For more than 75 years, Easter Seals Southeast WI has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.
Below is a guest Blog written by Bob Glowacki, my CEO at Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin
Do you believe every child starts kindergarten ready and able to learn? You might be surprised to know that every year we as a nation fail to identify 1.45 million children under the age of five who are at risk for developmental delays or other disabilities. These are children who enter school with learning and health issues that have a lasting, negative effect on their ability to learn and succeed. One notable example is among children with autism, who are often not diagnosed until school, and lose four years of early optimal treatment.
This is a guest blog created by Robert Glowacki, CEO Easter Seals Southeast WI
Join Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, for its 3rd Annual Thought Leaders Luncheon, presented by the Biz Times Media. This thought-provoking afternoon will feature keynote speaker, Leslie Crutchfield with a presentation titled, “So, You Want to Change the World?”
Leslie Crutchfield is the co-author of the book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and a leading authority on effective philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit leadership and management. She also serves as a senior advisor at FSG, a global nonprofit strategy consulting firm.
Lunch reservations are $50 for an individual or $1000 for a corporate sponsor. For more information or to register, please visit www.eastersealswise.com or contact Chris Cornolo at 414-449-4444 x254.
More about Featured Guest speaker, Leslie Crutchfield
Leslie Crutchfield is an author, social entrepreneur and a renowned expert on philanthropy and nonprofits. Her book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Economist. She released a follow-up book in March of 2011, Do More than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World. Hear Ms. Crutchfield speak more about the book at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxmnO-G6Z2c.
Ms. Crutchfield is a seasoned philanthropy advisor and nonprofit leader who has launched, led, funded, and advised top nonprofit and philanthropic groups. She was recently recognized by Newsweek as a Top Leader Under 40 for her experience directing millions in investments to entrepreneurial nonprofits.
The Easter Seals’ National Board of Directors has recently announced the award winner for the 2011 Outstanding Advocate Award for Local Government, Milwaukee County’s Office of Persons with Disabilities Executive Director, Don Natzke. Each year the Easter Seals’ National Board of Directors awards an elected or appointed federal, state or municipal official the Outstanding Advocate Award. The award may be given to recognize an ongoing commitment to issues affecting people with disabilities or for one specifically noteworthy accomplishment.
Don Natzke has a long-standing commitment to the disability community and the Easter Seals of Southeastern Wisconsin. He is being recognized for his role in the process to privatize the programming of Wil-O-Way, a recreational facility for adults with disabilities. Don chose Easter Seals as the recreation provider creating a partnership with the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities which is responsible for the success that Wil-O-Way has become today. “Don is a visionary. He is passionate and always finds a way to get things done regardless of red tape or budget difficulties,” says Bob Glowacki, Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin CEO, “Don is very deserving of this prestigious national recognition. He is continuously advocating for the rights and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and finding ways to make them happen.”
Join Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin and Marquette University High School on Oct. 9 for a free football clinic for children with autism and their siblings. The day of football fun is an opportunity to integrate individuals affected by autism into the community. The inclusion of the individuals and their families will raise awareness for Easter Seals’ autism services.
Children with autism, ages 3-18 and their siblings are encouraged to attend. The clinic will be held at Marquette University High School’s football field from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 9. The clinic will include basic football drills such as throwing and catching, trying on the team’s uniforms, and relay races. Staff members of Easter Seals’ autism department will also be available for training and additional support.