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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
My daughter & son attended the inclusive sports clinics for children with autism & their siblings. I cannot say what an incredible experience it was for us all! They both enjoyed learning football skills on beautiful Fall day with the Marquette University High School Hilltoppers. In winter they learned basketball skills with the UWM Panthers - another fabulously positive experience! Our daughter benefited tremendously from the clinics which helped her build the confidence to go on to participate in two separate community teams in the Spring. We are grateful to Easter Seals for providing these opportunities for children on the spectrum to learn & participate in the same activities other children enjoy!
We are currently receiving ABA services through Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin for our 5 year old daughter with Autism. Since November of 2011 when we started partnering with Easter Seals our daughter has made huge gains. We have been very happy with the line therapists as well as the lead therapists and BCBA's. The willingness to collaborate with the team at our daughter's school has been fantastic and helped tremendoulsy with her gains. We ony expect more great things to come. Our only item of concern is staffing in the Kenosha County area. It appears to be difficult for Easter Seals to maintain consistent staffing in this area. I would like to see more qualified candidates solicited from this area to cut down on the commute time that is accounted for within the therapist's time with our daughter. Fantastic program overall though.