Our FY13 Annual Report goes out in the mail today. It was a busy year. Check it out on the “Documents and Reports” page.
Awesome article today on Mandi. Don’t miss her booth at Food for Thought Saturday!!!
Awesome article in The Times today, part of a series running all week long as we lead up to Food for Thought this Saturday.
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.
As termed by this article, the “reprieve” has been lovely for SU. This temporary catch-up of past-due state payments, coupled with a few beautifully-timed and generous donations, has allowed us to take care of some things in need of attention: paint and flooring for Fitzsimmons and Ralph Plumb, improvement of our garden area out back of the main building, some classroom supplies, and more community outings for our residents and also at day program, and replacing our 2006 computer server. We know it’s a long way to go before our state funding and payments become stable, so we’ll enjoy our brief moment. We know there are a lot of things we want to be doing on top of what we are maintaining, and will keep working until we get there.
Our own Ben Dagay and Sherri Stephens traveled down to Springfield yesterday. They were asked by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities to be speakers at the State of Illinois Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities Awards Ceremony. Ben talked about his job at the State Police Headquarters in LaSalle-Peru. He was a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. He’s holding up his thank you card from the event. When asked how Sherri did speaking, Ben said “Fine, just fine.”
Today our state surveyor showed up unannounced at 8:30 for the annual review of our Developmental Training Program. They look at a wide variety of things…policies, consumer files, staff files, the physical building, governance, and do interviews with consumers and direct care staff. It went very well. We got a 99% score. A scan of the survey report is on our Documents and Reports page.
Spring is a busy time here at SU…among many other things today:
John got a long and arduous grant request for a new vehicle off his desk;
The proclamation by President Reagan is below. Don’t look at the date and get caught up in a bout of 80s nostalgia…don’t play synthesizer pop songs and do aerobics in your leg warmers. Opportunities for people with developmental disabilities have come a long way and it is worth celebrating. There’s still a long ways to go…Illinois still operates institutions and there are close to 20,000 people waiting for services. That aside, if you don’t have people with developmental disabilities as a part of your day at home or work or socially, your life is less rich than you know.
February 26, 1987
By the President of the United States
Nearly four million Americans have grown up with severe physical or mental impairments that have slowed their learning, limited their mobility, inhibited their expression, and rendered them dependent on others for care and assistance.
For many of these people with developmental disabilities there is now the prospect of a brighter future and greater opportunity. Americans are becoming increasingly aware that such disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or at home, as members of their families and of their communities.
New opportunities have been created through the efforts of those with developmental disabilities and their family members, along with professionals and officials at all levels of government. Working together, they have brought about significant changes in the public perception of young people and adults with developmental disabilities, opening new doors to independent and productive lives.
One important new milestone is the fruitful partnership between government and the private sector in finding productive employment for people with developmental disabilities, people who might otherwise have been destined to a lifetime of dependency. In the past 2 years, the Administration’s Employment Initiative has resulted in finding job opportunities for more than 87,000 people with developmental disabilities.
The Congress, by Public Law 99 – 483, has designated the month of March 1987 as “National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of March 1987 as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. I invite all individuals, agencies, and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. I urge all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.
[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:58 a.m., February 27, 1987]
Happy Thanksgiving all. Our Annual Report for FY12 is is available.