FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of common questions we hear at Easter Seals, and their answers. If you have another question or would like to request more information about Easter Seals, feel free to use our online form to contact us. Thanks for your interest!
What is Easter Seals?
Easter Seals provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families. We've been helping families for more than 85 years. Today, Easter Seals assists more than one million individuals and their families annually at more than 550 Easter Seals service sites across the country. Each center provides top-quality, innovative services tailored to meet the specific needs of the people we serve.
Does Easter Seals provide services in Spanish?
Yes. In fact, you can locate your local Easter Seals affiliate and they will direct you to a personnel that can help you locate our services in Spanish.
What types of services does Easter Seals provide?
Our primary Easter Seals services include:
Military & Veterans
Adult & Senior
Employment & Training
Camping & Recreation
Are Easter Seals services limited to specific types of disabilities?
No. Easter Seals is committed to caring for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities and special needs resulting from any cause -- whether diagnosed at birth or incurred through disease, accidental injury or the aging process.
How many people receive Easter Seals services each year?
Every year, more than one million individuals benefit from Easter Seals services. Additionally, Easter Seals helps more than 100,000 physicians, therapists and other professionals learn ways to improve services for people with disabilities through professional education programs.
How is Easter Seals supported financially?
Easter Seals receives funding from a variety of sources, including private insurers, government agencies and fee-for-service. To make our services accessible to as many people as possible Easter Seals also relies on public contributions. Public contributions help cover the difference between actual program costs and what our clients can afford.
How are the funds disseminated?
Easter Seals is a grassroots, community-based organization. Approximately 90 percent of Easter Seals' revenue supports services in the areas where funds are raised. For more than 24 consecutive years, Easter Seals has ranked first among National Health Council members for the percentage (94 percent) of program dollars spent on direct client services.
How large is the Easter Seals organization?
Easter Seals assists more than one million individuals with disabilities each year at more than 550 service sites in the United States and Puerto Rico. Easter Seals headquarters in Chicago provides assistance to more than 90 affiliates through management training, implementation of best practices and consultation services.
Is Easter Seals a non-profit organization?
Yes. Easter Seals is a non-profit provider of health and human services, incorporated under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Does Easter Seals have a religious affiliation?
No. Easter Seals is not affiliated with any religion and does not discriminate. At the core of the Easter Seals organization is a common passion for caring, shared by our staff and by those who support our mission.
What are Easter "seals"?
Easter "seals" are stamp-like seals that were first created in 1934 to raise money for services benefiting children with disabilities. Then known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the organization was re-named "Easter Seals" in 1967, reflecting the public's awareness and acceptance of the campaign.
Do Easter "seals" still exist today?
Yes. In fact, Easter Seals mails seals to more than 19 million households across the country every year, raising almost $14 million to support services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.
How can I volunteer?
Easter Seals' continued success in providing services to individuals with disabilities would not be possible without the support of those who volunteer their time, energy and hearts to inspire and touch the lives of those we serve. The personal commitment of our volunteers truly enhances the services Easter Seals provides to our clients nationwide. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Easter Seals in your area.