Serving Individuals with Disabilities since 1965
FY14 Annual Report
Our annual report is now available--just click on the "Documents and Reports" link at the right.  As  you'll see on the first page, please plan to come to SU's 50th Anniversary Party between 4-7 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015!!!!!
DSP Article
Another great article in The Times, this one on DSP Recognition Week.  One additional thing to note about Ginger--Mandy commented that Ginger enjoys her job so much that sometimes she starts dancing while she's working!
Renner Article
A great article in the Times on Saturday on our Assistant Residential Director Lisa Renner.  We are so lucky to have her here at SU.  
Title VI Notices
On the "Documents and Reports" page we have put up federally required notices for consumers who utilize our transportation services.
On the Radio
Go here to listen to an interview on WSPL.  Sherri Stephens and Ellie Eccleston talk about their work with the people we serve!
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...

Busy day

Posted By: jmallaney on May 8, 2013 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Spring is a busy time here at SU…among many other things today:

Big heavy grant application

John got a long and arduous grant request for a new vehicle off his desk;

 

 

 

Kyle working on dip tubesKyle cranked out some dip tubes for one of our customers;

 

 

 

 

Allen working hardAllen planted trees;

 

 

 

 

Future jelly?Jalapeno pepper plants are will hopefully lead us to a jam-packed fall (jam, get it?);

 

 

 

 

Working up a sweatBrian, Linda and Theresa worked on how they’d talk about how tired they were from helping in the garden when they get home from SU today.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Posted By: jmallaney on March 15, 2012 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Thank you to the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation and Com Ed for funding our upgrade to energy efficient lighting.

Here’s a

and an after:

 

Mike hanging lights:

 

And Tony working in much better light than in the past!

New Stuff

Posted By: jmallaney on July 12, 2011 in News - Comments: No Comments »

We received our new paper and hard drive shredders today.  These were paid for by ARRA funds to help  us start up a shredding business.  The hard drive shredder completely destroys computer hard drives so that no one can ever steal the data from them.

 

 

Workshop receives grant

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

SU received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2012, which began on July 1 and will end June 30, 2012.  The grant is for economic development.  Our goal is to maintain or increase the jobs we have available in the workshop.  The money must all be spent by the end of the fiscal  year.  The grant would not have been possible without the support of Representative Mautino and Mayor Lansford.

New Fork Truck

Posted By: jmallaney on June 29, 2011 in News - Comments: No Comments »

The New Fork Truck arrived today. This is another part of the ARRA funds helping us to create a mobile shredding business to give work to consumers and generate revenue to support the program. We’re signing the purchase order for the truck today.

New Baler

Posted By: jmallaney on June 23, 2011 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Our new baler arrived this morning. We purchased this with ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Funds through the Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services. We have also purchased other items for our future mobile shredding business: tables, bins. On order is a new forktruck, shredder, and a hard drive shredder for computer hard drives. Finally the truck will be ordered as soon as a few more details are worked out. This will be a great opportunity for SU to generate some income to support our services, once everything’s in place.

How on earth did Amber both take this photo and get her elbow in it at the same time? Mysterious...

Successful grant requests

Posted By: jmallaney on August 20, 2009 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Our classrooms have been enhanced over the last couple of months with two successful grant requests.  The Dollar General Foundation gave us funds for new computer hardware for the classrooms and also literacy software.  One of the things we purchased with these funds was a touch screen with software designed for visual learners, called the DT Trainer.  Employees and consumers have been enjoying the new additions.

Also, Reading Horizons donated phonics software and curriculum out of their Lemons for Literacy Program.  We are in the process of identifying a classroom in which to place these new resources.

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