We are very pleased to share that the Tree of Hope Campaign goal of $165,000 has been exceeded, nearing $170,000! We are so fortunate to live among supporters who understand and value a diverse and robust community where all can be successful! As always, the money raised from the Tree of Hope helps us to continue our mission, "DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life." This money supports all program areas and enhances the lives of many!
Thank you to all our supporters and to our sponsors whose donations completely underwrite the campaign, allowing every donated dollar to go directly to services and supports! Also, a big thank you to our 2017 Spokesfamily... Jared, Jill, Alex, and Lexi Sprau! They are an amazing family!
Click below to enjoy the latest issue of the DSC Community News newsletter!
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!
Dante is a dependable and hardworking employee at Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation presented Dante with an attendance award to recognize his promptness and reliability. Dante has worked for the company for five years and is primarily responsible for filing paperwork. He loves his job because he enjoys working with people and socializing with his coworkers.
While Dante likes to keep busy with his work, he has many other interests and hobbies that occupy his free time. He enjoys watching television; his favorite programs are Family Feud and the Sports Channel. Dante likes to listen to rap and R&B music; he is a fan of Akon. He loves to eat Italian food and his top picks for entrees to indulge in are lasagna and spaghetti. Dante’s favorite person to spend time with is his mother. He appreciates her for being an extremely caring, helpful, and loving person. He greatly admires her and enjoys the quality time that they spend together.
Dante believes that it is important to have a balanced life. It is important to him that he completes his professional obligations and also makes time to relax and have fun.
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!
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 email@example.com.
Recently, a combined training was offered in Rantoul for area businesses who were interested in becoming LEAP trained. Congratulations to Village of Rantoul, Rural Champaign County Special Education Cooperative, Rhino Ag, GCMS High School, Mom & Pops Kettle Korn, PBL HS, Hudson Drug, FNB Paxton 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-356-9176.
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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