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For Immediate Release

Easter Seals Dixon Center receives "Today's Caregiver" magazine's 2015 Caregiver Friendly Award

Chicago, IL, July 13, 2015

Media Contact:
Cassie DeVries

The Easter Seals Military Caregiving webinar series won Today’s Caregiver magazine’s 2015 Caregiver Friendly® award in the service category for its exceptional work with military caregivers.

The webinar series, supported by Newman’s Own Foundation, offers military caregivers across all eras one-hour informative and skill-building sessions, with offerings both in English and in Spanish. The webinars offer practical tools, valuable resources, peer communities and approaches for managing day-to-day caregiving responsibilities.  For those who are unable to attend the live forums, all sessions are archived and available 24/7 at www.easterseals.com/carewebinar

An estimated 5.5 million spouses, parents, siblings and friends are currently providing care to wounded, ill or injured military service members and veterans according to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s groundbreaking research, “Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers.”  

Through its webinar series, Easter Seals Dixon Center has already provided more than 1,300 military caregivers the training they need.  

“Of the 5.5 million military caregivers in the U.S., almost 20 percent are caring for someone who served in the military post-9/11,” said Jed Johnson, vice president of Strategic Initiatives at Easter Seals.  “Through a variety of programs, Easter Seals Dixon Center has trained more than 35,000 military caregivers, many of whom are facing a life-long path of caregiving. We accept this award humbly knowing that there is still much more we can all collectively do to help military caregivers.”  

Easter Seals’ efforts are part of a collaboration with six other partner organizations, including: Atlas Research, Caregiver Action Network, Family Caregiver Alliance, National Alliance of Caregiving, Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving and USO—all proud members of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Coalition for Military Caregivers.  

The series is conducted throughout the year and features a variety of topics for all caregivers. The next webinar in the series is July 30, 2015 at 1p.m. CST with a focus on the unique needs of those caring for woman veterans.  www.easterseals.com/carewebinar

Easter Seals Dixon Center will be recognized and presented with the 2015 Caregiver Friendly ® award at the 2015 Fearless Caregiver Conference later this year.

About Easter Seals:

Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs.  For nearly 100 years, we have been offering help, hope, and answers to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.  To learn more about Easter Seals and services in communities nationwide, visit www.easterseals.com. 

About the Caregiver Friendly Awards:

Caregiver Friendly® Awards are presented by Today’s Caregiver magazine to celebrate outstanding books, media, products and services designed with the best interests of the family caregiver in mind. Today’s Caregiver magazine, launched in 1995, is published by Caregiver Media Group, which also produces the Fearless Caregiver Conferences, www.caregiver.com and The Fearless Caregiver book which teaches caregivers how to become their loved one’s fearless advocates within the healthcare system.

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 headquartered in Washington, DC at www.elizabethdolefoundation.org



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