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Easter Seals & Hair Cuttery Partner to Support Autism

Alicia Boal


During the month of April, Hair Cuttery is teaming up with Easter Seals to support Make the First Five Count®, Easter Seals’ service for early identification, early intervention and screening services for disabilities like autism. For the entire month of April, you can stop by any Hair Cuttery salon to donate money to this great cause. Hair Cuttery will be matching all donations received in-salon, up to $10,000!

“We at Hair Cuttery are proud to be a part of helping to provide support to help Easter Seals deliver early identification, early intervention and screening services to young children in communities nationwide,” says Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Ratner Companies, parent company of Hair Cuttery.  “Our associates are truly ready to ‘Make the First Five Count’ as many of them have young children and we all know how important the early years are for their continued success in life.”


Make The First Five Count®

Easter Seals Make the First Five Count

Autism is growing at an alarming rate – an estimated 100-200 percent every five years. Chances are you or someone you know is directly affected by autism right now. As this rate grows, it becomes even more important to recognize the signs of autism at an early age. Easter Seals does their part to spread awareness and provide support through their Make the First Five Count® program. This program helps parents easily identify if their children are meeting all the appropriate developmental milestones for their age. Early detection of autism can get children the help they need in the critical years before they turn five. Below is a story about Joshua, a 3 year old boy who was able to get the care he needed thanks to Easter Seals.


Joshua’s Story

Easter Seals Joshua's StoryJoshua initially came to Easter Seals in Washington, D.C. for child care when he was one and a half years old. When he turned two, his teachers noted concerns with his movement and communication skills.  Staff spoke with his mother, who said she had similar concerns, specifically regarding Joshua’s frequent falls and very limited vocabulary. Staff strongly encouraged her to complete the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ).

“When Josh came to Easter Seals, we thought he was a typically-developing child. The staff at Easter Seals recognized that might not be the case.  They sat me down to the take the Ages & Stages Questionnaire. The results confirmed what Easter Seals was already thinking – that Josh has developmental delays,” said Rebecca.

Results of the ASQ indicated concerns in the areas of communication, gross motor and personal-social skills and Joshua was referred to the District of Columbia's Early Intervention Program, for further evaluation.  He was deemed eligible for early intervention services and now he’s receiving on-site speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy to help address his delays and promote his growth and participation in daily routines.


How You Can Help

With autism being diagnosed in 1 out of every 88 people, we need your help more than ever to spread awareness and help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 . You can start by simply sharing this blog post. Want to help even more? You can donate to Easter Seals by visiting your local Hair Cuttery. We will be matching every donation we receive in-salon, up to $10,000, from April 1st throughout April 30th. If you can’t make it into a salon, you can donate directly to Easter Seals at:

Please take a minute to help us spread the word about autism and early intervention, so together we can all make a difference in the lives of children like Joshua.