"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!
This week...let's meet Michael!
Michael is impossible to miss with his cheerful attitude and friendly greetings. He has been coming to DSC since 1983 and says that he has loved watching how much DSC has changed. According to Michael, DSC has grown a lot and has more group homes now than ever before. While at work at DSC, Michael loves to talk to everybody. Currently Michael is working on assembling caps for contract with Advanced Filtration in Champaign and occasionally works with wood for contract with Great Planes. Michael also enjoys park walking with fellow DSC consumers and staff. Michael has enjoyed this paid position with the Champaign Park District for years.
His favorite thing about coming to DSC is that he gets to meet a lot of people and make more friends. One of Michael’s favorite things to do outside of DSC is to go bowling, and has loved it his entire life. He is on the Special Olympics bowling team through Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation. He also likes to read and use the consumer computer lab at DSC to keep up with sports news and do his draft picks.
Family Informational Meetings & 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.
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 Rockwell Automation, Planet Fitness Walgreen’s in Mahomet, Complete Electric, Loving Paws, and MIGA Restaurant who recently became LEAP certified. When asked why Rockwell Automation 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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