Media Resource Center

The Easterseals Network is executing a public relations plan to increase our brand relevance and position Easterseals as a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion, emphasizing our services pillars: Employment, Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, Autism, Child Development/Back to School, Mental Health, Seniors and Transportation. Executing this plan will be reliant on local stories to drive national media placements around our key service areas.



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All In: Easterseals 10-Point Plan for Disability Equity

Driven by our purpose to change the way the world defines and views people with disabilities, Easterseals is committed to building an equitable work environment for people with disabilities – and that begins with you. With Easterseals’ 10-point plan for disability equity, your pledge will confirm your commitment to creating a fair and inclusive environment for all of us.


To learn more about the All In campaign, visit 

Check out the official Press Release, Easterseals Launches All In: The Plan for Disability Equity

Check out Angela’s OpEd in The Hill, It’s Time to End Employment Discrimination for People with Disabilities

Share the All In campaign with your Facebook and Twitter followers. A full toolkit can be found here.





ONE in FOUR people – 61 million – are living with disability today

ONE in THREE adults with disabilities have no health care provider or unmet needs due to cost


[ezcol_1third]Disability Demographics[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Types of Disability[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]2 in 5 people are 65 or older [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]13.7% Associated with mobility[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]1 in 4 women [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]10.8% Cognitive disability[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]3 in 10 Native Americans [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]6.8% Independent Living disability[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]1 in 4 African Americans [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]5.9% Deaf or hard of hearing[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]1 in 5 Caucasians [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]4.6% Blind or low vision[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]1 in 6 Hispanics [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]3.6% Self-care disability[/ezcol_2third_end]


Affiliate permission to use their story must be secured. Please contact the primary person listed with their story, or contact Dan Ciaglia at the Easterseals National Office. 


Please refer to the Facts and Stats document linked near the top of the page for sources on service-based facts and stats listed below.

Early Child Development

Facts and Stats

Easterseals is committed to creating a world where every and any child born with a disability is given the support needed to fully participate in life. Early Intervention services help young children with disabilities achieve their goals in cognitive, social, emotional, communicative, adaptive and physical developement.


Our Make the First Five Count initiative provides a free, online screening tool so that parents, grandparents, educators and care providers can be sure the children for whom they care are meeting critical developmental milestones, and what to do if they’re not.


10-15% of children between birth and five years have physical, cognitive, social and behavioral delays, representing nearly 3 million infants and toddlers.



Londyn’s Story – Easterseals Arkansas

West Palm Beach Center Mission Video – Easterseals Florida

Guns N Hoses Child Development Center – Easterseals Iowa


Subject Matter Experts

Donna Davidson, President and CEO, Easterseals North Georgia

Barry Simon, President and CEO, Easterseals of Oak Hill

Sue Ventura, President and CEO, Easterseals Florida



Facts and Stats

In 2019, Easterseals employment services ensured more than 75,000 people with disabilities, veterans and older adults for the supports they needed to identify and leverage their skills, receive training and secure meaningful employment. Obstacles to employment for people with disabilities include physical environments that are inaccessible or hard to navigate; lack of assistive tools or technologies; negative attitudes within the work environment; lack of access to transportation, relevant systems and policies to welcome people with disabilities into the workforce.


17.9% of people with disabilities are unemployed, compared to 13.3% of the general population

9.1% of veterans are unemployed, compared to 13.3% of the general population

People with disabilities’ median earnings are over $10K fewer than people with no disability

People with disabilities are categorized as the THIRD LARGEST market segment in the United States after Hispanics and African Americans

Corporations deemed “Disability Inclusion Champions” realize higher shareholder returns and are TWICE as likely to outperform their peers and achieve 30% higher profit margins compared to companies that do not include people with disabilities in diversity and inclusion strategies

If 1% more people with disabilities join the workforce, the GDP could boost up to $25 BILLION



Claire’s Story – Easterseals Arkansas

Shawn’s Story – Easterseals Arkansas

Sam: Making Her Way – Easterseals Crossroads

Supported Employees Are Essential – Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Six Months to Six Figures – Easterseals New Jersey


Subject Matter Experts

Nic Novicki, Founder, Easterseals Disability Film and Easterseals Southern California Board Member – Equal Representation in Hollywood

Carol Salter, President and CEO, Easterseals Oregon – Veterans Reintegration

Luanne Welch, President and CEO, Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia

Mark Whitley, President and CEO, Easterseals Southern California

Dr. Michael Wirth-Davis, President and CEO, Goodwill-Easterseals Minnesota


Military and Veterans, Families and Caregivers

Facts and Stats

Veterans and military families leverage a variety of Easterseals services, though some services are specifically tailored to veterans and their families. Among these are Employment, Mental Health services, Caregiver support, Homeless veterans reintegration, and Financial Literacy.


18.2 MILLION veterans in the United States

30% active duty and reserve military – approximately 730,000 people – deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment

Less than 50% of these veterans receive any mental health treatment treatment

22 veterans die by suicide every day

9.1% of veterans are unemployed, compared to 13.3% of the general population

11% of the homeless population are veterans, including 20% of the male homeless population

Of this group, 51% have disabilities; 50% have mental illness; 70% have substance abuse problems



Keith, Easterseals New Hampshire Veterans Recovery | Story | Resources and Contact



The Impact of Veterans Rally Point – Easterseals Capital Region and Eastern Connecticut


Subject Matter Experts

Andrea Christoffels, Veterans Count, Easterseals New Hampshire

David Muir Jr., Senior Vice President Veterans Staffing Network, Easterseals DC MD VA | Veterans Employment

Dr. Tracey Neal-Walden, Director Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, Easterseals DC MD VA | Mental Health

Scott Robinson, Director of Miliary and Veteran Services, Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati | Veterans Employment

Carol Salter, President and CEO, Easterseals Oregon – Veteran Homelessness

BG Ron Welch, Vice President Military and Veteran Services, Easterseals Capital Region Eastern Connecticut



Facts and Stats

Autism Services impact the lives of children and adults living on the autism spectrum throughout the lifespan through Easterseals services randing from early intervention and inclusive childcare to employment and residential services.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 59 children in the United States has autism

The prevalence is FOUR TIMES higher among boys than girls

7% more Caucasian children are on the autism spectrum than African American children and 22% more than Hispanic children

Only 42% of children with autism had a diagnostic evaluation by age 3, despite 85% showing some signs of the condition at that age

Early identification, evaluation and intervention are CRITICAL


RJ’s Story – Easterseals Arkansas

Henry is Thriving at Easterseals Olympic Peninsula Autism Center – Easterseals Washington

Mental Health

Facts and Stats

Easterseals behavorial health services include mental health services for children, adults and families, including veterans and seniors, as well as substance abuse and recovery programs.


1 in 5 adults experience mental health illness annually, and 1 in 25 experience serious mental illness

1 in 6 youth ages 6-17 experience a mental health disorder annually

50% of lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 75% by age 24

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34

For facts and stats on mental health in military and veterans, please see the military and veterans section



Mental Illness Doesn’t Have to Hold You Back – Easterseals New Jersey


Adults and Seniors

Facts and Stats

Home and community-based services help people live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Community-based Adult Day Services meet the daytime needs of adults with disabilities and older adults while promoting their dignity and independence. Easterseals partners with families to ensure a continuation of their care focused on the client’s well-being. In-home services meet the various needs of seniors, from personal care, household chores and meal delivery to more extensive in-home are and companionship.


In the next decade, more than 71 MILLION Americans will be 65 years old or older

52.8% of adults ages 65 and older report having a disability, and more than 33% reported a severe disability

41% of seniors ages 65-79 and 71% ages 80+ have at least one self-care, household activity or mobility issue

Medicaid finances 59% of home and community-based services, and more than 2.5 MILLION people received services through Medicaid



Michael’s Story – Easterseals Arkansas

Clayton’s Story – Easterseals Arkansas

Miracle’s Story – Easterseals Arkansas


Facts and Stats

Transportation for people with disabilities is not just a ride; accessible transportation ensures that the one in four people with disabilities in America today can be full participants in their communities. Easterseals Project Action Consulting provides training and technical expertise to transportation companies, human services agencies, states, tribal nations and communities nationwide to ensure accessible transportation compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The National Center for Mobility Management helps people with disabilities across the country identify people and organizations in their state, region or local community that can connect them to the most appropriate transportation services and supports.


Scott: Maintaining Independence – Easterseals Crossroads

This is Ashley – Easterseals Crossroads