Now that we have your attention...DSC, the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF), and a statewide coalition of people with disabilities, families, service providers, and advocacy organizations need your immediate help!
We need to urgently build support for SB955 and HB2960 - the Community Disability Living Wage Act - which will provide a long-overdue solution to the state's caregiver crisis by raising starting wages for direct support professionals to $15 per hour.
Send a clear message - by taking the link below to support SB955 and HB2960 - people with disabilities deserve more...they need caregivers who earn a living wage.
Share this with your family, friends, neighbors - everyone you know! Previous bills have been stopped at the Governor's desk. The situation is much too dire now to be ignored.
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As DSC continues to shift more and more to service delivery and program options to community-based choices, we felt our mission and vision should reflective of change. With this in mind, we are thrilled to share with you DSC’s new mission and vision statements.
Mission: DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life.
Vision: Striving to assure that every person lives a full life in the community.
We appreciate all DSC supporters who help us to achieve our mission and vision and are eager to continue making a difference together!
The Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club (EIPHC) will be hosting its 13th annual fundraising event on August 5, 2017 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 5, 2017 ~~ 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Downtown Champaign in the parking lot at the corner of Washington and Neil.
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 Ray!
Ray is a participant at DSC and is very involved with the Prompting Theater Program. He was just recently a character in the Easter Seals 48-hour Film Challenge and he loved the scene where he was able to slam the door into another character’s face because it was something he wouldn’t normally do. One of Ray’s favorite memories was last spring when he got to drive a motorcycle outside in DSC’s parking lot, this is memory that he is hoping to recreate this year. He also has helped out by planning lunches out to his favorite restaurant, McDonald’s. When Ray is not at DSC riding motorcycles or helping with the Prompting Theater, Ray enjoys watching TV and researching how to become a Hollywood actor. Good Luck with your acting career Ray!
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. For more information about LEAP contact Stephanie Davenport Employment First/LEAP Coordinator at 356-9176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re excited to announce another LEAP certification! Today we’re recognizing Alex Ivanova, HR Coordinator & Tim Bartlett, Executive Director from The Urbana Park District. LEAP stands for Leaders Employing ALL People. LEAP is a free, 1-hr training and certification offered to Champaign County employers.
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.
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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