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Explanation of Funding

The Reality of State Funded Services

DSC provides a variety of day, employment and residential support services for individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Services can be provided as part of a transition program from school to adult-based services, or as part of a general need for services for anyone with a developmental disability who is over the age of 21.*

Programs will vary depending upon the needs of the individual and the type of services (day training, employment support or residential) required. Depending upon the level of behavioral, social, medical, daily living and other support services required, individual support costs vary greatly.

However, the average individual or his/her family generally has a limited ability to pay for the cost of these support services. This is where state and local funding has been a benefit to those families in need. Through these subsidies, individuals have been able to access high quality services at an affordable cost. Unfortunately, access to this funding is limited due to narrow resources.

Despite the funding limitations, the State of Illinois has established a process for individuals/families to obtain these needed services. Click the link below to learn how to start the process of obtaining state funding.

DSC is currently exploring options to accept private pay for some services. More information to come.

*For information about child services, please contact Director of the Family Development Center, Felicia Gooler, at 217-356-9176 or


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