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Honorary Board Member and Actor Joe Mantegna visits Easterseals Academy
Honorary Board Member and Actor Joe Mantegna visited our Easterseals Academy Chicago Campus on May 30 with his wife, Arlene and daughter, Mia, who has an autism spectrum disorder.
Welcome to New Senior Director of Early Learning Services, Amy Nichol
Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford is thrilled to announce Amy Nichol as our new Senior Director of Early Learning Services.
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Episode 4: Demystifying Early Intervention
Early Intervention is a statewide program that provides supports and services for families to help their children under age three meet developmental milestones. You'll hear from our Early Intervention Program Managers Peter Byrne and Marlene Strobe in a conversation with our host Reema about our Early Intervention services.This podcast is meant to demystify how Early Intervention works for parents and caregivers, as well as provide information on how to access services.
Episode 3: How to Turn Around a Nonprofit in Crisis
When Sara Ray Stoelinga became the new President & CEO of Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford in May 2019, the organization was in financial and organizational crisis. They were more than $22 million in debt with an additional several million dollars in unpaid bills and were barely making payroll. The direction and sustainability of the agency were uncertain. This podcast delves into how Stoelinga — together with the Board of Directors, strong new senior leaders, and essential external partners — righted the ship at the non-profit and the lessons learned along the way on the journey from organizational peril to a future of growth and prosperity.
Episode 2: Training First Responders to Understand Autism
Emergency personnel are likely to have encounters with individuals with disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. For example, some law enforcement data have suggested that people with disabilities are seven times more likely to have police encounters than the general population. In this episode, you'll hear from Shannon Wess, an Autism Specialist with the Illinois Autism Partnership, about our First Responder Trainings for local police, fire, and ENT departments, as well as public service agencies. Each training focuses on strategies that emergency personnel can use to support and help individuals with autism in emergency situations. They are provided at no cost to the departments involved.
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