senior Community Service Employme…

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Finding Pride at the Intersection of Disabled and Queer

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By Christina Gann I have been disabled since birth, both developmentally and physically — the source…

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The Paradox Of Being A Girl: Trans Identity and Autism

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Stories of Hope

100 years
Meet Mercedes

Can you believe Mercedes is 100 years young?

2023
Meet Gladys

If you're anything like our Gladys, you'll do all the things you love and live each moment to the fullest.

Culinary Arts
Meet Hector

Hector is a 19-year-old student with Autism at the Easterseals Culinary Arts High School program.

Culinary Arts
Meet Shakinah

Shakinah is an 18-year-old young lady who has been attending our Academy since she was in middle school.

2023
Meet Jayden

When Jayden first started at Easterseals last summer, it was hard for him to enter the classroom without crying; he had difficulty separating from his parents. Although he was nearly 2 years old, he struggled to walk independently.

culinary brothers
Distance Learning at its Best

Esteban (13) & Samuel (15) attend ESSF Culinary Arts middle school & high school (for children with disabilities) as well as the aftercare program sponsored by The Children’s Trust. The brothers are only too happy to show off their culinary skills from home. Watch Esteban’s and Samuel’s culinary video and I’m sure you’ll agree that they did an amazing job!

Martha Pet Therapy
Dog is a Senior's Best Friend

Therapeutic Robotic Pets offer comfort to Martha during the COVID-19 pandemic. With assistance from Easterseals South Florida, Martha was able to receive her companion from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to increase her well-being.

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Working to Ensure Access for Seniors Amid a Pandemic

At ESSF accessibility is a priority. Our staff work to find creative solutions to provide service to our seniors with memory & cognitive issues. Every day we are prepared to fight new challenges. We make sure that all our seniors are healthy & safe. Over 2,452 reassurance calls, have enabled us to identify needs & work to fulfill them.

Dylan
Dylan Loves Learning

A once quiet and non-participatory boy, Dylan is now extremely social with classmates and teachers and displays joy in learning.

Fabian
Fabian Dares to be Different

Fabian is a non-verbal 9 years old diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. See how Fabian utilizes various communication techniques to LIVE - LEARN - PLAY to his fullest potential.

Featured Programs

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Culinary Arts High School Program

For over 20 years our Culinary Arts High School has uniquely addressed the needs in Miami-Dade County for high quality, developmentally appropriate, culturally competent education and vocational training to help students ages 14-22 with autism and other disabilities.

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Head Start

Easterseals South Florida Head Start Centers provide comprehensive early childhood care, case management and education services for pregnant women, infants, toddlers and pre-school age children.

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Military & Veteran Services

Are you a Veteran or a family member providing care for a Veteran who is disabled or chronically ill? Whether you want someone to check in on your loved one during the day or are in need of regular respite, Easterseals AmeriCorps members are here to help.

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