Monthly Archives: December 2015

Santa’s Workshop at Delco in December

by Sandy Masayko

Several parents of children who attend Easter Seals in Delaware County joined Laurie McGowan, Assistive Technology Specialist, and Sandy Masayko, Director of AT, in a workshop to adapt toys. The parents learned how to adapt battery powered electronic toys with a battery interrupter to make the toys accessible by switches, and they constructed adapted crayon holders from PVC pipes. They also learned how to adapt stacking blocks using adhesive magnets, to make a “coloring car” from Duplo ™ pieces and clothespins to hold a crayon, and to adapt puzzle pieces and action figures with magnets, shower rings, wooden knobs and Velcro loops. Look for pictures of the adaptations on the Easter Seals web site under Assistive Technology–to be posted soon!

The workshop will be offered upon request at other sites.

Delco Parent Workshop 12

Community Sourced Christmas

by Rebecca Erb


Delaware Valley Children’s Charity has been our community partner for decades.  I’ve been here for 15 years and it started well before my time. They are the link between our families in need and community members that want to help families during the holidays.  We provide them with wish lists from our students and their siblings and they share that information with their participants.  They support all of Easter Seals in Southeastern PA and dozens of other community organizations around the Philadelphia area.  We are so fortunate to have them as a partner. It is this spirit of giving that makes the holidays magical!

For our families in Bucks County A real look inside the sleigh

Paying it forward in mittens!

by The Delaware County Division

Nancy Braha, Delaware County Program Director, had an idea about a great way to get our children involved with helping other children in the area. This year, the Delaware County Division would have a Mitten Tree during the holiday season. Members of our parent group joined the project; a connection was made with a local charity, notices went home to families inviting them to participate, the tree went up, the lights were turned on and we were on our way. It didn’t take too long for our tree to be filled with mittens, gloves, and hats donated by our staff and families. Today is the day our helpers packed all of the donations, which are now on their way to City Team in Chester, PA. As one of our parents said, “We wanted our children to have the opportunity to give to other children as they have been given to by others.”

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The Power of Assistive Technology

George Russo, Assistive Technology Assistant, recently used his speech generating device to read “The Stinky Cheese Man” to about 40 students and their teachers at the HMS School in Philadelphia. The pages of the book were projected for all to see as George read. After completing his reading of the satiric twist on the tale of the gingerbread man, George recounted a brief summary of his use of assistive technology and his independent life.

Many of the students at HMS School also use speech generating devices to communicate, and they were fascinated by George’s story. They questioned him at length, asking “What do you do at work?”, “How do you live by yourself?”, “What are your hobbies?” and more. The students learned that George works part time at Easter Seals, where he makes communication boards, slide shows and PowerPoint books for students at the Easter Seals Schools. He lives independently with some assistance with meal preparation and shopping and he has many hobbies including following Philadelphia sports teams, swimming and drawing. Each question George answered sparked other questions from the students.

At the end of the session, the students invited George to return for their movie night and for more socializing with the students and faculty of HMS School. George is a spokesman for Easter Seals and he has presented his perspective on using assistive technology to Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy students, attendees at the Children’s Hospital Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, and teachers and board members at Easter Seals.George @ HMS George indiv @ HMS

Giving Tuesday

Today it is next to impossible to not hear about #GivingTuesday. After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a dedicated day of giving. It began as a small social media movement that has grown to become a national cause.

The beauty of Giving Tuesday is that it is easy to be a part of it. Any gift has impact, especially when combined with the generosity of others. The impact of even $5 can be substantial. A great example of this happened, interestingly enough on Black Friday when the makers of the uber popular game Cards Against Humanity closed it’s website to sales. Instead, they offered customers the opportunity to $5, for, get this, NOTHING! They did over $70,000 in “sales” that day and made national headlines, check one out here.

This is a great example of how even with a nominal amount, the impact can be huge. As we are still without a state budget, which means no state funding, community support is critical. Every dollar makes a difference. Your donation will go to local Easter Seals programs and services.

This year, we are proud to partner with CrowdRise. This partnership allows you to see the impact of giving in the collective spirit. Each donation made will add one brick to the “Giving Tower” and with the support of our community, there is no limit to the height this tower can achieve! Be a part of this power movement here.

giving tuesday

Make your donation at http://www.crowdrise.com/easterseals