Easterseals Endeavors: Recent Highlights and Happenings

Easterseals Endeavors: Recent Highlights and Happenings

Easterseals Southern California said ‘goodbye’ to spring and ‘hello’ to summer with a wave of exciting events and activities! Take a look at some of the recent happenings across Easterseals and beyond.

Easterseals Participants and Staff Rally for Disability Funding

A group of staff and participants gathered outside of the Van Nuys State Building.

On May 31, Easterseals was proud to rally in Van Nuys, CA alongside fellow advocates from throughout Southern California to remind California Governor Gavin Newsom of his promise to fund essential disability programming. The group gathered at the Van Nuys State Building with Easterseals associates and participants from our Adult Day Services sites in Glendale, Pacoima, and Van Nuys. Together, they stood strong against the proposed $1 billion budget cuts that threaten the disability community. Join us in this effort and make your voices heard by sending an email to legislative leaders today.

Autism Services Celebrates Grand Opening of New Covina Therapy Center

Easterseals employees gathered with community leaders who showed their support and joined us in celebrating this significant milestone with a ribbon cutting.

On Saturday, June 1, Easterseals Southern California celebrated the Grand Opening of our New Autism Therapy Center in Covina, CA. During the event, attendees enjoyed exciting booths, fun games, prizes, and delicious food and drinks. Our partners at Mattel were also in attendance to donate toys to children as part of their “Play it Forward” initiative. We are deeply grateful to the volunteers and community leaders who showed their support and joined us in celebrating this significant milestone.



Easterseals at the Social Innovation Summit

From left to right, Andraea LaVant of LaVant Consulting, Vijay Ravindran of Floreo, Debbie Wishart of T-Mobile, and Nancy Weintraub of Easterseals SoCal

Easterseals Southern California was honored to contribute to a lively panel discussion during the Social Innovation Summit in early June. Chief Advancement Officer Nancy Weintraub and Easterseals consultant Andraea LaVant of LaVant Consulting sat on a panel titled “Innovative Tech for Building Inclusive Communities” along with our partners at T-Mobile and Floreo. It was an incredible time of growth, learning and building new partnerships in the disability community and beyond!


Rexford Industrial Volunteers at Easterseals Adult Day Services in Brea

A group of volunteers and participants gathered for a photo at Easterseals Adult & Senior Day Services location in Brea, CA.

On June 5th, Rexford Industrial and their dedicated volunteers, joined by Interface and Delco Sales, transformed Easterseals Adult & Senior Day Services Center in Brea, CA. The day was filled with gardening, building wheelchair-accessible garden boxes, artistic endeavors, refreshing popsicles, and many fun games. Thank you to all the volunteers for bringing joy and making a lasting impact.



Tribeca Film Festival Panel & Cocktail Reception

From left to right, panelists Emily Ladau, Sofiya Cheyenne, Rachel Handler, and Ryan J. Haddad.

Easterseals was proud to be a sponsor at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. On June 8th, we hosted a panel discussion titled “Big Wins and Benefits for Disability Inclusion and Workplace Culture” with panelists Rachel Handler, Ryan J. Haddad, Emily Ladau, and Sofiya Cheyenne. Each panelist shared insights on creating an inclusive film set experience, best practices for accessibility, and fostering a more inclusive workplace culture. This panel was followed by the Industry Cocktail Reception, which was co-hosted with Indeed.

About the Author:

Kelly Lapadula is the Digital Marketing Manager for Easterseals Southern California. In this role, she enjoys sharing stories that connect Easterseals' services with their local communities. While Kelly joined the Easterseals SoCal team in 2022, her history with the non-profit began in 2013, when she interned at the National office in Chicago. Kelly is thrilled to be back, working to increase awareness of the disability services Easterseals provides throughout Southern California.

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