LEAP –National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Local Businesses Awarded:

 “Champaign County Champion Disability Aware Employers” at Disability Event


Champaign, IL –Four area businesses will be awarded as “Champaign County’s Champion Disability Aware Employers for 2017” at an upcoming event. Celebrate disABILITY! – A Music & Art Festival, sponsored by the disABILITY Resource Expo is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st, from Noon-3:00 p.m. at Lincoln Square in Urbana. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an excellent time to celebrate the gifts and talents of individuals with disABILITIES among us. Celebrate disABILITY! is an event designed to do just that. This event is free and open to the public. The awards ceremony will take place between 2pm-3pm.

The businesses who will be awarded at the event are: The Urbana Park District, Planet Fitness of Urbana, Clark Lindsey Village, and Walgreens in Mahomet. Each year, the disABILITY Resource Expo solicits employer recommendations from agencies like DSC, in conjunction with LEAP. “It was a tough decision.” said DSC Employment First/LEAP Coordinator, Stephanie Davenport. “We have many outstanding employers and our program has seen a lot of growth this year. When it came to the final decisions, we looked at the impact these employers are having on people with disabilities from a county level.”

LEAP (Leaders in Employing All People), is a local training and educational resource for Champaign County employers that has been launched in support of the statewide Employment First effort. It is a collaborative effort between DSC and Community Choices, funded through a grant from the Champaign County Developmental Disabilities Board to expand local employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Businesses who hire, or are interested in learning more about hiring someone with a disability, have the opportunity to become a LEAP trained employer. The free training offers practical, hands-on tips, resources, and information, as well as reproducible materials for managers.

For more information about LEAP, please contact Employment First/LEAP Coordinator at DSC, Stephanie Davenport at sdavenport@dsc-illinois.org.

DSC’s Mission: DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life.  DSC was formed in 1972 by the merger of four community organizations serving people with disabilities. The result is a comprehensive organization that is able to provide multiple services in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, and Iroquois Counties as resources allow. DSC serves individuals who may have epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities

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LEAP –National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Four area businesses will be awarded as “Champaign County’s Champion Disability Aware Employers for 2017” at an upcoming event.