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."

The C-U Oktoberfest is a fall celebration of music, beer, and food held in downtown Champaign. Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, the C-U Oktoberfest features live music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German music...mixed in with plenty of your favorite songs. Beer from local brewers and a selection of German beers will be served. Party-goers are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen (or come as they are) and dance the night away!

For more information including band line-up, food, beer, click http://www.dsc-illinois.org/events_fundraisers/c-u-oktoberfest/


Are You Ready for the Inaugural C-U Oktoberfest Dirndl Dash 5K?

Looking for a great way to start off C-U Oktoberfest Saturday? Join us at Crystal Lake Park for the inaugural Dirndl Dash 5K! "The Dash" is just what serious, and maybe not so serious, runners need to start a festive day. Want chipped timing? We've got it! Plus, we'll have everything that makes Oktoberfest celebrations Uber Fun! Festive music, food, beverages and gifts! Runners receive a mug to use at The Dash and at the Oktoberfest event on Saturday Night!

Sign up for the race is just days away so stay tuned for a registration link! For more information on the Uber fun festivities click http://www.dsc-illinois.org/events_fundraisers/c-u-oktoberfest/dirndl-dash-runwalk.html

"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 Cindy!

This week...let's meet Cindy!

Meet Cindy!  Cindy has been working at the Champaign Goodwill part time for two years and sees herself working there for quite a while. She said that she enjoys working with everyone there and enjoys the team and supportive environment. When not at work, she can be found hanging out with her friends and her boyfriend. They enjoy hanging out together at some of their favorite places like Za’s, Original Pancake House, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Carmike Theater.

Cindy enjoys listening to music and writing poetry.  She also likes to cook, and noted that her favorite summer dish to make is her signature pasta salad. From time to time she makes bracelets and necklaces for herself, which others may purchase if interested. Cindy and her mom are writing a book together about her life growing up and hope to someday have it published.

Cindy is originally from California and would love the opportunity to travel back there one day to visit with her uncle in Redlands. Cindy and her uncle share a special bond and Cindy shared that it has been “too long” since she got to visit him.

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.


Complete Electrical 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 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 pfe.by.leap@gmail.com.

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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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