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monthly newsletter  //  february 2017


This month Community Choices would like to recognize one of our members, Elizabeth Chippewa.  Within the last year, Elizabeth discovered she has a passion for sharing her experiences and advocating for herself and other adults with disabilities through public speaking. She also recognized that she needed opportunities to practice speaking in public and wanted to become more confident her abilities to do this.

Last November, Elizabeth began attending weekly meetings of the Toast of Champaign Toastmasters Club.  Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters International helps people learn how to communicate effectively and develop the confidence to lead others.  With support from CC staff, Elizabeth first attended meetings as a guest and then became a member of the club in December.  

When asked to describe her experience so far, Elizabeth said, "It's really fun and I enjoy it. I am able to learn a lot that I wouldn't have been able to learn without it. I can be more in depth and know what to say when I'm speaking. Everyone is really nice. I like the people. They are really understanding. I can do more - I'm a timer now and in charge of keeping track of how long other people's speeches are."

Elizabeth has started working through the 'Competent Communication' manu
al that all members use to become more effective and confident with their public speaking.  She gave her first speech to the club in January, and is currently workshopping her second speech, which is centered around the topic of why it is important for adults with disabilities to have opportunities to develop autonomy.


Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly meeting. Community Choices is updating our Participant Handbook.  February's meeting will be an opportunity to workshop some of the sections and give your input.  Monthly meetings are open to members with and without disabilities, and also the public.

DATE: Thursday, February 9th
TIME: 7:00-8:30pm
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL

Community Choices Monthly Meeting
U of I Women’s Gymnastics vs Michigan State
Lunch Club @ Panchero’s Mexican Grill
CC Trivia Team @ Jupiter’s @ the Crossing

**Co-op membership and RSVPs are required for social events. To RSVP or discuss becoming a member, contact Hannah Sheets, Membership Coordinator, at, or 271-621-1090.
SAVE THE DATE! Our annual member meeting will be in March. We hope to have all members attend this special monthly meeting to get Co-op updates and nominate and elect new board members. 

DATE: March 9th, 2017
TIME: 7:00-8:30pm
 St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL
We are excited to offer our members a personal development/life skills class later this spring. The focus will be on using technology safely and effectively. Dates are TBA, but if you are interested, contact Annie Bruno,, to get signed up once dates are set. 
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