Easter Seals Canada is committed to fully enhancing the quality of life, well-being and independence of Canadians living with disabilities.
Easter Seals responds to the needs and aspirations of Canadians living with disabilities and their families, by providing services and support to promote access, inclusion and opportunity. Working together, Easter Seals Canada and its provincial members strive to increase awareness, research and investment in disability issues.
According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, one in 5 Canadians—or 6.2 million people—aged 15 and over are living with some form of disability that affects their level of freedom and participation in society, independence and/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.