Programs: Adult services:adult day health care: easter seals' adult day health care programs serve adults ages 18 and up with a disability or special needs, memory impairment, such as alzheimer's or other dementia related disorders including parkinson's, stroke and traumatic brain injuries. Members participate in a full multi-sensory and therapeutic activities curriculum that encourages and promotes independence, socialization and maintenance of function and skills. Our staff are trained facilitators providing several researched-based and evidence-based arts activity programs, allowing our members to express themselves creatively, enhancing their quality of life. The programs provide a protective environment for members, in a home-like environment. Relieving social isolation, as well as providing respite for caregivers, are important benefits of the programs. We are proud to also serve many veterans. Adult day health care services can be a true alternative to nursing home placement, allowing an individual to continue to live at home during acute or chronic illness. Easter seals served 210 adults through these programs. Employment services: easter seals' employment services offers vocational options specifically designed to promote meaningful employment opportunities for adults with disabilities based upon their strengths and interests. Services include a life skills development (also known as adult day training) program in a facility-based setting and a life, employment-readiness and community (lec) skills program with a curriculum designed to promote independence in the home and at work by teaching and developing life, employment-readiness and community skills. Easter seals provides supervised work groups who travel to local businesses daily to perform job duties on-site as well as supported and on-the-job training for clients ready for community employment, assisting them with pre-employment skills training, job placement and on-going support. The employment programs also assist local businesses through partnerships and contracts with easter seals florida to provide a cost-effective option for staffing and product fulfillment. Easter seals served 134 adults through these programs. Adaptive telecommunication equipment distribution: easter seals florida partners with florida telecommunications relay, inc. (ftri) by providing free amplified telephones and other specialized equipment in the central florida area. With a regional distribution center located in winter park, easter seals florida loans specialized telecommunication equipment for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled florida residents at no cost. This program ended may 31, 2017. Easter seals served 5 adults through these programs.
camping and recreation: easter seals' camp challenge offers hundreds of children and adults with disabilities or special needs, ages six through adulthood, a chance to enjoy outdoor recreation, socializing with friends, relaxation during their summer vacation, and restful weekend getaways. Set on 61 beautiful acres, campers stay in air-conditioned cabins, and participate in many fully accessible activities include zip lining, swimming, target range and archery sports activities, talent shows and many other special events. Camp challenge promotes achieving independence regardless of the challenges a person with a disability faces on a day-to-day basis. Fully accredited by the american camping association, a low camper-to-counselor ratio ensures a quality yet fun and exciting experience. Easter seals served 164 children and adults through these programs.
children's services:child development centers: child development centers provide high quality child care and developmental programming for children with disabilities/special needs as well as typically developing children, from birth to five years of age, in an inclusive, preschool, educational setting. Based upon each child's needs, services are provided, and accommodations are made for therapy and other comprehensive services to occur during the school day. Education and therapies are provided in the natural environment to promote growth, learning and success. Easter seals served 351 children through these programs. Teen parenting programs: these programs are designed for teen parents to be able to continue their schooling at the career centers operated by the local school district while their infants and toddlers, 2 weeks to 36 months of age, are cared for in a quality early care and education setting. In addition to providing developmental early education to this high-risk group of infants and toddlers, easter seals' staff provides support and guidance to help the teen parents balance their school and parenting responsibilities, and provide training and education regarding literacy, handling behavioral challenges, diapering and other basic parenting skills. Easter seals served 54 children through these programs. Caregiver respite: easter seals florida provides respite care for air force and navy active service members who have children with disabilities. Respite services are provided, free of charge, to those service members stationed at macdill air force base in tampa, and patrick air force base in cocoa beach. Providers are recruited, and thoroughly trained to provide quality care for the children with disabilities and then matched with appropriate families. This allows families to take care of personal needs with confidence that their child is being safely cared for by a trained, respite care provider. In addition, easter seals florida and the children's board of hillsborough county have teamed together to provide rest and relief for those whose lives are overwhelmed by the needs of a child with a disability. Respite is offered in the home by highly qualified caretakers. Easter seals served 72 children and adults through these programs. Early steps: early steps, also known as idea, part c, offers early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Easter seals florida is one of fourteen contracted local early steps programs across the state. As the contract holder for a five-county service area in south florida, easter seals florida conducts multi-disciplinary evaluations for any child suspected as being delayed to determine eligibility for services; provides case management for eligible children; and coordinates with community agencies and other contracted providers for the delivery of needed early intervention services and supports. Easter seals served 4554 children through these programs. Educational programs: the easter seals academy provides educational and community programming for students in middle and high school who have autism and/or developmental disabilities. The school incorporates individualized instruction and person-centered planning to ensure we maximize each student's potential for learning and prepare students for the transition from school to work. In addition to academics, students are engaged in community volunteerism, building the skills necessary for future employment and building relationships. Easter seals served 22 children through these programs.
public health and professional education:advocacy - easter seals florida plays a critical role as an advocate for people with disabilities and special needs by:1. Monitoring local, state and national legislative and judicial developments. 2. Providing parents, families and individual with advocacy. 3. Serving as a community information and referral service. 4. Volunteering to serve on local, state and national organizations and agencies to represent the interests of people with disabilities. 5. Acting as consultants to child care professional helping them gain expertise in working with children with special needs and adapt their settings to include children with special needs as well as their typically developing peers. 6. Creating awareness and public acceptance of people with disabilities through media spots, public service advertising and special awards programs.