Easter Seals is Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, and issues-leadership and development for the disability community.
Since 1922, Easter Seals Canada and its provincial member organizations have been working to create a more inclusive and accessible society that includes and honours the contributions and potential of Canadians of all abilities. Easter Seals Canada runs national awareness campaigns and raises critical funding for the transformative programs and services that are offered by Easter Seals provincial member organizations 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 and live their lives to the fullest.
Easter Seals Canada is committed to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of all Canadians living with disabilities.
Easter Seals responds to the needs and aspirations of children, youth and adults with disabilities by providing services and support to enable access, inclusion and opportunity, and to promote increased activity and involvement. Working together, Easter Seals Canada and licensed members support fundraising, services, public & consumer education, research and increased awareness of disability issues in the private, volunteer and government sectors.
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.