CVS Caremark All Kids Canâ„¢ grants help families with autism
Posted on April 30th, 2008 by Beth
The Easter Seals 2008 Training Conference Awards Banquet was Monday night, and man, I’m still stuffed.
Still happy, too. Here’s why: In addition to the well-deserved awards Easter Seals gave out to individuals at the dinner Monday night, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust awarded $350,000 in grants to different Easter Seals autism programs across the country. This means the Trust has now donated a total of $1 million to support Easter Seals autism services nationwide.
The grants awarded Monday night are part of CVS Caremark’s signature program, CVS Caremark All Kids Canâ„¢, a five-year, $25 million commitment to support children with disabilities. The 2008 CVS Caremark All Kids Can Fund recipients include Easter Seals affiliates in Columbus, Dallas, South Florida, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Topeka and Westchester County. Children with autism — and their families — will benefit from feeding programs, specialized summer camps, weekend respite experiences, inclusive childcare, therapeutic and medical rehabilitation services and more.
Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of children and adults with autism we serve at Easter Seals. Although autism spectrum disorders are baffling and lifelong, they are treatable. If you read the comments to my blog about families with autism earning lower incomes, you’ll see that every family living with a person who has autism faces unique challenges. There is an urgent need for increased funding and services — that’s why it was so wonderful to be there Monday night to witness the generosity of CVS Caremark’s Charitable Trust.