Easter Seals Inc. was founded in 1919 and has grown to become a national leader in offering help, hope and answers to more than a million children and adults living with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and other disabilities or special needs each year. Easter Seals operates through a network of self-governing, financially independent affiliates.
Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region (Easter Seals GWBR) (www.gwbr.easterseals.com) is the affiliate serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. For more than 75 years, we have been at the forefront of providing exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in our community. Our community-based programs are designed to support and strengthen families, enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities, create stronger communities, and reduce systemwide health care costs.
We work through public-private partnerships to provide services in the most efficient manner possible. These traits were demonstrated most recently in the opening our InterGenerational Center, which has quickly become an international model of excellence for delivering superior outcomes including creating meaningful connections between generations. It was opened through visionary partnership among local, state, and national government as well as private individual, corporate, and foundation investment. The shared resources created a maximum return on investment for the community.
Easter Seals GWBR delivers exceptional services through a network of 19 sites and provides Adult Medical Day Care, Senior+, Early Child Development and Education, Respite, and Workforce Development services where participants and their families find support, hope, medical care, and enjoyable activities. In addition to serving the overall community, our programs place a special emphasis on the special needs of wounded warriors, veterans, active duty military, and their families.
Our unique and dedicated staff of over 170 professionals includes specialists in education, therapy, senior services, social work, assistive technology, nursing, and related professions. In addition, as a part of the Easter Seals Inc. international network, we are able to draw on the resources of almost 25,000 to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of service delivery.