DSC's mission is "to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing services and supports which enable them to live, work, learn and participate in their communities."

C-U Oktoberfest and the C-U Oktoberfest Inaugural Dirndl Dash 5K Run & Walk

This year's events held on Saturday, October 1st were a success! We hope all runners/walker and 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 Janice McAteer, Director of Development, at jmcateer@dsc-illinois.org. As soon as we have the amount raised from this year's events, we will let you all know.  Until next year, PROST! 

Congratulations, Tom Everette!

After 33 years at DSC, Tom Everette, Director of Maintenance, is retiring! Tom will be greatly missed, but we are so thrilled that he is ready to enjoy life in a different way after working so many years giving to DSC and believing in our mission! Congratulations, Tom!! To read Tom's journey during his time at DSC, please click the link below!

"Meet Me on Mondays"

Meet Me on Mondays is our feature that highlights current staff members and individuals who chose our services.  DSC is full of truly incredible people and we want to share this information with you, the public! Stay tuned to learn about our staff and consumers, how they became involved with DSC, and what they love about the organization! We will be introducing new individuals on Mondays! 

Meet Erin!

This week...let's meet Erin!

Erin is an energetic woman who works at DSC as a materials handler. She expressed how happy she is to work there; however, she would like the opportunity to work as a receptionist at the Sheriff's office someday.  She explained that the job looks interesting and that she already knows the Sherriff and the secretary!

Erin is very active with Special Olympics. She participates in Bocce Ball, Bowling, and Track and Field. She stated that she recently attended the Family Fun Festival  with her family and had a wonderful time.  Some of the places she likes to go out to eat is Dairy Queen and Arby’s. She also likes to stop by the Savoy Goodrich Theater to see a funny movie from time to time. Erin noted that she loves to laugh, and that is why she prefers comedies over everything else.

When she is not out in the community, she spends a lot of time with her six year old niece. She stated that they play a lot of games together. Erin also likes to relax by watching television shows such as The Price is Right, The Brady Bunch, and I Love Lucy. She said that she loves country music and listens to WIXY100.3 quite often.

Thanks for sharing with us, Erin! We enjoyed getting to know you!


LEAP Certification

Leaders Employing All People

What is LEAP? To gain a better understanding of what becoming LEAP certfied can mean to your business, click the link below to watch a short video of Michelle Petty, DSC LEAP Coordination, and Jamie Stevens, Community Choices LEAP Coordinator explain the importance of this certification.

DSC and Community Choices are collaborating through the creation of LEAP (Leaders Employing All People) to advance the Employment First initiative. The informational meetings will share the progress of the Employment First Initiative in Champaign County and how it will influences services in the future. These meetings are open to individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities residing in Champaign County, families, friends, and anyone who is interested in supporting this initiative. For more information on the meetings taking place monthly, please click the link below.


Clark Lindsey Village Receiving Their Certification

County Market on Kirby receiving their certification!

Volition receiving their certification!

Congratulations to our newest Partners for Employment! Along with the effort above to advance the Employment First initiative, a new local initiative has been launched in support of this state-wide effort. Businesses who hire, or are interested in hiring someone with a disability have the opportunity to become a LEAP (Leaders in Employing All People) Certified Employer. Six area businesses are new LEAP Certified Employers. Congratulations to Clark Lindsey Village, Peter Pan Too, Schnuck's of Savoy, Deep Silver Volition, County Market on Kirby. who recently became LEAP certified.

Peter Pan Too receiving their certification!

Rockwell Automation was one of our first LEAP certified businesses, and when asked why they decided to become LEAP certified, 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 certification through the hiring, or interest in hiring, people with disabilities. If you are interested, please contact Partners for Employment at (217) 360-0033 or via email at pfe.by.leap@gmail.com.

Do You Have (clean, dry) Cardboard, Papers and Magazines Cluttering Up Your House? 

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.  

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