Easterseals Midwest
1508 NW Vivion Road
Kansas City MO 64118-4557
Mission Statement
Easterseals Midwest is changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Wendy Sullivan
Board Chair Mr. Rich Harkwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Financial Services Industry Consultant
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1964
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Easterseals Midwest is changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day.
Background Statement
Since 1964, Easterseals Midwest has served individuals with developmental disabilities in St. Louis and throughout much of Missouri. We are proud of our recent merger with Triality, Inc., which has served families in the Kansas City area since 1975. Welcoming Triality, Inc. into the Easterseals Midwest family allows us to cover all of Missouri and several counties in Kansas, surrounding the Kansas City metro area. It also permits us to expand our services, as Triality, Inc. has wonderful early childhood programs that support families with young children both with and without developmental disabilities.
 
Easterseals Midwest provides a lifespan of highly effective community-based services that include early intervention, autism programming, family support, community education, employment services and community living for people with developmental disabilities. Currently, we support over 4,600 youth and adults with developmental disabilities.
Impact Statement
Recent Accomplishments: 
  1. Easterseals Midwest is bringing vital services for individuals with disabilities where they need it most, their own community. Easterseals Midwest opened an office in St. Joseph, Missouri to better serve Northwest Missouri.
  2. In November, the agency earned a new three year accreditation from the Council of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Our most recent CARF survey noted that the organization "has many strengths that contribute to its extensive positive impact in the community and in the lives of the clients served."

Current Goals: 
  1. Advocate and secure additional funding from DMH/DD and DVR to serve all individuals on the wait-list for services.
  2. Execute a capital campaign to support endowment, capital and other transformational initiatives-including technology and possible corporate headquarter and program space.
  3. Recruit new board members to represent other areas of the state where we provide services.
Needs Statement
  1. Our inclusive early education center has outgrown its current space and is not ADA accessible, we are looking at new facilities.
  2. Funding for new comprehensive autism services and family support programs.
  3. Toddler and infant educational books and toys, diapers and formula for our home visitation program.
  4. Funding for early childhood services.
  5. Sensory sensitive equipment for use in our adult program, complete list of needed sensory equipment available.
Service Categories
Autism
Areas of Service
MO
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
One in every six people in the United States has a developmental disability. As the incidence rate of developmental disabilities continues to grow, the number of individuals affected by a developmental disability is expected to double by 2030.
 
At Easter Seals Midwest, we believe that our communities benefit from the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities as our co-workers, classmates, friends and neighbors. This principle guides us in all that we do.
 
While there is no cure for developmental disabilities, early intervention, supportive therapies and community based programming can help individuals with developmental disabilities live their fullest life possible.
 
Our biggest challenges are staffing and upgrading technologies. Front-line staff members are dedicated to carrying out the mission of the organization, day in and day out. We must recruit and retain front-line staff now to ensure there are enough qualified individuals to support those we serve. In order to do this, we need to build a larger, predictable annual income so that we can raise our wages to retain high quality staff.
 
Implementing new technologies will allow us to respond to the growing need for our services and the ongoing demand for new therapies and applied research. Developments in hardware and software can assist front-line staff members, increasing their ability to understand, analyze, respond to and even anticipate the needs of those we serve. Assistive technology holds tremendous promise for people with developmental disabilities and may enable them to live independently in their own homes, without the intensive need for on-site supports. These technologies exist today, but Easter Seals Midwest currently lacks the funding to acquire them.
 
To overcome these challenges we work with a variety of private, public, and corporate funders to help bridge gaps in funding while also improving program efficiency to help us best meet the needs of those we serve.
Programs
Description Eastereals Midwest’s Early Education Center, located in Kansas City, Missouri, serves 80-plus children (up to five-years-old) of all abilities, genders, races and ethnicities each year, helping them reach their fullest potential in an integrated, supportive environment. Our center, which serves mainly low-income families, has highly qualified teachers who prepare children for kindergarten and provide early-childhood special education for children who need it (approximately 50 percent of our students have special needs). We also have physical, occupational, and speech therapists onsite. The Center is an Approved Private Agency for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and we also are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We utilize various age-and ability-appropriate curriculum to support healthy development.
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short-Term Success The center develops individualized education plans for all students to make sure developmental progress is made in various areas such as communication, mathematics, social/emotional skills and creative arts. The center uses the Desired Results Developmental Profiles (DRDP) to gauge progress of students.
Long-Term Success
The main goal of the program is to provide foundational early education to prepare children both with and without developmental delay and/or special needs for success in school and throughout their life.
Program Success Monitored By
The goal for every child enrolled in the program is to see the child progress along the developmental continuum; however, at Easterseals Midwest we create targeted goals to help each child in personal growth areas. Our early childhood specialists work directly with parents to identify and build developmental goals around areas of concern and family priorities. These goals can range from basic language and communication skills to eating a meal at the table to social skills. Some examples of goals are:
  • Children are personally and socially competent
  • Children are effective learners
  • Children show physical and motor competence
  • Children are safe and healthy
Progress will be reported to families during parent teacher/conferences and periodically throughout the year when deemed appropriate. The center uses the Desired Results Developmental Profiles (DRDP) to gauge progress of students. We expect 95% of all students to make progress on one or more of their identified goals annually.
Examples of Program Success The Center uses the Desired Results Developmental Profiles (DRDP) to gauge progress of children in a variety of areas. In our last fiscal year, we are proud to report that 96 percent of all children enrolled in Early Education Center programming made developmental progress as measured across various programmatic areas, including communication, mathematics, social/emotional skills and creative arts. While this success rate speaks for itself, the story of one of our current three-year-old students, "Jamie," shows the true impact that the Center has. When first enrolled in our IBIC, Jamie's communication skills were in the range of an eight-month-old. To improve Jamie's communication skills, staff used sign language and implemented speech language pathology sessions each week, along with occupational therapy. After six weeks in the program, Jamie said "mom" for the very first time!
Description
A single case of autism, the most common developmental disability, costs society $3 million over that individual's lifetime. Early interventions and lifetime supportive programming, like those offered by Easterseals Midwest, can help families impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities ease the confusion, stress, and financial weight of providing the best care for their child.
 
Our Autism Services division works with the entire family to create an inclusive and supportive environment in which the child with autism can thrive. Clinical assessments and family navigators assist families in creating a plan of care. Parent training courses help caregivers understand autism and the best ways to encourage communication and growth in their child. Support groups for siblings help adolescents relate experiences to their peers. Individual Support Assistants offer in-home care and support for families as well as respite services.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Birth Defects, Genetic Disorders & Developmental Disorders
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short-Term Success For parents of children with autism, daily life can be a struggle as communication barriers Staff work directly with parents to identify goals in a variety of behavior and skill development areas. Goals can range from broad communication skills to very specific goals like helping the child learn a bedtime routine or to simply eat a meal at the table. Parents participate in training alongside their child so that the entire family is involved in helping the child with autism progress on behavioral goals.
Long-Term Success Our Autism Services supports families affected by autism by giving them the tools and services needed to encourage healthy development of their child with autism. By providing services including autism assessments, behavior and other therapies, parent training and respite services, we are helping families stay intact, preventing child abuse and neglect, and protecting the health and well being of our community's children, while enhancing opportunities for successful independence in adulthood.
Program Success Monitored By For our Autism Services, data is collected quarterly, tracked by staffers and reviewed by management. Every fiscal year, results are compiled in an Outcome Management Report, which is an annual measure of the efficiency and effectiveness of our services, as well as of the satisfaction of program participants, stakeholders and employers. Easterseals Midwest’s management and our board of directors utilize the Outcome Management Report to continually strive to improve the organization and our programs. The value of services provided by Easterseals Midwest is measured by the impact on our clients' quality of life.
Examples of Program Success Our Kansas City Autism Services Division is currently in its first year and we are working to build and grow this program in the coming years. With over four decades of experience in other regions of the state, we are excited to bring our recognized practices to the Kansas City metro area.
Description Employment Services are designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities find and keep meaningful jobs in the community. Easterseals Midwest customizes services to meet each client's need for support. Our Employment Services team assists clients with career exploration and discovery, job-skills assessments and job-placement services, as well as on-the-job coaching and retention services. Meaningful day programs that include volunteering opportunities and job-skills development are offered.
Category Employment, General/Other Vocational Guidance
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short-Term Success Individuals participating in our Employment Services program learn pre-vocational skills such as using public transportation, interview skills, and career planning while having the opportunity to learn job skills by volunteering in the community. Job coaches work with individuals to find opportunities and shadow them on the job to teach the skills necessary to perform the job so that they can work towards independent employment.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of Employment Services is to help individuals with developmental disabilities find competitive employment in the community. Finding and keeping a job translates to decreased dependence on government aid and increased buying power. In fact, the Social Security Administration has calculated that for every $1 spent on Employment Services, $7 is returned to the community.
Program Success Monitored By
For our Employment Services, data is collected quarterly, tracked by staffers and reviewed by management. Every fiscal year, results are compiled in an Outcome Management Report, which is an annual measure of the efficiency and effectiveness of our services, as well as of the satisfaction of program participants, stakeholders and employers. Easterseals Midwest’s management and our board of directors utilize the Outcome Management Report to continually strive to improve the organization and our programs. The value of services provided by Easterseals Midwest is measured by the impact on our clients' quality of life. For the Employment Services division, overall success is determined by the number of people with disabilities who improve their job skills, acquire a job and maintain employment.
Examples of Program Success In Kansas City, our Employment Services program serves 50 people annually and the program is growing each year.
Description

Easterseals Midwest provides a range of services to meet the housing and daily activity needs of the individuals we support. Ranging from 24/7, in-home assistance to transition services, we provide as little or as much of our independent living services as one needs to be healthy, safe, and integrated into their community.

Our highest level of care is provided through our Individualized Supported Living program, the primary program in the Kansas City region. Staff provide one-on-one services 24/7 to address money management; nutrition, grocery shopping, and cooking; safety; housekeeping; educational and leisure activities; and personal care and hygiene. Individuals in our Individualized Supported Living program have often been turned away from services because of behaviors that are challenging. They may be aggressive or have complex and challenging healthcare needs. We do not turn someone away because they have multiple or specialized needs.

Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Birth Defects, Genetic Disorders & Developmental Disorders
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Individuals in our community living program need support moving into a home of their own, becoming current on all healthcare needs, and creating a support plan that best meets their individual needs. Short-term success for this program revolves around getting an individual into a safe, supportive environment.
Long-Term Success Long-term success is measured by quality of life and whether an individual is active in their community.  For example, a key measure of quality of life is whether an individual has people in their life other than paid, staff members. 
Program Success Monitored By
Easterseals Midwest program staff work with the individuals we support and their families to develop goals for independent living. Staff then monitor those goals and track progress in reports that are submitted quarterly and reviewed by the Board of Directors.
 
Updates and changes to plans are made as needed.
Examples of Program Success
At the start of 2015, Karen shared a small room in a nursing home with only a curtain for privacy. She didn’t have the freedom to go out into the community, and mostly stayed inside. She was overweight, on oxygen 24 hours a day, and experiencing seizures. Karen was living, but not thriving.
 
Things began to change when Karen joined the Easterseals Midwest family. In March 2015, Karen moved into one of our community living homes. With the chance for a fresh start, Karen decided to change her life for the better.
 
Determined to lose weight, Karen started walking, playing Wii with her roommate, and making healthier food choices. So far, Karen has lost over 80 pounds and, amazingly, no longer needs oxygen or suffers from seizures. She even walked a mile in our annual Walk, Run ‘n Roll fundraiser last summer—something she could never have imagined doing a year ago.
Karen enjoys her independence and is determined to get a job and be active in the community!
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Wendy Sullivan
Term Start Jan 1982
Senior Staff
Title Executive Vice President of External Relations & Chief Development Officer
Title Executive Vice President of Services & Chief Program Officer
Title Executive Vice President of Internal Relations & Chief Financial Officer
Title Vice President of Development & Special Events
Title Vice President of Community Living
Title Vice President of Business Development
Title Vice President of Human Services
Title Vice President of Autism & Children's Services
Title Vice President, Administration & Finance
Title
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1600
Volunteers 750
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)2018
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Supported Living - 3 Year2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Rich Harkwell
Company Affiliation Financial Services Industry Consultant
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Jacqueline BardgettJohn Bardgett & Associates
Mr. Bill BartelsmeyerJ.W. Terrill
Ms. Tricia BolsterObstetrical Anesthesia Associates
Mr. G.T. Cozad IIICozad Commercial Real Estate, LTD
Mr. Mark DarrellLaclede Gas Company
Mr. Sean DonlinLockton Companies
Mr. William FlorentSelequity
Ms. Christina Green
Ms. Kim HakimData Connectors, LLC
Mr. Rich HarkwellAHM Financial Group LLC
Ms. Judy KentCommunity Volunteer
Ms/ Kathleen Kopach Woods
Mr. Tim McCrawMcCraw & Company
Mr. Greg Meier
Mr. Michael MonsonCentene Corporation
Ms. Lydia Padilla
Mr. Kent SchienButler America
Ms. Lynn WallisWallis Companies
Dr. Robert WoertherSpecial School District
Mr. Brian WrightFortune HR
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$484,997$613,791$1,179,325
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified--$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$224,701$193,766$234,960
$59,304,350$50,038,829$44,701,313
Investment Income, Net of Losses$129,021($298,102)$161,546
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$761,647$629,496$627,234
Revenue In-Kind--$105,892$286,515
Other$757,433$0$117,815
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$53,617,426$44,788,319$40,681,518
Administration Expense$6,420,776$5,799,040$5,174,454
Fundraising Expense$919,580$892,550$848,458
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.001.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%87%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$18,776,960$15,944,449$15,844,423
Current Assets$9,951,710$7,946,041$7,203,039
Long-Term Liabilities$2,251,124$2,315,263$2,698,598
Current Liabilities$5,167,615$3,651,419$2,836,409
Total Net Assets$11,358,221$9,977,767$10,309,416
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.932.182.54
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%15%17%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Easterseals Midwest Annual Report2016View
Organization Name Easterseals Midwest
Address 1508 NW Vivion Road
Kansas City, MO 641184557
Primary Phone (816) 781-0177
Contact Email friends@esmw.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Wendy Sullivan
Board Chair Mr. Rich Harkwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Financial Services Industry Consultant
Year of Incorporation 1964