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Ambassador Update

Will was an Honorary Ambassador for Walk With Me two years ago. Since then, he has been pretty busy doing some amazing things. His mom share some of his progress…

This is a new picture of Will, he has grown a lot since his last picture!
He has been working hard and we are excited to report that he started kindergarten this year. He misses his Easter Seals friends but to our pleasant surprise he is in a special class with a few of his former Easter Seals classmates.

Will is working very hard on his standing and walking. He knows a lot of his colors and shapes. This is because he is really working on his vision therapy. He can now see approximately 18 feet! His CVI vision specialist was very impressed with his progress when we saw her in September.

Will is also doing normal 7 year old stuff like flying with us to Florida  over thanksgiving and was able to sit up by himself in the plane with no car seat. More recently, over Christmas break, he lost his two front teeth! (And I thought he couldn’t get any cuter!)

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Meet Will

by Melanie O’Brien

Walk With Me is almost here! The energy and enthusiasm of everyone who participates is what makes it an amazing day. For many of our families, that enthusiasm carries throughout the year. Will, one of Honorary Ambassadors is a perfect example. His parents are amazing champions for his success and they work closely with the staff at Easter Seals to really maximize Will’s independence. We hope you have the opportunity to meet Will and his family, we know you’ll love them as much as we do!

Meet Will…


Will is a well-traveled five-year-old having been to 15 states and Washington, DC.  Nothing holds him back from seeing the world; but how he sees the world is a little tricky.  In addition to developmental delays, Will has cortical visual impairment. Though unable to see at birth, through specialized therapy, his eyes are being trained to see.  To achieve this, it is critical that his vision therapy be integrated in every therapy he receives.  This specialized approach is why his parents chose Easter Seals. Since Will began receiving services, his ability to see the world around him is improving constantly. Will’s parents are happy to report that he now can see at least 18 feet and they credit the skill, care, and dedication of his Easter Seals team. Not only has his vision improved, he has become more mobile, and his tone, strength, and fine motor skills have all improved!  All of these strides allow him to do some of his favorite things:  swimming, playing, and listening to music.