We’ve received additional grants for Head Start/Early Head Start, expanding total seats in the Chicago and Suburban Cook County to 1,900

We’ve been awarded grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve an additional 316 children and families in Chicago and an additional 73 children and families in Suburban Cook County. As a result of these new awards, Easterseals will serve a total of approximately 1,900 children and families in suburban Cook County and Chicago, an increase of 27 percent. 

Easterseals Academy grad and staffer Carter Sanders writes energy saving newsletter

Read ComEd Energy Force Ambassador Carter Sanders’ newsletter that offers energy saving tips, speaks to Easterseals staffers on how they conserve energy, and provides a fun activity to do with kids, Energy Bingo.

UPDATED LOCATIONS: Autism-Friendly Covid Vaccination Sites in Chicagoland

The Illinois Autism Partnership of Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford is excited to announce three autism-friendly vaccine sites in the Chicagoland area.

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.

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!

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