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Easter Seals Dixon Center Launches Caregiver Education and Training Webinars, through Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s National Coalition for Military Caregivers

Organizations partner to support Americans caring for veterans and military service members

Chicago, May 8, 2014

Media Contact:
Rachel Talen

Easter Seals Dixon Center launched its free, online webinar series for caregiver education and training this week. The series was created to meet the growing need for caregiver education identified by the RAND study commissioned by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The study provided comprehensive evidence-based needs assessments of military caregivers.

The report revealed that 5.5 million Americans are caring for ill or wounded service members, and many of these individuals are selflessly fulfilling this duty with little support. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation classified these findings as a societal crisis and decided to galvanize action within the community.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation created Hidden Heroes: The National Coalition for Military Caregivers to unify and inspire the efforts of individuals and organizations to create a powerful support system to address the significant gaps in support identified by RAND research. Easter Seals Dixon Center, along with Atlas Research, Family Caregiver Alliance, Caregiver Action Network, National Alliance for Caregiving, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and USO joined this coalition and is working with the foundation to meet the needs of our nation’s caregivers.

“This innovative collaboration of leaders in veteran and caregiver issues is a wonderful example of our coalition's goal to inspire organizations to work together to address the tremendous challenges facing our hidden heroes," said Senator Elizabeth Dole of The Elizabeth Dole Foundation speaking at the coalition launch at the White House on April 11. "Through this partnership, Easter Seals Dixon Center will provide training to thousands of caregivers across the nation who might otherwise have taken on the responsibilities of caregiving alone. I am grateful for their remarkable work and leadership, and hope it inspires other organizations and individuals to find a way they too can uplift our military and veteran caregivers.”

Easter Seals Dixon Center’s first installment of the caregiver training webinar series, From Daunting to Doable: The Power of Caregiver Resilience, will focus on resilience-building strategies for all facets of life, including mental, emotional, and physical strategies. 

About Easter Seals Dixon Center
Easter Seals Dixon Center believes communities play a key role in the reintegration or veterans, military families and families of the fallen. To this end, it works to strengthen communities by building partnerships, sharing innovative approaches and connecting those who have served by harnessing existing community based services. Simply put, Easter Seals Dixon Center is part of a continuum of like-minded organizations working together for the greater food within their local communities. Find out more at www.eastersealsdixoncenter.org.

For nearly 100 years, Easter Seals has provided life-changing solutions to the people of our country. From children and adults living with disabilities, to military families looking to serve their communities, Easter Seals is committed to creating a world of inclusion, dignity, empowerment and independence. We personalize solutions for individuals with autism, and intellectual and physical disabilities through innovative therapy, training, education, and support services.Find out more at www.easterseals.com.

About The Elizabeth Dole Foundation
The mission of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation is to uplift American military and veteran caregivers by strengthening the services afforded to them through innovation, evidence-based research, and collaboration. Read more about the Foundation at ElizabethDoleFoundation.org.

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