Easterseals Releases Comprehensive Study on the Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities

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CHICAGO, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Easterseals, a leading national nonprofit provider of outcomes-based services and powerful advocacy for people with disabilities, today released its Easterseals Study on the Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities. The organization will use the findings as a dynamic roadmap forward, launching a comprehensive, nationwide strategic effort to modify, expand and amplify its services to respond to the urgent and evolving needs of the many children, adults and families it serves.

“Before COVID-19, people with disabilities were already at a disadvantage.  While it is no surprise, 2020 was a difficult year for virtually every American. But for the 61 million people living with disabilities in our country, there is no doubt that they have been hit disproportionately hard by the crisis,” says Angela F. Williams, President and CEO of Easterseals. “For most in the disability community, the barriers to recovery are more complex and, if not properly addressed, will have immediate and long-term consequences on their quality of life and wellbeing, not to mention a negative impact on society at large.”

Study topline results and key findings reinforce current insights on access, inclusion, and equity in healthcare, employment, and education for children and adults with disabilities including veterans and seniors, as well as their families and caregivers. Grounded in this current data, the Study allows for Easterseals to respond with informed solutions, providing the organization with qualitative and quantitative research to galvanize national, state and local government officials, as well as corporate leaders and individual donors, to partner with Easterseals to change the landscape for people with disabilities and ensure greater equity and inclusion for them in the post-pandemic world.

“It is essential, especially at this critical point in our nation’s recovery, that people with disabilities are given every opportunity to…