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The Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club (EIPHC) will be hosting its 14th annual fundraising event on August 4, 2018 in Downtown Champaign! The event will showcase Jake and Jackson as the opening act, followed by The Tons O' Fun Band, and The Boat Drunks will finish the evening of great local music! 

As always, there will be a large silent auction featuring many great items! This year's event is also featuring a $2,500 CASH raffle!

Join us for this fun and energy-filled evening and help us "Party with a Purpose"!

August 4, 2018 ~~ 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Downtown Champaign in the parking lot at the corner of Washington and Neil.

For more information including band line-up, auction information, and all other details, click http://www.dsc-illinois.org/events_fundraisers/c-u-in-the-prairibbean/

"Meet Me on Mondays"

Meet Me on Mondays is our feature that highlights current staff members, individuals who chose our services and/or DSC Board Members.  DSC is full of truly incredible people and we want to share this information with you, the public!

During the month of June, we are really excited to introduce you to dads! We celebrate Father's Day on Sunday, June 17, but each and every day dads care, love, help, support, and influence their children, regardless of the ages of their kids. So, during June, you will meet four dads, each of whom is raising a young adult with disabilities. 

Meet Robert!

Because we are honoring dads in celebration of Father’s Day, we want to acknowledge that holidays like this are not easy for everyone, especially if you’ve lost someone you loved.

Robert lost his Dad to cancer. Robert shared with us that the two of them did many things together. They went grocery shopping, walked the track at the U of I Armory, and they watched basketball together. Robert especially remembers enjoying watching the NCAA Final Four with his Dad. He said that’s one thing he doesn’t do now. “It’s too hard to watch it without my Dad,” he said.

He said that to remember his Dad, he tries to stay healthy and keep a positive attitude. He thinks it’s also important to not get too stressed out. He still walks, and he goes to the gym at the Stephens Family YMCA now. He also has many interests and friends. He likes to travel to see his sisters. He works at Walgreens and is interested in medical research. Robert hopes that someday there will be a cure found for cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. When talking with Robert’s Mom, Carol, about the many things she appreciated about her husband, Robert’s Dad, she impressed upon us how important it is not to take your family members for granted. “Sometimes, you don’t realize how much someone does for you, until they’re not with you anymore. Appreciate your family while you have them with you.”

DSC Community Newsletter

Click below to enjoy the latest issue of the DSC Community News newsletter! 

Thank You Flooring Surfaces!

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! 

Leaders Employing All People

LEAP 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 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 Stephanie Davenport Employment First/LEAP Coordinator at 356-9176 or sdavenport@dsc-illinois.org.

Congratulations to the Most Recent LEAP Certified Business

Recently, another combined training was offered in Rantoul for area businesses who were interested in becoming LEAP trained. Congratulations to the Rantoul Chamber of Commerce, Village of Rantoul Human Resources and Champaign Outdoors & Rugged Outdoors for attending the training.

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, Stephanie Davenport at sdavenport@dsc-illinois.org or 217-356-9176.

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs Launches Multi-State Investment Program for Children and Adults with a Disability or Blindness

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.

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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