March 2021
MARCH is National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

SAILS students make stress balls to help increase awareness of recognizing and expressing emotions as they practice activities for social emotional learning. 
Do you know what the SAILS program is?
SAILS stands for -Students Acquiring Independent Living Skills
It is a full time class located in a community setting. SAILS is designed to increase the independent living and social interactions of young adults with a suggested minimum age of 17 with a variety of disabilities, including autism, who upon graduation could be expected to live semi-independently and/or participate in supported employment. The emphasis of SAILS is on the acquisition and application of functional and age-appropriate skills in a naturalistic context. Students will receive intensive training in functional daily living skills and community access to develop and/or enhance their present skills. SAILS will provide a continuum of instruction through the four domains: Domestic, Vocational, Community and Recreation & Leisure. The use of time, handling money, hygiene and health are also areas that may be explored, based on student need.
Employability Skills Students Spread Love & Cheer throughout
the DCIU Administration Building on Valentine's Day!
In the beginning of February, the students working in the Employability Skills Program in the Mail Room at the DCIU Administration building had a carnation and balloon sale to celebrate Valentine's Day! The students developed and passed out the flyers, kept track of the orders, collected the money, tallied the totals, made cards and blew up the balloons to attach to the flowers, and delivered the carnations/balloons throughout the Morton administration building. Thank you to everyone for helping our sale be successful! Pictured below: Dakota Connelly, Katie McGee, Luke McGee, and Brandy Turnier.
Swarthmore Goodwill
After the loss of the Thrift Store on the Ave, due to fire, the Swarthmore Goodwill opened their doors to allow the DCIU OPTIONS Employability Skills Students to work at their store. Pictured below are Seth Rowley and Katie McGee working hard to stock new items to the sales floor.
Congratulations Robert Bullock-Graham!
Robert Bullock-Graham receiving an award certificate for his service to Wawa for the year 2020!
Robert and his manager Angela at Wawa in Upper Darby
Robert holding his award
Robert Bullock-Grahm is a valued Wawa employee. Robert will have achieved 2 years of employment for Wawa next month.
Robert obtained the position thru the support of DCIU OPTIONS and OVR Services. Robert had job coaching support to learn his job and now has continued limited job coaching services from DCIU OPTIONS with OIDD services!
When asked what he likes about working at Wawa, Robert replied;  "I love to help my associates and manager out around at Wawa including helping my customers out. I like keeping everything clean and sanitized and keeping my associates and manager and customers safe. I like just being nice and polite to any customers and my associates and manager too"
Congratulations Robert! Keep up the good work!
DCIU is doing all we can to mitigate COVID-19. Staff have been participating in assurance testing since March 8. "Our intent is to offer this testing to our student population. More specific information will be forthcoming as we solidify our plans.”