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CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Invests $300,000 in Easter Seals' Autism Services for Young Children
Date:7/21/2009

Grant expands evidence-based therapies for children with autism

Chicago (Vocus) - The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced a $300,000 grant to Easter Seals to advance evidence-based autism services for young children nationwide. The grant, made possible through the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Program™, is in response to families' need for greater access to autism services as reflected in key findings of Easter Seals' recent Living with Autism Study.* These funds enhance nearly $6 million already provided to Easter Seals through the All Kids Can Program in which Easter Seals is a national partner.

"We know that through early detection and individualized intervention, autism is treatable," said Patricia Wright, Ph.D., national director autism services, Easter Seals. "This CVS Caremark grant will help advance professional training for Easter Seals' therapists to assure enhanced availability of essential evidence-based interventions."

As many as one out of 150 children today is diagnosed with autism, and the need for treatments continues to grow exponentially. Getting the right support at the earliest stage in life makes all the difference. Known as early intervention, this critical type of service gives children the skills they need to be successful. As the nation's largest non-profit provider of autism services, Easter Seals is committed to responding to the needs of families living with autism.

Families living with autism not only require access to services, but also to appropriate insurance coverage for these critical treatments. A portion of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust gift will underwrite a study by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute to provide resources to families living with autism.

"CVS Caremark is committed to helping improve the quality of life for children with autism through this grant," said Eileen Howard Dunn, senior vice president, Corporate Communications and Community Relations, CVS Caremark. "By supporting Easter Seals in enhancing evidence-based therapies, our reach can impact families living with autism now and those who may be diagnosed in the future."

"We know what's possible for children with disabilities and their families," said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Easter Seals. "Thanks to our partnership with CVS Caremark, Easter Seals continues to provide exceptional services to deliver solutions that shape the lives of children and families living with autism."

Established in 2006, the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Program selected Easter Seals as a national partner in the five-year, $25 million initiative to support children with disabilities. The 2009 CVS Caremark All Kids Can grant will benefit children with autism at Easter Seals affiliates in Central California, the Bay Area (CA), South Florida, North Georgia, Metropolitan Chicago (IL), DuPage and Fox Valley Region (IL), Joliet Region (IL), Central and Southeast Ohio, Southeast Pennsylvania, North Texas and Rio Grande Valley (TX).

About The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS). CVS Caremark is the nation's premier integrated pharmacy services provider, combining one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical services companies with the country's largest pharmacy chain. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education and community involvement initiatives in communities where CVS/pharmacy stores are located. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at http://investor.cvs.com/, or through the Web site's press room at www.cvs.com/pressroom.

About Easter Seals
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For 90 years, Easter Seals 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.easterseals.com or www.actforautism.org.

*Living with Autism Study, Easter Seals, December 2008

Media Contacts:
Kristen Barnfield, Easter Seals
P: 312.551.7147
kbarnfield at easterseals dot com

Rachel DeHayes, Easter Seals
P: 312.551.7246
rdehayes at easterseals dot com

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