EASTER SEALS ANNOUNCES WINNER OF “THE BILL ADAMI FUND FOR INNOVATION” AWARD

For Immediate Release
Date: June 18, 2015
Contact: Verna Hensley or Natalie Scott
Phone: 302.324.4444

New Castle, DE – Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore has announced the winner of its first “Bill Adami Fund for Innovation” award. Through the fund, Easter Seals Children’s Therapy department in Georgetown will be receiving 10 GoBabyGo cars, which are modified, ride-on cars to be used in therapy and on loan to families to encourage mobility and independence among the children receiving therapies in Sussex County. “The Bill Adami Fund for Innovation” was created in memory of Easter Seals late President/CEO, and longtime disability advocate, William J. Adami, honoring his legacy of leadership and innovation at Easter Seals.

“Throughout his 22-year career with Easter Seals, Bill Adami was committed to providing services and support to people with disabilities to allow them the highest level of independence possible,” Craig Binetti, Easter Seals Board Member and Chair of the Bill Adami Fund for Innovation Committee, said. “The Bill Adami Fund for Innovation will make it possible for Easter Seals to continue innovative services that have become the hallmark of the organization.”

Incorporating GoBabyGo cars into the Easter Seals Children’s Therapy program was one of several innovative proposals submitted by Easter Seals staff for consideration to receive the Adami Fund award. See the video here: https://youtu.be/u4c3eog6hPU.

“Easter Seals is excited that The Bill Adami Fund for Innovation can be utilized to bring the latest in mobility technology to a child’s therapy experience with the addition of 10 GoBabyGo cars. Not only will it benefit the lives of 50 to 60 children currently in need of this technology, but these cars will be used for years to come, touching hundreds of families,” Kenan J. Sklenar, President/CEO of Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, said. “Nine highly innovative and thoughtful proposals were submitted by the
staff at Easter Seals from multiple programs. We are working diligently to grow the Adami Fund and continue to promote innovative thinking throughout the organization.”

Originally designed by the University of Delaware, GoBabyGo cars not only increase the mobility of children unable to get around, but they make it fun for children and encourage them to be more involved with their family and peers, which expands learning opportunities for them.

“We are honored to have been selected to partner with Easter Seals, a national leader in community therapy services!” Cole Galloway, GoBabyGo Founder and Professor of Physical Therapy at the University
of Delaware, said. “GoBabyGo has over 40 chapters worldwide but none are more important than our local community chapters. Moreover these cars are only one of the several innovative technologies for children and adults that Easter Seals families will have the opportunity to try out through GoBabyGo. This feels like the start of a wonderful collaboration that combines research, rehabilitation and community outreach.”

The Easter Seals Bill Adami Fund for Innovation is established at the Delaware Community Foundation. Anyone interested in more information or to make a donation, contact the Development Department at Easter Seals at 302-221-2066 or email rcrosby@esdel.org.

Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities and respite services for caregivers. To learn more about how Easter Seals helps children and
adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.

Thanks to GoBabyGo cars getting around will be fun for little ones who receive services in Easter Seals Children’s Therapy department in Georgetown.