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For Immediate Release

Easterseals Honors Its Legacy of Impact During 100th Anniversary

Chicago, IL, January 23, 2019

Sharon Watson

Chicago, IL – In 2019, Easterseals celebrates 100 years of impact in the lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs, their families and communities throughout America as a powerful advocate and innovative provider of services as one in four Americans today live with disability according to an August, 2018, report by the Centers for Disease Control.

“We are proud to mark this milestone by reflecting on our legacy of impact and embracing a future where every one of us is 100% included and 100% empowered,” Angela Williams, President and CEO of Easterseals, said.

Since its founding in 1919, Easterseals has remained committed to ensuring the needs of people with disabilities in every corner of America are met with services and supports to help them live, learn, work and play. By combining on-the-ground presence, deep expertise and diverse programs, Easterseals’ 71 affiliates are making truly inclusive schools, companies and communities a reality across the nation.

Easterseals has also amplified its role as a powerful advocate on both a local and national level to ensure that critical services and supports are protected for those who need them.  From its role as a leading advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act, to the protection of Medicaid-funded services in 2017, Easterseals has been on the forefront of legislation that clears pathways and opens opportunities for all.

Throughout the year, Easterseals will highlight the differences its services make on the lives of the people, families and communities it serves by sharing success stories and testimonials; revisiting groundbreaking moments in its history; and inviting supporters to get involved in the celebration with exciting events including a March 27th Capitol Hill Day Experience and 100th Anniversary Celebration Dinner in Washington (DC).

About Easterseals

For 100 years, Easterseals has served as an indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and their families.  Together, our 71 affiliates in communities nationwide serve 1.5 million people annually through high-quality programs including autism services, early intervention, workforce development adult day care and more.  In schools, workplaces and communities, we’re fostering environments where everyone is included and valued – with a real and positive impact on us all.  Join us in ensuring that everyone – regardless of age or ability – is 100% included and 100% empowered.  Learn more at www.easterseals.com.

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