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State Police Provide Safe Option for Medication Disposal

April 9th, 2018

Drug collection receptacles are available at five state police headquarters across the state. Five Illinois State Police District headquarters across the state are providing receptacles for people to drop off their unused and unwanted prescription medications. The headquarters are…

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Supported Employment Listening and Learning Sessions

March 28th, 2018

Discuss existing barriers to employment for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities and their families are invited to join the Arc of Illinois, the Self-Advocacy Alliance, Sibling Leadership Network and Illinois Assistive Technology Program for a series…

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The FY 2017 UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children Annual Report cover features a photo of an African American boy sitting and smiling with his big sister holding him closely next to her.

DSCC FY 2017 Annual Report Now Available

March 2nd, 2018

Report explains our mission and highlights our progress. UIC’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) partners with Illinois families and communities to help children and youth with special healthcare needs connect to services and…

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Close-up of Emily Cihla speaking to a television news reporter about her Treacher Collins Syndrome

DSCC Youth React to ‘Wonder’

February 2nd, 2018

Popular movie about a boy with craniofacial differences strikes a chord with DSCC participants. The hit movie “Wonder,” based on a best-selling book about a boy named Auggie with profound facial differences, has moved audiences…

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Payton sits in his wheelchair inside a van equipped with a ramp.

Family Thanks DSCC for Van Modifications, Support

January 16th, 2018

Financial assistance and resources from DSCC helped Payton’s family pay for modifications to their home and vehicle so he can stay active. Eight-year-old Payton was born with a gene mutation so rare that it doesn’t have a name. The…

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Brothers with muscular dystrophy pose with members of the Club America soccer team and their mother.

DSCC Helps Brothers Meet Soccer Heroes

December 20th, 2017

Miguel and Carlos spend time with Club America soccer team, thanks to their DSCC care coordination team. One of the main ways that UIC’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) helps children with special…

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Family Advisory Council Shares Self-Care Tips

November 29th, 2017

DSCC’s dedicated and experienced parents share advice in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. National Family Caregivers Month in November recognizes the real-life heroes who selflessly care for their loved ones and relatives. The theme…

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