Our Future as WovenLife
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you continue to be a non-profit?
Yes, we will continue to operate as a 501(c)3 organization under the same FEIN # 73-0580276.
Will your services and programs change?
No, we will continue to provide the same services and programs as before. We continue to analyze our services and programs annually to ensure we are meeting the needs of our clients and the community.
Does your mission change?
Yes. The language of our previous mission was a direct reflection of the national organization. Our current mission language is a change to better reflect the needs of our community. Our new mission is:
WovenLife is committed to empowering people of all ages and abilities to find hope and independence through compassionate care, education and support.
Why did you decide to change your name?
Through research, we found there was a lack of brand recognition and the benefit of the brand association had depleted over time. This change allows us to focus solely on the local needs of our community while ensuring all of the money we raise stays here locally.
If I receive a request for a donation to Easter Seals in the mail is that coming from you?
After August 31, 2017 any information you receive from us will have the name WovenLife on it with our physical address (701 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104).
Will you remain in the same building?
Yes, we will remain at 701 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. Although we have carried the name Easter Seals Oklahoma, Inc. for many years we are an autonomous organization with our own board of directors. As a local organization we purchased this building in 2001.
Why did you choose the name WovenLife?
WovenLife refers to the diversity of those who use our services, the diversity of the services themselves, and the interesting ways in which they overlap. Young and old, abled and differently abled, we are where their paths cross.
The name speaks to the sophistication of our care, as well as the complexity of the lives of those we are working with.
When so many people with different backgrounds and different futures all come together and you start to zoom out, you see a bigger picture – something beautiful, akin to a woven tapestry.
Why did you choose the colors blue and green?
Blue and green are the colors of life – water and vegetation. They’re cool colors and, in general, are perceived as more positive than their warm counterparts.
When does/did the name of the organization change?
Our name officially changes on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Who do I write my check to for a donation or payment?
Starting Thursday, August 31, 2017 all checks should be written to WovenLife.
Will your web site change?
Yes, our web address will be www.wovenlifeok.org. Our site will continue to look the same for a period of time. We are working to replace our existing web site with a new user friendly one that will be mobile and tablet friendly.
Will your phone number change?
No, our phone number will remain 405-239-2525.
The Story of Easter Seals
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 88 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility or gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.
Tragedy Leads to Inspiration
In 1907, Ohio-businessman Edgar Allen lost his son in a streetcar accident. The lack of adequate medical services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin a fund-raising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired by this discovery, in 1919 Allen founded what became known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the first organization of its kind.
The Birth of the Seal
In the spring of 1934, the organization launched its first Easter “seals” campaign to raise money for its services. To show their support, donors placed the seals on envelopes and letters. Cleveland Plain Dealer cartoonist J.H. Donahey designed the first seal. Donahey based the design on a concept of simplicity because those served by the charity asked “simply for the right to live a normal life.”
The lily — a symbol of spring — was officially incorporated as Easter Seals’ logo in 1952 for its association with resurrection and new life and has appeared on each seal since.
Easter Seals Emerges
The overwhelming public support for the Easter “seals” campaign triggered a nationwide expansion of the organization and a swell of grassroots efforts on behalf of people with disabilities. By 1967, the Easter “seal” was so well recognized, the organization formally adopted the name “Easter Seals.”
Easter Seals Today
Easter Seals offers help, hope and answers to more than a million children and adults living with autism and other disabilities or special needs and their families each year. Services and support are provided through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S. and through Ability First Australia. Each center provides exceptional services that are individualized, innovative, family-focused and tailored to meet specific needs of the particular community served.
Primary Easter Seals services include:
- Medical Rehabilitation
- Early Intervention
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy, Evaluations and Community Screenings
- Early Learning & Inclusion Academy
- Adult Day Services
Americans With Disabilities Act
Easter Seals also advocates for the passage of legislation to help people with disabilities achieve independence, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Passed in 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination against anyone who has a mental or physical disability, guaranteeing the civil rights of people with disabilities.