Cause: Human Services

Mission: Through partnerships, we provide exceptional services to persons with disabilities and their families across a lifetime, empowering them to live their lives to the fullest.

Work & Life Skills The high school and adult programs span education to job placement services. These programs provide on the job and virtual reality training, as well as training of enriching activities such as organic farming and performing arts.

Integrated Therapies Easterseals offers social work, and speech, occupational, behavioral, and physical therapies. Brain health includes neurofeedback, which is available at select sites.

Respite Caregiver and parent support by providing breaks for caretakers of children with disabilities, parent education classes, and support groups. 

Easterseals at InStride Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, and occupational, speech, and physical therapies using the horse as a treatment tool. Home to the Special Olympics Equestrian Team. 

Upcoming Events Art for a Purpose, October 12, 2019, InStride: Black Tie and Blue Jeans, November 9, 2019, Abilities Shining Luncheon, March 4, 2020, The Meadows Cup, April 25, 2020, and Easterseals Academy at ABA Luncheon featuring speaker Temple Grandin, June 25, 2020

EASTERSEALS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA began in 1946 as Happiness House, offering hope to children with polio and their families. Over the years, services have evolved in many ways to match the needs of today’s community. We are excited to announce that our offerings include Early Childhood Education and inclusive K-12 therapeutic education. Today, we offer services across the life span, from infants to senior citizens, for those living with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Our programs include, but are not limited to, employment services for adults, art and music programs for all ages, and adult day programs for anyone over 22 years of age. Family Support Services help families by offering parent educational trainings and support, as well as home and center-based respite.

While the age of the population served has expanded over the years, one core aspect remains the same: helping abilities shine. Early intervention, education, employment, and enriching activities, along with wraparound services, are at the heart of our programming. Whether it’s a diagnosis of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, or developmental delays and intellectual disabilities, Easterseals is there to help overcome those barriers, and to help each person we serve to achieve full potential. Get involved and learn more about our programs and facilities by scheduling a tour today. 

Easterseals Southwest Florida
350 Braden Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 355-7637 


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