Easter Seals Oklahoma receives $40,000 Opportunities for Children iFund Grant

Monday, September 9, 2013

by Karisa Rollins


September 9, 2013

CONTACT:  Karisa Rollins

(405) 239-2525


Oklahoma City, OK – Easter Seals Oklahoma is pleased to announce it has received a $40,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Opportunities for Children iFund grant program. The grant will be used to assist in funding the Peer Integration Program which will allow Easter Seals Oklahoma to increase its level of service to children with disabilities.

“We are extremely grateful to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for their generous support of the Peer Integration Program,” says the organization’s President & CEO, Paula K. Porter. “This grant allows us to implement a unique, research based program where we can address challenging behaviors in an inclusive setting through early intervention.”

The Easter Seals Oklahoma Peer Integration utilizes principles based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children ages two through six who have delays, disabilities or challenging behaviors. The program focuses on skills that teach children with special needs to improve their ability to make and keep friends, develop self-confidence and behave more appropriately. The primary goal of the program is to integrate children with special needs into the typical environment by providing the tools they need to succeed in an everyday typical environment.

For more than 85 years, Easter Seals has provided services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs and support to their families. Services include an inclusive child development program, adult day health center, medical rehabilitation, the EFMP respite program and financial assistance. For more information, please visit www.eastersealsok.org.

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation works with donors and organizations to create endowments that address needs and opportunities within the community. The Opportunities for Children iFund grant program represents a compilation of contributions from donors who want to support grants to provide access to mainstream opportunities in spite of physical, mental or economic circumstances for children from birth to age 14. For more information on the iFund grant program, please visit www.ifundokc.org. For more information on the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, please visit www.occf.org.