Easter Seals is the largest provider of autism services in the nation. Locally, we have served children with autism through our:
For more information or to register for any of these programs, please call 614-228-5523 or contact us online.
Act for Autism
Easter Seals invites you to Act for Autism. There are four easy ways to get involved: Participate, Donate, Educate and Advocate. Also, follow along with our autism awareness news, information and activities.
- Read and share about autism at Patricia's Blog on the parents.com community. This blog is facilitated by Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, the National Director of Autism Services for Easter Seals.
- Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio is on Facebook! "Like" our Facebook page, join the conversation and share your stories with other followers.
- Volunteer at Easter Seals
Donate Now to Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio.
Educate yourself about autism and share what you have learned with friends and family.
- Autism is a growing public health crisis, with millions of families desperate for solutions and resources. The statistics around the prevalence and societal impact of autism are staggering:
- Today, as many as one in every 110 children is diagnosed with some form of autism - for boys it's one in every 70 - that's a new diagnosis every 20 minutes.
- While there is no known cause or cure, nor one known single effective treatment - autism is treatable and people with autism lead meaningful lives. People living with autism, at any age, are capable of making significant progress through personalized interventions and therapy; and, can and do lead meaningful lives. There is hope.
- Easter Seals is unique as a leading provider of services and support for children and adults living with autism and their families. Locally, we provide a number of programs and services for families living with autism which includes Friday, Saturday and Weekend Respite, Social Skills Group, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, Summer Day Camp, and Social Support and Referral Services.
- Autism is a life-long disability. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. Until there is a cure, there is Easter Seals.
View Easter Seals' April is Autism Awareness Month public service announcement.
Easter Seals believes every individual with autism should have access to effective services and support, and guidance at every life stage. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. This is how the Act for Autism campaign came about - to make sure these critical services become a reality for families living with autism and to help turn parents' dreams for thier child's future from fearful to hopeful.
Learn about Ohio's autism statistics.
News, Information and Activities
Check out the following information any time!
- Ohio’s Interagency Work Group on Autism (IWGA) wants to hear from families! Across the nation, there are many different kinds of general interventions/therapies being researched and tried to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) grow, learn and pursue a high quality of life. To better understand what kinds of interventions/therapies Ohio families are using for their family member with ASD, the IWGA has created a quick 5 minute online survey at http://www.autism.ohio.gov/. The survey asks families about their experience with 8 different general intervention/therapy approaches. The information collected will help develop a picture of the kinds of intervention approaches Ohio families are using throughout the state. It will also help guide the work needed to assure that useful information about effective interventions/therapies gets into the hands of families and service providers statewide. Please spread the word about this survey opportunity to any families who may be interested in sharing their experience! The survey will remain online through the month of April National Autism Awareness Month!
- Autism Awareness Bake Sale: Visit Easter Seals' Hilliard office on Tuesday, April 12 from 9 am - 5 pm for an Autism Awareness Bake Sale. Staff at Easter Seals are providing delicious baked goods to sell with the proceeds staying at Easter Seals. Information about autism will be available. The office is located at 3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, OH 43026.
- Join Easter Seals at Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Sunday, October 9! Join our team and show your support.
- Save the date for the 2011 Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving morning, November 24. Proceeds from this event benefit Easter Seals! We need your help draw a picture for the t-shirts and promotional material! If your child receives services at Easter Seals, encourage them to draw a picture of a turkey for the contest. The turkey can be drawn free-style or by tracing your hand; and if the turkey is wearing running shoes, that's even better. Find complete contest information here - the deadline for this contest is April 29th.
- Learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders and find help in "I Suspect My Child Has Autism: A Four-Step Guide for Ohio Parents on What to Do Next." Find out how here.
Check out these research opportunities through The Ohio State University:
- The Speech Recognition and Aging Lab at the Ohio State University is currently conducting a study regarding abilities of children to listen to competing messages in different listening conditions. They are recruiting typically developing children and children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Aspergers Syndrome or PDD-NOS) between the ages of 10 and 15 years old that are right-handed. Learn more about this study here.
- The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is currently accepting participants for four studies involving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Download a pdf of these four studies through The Ohio State University Nisonger Center here.
The Autism Puzzle - NBC 4
Tune in on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7 pm for NBC 4's new broadcast of "The Autism Puzzle."
In 2010, Easter Seals was a featured partner on NBC 4s April's one-hour autism special called "The Autism Puzzle."
Contact us today for more information on any of these programs.