Programs & Services
Our mission is to increase independence, maximize opportunities, minimize barriers, and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Easter Seals Wisconsin provides vital and unique services, briefly described below, to children and adults with disabilities and their families across our state. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping each person we serve overcome obstacles to independence and reach personal goals.
Created in 1992, the Easter Seals Wisconsin FARM Program helps farmers return to farming after a disabling accident or illness. Since its inception, the FARM Program, with a better than 97% success rate, has helped thousands of farmers with disabilities continue in agriculture, enjoying independence and supporting themselves and their families. The FARM Program proudly serves as the model for similar programs nationwide.
Located just north of Wisconsin Dells, Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek has been providing traditional camp experiences in an accessible environment to children and adults with disabilities since 1938. Specialty sessions for various age groups and interests are offered as well as sessions for veterans and their families.
Also located in Wisconsin Dells, the Wisconsin Elks/Easter Seals Respite Camp offers camping and outdoor recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities who require individualized support and care. Within small groups, campers can enjoy a program tailored to their needs and interests. And while campers are having a wonderful time, families and caregivers can take advantage of some much-needed time off.
From September through May, when camp is not in session, our facilities are available for group rentals. Weddings and reunions, business meetings and retreats have all been held on our grounds. Funds from rentals help support our programs and services.
Our Self-Employment Services Specialist works with individuals with disabilities interested in establishing their own business. Clients receive assistance to evaluate ideas from a business standpoint and from the perspective of whether the business can successfully accommodate their disability. The Self-Employment Services program is available in the greater Green Bay area.
Avenues to Understanding is a comprehensive disability awareness educational curriculum for children and teens aged 3 – 18. The curriculum is available at no charge to public and private schools, early childhood programs and faith and community-based organizations throughout Wisconsin.
We do everything we can to make donating a vehicle easy, and encourage your clothing donations in Eau Claire. To donate your vehicle to support Easter Seals Wisconsin, please visit DonateACar.com and select Easter Seals Wisconsin as your charity. Click here for more details. You can continue to support Easter Seals Wisconsin by donating clothing and household goods in good reusable condition. Donations to benefit to Easter Seals can be made by dropping items off at the Savers Thrift Store at 2833 Mall Dr. Eau Claire and by placing donations in a Clothing Donation Bin.
Easter Seals Wisconsin is committed to building community awareness and support for individuals with disabilities and the friends and family members who care about them. This assistance includes a resource database of programs for people with disabilities, educational materials and printed literature, and support groups.
Made possible through a trust established by the estate of Loretta K. Ricker, the Disability HelpLine of Outagamie County is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, and provides a variety of program and support services to Outagamie County residents with disabilities.
To keep up-to-date on our programs and services as well as activities and special events being held around the state, Easter Seals Wisconsin publishes Independence, our agency newsletter, biannually. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.