For more than 75 years, Easter Seals Southeast WI has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.
New numbers just released last week revealed 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, a 30% increase since 2010! Did you know the autism rate among boys is 1 in 42 boys, five times the rate of autism in girls? These numbers are from the Centers of Disease Control that describes autism as an “epidemic.” Do you think your child may have autism or another early delay? Easter Seals and CVS Caremark offer a way you can find out and track your child's development at www.makethefirstfivecount.org.
Getting a diagnosis of autism does not mean a child cannot thrive and succeed. It means they need support to learn how autism affects them and learn new behaviors. Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin provides those types of services.
The cost of these services, even when health insurance will cover the treatment, is expensive and many families are waiting nearly two years for funding to support their son or daughter. Many need help much sooner and turn to Easter Seals.
Our entire organization and our partners Act for Autism in April to help families living with autism. We ask you to join us. Retailers like National Bakery, CVS Pharmacy, Dunkin Doughnuts, Burghart Sporting Goods, Rock Bottom Brewery and SuperLube are running specials that benefit Easter Seals Autism Services. From getting new wipers for just a $10 donation to purchasing our individually designed Autism Awareness Pins, you can Act for Autism too. To find a location near you: http://www.easterseals.com/wi-se/get-involved/events/act-for-autism.html
With partners like these, families living with autism will create a world of possibilties for children today and tomorrow.