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Saturday, October 6th

Prost! Back for its 6th year in downtown Champaign, C-U Oktoberfest features locally brewed beer, food by locally owned restaurants and authentic German festival music from the Die Musikmeisters, The Polkaholics, and the Bolzen Beer Band. Family and children’s activities will as be available at this traditional fall festival.  Come dressed in your lederhosen or dirndl and enjoy the celebration! 

For more information, See our Oktoberfest page.

 


We are looking for a Full-Time RN!

We are currently hiring for a number of positions, including a full-time RN! Offering a competitive salary and paid time off with benefits, we would love to hear from you. Please CLICK HERE to see all of our current job postings.


Mid-Year Appeal

In our daily lives, we sometimes take our independence for granted. Celebrating the anniversary of our nation’s Independence Day reminds us of how important freedom and independence are for each of us. At DSC our mission is a daily reminder of the importance and value of independence as we support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their personal and employment goals and dreams. 

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This year's event held on Saturday, August 4th was a success! We hope all party-goers had a wonderful time! We are excited about the fun we had and are already looking forward to next year! If you have comments or suggestions, please share them by contacting Evan Burie, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator, at eburie@dsc-illinois.org. As soon as we have the amount raised from this year's events, we will let you all know.  Until next year, SOCIAL!

"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!

Enjoy this new series of Meet Me on Monday stories, highlighting our Employment Counselors, who oversee a variety of community-focused groups that help people learn valuable skills for independent living and employment.

Meet Tashia!

Tashia has been with DSC for three years, working as an Employment Counselor. She joined DSC after meeting Kim Harris at a Job Fair at the Hilton Garden Inn. Tashia attended Parkland and continues to have an interest in social work.

Tashia currently leads the Cooking Group and the Bowling Group. She likes the flexibility offered to her here at DSC. One aspect of her position that she has found a little more difficult is that things are always changing. Because she has been here for three years now, we asked her what suggestions she has for others. “Learn to go with the flow,” she said. Great advice!

When she’s not working, Tashia enjoys singing, is active at her church, and she stays busy with her two children. She has a 7-yr old and a 2-yr old.


DSC Community Newsletter

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


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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