These stories are examples of how some of the exceptional people we support are living active, full and independent lives in communities throughout the Bay Area.
Stories of Hope
Living with Down Syndrome
Four days after Mihail was born, we learned he had Down Syndrome. The Regional Center connected us with Easterseals and Lisa, an infant development specialist, came to our house once a week and provided early intervention services and physical therapy for Mihail. She was a wealth of information providing resources and connections to other families in the special needs community. Lisa became part of our family, and Easterseals became part of our world.— Parents Karin & Anthony
Building a Stronger Heart
Our son Calder began receiving services through Easterseals Bay Area when he was ten months old. Prior to receiving weekly in-home therapy for the past six months, Calder simply sat in place and watched the world move around him. Due to limited weight gain and a large hole in his heart (closed at 5 months old), he struggled to gain muscle strength, coordination, and an interest or understanding of what his body could do. He remained that way until Easterseals’ in-home therapy entered our world and taught him how to use his body, build muscle and explore like other children.— Parents Rachael and Doug
Overcoming the Challenges of Spina Bifida
At 6-months old, Rajon began receiving early intervention services from Easterseals Bay Area. In the beginning, our early interventionist Annie came three times a month to our house for Rajon’s therapy appointments. Over time and with our son’s continued progress, she is now coming once a month. Today Rajon is a thriving 2-year-old who happens to have Spina Bifida. His coordination, dexterity and mobility have improved substantially over time.— Parents Karin & Anthony