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!

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 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! Stay tuned to learn about our staff and consumers, how they became involved with DSC, and what they love about the organization! We will be introducing new individuals on Mondays! 

This week, let's meet Donna! 

Donna is retiring from DSC after 40 years of service. She started her career in March 1977 as a workshop secretary and then supervisor of the front desk, before finally landing in her longtime position as Executive Secretary in 1985.

Donna describes her time at DSC as a “great experience” and a “good match” for her.  She explains how DSC is a very rewarding place to work because of what we do and who we serve. She mentions how when she first started here, the building was very different and everyone knew each other. Today, because of the number of people we serve and many different location from which services originate, it is a little more difficult to get to know everyone.  Some of her favorite memories are the consumer holiday parties and staff outings. In the early years, the holiday meal and the band played in the lunch room, which means things could get a little loud and chaotic, but it was always a lot of fun.

Donna is looking forward to no alarm clocks and being able to do what she wants to do at her own pace. She has plans on working on projects around her house, yard work, and spending time with her family. She also wants to focus a little more on a healthier living style.

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.  

Send a compliment to DSC Staff!

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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