February 2024

New Year, New Position!

Congratulations, Saschia Johnson, for your recent promotion into a full-time position at our Easterseals Veterans Rally Point as Administrative Coordinator!

You have shown us your talent, your tenacity and your love for our mission.

We just KNOW you will do great things.

New Achievement, Unlocked!

Congratulations, Tom Schusterman, on acquiring a new certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy that teaches people to accept their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; considered a best practice for teens, as well as folks with severe depression and self-harm.

Career Development Specialists: A Crucial Role

Steve Mendoza

Dan Bracken, CDS Manager

Karina Monge

Kadene Noble

Ben Rodriguez

Sydney Lambert

Meet our Career Development Specialist Team

Easterseals Career Development Services assists individuals in pursuing their education and employment goals. Career Development Specialists play a crucial role in empowering individuals with disabilities to pursue their employment goals, thereby facilitating their integration into the workforce. Through tailored guidance and support, these specialists assist individuals in identifying their career aspirations and navigating the pathways to achieve them. Pre-placement services offered by Career Development Specialists are designed to prepare individuals for success in their chosen career paths by honing essential soft skills and updating job-seeking techniques. These services encompass a range of activities, including interview preparation, mock interviewing, job shadowing, work-readiness training, and trial work experiences. By equipping individuals with the necessary skills and confidence, Career Development Specialists enable them to overcome barriers and thrive in their professional pursuits, ultimately fostering greater independence and inclusion within the workforce. They are complimented by our Education Coordinator, who helps participants with their education goals. Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut warmly welcomes Kadene Noble as the newest addition to the team!

To learn more about Career Development Services, click HERE.

Join us for our Signature Fundraiser

Spring Fling - Growing Together at the Crystal Ball!

Hartford Area's

Event of the Year!

Our annual, signature Easterseals Crystal Ball fundraiser is our largest fundraiser of the year with proceeds benefiting Easterseals programs for people with disabilities and veterans improving the health of the most vulnerable in our community. 

Buy Tickets Now

Crystal Ball 2024 Committee Chairs

Thank you for your dedication to our mission!

Angela Nelson

Director, Pharmacy Product Flow & DC Compliance

CVS Health

Gia Oei

Vice President, Corporate Communications and Culture

Cornerstone Building Brands

For donations, sponsorships, or to be a Table Host, please contact Wendy Archer at warcher@escrec.org

PEERS® Social Skills Program

Wednesdays, 10-11:30am

March 13-May 15, 2024

*No Class April 10, 2024

Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT

100 Deerfield Road

Windsor, CT 06095

(860) 270-0600 x164

About PEERS®

PEERS® is an evidence based social skills program for motivated adults (ages 18-35) with autism, ADHD, social anxiety, or other social challenges who are interested in making and keeping friends and/or developing romantic relationships.

Topics Include:

Conversation Skills

Entering & Exiting Conversations


Organizing Get-Togethers

Handling Disagreements

Complete Registration Form: HERE

CARF 3-Year Accreditation Achieved

Learn more about CARF

Hard Work Pays Off for

our Easterseals!

Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT would like to extend a sincere 'Congratulations!' and a heartfelt 'Well Done!' to all of the staff involved in meeting the rigorous performance standards required to achieve a 3-year CARF Accreditation.

CARF International (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) was formed in 1966 by two national organizations — the Association of Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) and the National Association of Sheltered Workshops and Homebound Programs (NASWHP).

Achieving accreditation means our Easterseals is committed to delivering the highest level of safe and effective services, ongoing performance improvement, and satisfaction of all persons served.

The following Easterseals programs have received accreditation: 

  • Community Employment Services: Employment Supports

  • Community Employment Services: Job Development

  • Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (Adults)

  • Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (Children and Adolescents)

Supported Education Success Story: Mike is Getting his Degree!

Mike Moschitto is in his last semester at CCSU and will likely be graduating with an impressive GPA in the 3s. It took Mike 9 years to get his Bachelor’s degree as his diagnosis and symptoms started right as he started college. Many Easterseals Supported Education professionals have worked with Mike over the years. Steve Mendoza is the current Supported Education counselor he has been working with at Easterseals (Stacey, Shannon were the first two). He is another example of the positive collaboration our Easterseals has with the Schizophrenia Relapse Prevention Program at the Institute of Living. Mike is interested in getting a job in the environmental sustainability sector after graduation—way to go Mike!

Click HERE for more information on our Easterseal's Supported Education Programs

Eversource: A Powerful New Sponsor for our Easterseals!

Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut is thrilled to welcome a powerful sponsor to our Easterseals family. We are delighted to add Eversource to our growing list of sponsors for our upcoming largest fundraiser- Easterseals Spring Fling Crystal Ball -supporting our disability and veterans programs. 


At Easterseals, we believe in the strength of collaboration and the impact it can have on our mission. Eversource shares our core values of compassion, diversity, inclusivity, and commitment to community welfare. Their dedication to making a positive difference aligns seamlessly with our vision for a more inclusive and accessible world.


A heartfelt thank you to Eversource for enlisting in our mission! Your support means more opportunities to empower individuals with disabilities, veterans, and their families. Together, we are forging a path towards a brighter and more inclusive future.

Thank You, Amazon!

Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT would like to shine a spotlight on the amazing support we have received from Amazon in Windsor, CT.

Amazon is dedicated to giving back to communities, and as a Non-Profit partner in 2023, our Easterseals Veterans Rally Point and Adult Day Support programs have received over $86,000 of donated items to benefit Veterans and people with disabilities. Items include program supplies, non perishable food pantry items, clothing, personal hygiene items, housewares, books, art supplies, and more.

Easterseals is overjoyed to be able to utilize these items for the vital programs and services we offer, and give back to the communities who need it the most. We cannot do what we do without partners like YOU - Thank you, Amazon!

Fox61 News: Jet Speed

Recently, Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT's President and CEO, Robin Sharp, and Easterseals Board Member and Disability Advocate, Dave Stevens, were interviewed by Fox61 News to shine a light on some of the barriers to air travel for people with disabilities.

Easterseals has made enormous progress in accessible transportation since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Bus travel is more accessible. Train travel is more accessible. Cruise ship travel is more accessible. But commercial air travel is not. It’s exempted from the protections afforded travelers by the ADA, and despite the Air Carrier Access Act that was meant to promote accessibility, our air travel system has not done nearly enough to ensure Americans with disabilities have safe, efficient, and reliable travel options.

We can – and we must – do more.

Click to watch the Interview

Easterseals Trivia


How many wheelchairs are broken by airlines each day?


Click HERE

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