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Easterseals Receives $230,000 in Grants From the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation to Leverage Technology That Creates Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Grant Announced as Easterseals Celebrates 100 Years of Service and Impact in the Lives of People with Disabilities

Chicago, IL, June 27, 2019

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Sharon Watson

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary as the nation’s leading advocate and service provider for people with disabilities, Easterseals announced today that the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation has provided $230,000 in grants to support technology programs and services offered throughout the nonprofit’s national network of affiliates.

The Fred J. Maahs, Jr., Assistive Technology Grants, named for a former Comcast executive and current Easterseals board member whose efforts have made a lasting impact in the disability community, were awarded through a competitive process to a dozen Easterseals affiliates nationwide. The grants are designed to unlock a world of opportunities for children and adults with disabilities so they can more independently live, learn, work and play in their communities.

“Our purpose is to ensure that every one of us is empowered to fully participate in life,” says Angela Williams, Easterseals President and CEO.  “Nothing unleashes the power of possibilities for people with disabilities quite like technology.  We are grateful to the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation for the commitment and support it has provided to us since 2011 so that Easterseals can continue to deliver innovative assistive technology solutions, which ensure that people with disabilities can gain heightened independence and achieve great things.”

“We believe that success starts with opportunity.  It has been our privilege, through our support and partnership with Easterseals, to see the lives of more than 57,000 children and adults with disabilities, as well as veterans and older adults, empowered through expanded assistive technology training and services,” says Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President of Community Impact for Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation.

Recipients of the 2019 Fred J. Maahs, Jr., Assistive Technology Grants, and the impact to be delivered, include:

Additionally, support to Easterseals National Office will assure the production of a national Public Service Announcement (PSA) highlighting the organization’s 100th Anniversary in 2019 to air on Comcast NBCUniversal stations throughout the year.

Since 2011, the Fred J. Maahs, Jr., Assistive Technology Grant Fund at Easterseals has empowered an estimated 57,000 Americans living with disabilities by providing expanded access to assistive technology, training and services.

To date, the company has provided more than $35 million in cash and in-kind support to help Easterseals advance assistive technology solutions nationwide.

About Easterseals
For 100 years, Easterseals has served as an indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and their families. Together, our 69 affiliates in communities nationwide serve 1.5M people annually through high-quality programs including autism services, early intervention, assistive technology, 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.

About the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the communities the company serves. Its mission is to empower communities to thrive by helping to provide access to technology, relevant digital skills and training, and inspiring volunteerism and service. More information about how Comcast NBCUniversal supports the communities it serves is available at comcast.com/community.

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