Easter Seals Vision 2010

I’m writing today from the Easter Seals National Convention in Washington, D.C. I would have posted something yesterday, but I was too busy!

Yesterday started with a convention breakfast at the Capitol Hilton. Easter Seals President and Chief Executive Officer James E. Williams, Jr. spoke at the breakfast. The day ended with a special event for the Presidents’ Council at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The speaker at this event was… me!

First, about the morning speech; Williams spoke about Vision 2010 – Easter Seals’ plan to extend its reach to 5 million people by the end of this decade.

Williams described how Vision 2010 will enhance direct service and advocacy in four areas of great need: Children’s Services, Older Adult Services, Veterans Services and Autism Services.  

When it comes to autism, Vision 2010 will: 

  • strengthen Easter Seals programs for individuals with autism
  • ensure that children receive early diagnosis and treatment
  • implement new models of “best practices” for care and support across the lifespan
  • develop strategic partnerships to advance awareness, public policy and funding initiatives
  • create networks offering support and information to families, caregivers and professionals 

My speech last night mentioned Vision 2010, too. I talked about how the computer training I’ve received at Easter Seals helped me gain independence, and how support for Vision 2010 will make me just one of five million that Easter Seals has helped by the end of this decade.

It’s all very exhilarating – now, I can’t wait to hear what happens tomorrow at Capitol Hill Day!


 

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  1. Beth Finke Says:

    No need to thank me, Maurice – it was a privilege to sign your book. It was also a privilege to hear you and your band perform at the President’s Council event — you rocked my world!


  2. Maurice Snell Says:

    Hello, Beth! How’s Capitol Hill Day going for you all of Easter Seals? Yes, today is a big day for Easter Seals and other people with disabilities. I wish I had stayed in Washington to observe this historic moment (little did I know that my flight in Houston was actually delayed for 5 hours and I could’ve come back), but you all will do a great job sending a message to everyone in the nation that America needs more support for the disabled.

    For the most part, I had a great time during my stay in Washington, D.C. It was great being in the union of many Easter Seals personnel (Child and Adult Representatives, Alumni and current board members, Easter Seals, Inc. staff, etc.) Most importantly, I would like to give my greatest thanks to you, Beth Finke for autographing your published book! I immediately read it on the plane to Houston and it’s GREAT!


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