Heather is DSC’s Clinical Coordinator and has been working for DSC for 20 years. Her role involves coordinating psychiatry appointments and psychological evaluations, as well as coordinating appointments with DSC’s consulting counselors. She also maintains a small caseload, supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Champaign County.
In 2018, Heather was invited to participate in the IARF Future Leadership Initiative. The opportunity, offered by the state association, IARF (Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities), is designed to be a one-of-a-kind program to develop, train and strengthen future generations working in not-for-profit social service agencies.
Participants typically travel to Springfield over the course of an eight-month period, to meet with their co-horts and learn topics relevant to the industry such as culture, person-centered planning and budgeting, while also attending IARF monthly meetings. “Having the rare opportunity to network with other leaders in the industry, and to see the bigger picture of what’s happening around the state, were the biggest benefits to be involved,” Heather told us.
In December, the training culminated with a graduation ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield followed by a dinner reception.
Heather is also married, has a daughter, and she enjoys running, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Congratulations, Heather on your outstanding achievement!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 217-356-9176.
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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