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Easterseals South Florida has been serving families in South Florida for nearly 80 years. Our mission is to provide exceptional services, education, and outreach so that people living with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. We want every child in our Head Start, early education, and special education programs to reach his/her full potential and every adult living with Alzheimer’s or other memory disorder—and their caregivers - to live the fullest and most dignified life possible.

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Mission Statement

Easterseals South Florida provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with disability can live, learn, work and play in their communities. We promote inclusiveness so individuals and their families can achieve exceptional results. Our services help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

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Daily Safety Protocols

Check out what #StayingSafer looks like on a daily basis at our centers.  Our children and staff work hard every day to do their part to follow safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Easterseals South Florida

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

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Maurice Woods Appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Maurice Woods, as President and CEO of Easterseals South Florida (ESSF). With a professional background that includes leadership roles with Chicago Public Schools, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and The Quaker Oats Company, Maurice has most recently served as Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for Broward County Public Schools. (Click headline link to read more)

Upcoming Golf Fiesta
Thank you to our sponsors who have stuck with us through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking forward to hosting our 2021 Golf Fiesta. Our 2020 Golf Fiesta was the first to be canceled in 25 years and we will put safety precautions in place for our first in-person event.
A Reimagined Egg Hunt
Thanks to our friends at Simply Healthcare Plans, our children enjoyed a #Safer Egg Hunt. Adorned with masks, practicing social distancing, and armed with Simply Healthcare Plans buckets our children were able to participate in this wonderful childhood tradition.
Virtual Reading with JP Morgan Chase
The pandemic has not slowed down our friends at JP Morgan Chase from volunteering. Taking time out of their busy schedules, the JP Morgan Chase employees read books to our children over Zoom and donated copies to the classrooms. We are blessed to have such good friends!
Seniors Hope for COVID19 Vaccinations
We have been busy working to get our seniors and eligible staff vaccinated. Our Kendall Adult Day Care Center is currently open and we hope to open an additional 2 centers in April. #StayingSafer
We have been able to implement added access to technology in our Head Start classrooms by providing each student with their own Chromebook in the classroom.

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Working From Home: A Reasonable Accommodation under ADA Law?

March 19, 2021

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National Transportation Organization Wants to Hear From Us

March 15, 2021

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Stories of Hope

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A “can-do” spirit

Marti Clark has a history of exceeding people’s expectations. As a former Easterseals child representative, Marti grew up to accomplish her goals with her therapists and teachers over the years helping through transitional times in Marti’s life.

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At Easterseals, Retired Tuskegee Airman Stays Active

Cicero is “the life of the party” at Easterseals, where he attends an adult day program twice a week and enjoys socializing, dancing and therapeutic activities.

Auburn Smith
A "One-of-a-Kind Kid"

Born with Spina Bifida and clubfoot, Auburn Smith became a nationally-ranked tennis player and aspiring musician.

From "wait and see" to success in school

Born with autism, Connor is bright, funny, warm, loving and energetic.

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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!

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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.

Featured Programs

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A Community for Young Women with Disabilities

Easterseals Thrive is an online community for young women with disabilities. Connect and learn with others, participate in an upcoming Twitter chat and join our Thrive book club!

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Breaking Down Barriers to Employment

Employment and training services for people with disabilities, seniors and veterans break down barriers and clear pathways to steady and meaningful careers. Discover our employment services around the country.

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