Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about DSC? If so, you have come to the right place. This section attempts to answer the questions most commonly asked by our constituents. Just start by following one of the links below.
If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.
- What does your organization do?
- How can I get involved?
- If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
- Do I have to pay for services?
- Is there a waiting list?
DSC provides services and supports for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
As a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation, DSC serves individuals who may have epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive disabilities, Down syndrome, or other disabling conditions. Individuals seeking services may experience functional or environmental challenges that require extra support to live more fulfilling lives. These challenges may include adequate daily living skills, adequate work skills, recognized social behaviors, or the ability to access community transportation.
Direct and indirect services to be provided include prevention, intervention/treatment, habilitation/rehabilitation, and support/maintenance are administered through the following program areas.
FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Objective: To improve the quality of life for infants and toddlers with special needs through early identification, early intervention, and family support.
CASE MANAGEMENT/FAMILY SUPPORT
Objective: To ensure that individuals’ needs are identified, assessed, planned for, and monitored.
Objective: To provide services in a residential or community setting that enable individuals to live as independently as possible.
Objective: To assist individuals in achieving greater levels of independence and self sufficiency through individualized instruction and support in community settings, vocational training sites, and center-based activities.
Objective: To provide evaluation, training, employment, and support services that maximizes independent living skills and self-support capabilities.
Objective: To enhance the quality and effectiveness of DSC’s treatment programs.
DSC is a community agency and we want you to be involved! Below are several ways you can help us, help others!!
To get involved at DSC, consider one of the following ways:
* Volunteer--We have many volunteer opportunities at DSC. All volunteer positions require some training, depending on your level of involvement. Click on the "Volunteer" section of the website under the "How You Can Help" tab to learn more.
* Serve on the Board of Directors -- All board positions are volunteer and require passion and belief in our mission. The support board members give in providing direction of our agency is critical.
*Donate--DSC eagerly accepts donations of all kinds. You can check out our Wish List under the "How You Can Help" tab which lists some of the most important items in which we currently have need, and as always, financial donations are greatly appreciated.
*Bequests--To those friends who wish to help assure the longevity of DSC including DSC in your will, the following general form is suggested: “I give, devise, bequest to Developmental Services Center, an Illinois not-for-profit organization located at 1304 W Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL, the sum of $____ (or specifically described property).” For more information, please contact your financial adviser.
We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization. When you make a donation to DSC, YOU decide where your donation goes.
Many of the donations received at DSC are unrestricted, in that, DSC decides where the money will be allocated based on the agency's greatest need. Other donors may have a special program or project in which they would like to directly contribute, and when specified, the donations go directly to the program or project of their choice.
The best way to decide where you would like to direct your donation is to come and visit DSC! We offer tours specific to your interests and can help you learn more about DSC and where you would like to make the most difference. To schedule a tour, simply call Janice McAteer, Director of Development, at 217.356.9176 or via email email@example.com to arrange your tour...it promises to be time well-spent!
Below is some additional information regarding different ways you can donate!
*Donate--DSC eagerly accepts donations of all kinds. You can check out our Wish List which lists some of the most important items in which we currently have need, and as always, financial donations are greatly appreciated.
*Bequests--To those friends who wish to help assure the longevity of DSC by mentioning DSC in your will, the following general form is suggested: “I give, devise, bequest to Developmental Services Center, an Illinois not-for-profit organization located at 1304 W Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL, the sum of $____ (or specifically described property).” For more information, please contact your financial advisor.
Do I have to pay for services?
Services will not be denied if an individual or family is unable to pay.
Is there a waiting list?
All of DSC programs have waiting lists. To be placed on the waiting list, please call 217-356-9176.