The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in conjunction with the Milwaukee Area Developmental Disabilities Service Association (MADDSA) has recently announced the award winner for the Milwaukee County’s 2011 Caregiver of the Year. Susan Klawien, Easter Seals Activity Personal Care Coordinator, was recently awarded this prestigious award on behalf of her dedication as a caregiver over the last ten years.
Susan Klawien has a long-standing commitment to providing quality, innovative and dedicated care to persons with developmental disabilities. She has led new initiatives in a variety of programs in her 10 years of experience with Easter Seals. In addition to playing a major role in programming for the summer respite camps, she pioneered the inclusive program design for Easter Seals’ new Adult Day Program, located in the Callahan branch of the Kenosha YMCA. The result of her care and support has impacted the lives of countless individuals with disabilities and their families in the Milwaukee area.
In collaboration with Don Natzke of the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities, Susan Klawien was also responsible for organizing the Easter Seals Color Guard who has presented at various local sporting events such as the Milwaukee Admirals, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Wave and Easter Seals National Convention in Chicago. It is an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to show their patriotism within the community.
Susan’s creativity, loving touch and hard work have made her an integral part of the Easter Seals team. Since joining the Adult Day Programs team, Susan has put a heavy emphasis on providing person-centered care and creating opportunities for community involvement for the participants.
About Easter Seals Southeast WI
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 75 years, Easter Seals Southeast WI has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.eastersealswise.com.