There are 20,000people with developmental disabilities in Illinois. Many individuals with disabilities and their families feel isolated, frustrated, and at the mercy of others. Those families and individuals are demanding more control, independence and choices, as well as greater inclusion and freedom to participate in the community as equals. Community Choices believes in providing individuals and their families opportunities for support as well as ways to give back. We provide individualized supports that respond to the needs and desires of individuals with disabilities and their families.
The mission of Community Choices is to PARTNER with people with developmental disabilities in Champaign County in their pursuit of independence, opportunity, and choice by offering quality, self-directed supports and services.
1. WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO TRY We believe in emphasizing the dignity of risk, finding new solutions, and developing ways to figure it out together. We are committed to helping identify opportunities, utilizing effective tools to succeed and adjusting when life doesn’t go as expected.
2. PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE We strive to support people to be fully involved both in and with the community. We value interdependence and believe that the most powerful connections are those with other people. We believe in strengthening mutual, peer-to-peer, and community-based relationships to create more natural, meaningful, and sustainable support networks than traditional approaches.
3. SUCCESS IS A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY We expect individuals to take an active role in shaping the lives they envision and share the commitment to achieving that vision with all team members through the required time, effort, and dedication. We are in this together.
Families with adult children with disabilities in Champaign County began meeting monthly to discuss their needs and desires
The parent group learned about Human Service Cooperatives, and decided they could form their own organization
The Board of Directors organized, and Community Choices was incorporated, with co-founder Jennifer Knapp appointed Executive Director
The Cooperative was approved as an Illinois Service Facilitation agency
Community Choices started to offer individual planning and social opportunities
Community Choices started providing customized employment, developed by Jamie Stevens
Community Choices started the Community Living program, and a group of families received training on housing options
Community Choices began focusing on community relationships through Open Champaign
In collaboration with Developmental Services Center (DSC), Community Choices embarked on implementing Employment First in Champaign County