Despite Mother Nature throwing us a curve ball, this year's event held on Saturday, October 6th was a huge success! We hope all party-goers had a wonderful time! We are excited about the fun we had and are already looking forward to next year! If you have comments or suggestions, please share them by contacting Evan Burie, Special Events & Marketing Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as we have the amount raised from this year's events, we will let you all know. Until next year, PROST!
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) throughout the month, we will be featuring people within the DSC community about this topic, from employer and employees to parents.
Meet DSC Board Member and Parent, Liz!
Native to Mattoon, IL, Liz attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studied Medical Laboratory Sciences. Liz and her husband Mike have three daughters and Laura who is the oldest receives services from DSC. In addition to being a wife and mother, Liz worked throughout her career at the Community Blood Services of Illinois, from where she has now retired. Today she is a busy enjoying life and serves as a DSC board member and is actively involved in the life of her daughters.
She became involved with DSC through her daughter Laura, who has Down syndrome. Laura began working at DSC through her high school work program. Today, Laura works at both DSC, and at Scotty’s Brewhouse. Laura has been working at Scotty’s for a year and a half and has received honors, such as Employee of the Month during her tenure. “Initially, we were not in a hurry for Laura to get a job outside of DSC,” stated Liz. At the time, Laura rode the MTD to take classes at Parkland for 5-6 years, in addition to working at DSC. “She was proud of the work she did at DSC, as well as her paycheck, and she had safe, reliable transportation to get from point A to point B, so I was a little unsure of making changes.”
Currently, Liz and other family members help Laura work out her transportation to get to Scotty’s. While that may not be the option that works for everyone, it’s what works for their family. Laura loves working at Scotty’s, even taking double shifts when offered to her. One thing we try to emphasize when someone is seeking a job through DSC Employment Services, is that it is not a one size fits all.
One of the things that Liz attributes to Laura’s success at Scotty’s is the management team and overall work culture there. “Her managers at Scotty’s have been very supportive and encouraging of Laura. She also still works at DSC. She chooses to keep her job at DSC. “She likes the people and she likes to stay busy.” If you’re a parent and you’re planning to pursue employment for your son or daughter, there is obviously a lot to take into consideration. “It’s worth it to see the benefit and outcome for the individual. You get to see the success and integration,” said Liz.
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Our friends at Flooring Surfaces chose DSC as their Salute to making our community better for all of us! Thank you, Flooring Surfaces and WCIA! We appreciate you and your support!
DSC and Community Choices are collaborating through the creation of LEAP (Leaders Employing All People) to advance the Employment First initiative.
Rockwell Automation was one of our first LEAP trained businesses, and when asked why they decided to become LEAP trained, Ms.Marty Miner, Senior Human Resource Representative, shared, “It’s just the right thing to do.” In working to make Champaign County an even more disability inclusive community, we are offering businesses to receive this training through the hiring, or interest in hiring, people with disabilities. For more information about LEAP contact Jamika Smith Employment First/LEAP Coordinator at 356-9176 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Ace Hardware Store for becoming LEAP certified!
LEAP stands for Leaders in Employing All People and is a free, 1-hr training offered to employers to educate them on best practices for employing a person with a disability in their business. DSC offers a variety of educational resources and tools to employers. If you’d like more information, contact DSC Employment First/LEAP Coordinator, Jamika Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-356-9176.
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership that brings together 14 states to encourage individuals to invest money on behalf of people with a disability or blindness without jeopardizing their federal disability benefits through the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) act.
Illinois leads the National ABLE Alliance, the country’s largest multi-state agreement for these special investment tools. ABLE investment and banking accounts can grow tax free, and can be used to pay for qualifying, disability-related expenses. The introduction of this program culminates nearly two years of negotiations.
Well we have just the thing for you! DSC Business Operations center recycles all kinds of cardboard and paper - including magazines, catalogs, office paper, etc. - as part of our effort to keep the environment clean and financially support DSC's programs. (We do not accept books at this time).
You can bring your recyclable paper to DSC’s Business Operations at 3102 W Clark Rd in Champaign, 8am—4pm, M-F. From Duncan, turn west onto Clark Rd (just north of Springfield). Turn right to go behind DSC’s Business Operations facility to drop off your items at the back loading dock door.
Our staff strives to provide quality supports and services to consumers, their families, and fellow employees each and every day and they deserved to be recognized for their exemplary work!
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