More than 5.3 million Canadians—16% of the population in this country—are living with some form of disability that affects their level of freedom, independence or quality of life.
Easter Seals is a trusted industry leader and Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, issues-leadership and development for the disability community. For more than 95 years, we have worked to enhance the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians living with disabilities.
Serving a broad range of individuals with varying physical, cognitive, sensory and learning disabilities, Easter Seals helps to ensure that all Canadians living with disabilities have access to the equipment, technology, programs, services and support they need to make the most of their abilities and participate fully in society.
Through a diverse array of transformative programs and services, Easter Seals helps to address and overcome the barriers to access, integration and social inclusion faced by children, youth and adults living with a wide range of disabilities in Canada. Easter Seals’ principle activities include the following:
- Financial assistance and direct-to-client programs for mobility equipment, assistive technology, communication devices and learning aids to maximize independence and enhance quality of life
- Sport, recreation and leisure programming to encourage active participation and enhanced well-being
- Incredible, life-changing summer camp programs for children and youth living with disabilities
- Education, job training, employment services and social enterprise initiatives to inspire positive and productive lives
- Scholarships and bursaries to support youth with disabilities in their pursuit for personal growth and achievement through continuous learning and higher education
- Rehabilitative and occupational therapy programs to improve life skills and optimize functional ability
- Residential and respite programs for families of children with disabilities and serious medical conditions
- The Access 2 Program to improve social inclusion through access to entertainment and recreation opportunities for people with permanent disabilities who require the aid of a support person