Edgar Allen

Edgar Allen
A life-changing experience led Edgar “Daddy” Allen to found an organization that became Easter Seals in 1919. From the construction of one hospital in Ohio, Easter Seals has grown to serve more than one million clients in every state and Puerto Rico. Easter Seals creates solutions that change lives and assures that children and adults with disabilities can live with equality, dignity and independence. Easter Seals services include programs for children, vocational training, and employment and medical rehabilitation.

Social issues Edgar Allen addressed:

  • Children with disabilities
  • Adequate local medical facilities
  • Bill of Rights for handicapped children

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Students with Disabilities – In 1990, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments (IDEA) reauthorized programs under the Education of the Handicapped Act to improve support services to students with disabilities. We need to be sensitive to and supportive of the needs of students with disabilities. Source
  • Providing Services for People with Disabilities/Disadvantages – Easter Seals, inspired by Edgar Allen’s efforts, provides help in three distinct areas: individuals with disabilities, individuals with disadvantages and at-risk youth. Source
  • Disabilities in the Classroom – Approximately 95 percent of 6- to 21-year-old students with disabilities are served in regular schools. Source