March is Easter Seals Awareness Month by Sylvia McGrath Helping children with disabilities gain greater independence

March is Easter Seals Awareness Month

by Sylvia McGrath

Helping children with disabilities gain greater independence

In 1922 a group of Rotary Clubs formed the The American Easter Seals Programs in the United States of America. The province of Alberta founded the first Canadian Easter Seals program in 1945. Today, 40,000 children and their families across Canada have access to licensed agencies helping children with physical and/or mental disabilities

The most common disabilities that Easter Seals programs help are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida

The best known services are the camp programs. There are twelve camps across Canada providing camp opportunities to over 4600 children. These camps provide programs for disabled children to participate in activities such as:

  • Archery
  • Sledge hockey
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pottery
  • Camping in Tents
  • High Ropes
  • Fun sports
  • Swimming

These Camps are available to children at little or no cost to the families. Easter Seals also provides services such as mobility aids, adaptive computers, communication aids, wheelchair-accessibility, as well as modifications to vehicles and homes.

For more information on Easter Seals in your area, please see the links below:

http://www.easterseals.ab.ca/Site/index.aspx

www.easterseals.nb.ca

www.eastersealscamps.ca

http://www.easternseals.co.uk/

http://www.easterseals.org/

http://www.easterseals.com/

http://www.abilityfirstaustralia.com.au/about.shtml

Our International Affiliates Easter Seals Disability Services

Coming soon:- In Canada

March 16 to April 8, 2012

Help Hatch Great Things for Easter Seals Kids

The 2012 Paper Egg Campaign for Easter Seals Kids arrives at participating retailers across Ontario from March 16 – April 8.

Help support Easter Seals kids by purchasing a colourful paper egg for only $2.00

Write your name on the egg and it will be prominently displayed in the retail store, showing your commitment to Easter Seals kids.

2012 marks the 12th year of our Paper Egg Campaign that has raised over $5.2 million towards helping kids with physical disabilities in Ontario.

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