Amazing Happens at Easterseals Crossroads

Amazing Happens at Easterseals Crossroads

For over 80 years, Easterseals Crossroads has been actively engaged in helping individuals with disabilities achieve their greatest levels of independence. Crossroads Industrial Services is a division of Easterseals Crossroads and supports many of the programs and services. Independence is what inspires us, motivates us, drives us; independence is what we celebrate with those who come through our door.

Independence does not happen quickly; it can take many years. It can fluctuate — it can improve — it can decline. Behind every independent moment at Easterseals Crossroads is a team who plans, practices, encourages, guides and celebrates — a team who stands with our families and spends many behind-the-scenes hours in preparation for a moment of independence.

Behind the scenes is where all the good stuff happens. It is where a teenager with autism gets behind the wheel for the first time; the first independent drive can be many months later. It is where a child with cerebral palsy takes her first independent step after years of therapy. It is where a young adult with a learning disability earns his first paycheck after 12 months of looking for that first job.

It takes a community to support our behind-the-scenes work. We rely heavily on our devoted staff who share our mission to make profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. In addition to our staff, we cannot thrive without our partners, sponsors, advocates, volunteers, supporters and donors. We cannot do what we do without support from people who know that independence takes work, time, and money; people who know that community support is what enables Easterseals Crossroads to do what it does best.

Donations help us assist children and adults achieve milestones in independence. Your contribution supports our mission to promote inclusion, independence and dignity for the many people whose lives are affected by disability or special needs.

Your donation made now through December 31 is matched through the generosity of a matching gift sponsor. Donate today and double the impact of your gift!

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Milestones of Independence

Milestones of Independence

Our Easterseals Crossroads Annual Report 2018 continuation stories are now available. The
annual report referenced four individuals with whom we worked during the year.

Their stories are told in the following videos:

. . . Becoming Mobile
Erionna’s story focuses on how we are helping a 6-year-old in physical therapy. Kathleen Brinegar is working with Erionna and her family as she is making progress on sitting, holding her head up, standing and becoming mobile with her gait trainer.

. . . Figuring Things Out
Kayla is an 18-year-old intern at Project SEARCH East who works with Keith Fox in learning the skills she needs to obtain a position in the healthcare industry. The year-long program is assisting Kayla as she figures things out.

. . . Making Her Way
Samantha is a 25-year-old young woman who worked with our Employment Division to get her career going after she had an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. Sam works at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA is she is truly making her way.

. . . Maintaining Independence
Scott is an individual who worked with Mary Follman in our Driver Evaluation and Training program to assist him with vehicle modifications. Scott was involved in an accident when he was 24 years old that resulted in paralysis from the waist down. Scott’s vehicle modifications are helping him in maintaining independence.

Bingo Bonanza 2018

Bingo Bonanza 2018

Join us for Bingo Bonanza 2018

Friday, February, 9, 2018 | Northside Knights of Columbus
Bingo Bonanza is presented in partnership with Century 21 Scheetz
Special Bingo License 146040

You don’t want to miss Bingo Bonanza – food, fun and bingo at its wild and crazy best! Tickets are on sale now; $50 per person for three game cards for each of the 7 games, buffet dinner and 2 drink tickets (complimentary water and soda). And the best part? Bingo Bonanza benefits children’s services at Easterseals Crossroads.

Tickets can only be purchased via cash or check due to charity gaming laws. A limited amount of tickets are available; download the order form and purchase your tickets today!

View this video to see what you do not want to miss!

Grant Renewals – Easterseals Crossroads

Grant Renewals – Easterseals Crossroads

Funds will increase access to adaptive technology and support veterans  

Easterseals Crossroads, one of Indiana’s largest providers of comprehensive services for people with disabilities, has secured grant renewals totaling nearly $2 million to support two of its most successful and long-running programs.

The first of the programs, Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA), provides access to adaptive technologies that improve quality of life. The second, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), supports Indiana veterans experiencing homelessness.

INDATA grant renewal impacts

The INDATA grant renewal is valued as high as $920,000 over two years with an option to renew for an additional two years. This federal and state grant program, sustained in partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, has served Hoosiers since 2007. Its key services include: assistive technology training; an adaptive equipment demonstration and loan library; technology reuse services; and a low interest bank loan program for technology to assist people with disabilities.

“We are excited to recognize the 10th anniversary of the INDATA program at Easterseals Crossroads and grateful for the funding that will allow us to continue to provide these valuable assistive technology services to Hoosiers with disabilities,” said Brian Norton, director of assistive technology at Easterseals Crossroads.

To request services, to listen to podcasts or to read the popular blog on technology for people with disabilities, visit

HVRP grant renewal impacts

The 2017 HVRP grant renewal is valued at just over $1 million over three years. Easterseals Crossroads was first awarded an HVRP grant in 2013. Since then, over 450 homeless veterans have received services, resulting in over 350 veterans securing gainful employment.

This grant renewal aims to enroll 155 veterans experiencing homelessness and place 113 into employment annually. The program focuses on helping veterans develop the skills necessary to achieve long-term self-sufficiency, while working closely with Indiana WorkOne offices and other community partners to provide intensive case management, wraparound support, training, and job development services.