April 27. 2012 8:00AM - Last modified: April 27. 2012 8:06AM

Easter Seals attempts online ‘flash mob’ to raise awareness

  
Easter Seals, a national nonprofit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs, will host an online ‘flash mob’ on Twitter today at 10 a.m.

Twitter users are encouraged to tweet and retweet the message “We are in crisis! Every minute 8 babies are born, 2 of them are at risk of developmental delays. Get the facts http://owl.li/aoG3Y  #MFFC #FF.”
According to Easter Seals, the goal is to make the needs of millions of children with disabilities a trending topic on Twitter.
“We hope that through our Flash Mob on Twitter today, it will help us to raise more awareness for kids with autism and other disabilities,” said Bob Glowacki, CEO of Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin. “We encourage others to help us spread the word by following @ESSoutheastWI and at 10 a.m. today retweeting our message to their followers to ensure that children under the age of five are not falling through the cracks.”
The flash mob is part of the organization’s Make the First Five Count Initiative. The initiative will raise awareness about the importance of early intervention and diagnosis for children with disabilities. 
According to the infographic recently released by Easter Seals, more than 1 million children enter school with an undiagnosed disability.
“In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, Easter Seals released its first-ever infographic about kids with disabilities,” said Glowacki. “This infographic tells the story of babies who are born with a developmental delay or disability, but do not receive the help they need early, when they can benefit the most.”
The infographic’s visual data tells the story of babies who are born with a developmental delay or disability, but do not receive the help they need early, when they can benefit the most. Many enter kindergarten with learning and health issues that put them far behind their peers and have a lasting, negative effect on their ability to meet their full potential, Glowacki said.
According to Glowacki, the infographic is available via Easter Seals’ Facebook page

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