Meet Hunter, an energetic, kind hearted, compassionate and intelligent thriving eight-year-old boy who loves presidents, being with friends and all things Star Wars. If you spoke with Hunter today, you would probably never know he struggled to speak or even form words at one time.
Hunter’s journey with DSC began right after his first birthday. As a baby he had started to babble some and even said a few first words but just as quickly as it all started, it stopped. Those words he first mumbled were quickly forgotten. A family member had told us about Early Intervention (EI) services and we decided to look into the program to see if they could give us more information or suggestions for our toddler. We had a full evaluation where it was determined Hunter qualified for speech and language services along with some developmental therapy services.
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Despite Mother Nature throwing us a curve ball, this year's event held on Saturday, October 6th was a huge success! We hope all party-goers had a wonderful time! We are pleased and excited to announce that this year the total amount raised from Oktoberfest was $40,000!! So many volunteer hours and effort went into making this event happen, we want to thank everyone involved. 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 & Marketing Coordinator, at email@example.com. Until next year, PROST!
In December, when we focused on our Tree of Hope campaign for our weekly stories, many of the families we spoke with mentioned members of our Family Development Center, so we thought we would highlight their program this month.
Adrienne is a Developmental Therapist, specializing in Early Intervention and has worked for DSC for about 6 years. She makes home visits, works with families, specifically in regards to delays. She can assist with all types of delays, including speech and motor. She provides weekly services to families based on the services goals that have been established.
Another therapy Adrienne is certified in, is PLAY Project. She is a Certified Home Consultant through the program, meaning she is able to provide this service to families in their homes. PLAY Project is a therapy for children with autism that is typically offered through kindergarten. The program offers coaching and video modeling, and provides feedback for families, in addition to ideas that they can try themselves to improve social skills and communication.
Adrienne said that she loves working with families. She grew up with a younger brother who went through early intervention, which led her to this work. “The hardest part is when a child turns three and you have to say ‘good-bye.’ You build a relationship with the families and get attached, but many stay in touch, after we’re no longer providing services,” she told us. “One of the highlights about working in Early Intervention is that each day brings new challenges. You have to figure out how to keep motivating a child to want to work with you, and I enjoy that.”
Outside of DSC, Adrienne said she’s been busy remodeling her home and likes to garden. She also likes Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She said this comes from growing up in a house full of brothers.
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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 Jamika Smith Employment First/LEAP Coordinator at 356-9176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Ace Hardware Store for becoming LEAP certified!
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, Jamika Smith at email@example.com or 217-356-9176.
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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