years of changing the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people's lives

 

Easterseals has only been able to pursue its mission of empowering people with disabilities and special needs over the past 100 years because of supporters like YOU.

Together we’ve made incredible progress, serving over 5,000 individuals last year alone. However, this is only the beginning and it’s time to focus on what we hope to accomplish over the NEXT 100 years. Please pledge your support to make sure persons with disabilities and special needs are guaranteed a future where they are 100% empowered and 100% included.

If your business or community association is looking to make a meaningful impact on their community, we hope you will consider partnering with us for our 100th anniversary. We have a variety of sponsorship and volunteer opportunities which can mobilize your staff and inspire your customers.

We are also looking to partner with hospitals and managed care organizations to address the social determinants of health affecting those with diagnosed mental illness. Let’s work together to cut healthcare costs and improve outcomes across the board.

There is nothing more powerful than a community of connected and engaged advocates sharing the same, singular message, “We want change the way people with disabilities and special needs are defined or viewed.” By connecting with us and sharing the stories of success we’ve gathered over the last 100 years of service, you can do just that.

Find out how you can amplify your voice by signing up for our online newsletter or by engaging with us on social media.

If you or your loved one is looking for supports to live, learn, work, or play in their communities, please review the services we provide to see how Easterseals can help make a difference in your lives.

For the past 100 years, Easterseals has dedicated itself to providing services that assist people with disabilities and special needs to overcome barriers and achieve their goals. We empower our program participants to turn an inaccessible world into one where they can live their lives to the fullest.

WE CELEBRATE

Easterseals celebrates its 100th Anniversary in April 2019

1919
Edger Allen portrait
Easterseals is founded by Edger Allen as the National Society for Crippled Children in Ohio, as a way to provide community resources to persons with disabilities and their families
 
1936
First Easter Seal
The first "seal" (stamp) is created as a fundraising campaign for our organization & was so popular that it was later included in our brand identity, including changing our name to Easter "seals"
 
1948-1950

Easterseals New Jersey is born as a result of the American Academy of Pediatrics' nationwide study that determined NJ had a high incidence of birth defects but little or no services (ranking 48th out of 50 states

Speech therapy & hearing clinics, equipment loan, & information sharing began the foundation of Easterseals NJ’s programs as a disability service provider

 
1960s
Camp Merry client

Easterseals NJ acquires Camp Merry Heart to provide recreational rehabilitation to children & adults with all levels of ability

Establishes very first vocational rehabilitation facility in Middlesex County

 
1970s

Easterseals New Jersey becomes the first affiliate to provide residential mental health services & alcohol/substance abuse programs

Our first adult day training programs are established & we expand our vocational rehabilitation center (Raritan Valley Work Center)

Through our advocacy efforts, the Barrier Free Law is established in an effort to make New Jersey a more accessible state

 
1980s

Easterseals New Jersey establishes its first residential group home for people with developmental disabilities

Overcomes severe economic challenges & governmental funding cuts and reaches $15MM in revenue

Grows to serve 1,600 men, women and children by the end of the decade

 
1990s
ADA signing

Easterseals plays an integral role in the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — landmark legislation increasing public access for persons with disabilities

Begins to provide Behavioral Health Outreach Services & Fiscal Intermediary Services, supporting thousands throughout the state

 
2000s

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is established to support and train job seekers who are 55+ years old

Expands to all 21 counties in New Jersey

ADA signing
 
2010s
Person exercising

Easterseals New Jersey establishes Be Well and Thrive!, the first-ever health and wellness program specifically crafted to include persons with disabilities

 
2016
New logo

"Easter Seals" name modifies to create a new, re-imagined, single name, "Easterseals"

Easterseals also adopts a refreshed new logo to fit its new identity

 
Present-day

100 years later, Easterseals continues to work tirelessly to advance the quality of life and overall well-being for people with disabilities and special needs while supporting them in overcoming barriers to community inclusion

 
Present-day

We take great pride in being the voice of advocacy helping to bring equality, dignity, and independence to people in need for 100 years…and for the next 100 to come!

Family
 
Present-day
100
 

Our past was bright but we envision an even brighter future

 

Our goal for the next years is to ensure
% of people are % empowered