Easterseals Crossroads is the premier provider of services for individuals with disabilities and the community resource any one of us could need at any point in our lives. We are committed to maximizing independence and focusing on the ability of every person who chooses us as a service provider.
These videos tell just some of the stories of the people with whom we have worked throughout the years.
All in for Ability
Easterseals Crossroads has been the go-to organization for people with disabilities and their families. Our services span a lifetime from birth through older age with programs that are unique, timely, accessible and inclusive. See the videos below to see how we have been all in for ability for over 85 years serving our community.
In 2016 Andrew suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall from a chair. His life instantly changed from that point forward as he learned to adapt to his change in ability.
Since 2011, Easterseals Crossroads has partnered with Community Health Network, Lawrence Township Schools and Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation to offer Project SEARCH at Community Hospital North. Learn how it has made a difference for so many young adults in our community.
The Indianapolis Public Library partnered with assistive technology services at Easterseals Crossroads to install accessible workstations at all of its locations to ensure that patrons have access to library resources and information.
Beth receives speech therapy services at Easterseals Crossroads where she is learning to use a two-button communication device to express her wants and needs. As Beth grows, she can count on us for programs and options that will grow with them.
Siblings Odin and Freyja received autism services at Easterseals Crossroads through our ABA childhood classes. They have made tremendous progress and are now ready to begin school as independently as possible.
Jerome attends adult day programs at Easterseals Crossroads. His sister Deanna feels good knowing that she is not the only person looking out for Jerome; he is part of a community of support where he has grown, gained confidence and become more independent.
US Navy veteran Charles benefited from programs and resources at Easterseals Crossroads, especially the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. Now employed, he is helping other veterans make changes in their lives.
Easterseals Crossroads is redefining ability for our community. While ability can change throughout the course of a lifetime, Easterseals Crossroads remains a constant for individuals with disabilities so that they can live their best lives.
Meet George and Geofferey
George and Geofferey are mom Frankie’s miracles and little angels. When the boys were 15 months, Frankie began to see signs that their development might be delayed. She learned that they have autism; both boys just graduated from ABA classes at Easterseals Crossroads and they are prepared for kindergarten.
Harrison is eight years old; his mom Amy describes him as a kind, loving child who is very social. They never know what he is going to say or do next. Harrison was born with Williams syndrome and they sought early intervention services through First Steps and Easterseals Crossroads. Now 8, Harrison has made much progress and his family know that Williams syndrome does not need to define who Harrison is or who he will become.
Therapy Services Grow with Harrison
Once Harrison aged out First Steps at 3, he continued with therapy services at Easterseals Crossroads. He participates in occupational therapy and speech-language therapy services.
Hika participates in our adult day program. He expresses himself through his art; he enjoys working on projects daily. Hika’s family feel confident and comfortable in knowing that Hika has found a place in the community where he can increase his independence and his socialization.
Lucy completed the Project SEARCH Indiana partnership program, an immersive training experience for final-year high school students with disabilities. Now employed, she is maximizing her independence.
Alec is a senior at University of Indianapolis working on his master’s and his bachelor’s degrees. He knew he would benefit from an internship experience and he worked with the College InternXperience program at Easterseals Crossroads to find a spot at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Deanna is an Army veteran who turned to Easterseals Crossroads when she needed resources and assistance. She is now employee helping other veterans.
Meet Kia and Learn about the Assistive Technology Lending Library
Kia is a speech-language pathologist who uses the lending library to help the children with whom she works identify the best communication technology for them. With options from the lending library, Kia can try equipment to review all options.
We are Excited to be Part of Something Bigger for our Community
If you have 30 seconds, see how you can join Easterseals Crossroads in being part of something bigger for people with disabilities!
Be Part of Something Bigger
Something bigger an take on many meanings. To a young family, this could be a child communicating for the first time. To a young adult, this might be a first job and paycheck. To anyone with a disability, this might be finding ways to maximize independence every single day.
A huge goal for Fenton is to be able to walk independently; he has progressed from crawling less than a year ago to walking independently recently.
Meet Sophia and Olivia
Deaf Community Services at Easterseals Crossroads realized the tremendous need for ASL test options at the Indiana BMV for individuals who are deaf. Online testing is now available with ASL videos to make the questions more accessible.
Meet Crossroads Industrial Services
Crossroads Industrial Services is an ISO 9001:2015 contract manufacturing plant within the Indianapolis area that offers high quality solutions for businesses.
We employee people with disabilities and the work we perform generates income for programs for people with disabilities at Easterseals Crossroads.
Dorian is a 30-year-old young man who attends the adult day program at Easterseals Crossroads. “Dorian is a social butterfly and since coming here, he vocalizes his wants and needs more. This is a perfect fit for us,” said mom Yvette.
Lucas was diagnosed with autism before his second birthday and has been working with autism specialists for three years. Now five, he is learning to communicate and made friends in addition to learning his colors, numbers and letters – all amazing things according to his mom Mary.
Meet Laurin and Michael – Fastenal Employees
Laurin and Michael both explored employment options and programs at Easterseals Crossroads. “I wouldn’t be employed right now without help from Easterseals Crossroads. They are the best way to find a job and they provide the services that a veteran needs,” said Michael.
“My grandson calls me the Zoom Queen,” said Gladys who is a recipient of a refurbished laptop computer from the INDATA Depot at Easterseals Crossroads. The Depot refurbishes donated computers for distribution to people with disabilities in Indiana.
With community support, we are all stronger together.
After 25 years of searching for a day program where Rachel could learn, have fun and gain independence, she found that place at Easterseals Crossroads. Watch her story.
With high school graduation now behind him, Jack is discovering his options. See how Easterseals Crossroads is helping him with his choices.
Young Ryder is making strides toward independence. He works with physical, occupational and speech therapists at Easterseals Crossroads, and his family is excited about the possibilities each milestone brings.
Our goal is to be the resource any one of us could need at any point in our lives. We help individuals with disabilities achieve milestones in independence from birth through later life.
Audrey was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, which affects her muscles and joints. She works with therapists at Easterseals Crossroads to help her walk more independently, increasing her confidence to do more things on her own.
Richard is a veteran with a service-related disability. He used Easterseals Crossroads to help find employment as a veteran service officer, where he now assists other veterans with benefits and employment.
Ashley wanted to learn to drive, but with her learning disability and anxiety, she and her mom were concerned about the process. After working with the Easterseals Crossroads driver evaluation and training staff for many months, and with the extra time she and her mother spent practicing, she finally got her license.
Bonnie used the home modification services at Easterseals Crossroads to help her remain independent in her home. Because of her multiple sclerosis, her ability to use her bathroom as independently as possible was difficult. We helped make her home more accessible for her.
Tiki participates in adult day services at Easterseals Crossroads. She works on improving and maintaining life skills with household chores, handwriting and socialization. Every day provides opportunities for learning and fun.
Tionne is not a fan of sitting still. She works with therapists at Easterseals Crossroads and is making great progress toward her goals.
Ford attends CampAbility during the summers and Parents’ Night Out events throughout the year. Easterseals Crossroads has been a great support team for Ford and his family.
Terry has used services from Easterseals Crossroads at various times during his working career to help him be as independent as possible.
Chris is a family man who developed a tumor on his spinal cord. Once removed, he was paralyzed from the waist down. Chris knew he needed to get his life back on track as soon as possible, and that included learning (a new way) to drive so he could be independent.
Kayla sustained a traumatic brain injury when she was one and a half years old. Doctors told her family she wouldn’t be able to walk; it was a huge hurdle, but hard-working Kayla is now walking and learning to communicate.