Celebrating 90th Years of Helping Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities Achieve Their Potential.
Easter Seals Ontario is proud to celebrate 90 years of helping children and youth with physical disabilities. 2012 also marks the 75th anniversary of Easter Seals fully accessible summer camps and the 65th anniversary of our annual Easter ‘seals’ Direct Mail campaign, which continues to be one of our most successful campaigns.
For 90 years, Easter Seals has played an important role in providing support for children and youth with physical disabilities. Thanks to our generous donors, we continue to offer programs that allow kids to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment. For families, Easter Seals is somewhere to turn for help when they need it.
There are over 20,000 children, youth and young adults in Ontario with a physical disability. Some of these children were born with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, some have spinal cord or brain injuries resulting from childhood accidents, others sustained brain damage through infections like encephalitis and meningitis. Regardless of the cause, these children share a common desire for independence, acceptance and achievement.
Easter Seals Ontario began in 1922 as a vision to create a better life for children and youth with physical disabilities. While the specific programs and services may have changed over the decades, Easter Seals’ dedication to helping these young people achieve a greater level of acceptance and independence is unwavering.
Today, Easter Seals’ programs and services include: financial assistance for mobility equipment and communication devices; fully accessible camp and funding for other summer recreational programs; providing access to information and resources, and public education and awareness.