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Safeway Earns Easter Seals' All-Time Top Corporate Partner Designation
Date:5/21/2009

therapy as well as a unique feeding program for infants and toddlers.
  • In Illinois, Easter Seals new Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research, specifically the Vocational Training and Work Center, and the Research Node Connection Lab that focuses on preparing children with autism for life after school and future employment.
  • In Washington, D.C., respite programs, autism training for therapists, assistive technology and inclusive early childhood education.

  • "Since 1986, Safeway and its family of grocery stores have worked to raise funds and bring attention to Easter Seals' critical mission," says Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice President and Chair of the Safeway Foundation. "Most important, is the message that people with autism and other disabilities are valuable members of the workforce--even in these tough economic times. Too many businesses don't take the risk in hiring people with disabilities. At Safeway we've embraced it, and have had great success."

    "The need for services is greater than ever--from therapy for young children or families living with autism to supports for older adults and military service members and veterans," adds Williams. "We are appreciative and honored that Safeway and its thousands of employees are committed to helping us make a significant difference."

    About Safeway
    Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 50 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America. The company operates 1,739 stores in the United States and Canada and had annual sales of $44.1 billion in 2008. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.

    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 nearly 90 years, we have been offering help an
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