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Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin

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Causes: Autism, Camps, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care, Sports

Mission: Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin is changing the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day.

Target demographics: change the way the world views and defines disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3300 children and adults living with disabilities to become more independent.

Geographic areas served: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties.

Programs: Early childhood education, job training, recreation, daily support services and community integration, childhood abuse prevention, autism services, camp experiences

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Caden Ivory has autism and this program is amazing. This is his 3rd year at summer camp and will be our 2nd year for football camp. They offer so much to parents and children and are so wonderful. We will keep coming back to the amazing programs they have to offer. Thank you, Karen Ivory (Scooby Doo) Facebook name.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Project SEARCH over the last 3 + years has been an amazing experience. Seeing the work that Easter Seals and their staff do to help individuals with disabilities is absolutely wonderful. The dedication to their mission is second to none.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son participated in Project Search through Easter Seals. This program gave my son the education and tools to become an independent working adult. It not only prepared him for the work force, it prepared him in the necessary skills for success in life. He developed self confidence and self worth that no other program has achieved. As parents who were worried as to how our son would function when we were no longer available for him, we are now confident that he will always have the resources he needs through Easter Seals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in the project SEARCH program and I thought this helped me find out what i wanted to do in life. now i and woring in facilities operations in childrens hospital of wisconsin and i have even got promoted to a full technitian status. i still use the knowledge and the guidence that the program provided me with and it has helped me better myself in many ways even outside of my work emviorment. i would like to give a big thanks to the easter seals staff for the help[ that they gave me in the progarm.

- Cal Schneider

Client Served

Rating: 4

My son has mild autism and ADHD. He participated in Easter Seals " Project Search". This is a job training program for help young adults with disabilities. He completed the internship in June. By mid-July, he was hired by a local hospital. The job is a great fit. The program was also helpful socially. Friendships do not come easily to my son. He made several friends during the program. They continue even though the internship is over. Easter Seals provided a wonderful service to our family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son have been receiving services from the Easter Seals staff for the past few years. They have been so great to work with and have helped my son to achieve meaningful work that he is extremely proud of!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Easter Seals has supported my mother in many ways over the last few years First with providing the assistance she needed to remain living independently in her apartment until she was 86 years old and now assisting our family in her ongoing care. Their commitment to excellence in their services and the dedication of their staff is fantastic. They also served my son with special needs in a vocational program for employment and with the support of their staff and job coaches he has a great job that he loves. Their services span all ages and all needs and we are grateful to be part of the Easter Seals family.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Easter Seals SE WI has a great focus on their mission and serving people using best resouces available. We try to always have an eye on the future and looking at opportunities

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member for this important organization, we must consider many stakeholders in our overall leadership approach. I have found Easter Seals - Southeast WI to caring, thoughtful and impactful on peoples lives. Every so often, I will run into an individual who has used services from Easter Seals, and I will see a big smile and hear a Thank You. Please consider your support of our organization

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been mentored by Easter Seals staff to get a job in the community. Through all his job coaching and help with his resume and very prompt communication, he now is working with very good results. He no longer needs a job coach. I was very impressed with the staff who has assisted him to get to this point. Jaime has been top notch!

Teresa18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Easter Seal Southeast Wisconsin adopted a slice of our Good Harvest Secret Garden this past season, and it was a tremendous success! Responsibility consisted of planting, weeding and harvesting produce from the adopted slice of the garden. The participation was 110% and dependable! Our staff was thrilled to work with each and every individual! East Seals was exceptional to partner with, and NuGenesis is rallying to have them back again next season.

Daniel35

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been a part of the Project Search program at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the past 10 weeks. He is being trained in several areas of service at the hospital complex and has benefitted greatly with added job skills and performance challenges. We are hopeful that he will eventually be hired on a permanent basis. This program has been a great boost for his self-esteem and confidence. We are so pleased with the outcomes so far, and look forward to the help our son will receive in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Easter Seals came into our daughters life earlier this year. They have been working with her for only 3 months in a vocational training program. Our daughter has matured and grown already in this program and the responsibility our daughter has gained is excellent. Keep up the hard work for special needs adults in the work force. Our daughter is a true testament of how successful they can be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a young adult with autism--and I worked with Easter Seals to help me transition into the work place. Our working relationship was personable and professional. They were with me through multiple stages. At first I needed a lot of help. then as I grew more confident needed less and less help. My job coach acted as a go between when my rusty social skills and executive functioning would have counted me out before I even got in the door. They didn't do the work for me and there were no guarantees--but they helped me get past a lot of little details that could have buried me. Easter Seals gave me the chance to show what I could do. That's all I needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the guardian of a mentally disabled person receiving services from Easter Seals. They have done an admirable job in working with my brother.

Sue_20

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was a participant in Easter Seals ProjectSEARCH workforce training program. It is a collaboration with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The program is for high school age youth with special needs. He worked in two intership rotations in the hospital which provided hands on transferrable job skill development. He also learned "soft" job skills like preparing a resume', interview and interpersonal skills. Prior to graduating from this program, he had been trying to get a job for almost 2 years. within 5 month of graduation from the program he received a job offer based on his experience and letters of reference from Project SEARCH! This is an example of one of the many wonderful vocational training programs that Easter Seals provides. He is proud of his accomplishments in the program, of his new job and we are proud ot him!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son recently completed Project SEARCH, an amazing Easter Seals internship program for high school age, young adults with disabilities, in collaboration with Children's Hospital. The great transferrable job skills that he learned in his roations in the Neuroscience and Nutrition Services departments, and the letters of recommendation from hospial staff are a great addition to his resume as he now prepares to interview for jobs.

Carol81

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cathy, our 38 year old daughter goes to Easter Seals Workforce Training Center daily and loves being there. She has learned a variety of job skills and earns a paycheck as well. The staff is always very helpful and we are grateful for the opportunity for our daughter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at the youth sports clinics that Easter Seals has put on. It was amazing not only the support that the Easter Seals employees are offering to the kids and their families, but the partnerships that Easter Seals has formed with the local sport community is incredible. Varsity High School and collegiate athletes plus the Easter Seals staff create an amazing environment that focuses on fun and learning for the kids and their families. Simply Amazing!!

Stephanie F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has began working with Easter Seals for P.L.A.Y. therapy in 2007 and the started receiving ABA therapy in February of 2010 and the results have been life changing for my son and our family. My son has blossomed from a child who would rather sit in the corner by himself, playing with an ice cube, to an amazing young man with friends, dreams, and an amazing love of life. Easter Seals made sure my son always received the services he had needed and the staff and therapist are always extremely helpful and caring. We are so grateful everyday to have Easter Seals staff as a part of our family and to be a part of the Easter Seals family as well!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter receives cognitive learning therapy and speech therapy in home through Easter Seals SE Wisconsin. Since she has been receiving therapy I have seen huge changes in her and we are pleased for everything the friendly therapists do for her. My daughter (2years7months) looks forward to her therapists coming over and she is truly learning a lot and it shows. As a parent no matter what your child is going through is can be hard on you because you don’t always understand, and everyone at Easter Seals has made us have a better understanding of our child and the options that are out there. They are always available for advice and guidance, no matter what learning stage your child is at. We are gratefull that our duaghter has gotten this learning experience before trying to make the transition to special education classes at school this coming winter.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son began ABA services with Easter Seals in September of 2010. Around that time, we had been informed that our son would be non-verbal and would likely require long-term care. Of course, I was devastated....and relieved when our son was accepted into and began ABA with Easter Seals. His therapists were all caring, insightful and astute, and worked fantastically with our kiddo! Our lead therapists and the ABA staff were flexible with our changing schedule and coordinated well with teachers at my son's school. About one month ago, we were surprised to hear that, not only will our son be dismissed from all special education services (except speech / language), but also that he no longer met functionability criteria to receive the autism waiver. We are so proud of the accomplishments our son has made with the help of Easter Seals! His future looks bright and we are truly grateful!