Easterseals East Texas Inc.’s mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities, special needs or functional limitations have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
WHAT IS EASTERSEALS?
For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families living with disabilities. Throughout all life’s moments – from the extraordinary to the ordinary and everything in between – Easterseals is here to help people and families realize and reach for their full potential.
Across the nation, we remove physical, cultural, attitudinal and legal obstacles so people with disabilities have every opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives, on their own terms. We exist to provide the best services and opportunities for people with disabilities in communities nationwide.
Easterseals serves people and families who face a wide range of disabilities, including physical emotional, intellectual, social and educational.
The Birth of the Seal
In the spring of 1934, the organization launched its first Easter "seals" campaign to raise money for its services. To show their support, donors placed the seals on envelopes and letters. Cleveland Plain Dealer cartoonist J.H. Donahey designed the first seal. Donahey based the design on a concept of simplicity because those served by the charity asked "simply for the right to live a normal life." The lily - a symbol of spring - was officially incorporated as the National Society for Crippled Children’s logo in 1952 for its association with new life and new beginnings.
Expansion of the organization
In 1945, we expanded our vision across the country and in communities nationwide when we opened our services to adults and returning WWII veterans.
LIVE: Hands on comprehensive, vital programs and support to help people reach their full potential:
• Adult and senior services
• Autism services
• Medical rehabilitation and health services
• Mental health services
• Residential and housing services
LEARN: Programs designed to help children and adults learn—and often relearn—basic functions, master skills need to develop and thrive, and be sharp and active across the lifespan.
• Online development screening tool
• Assistive technology services
• Early intervention services
• Child care services
• Children services
WORK: A range of training, placement and related services helping people prepare for the workforce.
• Veterans and Military family services
• Workforce Development services
PLAY: Fun, healthy programs for children, adults and caregivers to relax, connect with friends and engage in constructive activities.
• Camping and recreation
• Respite services
• Supportive services
ACT: Involvement opportunities for our vibrant community of friends and supporters.
• Community engagement and outreach
• Educational programming
The next 100 years
Disability is a part of life, and at some point, will touch each of us and those we love. At Easterseals, we’re working towards better support for the 56.7 million Americans who live with disability and their families.
The issues facing people with disabilities has become increasingly complex in the 21st century. But together, we can work to seek a society in which everyone is included and valued for who they are, free to strive for what they want, educated to pursue the career they want and encouraged to follow their dreams.
Together we can change the way the world defines and views disability.