A Social Story to Help Explain the COVID Vaccination Process to Individuals with Autism

Our very own Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP) has developed a social story to help explain the process of getting a COVID-19 vaccine to individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities.  

Growing Our Own at Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford

Paraprofessionals are vital members of our school community and support services, but they often face obstacles to becoming certified teachers. At Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford, the “Grow Your Own” program has made great strides by creating educational pathways and support for paraprofessionals to become teachers.

Carter Sanders named our new ComED Energy Force Ambassador.

As our beloved Maurice Snell has started a new chapter in his career, we are excited to announce that our very own Carter Sanders has been chosen to take Maurice’s place as our ComEd Energy Force Ambassador. The ComEd Energy Force Ambassador Program is a one-of-a-kind program that trains adults with developmental disabilities to serveContinue reading “Carter Sanders named our new ComED Energy Force Ambassador.”

A Farewell from Maurice Snell

Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford is so proud of Maurice Snell who worked with us in Human Resources and Development for more than a decade and was a graduate of our Easterseals Academy. Maurice has joined De Lasalle Institute as Development Coordinator. In his final days on staff, he shared a farewell message.

Parenting is challenging. Partnering with Parents makes it easier.

When Michael and Ivette Howland visited their local library for a Parent Resource Fair over a year ago, they had no idea they’d find a program that would offer their family so much support.

Patrick, who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Thrives Working at HarrysButtons and in the Adult World

Patrick, 25, who has an autism spectrum disorder, has worked at HarrysButtons.com for six years, learning how to make custom buttons and apparel, fold shirts, and work independently.

MacKenzie Scott Provides Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford with Transformational Gift

We have big news. Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced today that she has made an unrestricted transformational gift to Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford.

Flat Stanley Explores Chicago with Illinois Autism Partnership

Our Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP) took part in an initiative called The Flat Stanley Project that encourages reading and exposes young children to different places and cultures. Learn more and see Flat Stanley visit the most famous sites in Chicago!

Supporting Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder During COVID-19

The pandemic is challenging for everyone, but it’s particularly difficult for students with disabilities. We spoke with our own Sarah Smith, M.Ed., Manager of Training for the Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP), about the challenges facing students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, how to help support remote learning, and mask-wearing.

Shout out to Easterseals Academy Graduate and our Current Employee, Carter!

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw our former Easterseals Academy student and current Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford employee, Carter, shining bright in the November Best Buddies Illinois newsletter.

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