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Signage
We updated the signage on the side of our vans.  We're hoping to generate more paper and hard drive shredding jobs for us.  We really like how it turned out.
Survey Says…
DHS dropped by unannounced for their annual survey of our Developmental Training Program today.  They look at many things:  clinical records, personnel records, safety and human rights committees, policies, site walk-through, staff and consumer interviews, etc.  We got a perfect 100% score this year!!!  Kudos to the SU Team for their dedication and hard work.
Closure Update
Survey analysis from parents/guardians of persons who moved out of the state institution in Jacksonville.  It shows that tremendous fear at the outset of the process led to satisfaction with the outcome. JDC Data Brief
Ranking the States Once Again
Illinois is once again near the bottom of the annual Case for Inclusion Rankings.  Disability Scoop has a short article.  You can get the full report and a lot of state-by-state detail at the main site.  Illinois can do better in supporting people with developmental disabilities!!!
Budget season begins
OK, sort of.  Governor Quinn's Budget Address won't come until late March, but articles have begun.  Much will depend on whether the temporary tax increase, set to expire at the end of this year, is extended or not.  It seems doubtful we'll find out until the lame duck session following the November elections.  So, we'll probably end up with a budget of which we can be confident for only the f...
Toolkit
In case it should be a use, a link to a toolkit to support physicians in effectively communicating with adults who have intellectual disabilities.
FY13 Annual Report
Our FY13 Annual Report goes out in the mail today.  It was a busy year.  Check it out on the "Documents and Reports" page.
Today’s Article
Awesome article today on Mandi.  Don't miss her booth at Food for Thought Saturday!!!
Front Page News
Awesome article in The Times today, part of a series running all week long as we lead up to Food for Thought this Saturday.
Around the building today
Lots going on today...paint, salt bags, belts, dip tubes, someone just walked in with some shredding, new bubble lamps in one of the classrooms, things growing in the garden, the new smart TVs....  It's a nice day today.    

Form and Function

We're glad we were able to update one of the bathrooms at Ralph Plumb.  As residents in that home age, they need more accessibility, which the walk-in shower provides.  It's great when the ...Read More

Hanging out at Kent Street

What a beautiful photo...all the work, all the effort, all the commotion to build the new home.  A picture like this, some relaxation on the patio on an unexpectedly beautiful July day remi ...Read More

Monday Morning

It's been a busy summer so far.  Here's Paul folding instruction sheets as part of a new job:   Here's where the shelter will be in our garden area: Shade at last!  ...Read More

Signage

We updated the signage on the side of our vans.  We're hoping to generate more paper and hard drive shredding jobs for us.  We really like how it turned out. ...Read More

Form and Function

Posted By: jmallaney on July 22, 2014 in Boxes, Future - Comments: No Comments »

We’re glad we were able to update one of the bathrooms at Ralph Plumb.  As residents in that home age, they need more accessibility, which the walk-in shower provides.  It’s great when the state is relatively current with payments and we can do the occasional thing like this.  We’ve got two more bathrooms to update on our list.  We’re hoping we can get to one next Spring.  We’ll have to wait and see as the current state budget isn’t really constructed for 12 months–it’s built to get through the November election.

Updated Ralph Plumb bathroom

Hanging out at Kent Street

Posted By: jmallaney on July 17, 2014 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

What a beautiful photo…all the work, all the effort, all the commotion to build the new home.  A picture like this, some relaxation on the patio on an unexpectedly beautiful July day reminds us why we do it all, every day.

Ahhhhhhh.....

Ahhhhhhh…..

Monday Morning

Posted By: jmallaney on July 7, 2014 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

It’s been a busy summer so far.  Here’s Paul folding instruction sheets as part of a new job:

Paul busy folding

 

Here’s where the shelter will be in our garden area:

Shade at last!

 

Morning papers in Modisty’s class.

Modisty's class

Signage

Posted By: jmallaney on May 9, 2014 in Boxes, News - Comments: No Comments »

We updated the signage on the side of our vans.  We’re hoping to generate more paper and hard drive shredding jobs for us.  We really like how it turned out.

Survey Says…

Posted By: jmallaney on in News - Comments: No Comments »

DHS dropped by unannounced for their annual survey of our Developmental Training Program today.  They look at many things:  clinical records, personnel records, safety and human rights committees, policies, site walk-through, staff and consumer interviews, etc.  We got a perfect 100% score this year!!!  Kudos to the SU Team for their dedication and hard work.

Closure Update

Posted By: jmallaney on May 2, 2014 in Illinois, News - Comments: No Comments »

Survey analysis from parents/guardians of persons who moved out of the state institution in Jacksonville.  It shows that tremendous fear at the outset of the process led to satisfaction with the outcome.

JDC Data Brief

Ranking the States Once Again

Posted By: jmallaney on April 18, 2014 in Illinois, News - Comments: No Comments »

Illinois is once again near the bottom of the annual Case for Inclusion Rankings.  Disability Scoop has a short article.  You can get the full report and a lot of state-by-state detail at the main site.  Illinois can do better in supporting people with developmental disabilities!!!

SU Foundation Chicken Dinner

Posted By: jmallaney on April 16, 2014 in Boxes, Events - Comments: No Comments »

The Foundation’s Annual Chicken Dinner fundraiser is Sunday, May 4, from 3-6:00 PM at Cheapseats.  Most recently, the Foundation sponsored the great pizza/bingo party this week at St. Paul’s.  It funds some great social and community opportunities that otherwise would not be available to the people we serve.

Chicken Dinner Flyer

Post Titled “Keeping Up” (or, “Upkeep”)

Posted By: jmallaney on in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

For some of us, these are tasks of drudgery.  For others of us, it’s incredibly satisfying to be able to get the basic maintaining of things accomplished.  We’ve had to put so many things like that off with all the state funding headaches over recent years that it’s just lovely to be able to get some gravel on our lumpy and pitted parking lot (what a long winter it was!); do some spring cleaning (OK, 7 springs’ worth of cleaning) and keep on working.

Winter took its toll!

 

Filled this in three hours!!

Kyle's not dotty--he's doing dots!

National Sibs Day

Posted By: jmallaney on April 11, 2014 in Community - Comments: No Comments »

Happy National Sibs Day!  There is a SIBS Group here in Illinois you can check out at the link.  It’s quite an experience growing up as brother or sister to a child with a developmental disability.  It’s a whole other level of experience with age, as the support of aging parents which almost all of us goes through combines with the guardianship, financial and legal needs of the sibling.  Give some thought today to the siblings of the people with developmental disabilities whom you know.  If you don’t know any, your life is less rich than you might think, so call us to volunteer or for your workplace to hire someone!

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