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Easter Seals Canada: Programs in Alberta

Equipment and Support Services Program

Provides funding for specialized mobility and adaptive equipment, based on financial need, with full equipment grants, cost sharing,
and interest free loans available. Long term equipment loans are also available through partnerships with other funding organizations.

AccessABILITIES Home Automation Program

This program provides Albertans living with a disability a means
to move, communicate, experience the world, and to access life with the click of a button. Home Automation can control lighting, climate (thermostat), entertainment systems, and appliances. It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. The program precisely matches individual needs with technology that can be used from their smartphone.

Give a Kid a Lift Program

Through a partnership with Garaventa Lift, this program provides a residential elevator in the home of a family with a disability and is open to anyone with a disability that needs a residential elevator in their home.

Phyllis Davidson Easter Seals Scholarship

Offers post secondary academic scholarships to students living with physical disabilities that require a mobility aid (wheelchair, scooter, crutches, etc).

McQueen Home

This Home in Edmonton is a nine-bedroom home for individuals living with a disability and high medical needs who are unable to live independently without support. The residents are able to connect and actively participate in their community, including volunteering, attending courses, working part-time, and spending time with family and friends.

Camp Horizon offers a unique opportunity for campers with disabilities and medical conditions to build self-esteem and independence.

Easter Seals Canada

Inspired by the formation of the National Society for Crippled Children (later Easterseals) in the US three years earlier, Easter Seals in Canada had its beginnings in the province of Ontario on November 28, 1922, when 10 representatives from seven Rotary Clubs throughout the province came together to form the Ontario Society for Crippled Children (later Easter Seals Ontario). As was the case with their US counterpart, this organization’s concern was the lack of services and resources available to children with physical disabilities, and its goals were to ensure adequate treatment and raise public awareness about the needs of these children.

Over the next 34 years, similar organizations that would eventually become part of the Easter Seals family were established across Canada. In 1937, the Ontario Government turned to Easter Seals for expert assistance following a devastating poliomyelitis (polio) outbreak. That same year, Easter Seals in both Ontario and Nova Scotia opened the first Canadian adaptive camps for children with physical disabilities.

Today, Easter Seals and its ten independently governed provincial affiliate organizations have offices and provide programs and services to people living with disabilities in provinces and territories all across Canada, and plans are well underway to celebrate Easter Seals’ 100th anniversary in 2022.

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