DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life.

5th Annual C-U Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 7th

Prost! Back for its 5th 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! 


Photo by Sam Logan

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 for eight which guarantees 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 5th 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/

To reserve a room at the Hyatt Place, which is located directly across from the venue site, click http://champaign.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-DECM


2nd Annual C-U Oktoberfest Dirndl Dash 5K Run & Walk

Saturday, October 7th

Photo by Sam Logan

Looking for a great way to start off C-U Oktoberfest Saturday? Join us at Crystal Lake Park for the 2nd Annual 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 https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127273

 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 event? Just click on the link below!

DSC Celebrates Direct Support Professionals

Week of September 10th - 16th

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) - those who provide direct services - offer a rich mosaic of daily support services for people choosing DSC services. DSPs are integral in supporting people with disabilities to participate in their communities and lead full and independent lives. 

"DSPs are at the very heart of DSCs mission. Every day they help support people in achieving their personal goals and dreams. We are extremely grateful for our dedicated DSPs," said Patty Walters, Executive Vice President of Clinical Services.

Help us celebrate the DSPs at DSC!

Boom Bash 2017 Benefits DSC

Join 90's Daughter on the outdoor stage at Boomerangs Bar & Grill on Saturday, September 23rd to support DSC! The show is free to enter, though donations for DSC will be taken at the door if patrons are interested. There is also a 50/50 raffle that will benefit DSC. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. You do NOT need to be present to win! Tickets are available at DSC's main office or by contacting Janice McAteer, Director of Development, at jmcateer@dsc-illinois.org. Winner will be drawn at the event. 

The fun gets underway with 90's Daughter from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. and House of Cards will follow on the inside stage from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Join us at Boomerangs (1309 E. Washington Street, Urbana) on Saturday, September 23rd. 

Free Training on New Rules on Disability and Services

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Informational meeting for parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities and self-advocates.  There are new rules that make sure people who receive supports, are respected and protected in different areas like housing, inclusion, employment, choices, control, decision-making, rights, services, and more! 


Informational Seminar on Government Benefits

September 27, 2017 6:30 – 8:30 pm

The Autism Program - TAP & Champaign County Transition Planning Committee are hosting an informational seminar entitled, "How to Navigate the Illinois Disability System and Obtain benefits your disabled child is entitled to under the law." Attorney, Robert H. Farley, Jr. will present on the topics of Guardianship, PUNS, SSI, Special Needs Trusts and how to obtain funding from the State of Illinois if you cannot wait for your child’s name to be pulled from the waiting list.

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! 

DSC Community Newsletter

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

DSC Unveils New Mission and Vision Statements

As DSC continues to shift more and more to service delivery and program options to community-based choices, we felt our mission and vision should be reflective of change. With this in mind, we are thrilled to share with you DSC’s new mission and vision statements.


Mission: DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life.

Vision: Striving to assure that every person lives a full life in the community.


We appreciate all DSC supporters who help us to achieve our mission and vision and are eager to continue making a difference together!

"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!


Meet Zach Wetherell!

Zach is a DSC Board Member having joined DSC’s board in 2013. Zach became interested in DSC after seeing an informational DSC video at a Champaign Rotary meeting, in which Zach in a member. Zach was looking for a way to get more involved in community leadership and felt especially drawn to DSC because of having an uncle who was supported by a similar agency, ARC, a national organization with statewide chapters that support disability assistance, programs and advocacy. In fact, Zach’s grandpa was a founding board member of ARC!

Zach approached DSC’s CEO, Dale Morrissey, about ways he could be involved and joined the Prairie Homes Inc. and C-U Independence Inc. Board of Directors in 2013. These boards are affiliate boards to DSC. Then, in 2015, Zach joined DSC’s Board of Directors and is currently serving as the Chair of the Tree of Hope Committee. 

Zach grew up in Stewardson, IL and studied finance at Parkland College and then the University of Illinois. He is currently a commercial broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty and is the Owner Services Director for the company’s property management division. 

Zach and his wife Brittney have two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching his sons grow. His hobbies and interests include commercial real estate, traveling, baseball, golf, skiing, boating, and hunting.

When asked some of his favorite things about being on DSC’s Board, Zach shared that he enjoys meeting and getting to know our program participants. He admires that when they face challenges, they do it with a positive attitude and smiles on their faces. He appreciates DSC’s proactive approach to community services and our new, focused mission: DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life.  

He feels the biggest challenges are the lack of commitment and willingness of our state to provide adequate funding for disability services.  

Zach is a huge asset to the team at DSC and we appreciate all he does for our community!



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 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. 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

Congratulations to Dash Management dba/McDonald’s for recently becoming LEAP certified. McDonald's has been a long standing supporter of employing all people, including those with disabilities. 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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