Have you not been able to follow all our updates as closely you
should want to? Don’t worry. Here’s a look back at the last full month of summer break!
Can you believe that 25 years ago this month, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law? On July 26, 1990, the law affirmed the importance of tearing down barriers that keep people with disabilities from participating in society. Before this law was enacted, a company could terminate an employee on the basis of a disability, city buses were not required to have wheelchair lifts, buildings did not have appropriate restrooms to accommodate wheelchairs, curb outs were found few and far between, if at all.
On a national level, Easter Seals played an integral role in the passing of such a monumental bill. For example, Easter Seals Project Action has been THE resource before and after the ADA on accessible transportation. Project Action was first established in 1988 and has truly changed the face of the nation on behalf of people with disabilities. Transportation is the lynchpin for so many other activities – employment, recreation, etc. Thanks to Easter Seals Project Action, the ADA transportation provisions have exceeded all expectations. Prior to the ADA disability advocates were chaining themselves to buses because they were inaccessible. Today, every public bus is now equipped with a ramp, drivers know they need to call out stops, etc. Read more about our role in providing this right to everyone and what still needs to be done.
On July 1, we announced an exciting new partnership between ESNG and Freshana. When you purchase any of Freshana’s cleaning or air purifying products on Freshana.com and use promocode EASTERSEALS, Freshana will donate 10 percent of the retail price to ESNG! You can breathe easier knowing you are using organic, natural and safe products in your house and support early intervention and education programs in your community all at the same time. That sounds like a win-win to me. Read the press release announcing this exciting partnership.
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the end of summer break. Soon our kiddos will be heading back to school. All of the school systems in our service area head back sometime in early August. Children attending ESNG’s child development centers start back on August 5. Here are some tips to get you and your children prepared to make this school year awesome.
- Make sure they are getting enough sleep.
- Take advantage of tax free sales for back to school shopping – That’s THIS weekend!
- Parents are aware of free local back to school supply drives.
- Read books to the child about going to school or going back to school.
- Do activities at home with child to help prepare him/her for school.
Trick or Treat Trot – We are gearing up for our 7th annual Trick or Treat Trot 5K and Family Fun Festival. It’s scheduled for Saturday, October 17 at the Arena at Gwinnett. You have fewer than 90 days to get off your couch and get ready to run. Be sure to register early, form a team, and lace up for some great fun. If you don’t run, don’t worry. There is a family fun festival. We’ll have some great activities, including a safe environment for your children to trick or treat. Be sure to let your friends know, too! Register here, and follow updates as we get closer to the event here.
Volunteer – This has been a busy month for our volunteers despite the fact that there are fewer kids attending our centers. We’ve had a ton of corporate volunteers that have helped prepare the centers – clean, sanitize, painting, planting….the list goes on. Check out our blog posting all about the volunteers we have had the pleasure to host earlier this month.