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Stories of hope

Stories of Hope


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.

Building a Stronger Heart

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

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Living with Down Syndrome

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

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Making Profound, Positive Differences

Making Profound, Positive Differences

Our son Jack, who was diagnosed with high functioning autism, started receiving applied behavior analysis, occupational, physical and speech language therapy services from Easterseals Bay Area when he was 4 years old. His day-to-day interactions and ability to function with his peers and family members have made tremendous advances as a direct result of Easterseals’ therapists. Jack is attending mainstream kindergarten this Fall, now that he has made so much progress.

— Parents Michelle and Ray

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Overcoming the Challenges of Spina Bifida

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

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A 'One-of-a-Kind Kid'

A 'One-of-a-Kind Kid'

Easterseals Youth Representative, Auburn Smith, is a nationally-ranked tennis player and aspiring musician who loves to travel.

– Easterseals

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Creating a Strong Foundation for Life

Creating a Strong Foundation for Life

Easterseals Bay Area and its team of caring therapists have provided our 5-year-old daughter Daniela with applied behavior analysis, occupational therapy, and speech therapy since she was 3. They have helped Daniela improve tremendously. From the improved ability to properly interact among her peers to an expanded vocabulary that has blossomed over time, Easterseals can take pride knowing that they’ve helped set a very solid foundation for our daughter for years to come.

— Parents Maria & Gabe

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