Our rich history of disability service started with a few volunteers and has grown to be the city’s most comprehensive disability service provider.
In 1936, Mrs. William E. Gavin heard of a club of 12 teenagers with disabilities had formed for socialization. She contacted her friend, Mrs. P. R. Mallory, and the two volunteers became engrossed in aiding the group by expanding the program to include profitable handicrafts.
In 1939, the group became formally organized under the leadership of The Indiana Society for Crippled Children and a year later became an affiliate of what is now National Easterseals and leased a building at 30th and New Jersey streets. A curative workshop was established to prepare persons with disabilities for jobs in the community.
Since then, Easterseals Crossroads has occupied buildings in various locations, but settled at 4740 Kingsway Avenue in 1990 where its main location exists today.
Over the years, programs and services have grown and advanced to meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities in central Indiana. Today, our programs include physical, occupational and speech therapies for children and adolescents, as well as early intervention services and augmentative communication; adult day services; employment and placement services, including supported employment; driver evaluation and training; home modification services; assistive technology programs; deaf services and Crossroads Industrial Services.
Easterseals Crossroads will continue working with children and adults with disabilities and special needs and their families to promote growth, dignity and independence by providing appropriate and progressive services in central Indiana.
Easterseals Crossroads is proud to be accredited by CARF International – the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. We participate in this accreditation process because of our commitment to continually improve the quality of our services so that we meet/exceed internationally recognized standards.
Easterseals Crossroads has been accredited by CARF for the following Employment Services, Community Services and Medical Rehabilitation Programs:
- Adult Day Services
- Adult Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs
- Children and Adolescent Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs
- Employment Services
- Job Development
- Job Supports
- Job-Site Training
- Comprehensive vocational Evaluation Services
- Employment Skills Training Services
- Community Services
- Assistive Technology Supports and Services
- Supports for children with autism spectrum disorder
- Supports for persons with autism spectrum disorder
CARF accreditation recognizes these programs at Easterseals Crossroads for maintaining as their primary objective outcome-driven rehabilitation services through integrated, coordinated, and individualized programs.