Easterseals is celebrating 100 years providing support to people with disabilities or other special needs. Our partners at WPTA-TV report the organization was started in Fort Wayne in 1954 by a small group of parents and now supports more than 1.5 million people each year through their affiliates including Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, and locations in Indianapolis and Evansville.

To commemorate Easterseals’ centennial, Fort Wayne has illuminated the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge in orange.

The organization has network of 73 local Easterseals in communities nationwide, along with four international partners in Australia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada. 

Since its founding in 1919, Easterseals says its goal has been ensuring that the needs of children and adults with disabilities, veterans and older adults are met with services and supports to help them live, learn, work and play in their communities.