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Strategies to Empower Family Caregivers

November 25th, 2020

DSCC provides support and resources to strengthen caregivers’ ability to care for themselves and children with special healthcare needs. November is National Family Caregivers Month. It’s an opportunity to celebrate all of you who selflessly…

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Emma Wiker and her sister, Ellen, stand on either side of a community pet pantry they opened in Athens, Ill.

DSCC Participant Opens Community Pet Pantry

November 13th, 2020

Emma Wiker’s community effort helps local pets stay fed and cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic. For six years, Emma Wiker has run the Animal Abusive Protection Program to raise money for abused or abandoned…

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Social Connection Helps Physical and Mental Health

October 9th, 2020

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, DSCC promotes the importance of social connection and ways to support it. The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) is committed to strengthening…

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In the News: DSCC Participant Wins Adaptive Bike

October 7th, 2020

Project Mobility awards adaptive bikes to seven youth with mobility issues Six-year-old-Dayna loves to keep up with her older brothers. But keeping up became a lot harder when biking became a favorite pastime during the…

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DSCC Staffing Interruption Update for Families

September 16th, 2020

Note: This post was updated on Sept. 24, 2020 All staff have returned to work at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC). The  University has reached an agreement…

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Remote Learning Tips and Tools for Families

September 10th, 2020

Resources to help support children and youth of all abilities. This year’s return to school is a partial or completely virtual experience for many Illinois students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Parents and caregivers must navigate how to…

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Home Care Families: Share Your PPE Concerns

September 3rd, 2020

DSCC provides dedicated email address for families to submit concerns about personal protective equipment The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) team is working hard to make sure our…

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Important Updates for Home Care Families

August 12th, 2020

DSCC is partnering with HFS to focus on families’ concerns and find solutions to pandemic-related challenges. The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) takes pride in our partnership with…

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Updated Council Seeks Parent Input

August 6th, 2020

DSCC’s updated Family Advisory Council makes it easier for families to take part and share feedback. Feedback from our parents and participants is important to us at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of…

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