Easter Seals is Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, issues-leadership and development for the disability community. For more than 94 years, we have worked to enhance the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of all Canadians living with disabilities.
Easter Seals Canada delivers nationwide programs to raise awareness and critical funding, and our provincial organizations offer transformative programs and services at the local level.
Serving a broad range of people—both children and adults—with varying physical, intellectual, sensory and learning disabilities, we help to ensure that everyone living with a disability has access to the equipment, programs, services and support they need to make the most of their abilities.
According to the Ontario Disability Employment Network, more than 5.3 million Canadians—16% of the population in this country—are living with some form of disability that affects their level of freedom, independence or quality of life. Living with a disability can be complex, difficult and expensive, placing tremendous strain and stress on an individual or family.
What are typically seen as the simple everyday routines and rhythms of life can be fraught with barriers, challenges and obstacles—making life anything but simple. Having a disability can severely limit a person’s ability to access their world and enjoy the same experiences as their able-bodied peers. For many, a disability can even affect how they see themselves and how they view their own abilities. It can lead to lower self-confidence and self-esteem which can cause them to doubt their potential and their ability to contribute positively to their community.
It is the mandate of Easter Seals across Canada to help with the programs, services, support and assistance that Canadians living with disabilities need to truly access their world and live life to the fullest. With the support of donors, sponsors and partners, Easter Seals helps change the lives of children, youth and adults living with disabilities from coast to coast.