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Senate passes resolution recognizing Easterseals for 100 years of service

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The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution pushed for by Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman on Thursday.

The resolution celebrates the 100th year of Easterseals, a nonprofit that supports individuals living with disabilities and their families.

Edgar Allen founded Easterseals in Elyria, Ohio in 1919 after his son passed away.

The lack of needed medical services needed to save his son was a driving force behind creating the organization.

The organization serves as a champion for those with disabilities and provides support to communities across the nation.

Easterseals provides services such as childcare, workforce training, recreational activities, and educational programs.

The organization was an instrumental part of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"For a century now, Easterseals has served more than one-and-a-half million Americans with disabilities," said Brown. "From early childhood intervention and education, to helping our returning veterans transition to civilian life, they never stop giving back. I'm proud this organization started off in Elyria, and I can't wait to see all the good Easterseals does over the next century."

"Easterseals has been a champion for those with disabilities, including returning servicemen and women, since their founding," said Portman. For the past 100 years, Easterseals has led the charge in advocating for people with disabilities and ensuring that they can live and work in our communities. Ohioans have always fought for those in need, and nothing demonstrates this better than Easterseals and its founders. I look forward to what they do in the next 100 years."

Easterseals continues to be an advocate for those with disabilities today with over 550 service sites and 71 affiliates in the U.S.

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