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Easter Seals Partnership: Ben’s Story

Alicia Boal



Hair Cuttery is ready to “Act for Autism” during April since many families in the organization have been touched by the condition. They are teaming up with Easter Seals, the nation’s leading provider of autism services, to spread the message of Autism Awareness Month and they need your help!


Ben’s Story


Ben Jimenez was 18 months old, when his parents noticed delays in his speech. When they asked their pediatrician about their concerns, they were told that Ben's delays were because he was living in a bilingual family.  However, they weren’t satisfied with this explanation, so they explored other options and found Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin’s Birth to Three program.Image of Ben

Ben is making great progress after six months in the program. Now when he talks, he speaks in full sentences and is understood by others.

Ben’s mom explains, “Finding out his diagnosis (PDD-NOS) didn't come as a big surprise; it was more like a relief. Our goal is to provide all the necessary interventions as early as possible to be sure he has the best outcomes. Seeing Ben's incredible progress thus far gives us so much hope and great inspiration.”  Ben is doing so well communicating in English that his parents now hope someday soon he will be able to speak Spanish with his grandparents.


How You Can Help


Autism is growing at an alarming rate today and we need your help to spread awareness. You can begin to make a difference by sharing this blog post. If you 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-salons throughout the entire month of April. You can also donate directly to Easter Seals here:

Together we can help educate others and spread awareness about autism and make a difference in the lives of children like Ben.