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Get Involved with DSC and the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

The 10th Running of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is just around the corner! Join in the fun on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28!

We need YOUR help!  DSC has been a proud partner of the marathon since its inception, and we form the corral teams on Friday night and Saturday morning.  What does it mean to be a volunteer for the corral team?  You “hold large signs designating different starting corrals, by finish time, for runners in the start area to ensure that the corrals are orderly and clearly defined. Assist with the wave start process. This is an outside, rain or shine job.”

DSC has two jobs ~ one on Friday at the 5K and one on Saturday morning! You can pick how to help, or join us for both! 

Job1:   5K Start Line Corral Team on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 6:45-7:45 pm

Job2:   Start Line Corral Team on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6:00-8:30 am

Volunteers get a t-shirt and race bag!  

Sign up to help below! After clicking the link, you will be asked for a password! Enter DSC and hit submit. Please scroll down to find the corral volunteer positions that are highlighted in yellow. These are the DSC volunteer spots. Questions? Contact Nikki Kopmann, Development Specialist, at nkopmann@dsc-illinois.org.


DSC Community Newsletter

Click below to enjoy the latest issue of the DSC Community News newsletter! 

"Meet Me on Mondays"

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!

Meet Alex!

This month for National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month we are spreading awareness by participating in the #SeeMeforMe campaign. People all over the United States are promoting awareness and acceptance.

The campaign is divided into four parts that will be highlighted throughout the month of March. The topic for this week is community living and Alex is the perfect fit! Alex moved into his own apartment at C-U Independence last September and is enjoying a new sense of freedom. He likes that he can do whatever he wants to do, when he wants to do it, and exactly how he wants to do it. In Alex’s spare time he watches television and talks with his neighbors who also live in his apartment complex. 

Alex works on the University of Illinois campus where he recycles three days a week. He has had this job for three years. Alex admits that he loves to shop! He likes to shop for movies, clothes, and groceries. His favorite places to go are Walmart, Finish Line, and Schnucks. He also enjoys online shopping.

Congratulations, Alex on your new apartment and keep up the great work!

Let's meet Jasmine this week too! 

Our Meet Me on Monday highlight has combined forces with the See Me for Me campaign to spread awareness for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

People all over the country are helping to promote awareness and acceptance. The focus this week is on friendship and Jasmine is the perfect person to speak on this topic. Jasmine is an amazing friend. She believes that in order to be a good friend, a person must be open-minded and supportive. She also thinks that it’s important to adjust to the various needs of friends. For example, she says that she is the type a friend a person can reach out to for advice and support and is also a person her friends can call when they want to laugh and have fun. Overall, Jasmine sees the importance of being there for her friends through the good times and the hard times.

In addition to surrounding herself with good friends, Jasmine also enjoys many art forms. She likes to sketch, sing, and listen to music. Jasmine sings all genres of music and began her own YouTube channel where she uploads videos of herself singing. 

Thanks for letting us get to know you, Jasmine! 

Thank You Flooring Surfaces!

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! 

Leaders Employing All People

LEAP Certification

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 sdavenport@dsc-illinois.org.

Congratulations to the Most Recent LEAP Certified Business

Recently, another combined training was offered in Rantoul for area businesses who were interested in becoming LEAP trained. Congratulations to the Rantoul Chamber of Commerce, Village of Rantoul Human Resources and Champaign Outdoors & Rugged Outdoors 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 sdavenport@dsc-illinois.org or 217-356-9176.

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs Launches Multi-State Investment Program for Children and Adults with a Disability or Blindness

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.

Do You Have (clean, dry) Cardboard, Papers and Magazines Cluttering Up Your House? 

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.  

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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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