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, at the corner of Neil and Washington - in the parking lot in from of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 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!

To reserve a table and guarantee you have a place to sit all night, click http://www.dsc-illinois.org/events_fundraisers/c-u-oktoberfest/reserve-your-table.html

For more information on becoming a sponsor for the 4th Annual C-U Oktoberfest, click http://www.dsc-illinois.org/events_fundraisers/c-u-oktoberfest/event-sponsorship.html

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!

Registration is easy...just click http://getmeregistered.com/DirndlDash5K.

 For more information on the Uber fun festivities click http://www.dsc-illinois.org/events_fundraisers/c-u-oktoberfest/dirndl-dash-runwalk.html

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this super fun inaugural event? Just click on the link below!

Congratulations, Tom Everette!

After 33 years at DSC, Tom Everette, Director of Maintenance, is retiring! Tom will be greatly missed, but we are so thrilled that he is ready to enjoy life in a different way after working so many years giving to DSC and believing in our mission! Congratulations, Tom!! To read Tom's journey during his time at DSC, please click the link below!

"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 Pat!

This week...let's meet Pat!

Pat currently works at DSC as a materials handler, although he stated that he would like to work in a kitchen again. Pat said that he enjoyed the time spent working toasting buns at a restaurant on Neil Street an number of years ago.

Pat expressed that he enjoys cooking and eating. Some of his favorite foods are steak, chili dogs, and hot dogs.  One of the places he likes to go out to eat is at Chili’s because they have great food there. He also enjoys going out to the Carmike Theater with friends to see action movies.  Some of the other activities he likes doing is bowling, mini golf, games, and attending car shows. Pat really enjoys baseball and football. He said that he watches the games on TV, however, he would like to get out to more of the local high school and college games.

Pat stated that he has been to places such as California, Pittsburgh, and Niagara Falls with his family. He would love to go back to visit California someday too!

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.


Clark Lindsey Village Receiving Their Certification

County Market on Kirby receiving their certification!

Volition 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 Clark Lindsey Village, Peter Pan Too, Schnuck's of Savoy, Deep Silver Volition, County Market on Kirby. who recently became LEAP certified.

Peter Pan Too receiving their certification!

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.

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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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