Who We Are

Easterseals South Florida has been serving families in South Florida for over 80 years. We provide exceptional services, education, and outreach for children ages birth to 22 years old, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, adult daycare and in-home respite for older adults living with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders and their families. 

Mission and Vision

Our 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. We want every child in our Head Start, early education, and special education programs to reach their 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. Easterseals is responsive to the needs of each community – leading the way to 100% equity, inclusion, and access for people with disabilities and the greater community.

History and Impact

Easterseals South Florida (ESSF) was founded in 1942 and was originally called the Crippled Children's Society. ESSF was the first offer an education to the children with disabilities at a time when they were not allowed in the public school system. Renting a church basement and hiring a teacher, a handful of students began attending classes. ESSF Board of Directors was instrumental in advocating the public schools in Miami. Since those humble beginnings, ESSF has expanded its mission to help people of all ages overcome or minimize the challenges of disabilities on activities of daily life. Read more...

Programs and Services

At Easterseals South Florida, we offer a comprehensive range of programs and services tailored to meet the diverse needs of our community. From early intervention and therapy services to vocational training and job placement, we are committed to empowering individuals with disabilities every step of the way.

Through our innovative initiatives, such as inclusive recreation programs and independent living support, we foster environments where everyone can fully participate and thrive. We work hand in hand with schools, businesses, and community organizations to create lasting change and build a more accessible society.

Values and Approach

Compassion, inclusivity, and advocacy are at the core of everything we do. We believe that every person deserves to be seen, heard, and valued for their unique abilities. Our person-centered approach ensures that we provide individualized support, recognizing the diverse needs and aspirations of each individual we serve. Through our relentless advocacy efforts, we strive to break down barriers and promote a society that embraces and celebrates everyone.

Get Involved

You can be a part of this incredible journey towards inclusivity. Join us in our mission by donating, volunteering, or becoming an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Your support enables us to continue creating meaningful impact and changing lives for the better.

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