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Happy Disability Pride Month!

This month is all about finding joy and pride in our disabled identities. At Easterseals, we have pride knowing that together we can create a more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible world for all – a world that understands disability not as something negative, but a powerful, integral part of a person. Join us in celebrating disability this month!

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Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania is leading the way to 100% equity, inclusion, and access for people with disabilities, families and communities.

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Over the Years, With Your Support

Easterseals has been in existence for a long-g-g- time - we celebrate 105 years this year.  Over those years, it has adapted to meet the needs of the communities it serves.  Whether it is camps and adaptive sports in York or approved private schools in Pittsburgh, Easterseals strives to provide independence, hope, and support through its programming. With your support we are leading the way to 100% equity, inclusion and access. Yes, with your support and others like you, Easterseals continues to be an indispensable resource for disability issues. Please donate today. Thank you.

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Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone: 412-281-7244

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“Disability only becomes a tragedy when society fails to provide the things needed to lead one’s daily life.” (Judith Heumann). As a society we need to do better. Worldwide over 1 billion people have disabilities, representing the largest global minority spanning a range of genders, races, sexual orientations, and generations. Disability Pride Month is celebrated every July and is an opportunity to honor the history, achievements, experiences, struggles of the disability community and to help provide solutions. At Easterseals our purpose is to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people's lives through exceptional programming. With your help we will continue to lead the way to 100% Equity, Inclusion and Access.

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Laurie Chiodo, Education Director, and her staff from the approved private school’s east location recently held graduation for the 2024 students. Also, attending the celebration was a special guest the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot. Congratulations graduates!
Golf
Needed: foursomes to play in the Drive It for Disabilities Golf Tournament that benefits individuals with disabilities. This year's tournament will be held at Heritage Hills Resort. Look forward to an action-packed day of golf, fun, food, games/prizes and awards. Join us!
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We wish Jeri Brown a fond farewell as she jumps into retirement with her usual gusto. Jeri will be missed! And, we want to welcome Ed Brown who will be the new Employment Program Specialist. Best of luck to Jeri and Ed in their new positions!
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Our Partners in Equity Awardees for 2024 are John Vento and Ron 'Moondog' Esser, founders of Band Together Pittsburgh. Join us at Sienna Mercato's Il Tetto Glass Top Bar as we celebrate these well-deserving honorees! Follow the link for more info.
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We once again earned a Candid Gold Seal of Transparency! Check out our nonprofit profile to keep up to date with our impact. Keep this link handy, we want to make sure you always have the info you need to support our work with trust and confidence.

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Finding Disability Pride Through Community

July 1, 2024

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Camps and Recreation Club Lily

A Can't Miss - Club Lily

Any time is a great time to talk about one of our camp programs – Club Lily. Easterseals Western and Central PA’s Club Lily program is a camp opportunity specifically for adults, 18 and up, with any disability/special need. And, when we say 18 and up, we mean it! Our oldest camper in 2018 was 77; proving that you are never too old to enjoy the fun of camp. How can you not have fun when there is wall climbing, zip lining, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, games, sports, pool time, campfires, special evening activities and more.

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