Disability Services

iStock_000030974570_LargeEARLY INTERVENTION Infants and toddlers with special needs receive services to enhance their early development including special instruction, physical, occupational and speech therapies, nutritional consultations and other family supports.  These services are provided in the home, at the child’s daycare center or other locations in the community.  GES provides the EI program in Mobile and Baldwin County with funding from the Alabama Department of Rehab Services. Call Kimberly Claude at (251) 300-6173 for more information.

PARENT EDUCATION AND SUPPORT Monthly educational meetings provide information and resources on various topics of interest to families and area service providers (dinner and child-care for each meeting is provided at no cost).  Families living in Mobile and Baldwin County with children with special needs are invited to take advantage of bi-monthly respite services provided at the Springhill CDC. GES sponsors seasonal Family Enrichment events throughout the community to promote inclusion of children with special needs, encourage socialization and to further parental connections. Goodwill Easterseals collaborates with the Autism Society of Alabama to host quarterly Autism Networking meetings. These meetings are designed to support caregivers of children on the Autism Spectrum. Call Christy Jones-Hudson at (251) 380-7169 for more information.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND EQUIPMENT LOAN PROGRAM This program provides financial assistance to individuals with disabilities for the purchase of medical supplies, adaptive equipment, devices, environmental modifications, or services which would lead to an improved quality of life and greater independence.  Eligibility is based on evidence of need and is subject to availability of funding. Funding is provided through local United Way allocations, community contributions and private foundations. Equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and personal care items is also available for loan with limited funding from the Alabama Department of Rehab (STAR program). Call Chara Brown at (251) 300-6093 for more information.

KALEIDOSCOPE DAY PROGRAM Kaleidoscope is a program of Goodwill Easterseals for younger adults who have recently transitioned out of high school and other non-senior adults who desire to remain active and engaged in structured daytime learning and recreational activities.  Our goal is to help adults with developmental and/or other disabilities to enhance skills and characteristics important to personal growth, happiness and self-sufficiency through meaningful and challenging group activities. Call Donnell Flowers at (251) 375-2177 for more information. 

CAMPING Goodwill Easterseals coordinates a week-long camping experience for children and adults with disabilities at Easterseals Camp ASCCA, a totally-accessible facility.  The Mobile Rotary Children’s Foundation provides financial sponsorship for the tuition costs for 100 campers to attend each summer.  A smaller group of youth with disabilities from the Florida Panhandle are sponsored by Publix.  Week-end camps coordinated by GES are provided for children with Autism and their families and Post-Polio survivors and caregivers. Call Chara Brown at (251) 300-6093 for more information.

RECREATION Goodwill Easterseals provides young people with disabilities with recreational outlets to improve physical fitness, social skills, and connections with their community.  One outlet is a special needs cheer squad which performs for exhibitions and competitions at venues along the Gulf Coast.  Other recreational opportunities include dances, movie nights, and local family outings. Call Christy Jones-Hudson at (251) 380-7169 for more information.

iStock_000016483652_LargeSUPPORT GROUPS Goodwill Easterseals assists with four area support groups:  Post-Polio, Stroke, Autism and Down Syndrome, providing meeting space, coordination of speakers and special events and assistance with newsletter publications and distribution. Call Christy Jones-Hudson at (251) 380-7169 for more information.

VOCATIONAL REHAB – JOB DEVELOPMENT Program staff help people with disabilities referred by the Department of Rehabilitation Services to secure and maintain regular community based employment. Call Ty Spraggins at (251) 300-6087 for more information.

TRANSITIONAL YOUTH Special Education students from area high schools are referred for job training with our Retail Stores.  Program managers provide instruction on basic job readiness and soft skills instruction and hands-on work experience is provided in our retail stores.   Through the College Prep program, high school students with disabilities receive vocational evaluation services, counseling and instruction in an effort to assist them in their transition from High School to post-secondary education. Call Jean Broach at (251) 380-7153 for more information. 

HIGH SCHOOL/HIGH TECH High School High Tech, funded by the Able Trust and the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a unique program which targets youth with disabilities aged 14-22.  The overall goal is to motivate these youth to graduate from high school and to pursue careers in the technical fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Goodwill Easterseals provides the program at Dept. Juvenile Justice facilities in Escambia and Okaloosa county. Call Robin King at (850) 428-3699 for more information.

ABILITY ONE GWI Services, Inc. is the GES partner corporation providing services under two Ability One janitorial contracts in Mobile County (Federal Building/Courthouse and United States Coast Guard Aviation Training Facility).  Secured document destruction services are provided through subcontracts with the federal sites in Mobile and Mississippi under SourceAmerica. Call Cliff Barros at (251) 380-7168 for more information.

MISSION BASED EMPLOYMENT GES provides opportunities for employment to individuals who would have difficulty obtaining and retaining employment in a typical work setting.  Positions are “carved out” through our Donated Goods and Retail operations as well as through our Mission Services division based upon individual gifts and talents as well as any barriers that may impact job success. Call Ty Spraggins at (251) 300-6087 for more information.