The next time you’re with a group of adults – in line at the grocery story, waiting in the dentist’s office or perusing the shelves in the library – look around. Twenty-five percent of those you see likely has a disability. And, there’s a high chance you do, too.
A recent story by CBS News states that one in four adults in the United States has a disability. The story cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently reported that the most common form of disability in adults is mobility, and it significantly increases with age, too. Hearing impairment is nearly as common.
Many believe that Easterseals of Northeast Florida only helps children with disabilities, but in fact, Easterseals serves children and adults.
Easterseals serves adults and seniors through several programs it offers throughout Northeast Central Florida, to include Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and sign-language classes, as well as partnering with the Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. program to provide specialized communications equipment (telephones and more) to qualified Florida residents who have hearing impairment.
Further, Easterseals’ Community Equipment Loan Closet is a community resource of equipment intended to support adults, children and caregivers living with physical challenges or disabilities. All equipment is loaned at no charge; Easterseals asks individuals to make a small donation to support the program. The Community Equipment Loan Closet provides canes, crutches, shower chairs and benches, folding walkers, four-wheel walkers with seats and wheelchairs. It also accepts donations.
Easterseals serves the whole family and is proud to do so. With so many of us, our neighbors, family and friends living with disabilities, Easterseals aims to be a partner in supporting the independence of every person.
To learn more about Easterseals services for adults and seniors, call 386-255-4568, toll-free at 877-255-4568 or via video phone at 386-310-1157.