OFFERING A RANGE OF OPTIONS FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES TO ENGAGE WITH OTHERS, INCLUDING SOCIAL EVENTS, LEADERSHIP & SELF-ADVOCACY, ASSISTANCE WITH HOSTING INDIVIDUAL EVENTS, AND SUPPORT IN DEVELOPING CONNECTIONS WITH CLUBS AND GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY.
SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES Weekly social events around town where you can connect with other CC members and your community. Weekly events are supported by CC staff and include things such as: dinners and lunches at restaurants around Champaign-Urbana, Illini games, cultural events, farmer's markets, and checking out special events locally and around the state. STEP UP TO LEADERSHIP An eight-week leadership course created by a dedicated team of people with and without disabilities, including CC members, staff and U of I graduate students. The course focuses on many different aspects of leadership, from everyday life to self-advocacy. We explore different leadership styles and skills, role-play, hold debates, conduct mock-interviews and gain insight from other leaders. We build on our leadership potential to discover what type of leader we each strive to be, and offer practical strategies and tools to get there. CO-OP CLUBS Small groups pursuing shared interests. In a CO-OP CLUB, you and your group can create your own activities or join something that is already happening in the community. A club might cook together, go to Illini games, join a dance class, or any number of things! CO-OP CLUBS are not staffed by Community Choices. CC staff work with members during the formation of a club, and provide ongoing support to the club Organizer throughout its duration. Organizers take a leadership role within the club that can include suggesting activities, sending reminders and supporting each club member’s contributions to the group. OPEN CHAMPAIGN Community building and connection through shared public experiences. The series of interactive outdoor mini-events provide low-pressure creative environments for genuine connection and discovery. The planning and implementation of each different event involves multiple CC members and staff collaborating with different community partners. It’s all about people with and without disabilities together creating a unique and fun experience for the community to engage in. Open Champaign projects are a great way for you to make a direct impact on your community and build relationships at the same time. There is another approach we take with Open Champaign as well. Along with the support of CC staff, you identify one or more local groups that you would like to join. Together, the you and a staff member take the necessary steps to try out the group, including information gathering, attending meetings/get-togethers, and building connections with key people in the group. We may also identify a key person to connect with first, and choose a group to join based on mutual interests. CC staff support fades out as you develop friendships and gain comfort within the group. And if the first group isn’t a fit, no worries...we find another one to try out! THE IN PROJECT Creating opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to have influence, membership, value and leadership within the structure of our local community.
The IN Project has three different approaches:
INFLUENCE IN THE LIVES OF YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES through mentoring. Adults with disabilities mentor students with disabilities in Champaign and Urbana middle and high schools through our partnership with the CU 1to1 Mentoring Program. Our mentors are able to relate to these students in ways that non-disabled mentors cannot, and provide insight and support reflective of the students’ actual experience as a person with a disability in the school system and in the world.
INFLUENCE IN CURRENT COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP through a series of Community Conversations where members with disabilities engage with local civic organizations, government entities, influential individuals, and community groups. These conversation roundtables will be used as a jumping off point for people with disabilities to take on leadership roles in attending organizations and entities.
INFLUENCE IN THE BROADER COMMUNITY THROUGH MEDIA ENGAGEMENT where Community Choices members share their valuable and unique perspectives by working with local media outlets to establish a series of broadcast features created by people with disabilities. The broadcast features will be in a variety of media formats, such as print media, online articles or blogs, radio and television segments.
For more information on these services, please contact: 217-621-1090
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