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."

Congratulations, Donna Grunder

On March 16, Donna Grunder, Executive Secretary, celebrated her 40th Anniversary at DSC! Donna has seen many changes over the years! She holds many memories of DSC but her fondest memories are of the Consumer Holiday parties. She
enjoys the annual holiday lunch and getting a chance to serve everyone. She loves to see the consumers happy and having a great time listening to the band and dancing. You can’t help being happy when you see them enjoying themselves.

Help us congratulate Donna on 40 years of service! Thank you, Donna and Congratulations!

Rantoul Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

Supporting Advocates in Motion!

Join the Rantoul Knights of Columbus (1001 N. Ohio Ave., Rantoul) on Sunday, April 2nd as they, once again, host a pancake breakfast! The proceeds from the breakfast helps to support the activities of Self-Advocates including their annual trip to The Summit held in Springfield!

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and juice! There is no set price for the breakfast; instead, donations are accepted as payment!

We hope to see you there!  

Get Involved with DSC and the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

The 2017 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon weekend is coming! Join in the fun on Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd. 

We need YOUR help!  DSC has been a proud partner of the marathon since its inception, and we form the corral teams on Friday night and Saturday morning.  What does it mean to be a volunteer for the corral team?  You “hold large signs designating different starting corrals, by finish time, for runners in the start area to ensure that the corrals are orderly and clearly defined. Assist with the wave start process. This is an outside, rain or shine job.”

DSC has two jobs ~ one on Friday at the 5K and one on Saturday morning! You can pick how to help, or join us for both! 

Job1:   5K Start Line Corral Team on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6:45-7:45 pm

Job2:   Start Line Corral Team on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 am

Volunteers get a t-shirt and race bag!  

Sign up to help below! After clicking the link, you will be asked for a password! Enter DSC and you will be directed to our volunteer activities. Questions? Contact Nikki Kopmann, Development Manager, at nkopmann@dsc-illinois.org.


"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 Louis! 

Louis is a materials handler and loves the atmosphere at DSC because he has been able to meet many friends while being productive in a work environment. 

When Louis is not working he is relaxing in his pajamas at home, where he lives with his sister and loves that they are a happy family.  He also loves when his nephews make him coconut cupcakes and talk to him about their days. 

DSC is another family to Louis and has loved all the people he has worked with.  Louis has made some great memories playing the Nerf Gun game with one his managers, Alex.

Louis is planning to travel to Ohio for his upcoming birthday to visit is family, and cannot wait to try some Chinese buffets while on vacation.

Have fun on your vacation Louis and thank you for all of your hard work!

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.


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.

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.

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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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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