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Easterseals also provides assistance to young adults, veterans, and their families in order to help support any needs they may have to make their lives a little easier. When I float over to the Neonatal ICU from time to time, I always see recommendations for babies and parents to be sent to this organization but never truly knew what they were about.Brief history and mission of the agency:Easterseals was created by Edgar Allen in 1907 who lost his son in a street car accident. Upon this incident, Edgar noticed the lack of medical services available to save his son. Allen then created a fundraising campaign to build a new hospital for crippled children who he noticed were often hidden from the public. In 1934, the first Easter "seals" fundraiser took place in which supporters placed a seal on the envelopes they submitted in support of the organization. The seal became so popular that in 1967, the organization formally adopted the name Easter Seals. Easter Seals mission statement is to provide exceptional services,
education, outreach, and advocacy so that veterans, people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work, and play in their communities.Target population the agency serves:Easter seals serves children, adults, and veterans.Services and programs offered:Primary services include: Autism Spectrum Disorder services, children's services, adult services, senior services, military and veteran services, employment and training, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, and brain health. The Early Childhood Intervention program is a parent support program that provides families with the tools they need to incorporate instruction and therapy into their child's life. Services for children are primarily aimed at providing support services from the time of pregnancy up until the child enters kindergarten. Programs are not solely aimed at support for children but also focus on aiding parents and families learn to cope with diagnosis' and giving their child a sense of normalcy and independence. Easter seals extends this philosophy to the adult population and aims to provide programs that help adults and seniors live as safely and independently as possible while offering services to families to help maintain adults with special needs. What criteria must clients meet in order to be served by this agency:Through research of this agency I have found that the agency does not limit the type of disability. Easter seals aims to assist children and adults with physical and mental disabilities as well as special needs that have resulted from any cause whether it be diagnosed at birth, incurred through disease, accidental injury, or aging process.What you found interesting about this agency or helpful for you as a professional nurse:What I found most interesting about this agency is the broad range of services they provide and how they do not discriminate about levels of disability. Whether the disability can be seen internally or externally, Easter Seals is dedicated to providing some type of service to them. In my