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Reliving a Night to Remember: 2024 Gala Overview, Photos, and Speeches
More than 300 supporters and friends of Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford (ECR) joined for our 2024 Embracing Abilities, Expanding Possibilities Gala on February 23rd. Learn more, see photos, read touching remarks and more.
Autism Awareness Night with the Rockford IceHogs Featured a Song from TAP's Social Skills Group and Much More.
On January 20, the Rockford IceHogs hosted its 13th Annual Autism Awareness Night at BMO Harris Bank Center with 50 percent of the ticket proceeds going to our Autism Program at Easterseals (TAP). The night was a great success with 5,500 fans in attendance, a song from the TAP social skills group, a TAP information table at the event, and so much more. See videos, news coverage, and photos from the event.
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Episode 6: Employment for Individuals with Disabilities: HB Threads
At Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford, one of our pillars is expanding possibilities for individuals with disabilities. HB Threads is our non-profit and social enterprise providing employment opportunities, job training, and life skills development for individuals with disabilities. In this podcast, we talk with our Director of Social Enterprise and Employment Opportunities, Cody Wass, and two of our associates who are neurodivergent, Terry and Tyrell, who work at HB Threads producing custom apparel and buttons. We discuss the importance of competitive employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities with HB Threads as an example of what is possible.
Episode 5: DEI through HR: Making it Foundational, Conversational, and Real
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are essential values at Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford, yet, in many ways, DEI has become politicized or performative in our society. Recently, members of our Human Resources team worked to make sure DEI is part of the organization’s DNA in a way that feels consistent, collaborative, iterative, and reactive to feedback from staff from across the affiliate. In this podcast, the HR team talks about why DEI is foundational, conversational, and needs to be approached with realness so that existing staff, but also new hires, know that they are entering a diverse, welcoming environment in which they will feel fully seen and appreciated.
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.
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