Easterseals Bay Area assists members of Congress; White House and federal agency officials; the California state legislature and their staff; and representatives of other national interests—as well as citizens like you—to understand and act in support of policies and programs that promote inclusion, self-sufficiency, and independence.
Easterseals Bay Area’s advocacy efforts focus on healthcare, early intervention, assistive technology, and nonprofit organization operations.
Because the majority of our clients have autism, funding and support for programs targeted at autism is a primary focus for our advocacy team. It’s a particularly important time to ensure support for the large and growing community of people with autism in the Bay Area.
- One out of every 59 children is diagnosed with autism.
- For boys, the number is one out of every 37 children.
- Early intervention has proven effective in helping children with autism reach their full potential. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “it is the most powerful tool we have to make a difference in the lives of children with Autism.”
- Nearly half a million teens with autism will enter adulthood over the next decade.