CVS Caremark All Kids Canâ„¢ grants help families with autism

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.


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  1. tim backcat Says:

    Great information and usefull too. I need a grant and I need all the help I can get. I will be back soon as I have bookmarked your blog.

  2. Patricia Wright Says:

    Dear Elaine, Professional Development scholarships are few and far between. Just as the original blog post suggests many people turn to corporate sponsors to assist with professional development costs. There are corporations who support teacher training. Texas Instrument (, Sun Microsystems (, and Toyota ( are just a few examples of corporations who have stepped-up and provided financial support to train educators.

    Easter Seals is very fortunate to have such generous support from our corporate partners such as CVS. Professional Development is imperative to ensure quality service delivery.

  3. Elaine Thoendel Says:

    Dear Sir:
    I’m a licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction Facilitator, and would really like to complete the training by Ron Davis to work with the autistic. The next training is April 14-18, 2009, in Burlingame, CA and will cost about $3000 for me to do this. I can’t afford it at this time. Are there any grants available for something like this? This is the website about his program.
    And this is the website about his program on dyslexia and ADHD.
    My name is Elaine Thoendel
    50350 852nd Rd
    Ewing, NE 68735
    I’d really like to be part of working with the autistic. If I could go to this workshop, it will still be about a year to complete assignments and to get licensed in this. If I miss this workshop it will probably be a year before they offer it again in the USA. Ron Davis is Autistic & Dyslexic and a genium. Do you know of any grants available for this type of training.
    Thank you.
    Elaine Thoendel

  4. Beth Finke Says:

    I think maybe you meant to post this comment to the blog titled “No-brainer: families with autism end up with lower incomes” I hate for the people who commented there to miss your comments! If possible, would you consider cutting and pasting this comments and leaving it on that post, too? I will leave a comment on that blog post as well, just to direct interested readers to your comment.

  5. KIM Says:

    I agree. My husband quit his job when our son was only 6 months old becuase he was always sick from day care. We moved to Hawaii when our son was only 9 months old. At 15 months we taveled back to our families homes. They all noticed something was odd. My sister, a nurse and nanny for a family with an autistic daughter, told me straight out he is Autistic. We went back to Hawaii made an appoitment with our Dr. and he stated it just takes boys a lot longer to catch on. Thank God we were smart and began doing our own research pushed for the State to do something and 3 months later he was in Early Intervention and has been in a structures enviroment ever since. We now live in Pleasanton, CA and he is in the LASS II Program. They are wonderful and have seen great results. My husband still stays home. My son has been kicked out of several day camps due to behavior problems in Hawaii. His school often called us to pick him up, suspended him for his behavior and simply told us he was too hard to deal with. We moved to CA because of the schools and they are a God sent. They love having him in class. My husband has an MBA and would probally make more money than I would working but he had more tolorance for our son at the time and I am a great relief for him when I get home from work. I works great. My son is 5 now and it is amazing what he has achieved fromhis firs word he spoke at almost 3. Hang in there.

  6. Autismville Says:

    My husband works for CVS and I couldn’t be prouder of the investment they’ve made in Easter Seal’s autism programs.

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