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					             Transition Resource

                  Booklet

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                             Independence School District
                                  Transition Contacts
If you don’t know where to start or who to contact, first contact your child’s special education
case manager.
NAME                TITLE                     PHONE         EMAIL
                                              NUMBER
Cindy Konomos       Special Education Co-     521-5300      cindy_konomos@isdschools.org
Sherry Potter       Directors                               sherry_potter@isdschools.org
Becki Boonnim       WCHS SpEd                 521-5355      Becki_boonnim@isdschools.org
                    Process Coordinator
Amy Chappell        THS SpED                  521-5350      amy_chappell@ isdschools.org
                     Process Coordinator
Janet Knapp         VHHS SpEd                 521-5360      Janet_knapp@ isdschools.org
                    Process Coordinator
Amanda Paul         IA SpEd                   521-5505      amanda_paul@ isdschools.org
                    Process Coordinator
Brenda Maples        Contractual Placement 521-5300         brenda_maples@ isdschools.org
                    Process Coordinator
Lisa Warner         District Transition       521-5355      lisa_warner@ isdschools.org
                    Coordinator




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                                      What is transition?
Transition is a passage from one place or time to another. In education, it is used to describe the
passage from school to adult services and full community participation. It is a bridge between the
security and structure offered by the school and the opportunities and risks of adult life. For a
student with a disability, transition offers challenges that require guidance and assistance from
families and others to help him or her effectively deal with these challenges.

Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a student, designed within an
outcome-oriented process that promotes movement from school to post secondary activities,
including post secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including
supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or
community participation. This means that the process first identifies future oriented visions and
life goals of the adolescent and then provides needed instruction or services to fulfill these goals.

To improve transition results for young people with disabilities, the parents, the student with a
disability, the school staff, and community agencies must work together in a creative way. If team
members cultivate relationships with these resources and combine successful teamwork methods
with services available in their community, they will be able to create a dynamic individual plan for
the student. Many agencies exist in the community and provide support and services to people
with disabilities.

This booklet is a starting point. It provides an alphabetical listing of some of these agencies that
provide services in the Jackson County area.



Questions for parents and students to consider:

    1. What kind of work do you see your son/daughter doing after graduation?

    2. Do you see your son/daughter attending either a 2 year or a 4 year college after
       graduation?

    3. What services or supports do you see your son/daughter needing to be successful on the
       job or at college?

    4. Does your son/daughter have a driver’s license? What kind of transportation will your
       child need after graduation?

    5. Where do you plan or where do you plan for your son or daughter to live after graduating
       from high school? What supports will they need?




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                  List of Agencies by Resource Type with page numbers
       (Please note some agencies could fall into more than one resource category)
              Following this listing is an alphabetical listing of the agencies.

Systems Advocacy
Do you or your child, if you are a parent, have the self-determination/self-advocacy skills to make
informed decisions about you future? Do you know how to seek and receive the benefits that are
legally yours? Do you understand about self-disclosure and ADA environmental alterations that
are available? What do you do if you feel as though you’ve been discriminated against or not
given “a fair shake in life”? Systems Advocacy agencies have the skills and resources available to
help you get a ‘fair’ and legal opportunity in the in school, in the workforce and in life. The
resources below can help you to make the most of your opportunities and skills and get that ‘fair
shake in life’:
         ARC of Missouri                                                                       11
         Children’s Benefit Services for Families                                              16
         Legal Aid of Western Missouri                                                         25
         MPACT                                                                                 29
         Missouri Protection and Advocacy                                                      30
         EFECT                                                                                 20

Social Security Administration
Who can receive social security benefits? What benefits are available? How do you apply?
What should you do if you are turned down for benefits? What if you or your child, if you are a
parent, already receive youth benefits, do you reapply at age 18? What if you are receiving death
benefits because a parent is deceased or benefits because you have a parent who receives
social security benefits? How long do those benefits continue? What if you can work only part
time as a result of your disability, can you still receive social security benefits? These and other
important questions can be addressed by contacting the agency listed below:
         Social Security Disability                                                            35-37

Medicaid HCBS Waiver Programs
Seven core areas can be addressed by the Home and Community-based Services Waiver
program administrated via Medicaid. In Missouri, those areas are: MR/DD, Community Support
Waiver, Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities (Sarah Lopez), Aged and disabled;
Independent living, Physical Disabilities, and AIDS. Learn more about Medicaid Waiver Programs
and if any of the services are appropriate for your child by contacting:
         Missouri Department of Mental Health: Division of Developmental Disabilities   28

Mental Health Services
Don’t know where to turn for help? . . . .Are you unsure where to go for therapy, counseling for
yourself, your family or your disabled child. There is help available from trained professionals. A
few of the programs and issues that Mental Health Service agencies can address include:
adolescent program; adult services; aging programs and services; alcohol/drug services; case
management; child abuse and neglect; child psychology; children counseling; children services;
classes and workshops; deaf and hard of hearing; hotline; intake and assessment; parent groups;
psychiatric services; residential services; speakers bureau; substance abuse programs; support
group; telephone crisis line; youth programs, advocacy services; advocate training; books/video;
loan library; classes and workshops; community awareness; community education services;
community inclusion; community resource referral; community support; conferences; consumer
education; crisis intervention; cultural services and information; disability awareness program;
discrimination complaints; educational information and resources; family programs; fund raising;
information and education services; information and referral; library services; mental health
services; minority outreach programs; outreach services; parent education classes; parent
groups; public awareness and education; referral service; resource directory; seminars; speakers
bureau; support group; telephone hotline; video lending library; and workshops. Contact the
agencies below for more information:
         Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc                                           17
         National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Kansas City                       31



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MR/DD Services
What is your child going to do after high school? How will he/she be transported? Where will
he/she live? Will respite care continue to be available? Will a healthy social life be available? It
is never too soon to start investigating and planning for ‘life after high school”. The following
agencies can provide several necessary services for you and your child:
        Adult Continuing Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities                 10
        Center for Developmentally Disabled                                                    14
        Division of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities                            18
        Kansas City Regional Center
        Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Office                                    24
        Rainbow Options                                                                        33
        Sunshine Center                                                                        38

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
What are you or your child, if you are the parent, going to do for work/a career after graduating
from high school? What’s out there to help get ready for employment/ a career? There are
several agencies in this area that help by providing career assessments (What are your interests,
skills, likes and dislikes and how do these mold into a job?); financial help for training/education,
school/work equipment and supplies; job skills such as resume, interview, application; supported
employment; and Cooperative work programs for you to earn high school credit and work for pay
at the same time. These agency services can begin while you are in high school and be available
to you if necessary for the rest of your life. Check out the following agencies to find out which
ones will be most beneficial for you??
           Division of Vocational Rehabilitation                                              18
           Division of Workforce Development                                                  19
           Full Employment Council                                                            21
           Helping Hand of Goodwill                                                           22
           Jewish Vocational Services                                                         24
           Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City                                            33
           Rehabilitation Services for the Blind                                              34

Centers for Independent Living
Is your dream for your child for them to live on their own? Do you wonder if they will be able to
handle and care for all of their needs if they are not living under your roof? Centers for
Independent Living can provide many resources to assist students with disabilities to prepare and
support them to live as independently as possible. Services can range from information, life skills
training, house hunting, etc. Below are some resources in our area that can assist with
independent living.
         Center for Developmentally Disabled                                               14
         The Whole Person, Inc.                                                            40

Community Living
Do you often sit around the house bored to tears? Do you wonder what there is for you to do in
your community? It is important that students and adults with disabilities get involved in their
communities. Sometimes it can be more difficult for individuals with disabilities to access
community events and services. The resources listed below are just a representation of different
organizations in our area that assist individuals with disabilities to become involved in their
community. These organizations range from recreation to housing and more.
        Brain Injury Association of Kansas & Greater Kansas City                              12
        Jackson County Parks and Recreation: Special Recreation Division                      23
        ReSTART                                                                               34
        Special Neighbors, Inc.                                                               37
        Special Olympics                                                                      38
        US Department of Housing and Urban Development                                        39




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Guardianship, Wills and Trusts
Do you wonder what will happen to your child with a disability? When you are the family member
of a child with a disability, there may be legal questions or financial planning that you may wish to
pursue. Depending on the severity of the disability, your child may or may not be able to take
care of his/her own needs. In that case, you may need to research obtaining guardianship when
your child reaches the age of majority. You and your family may also wish to set up a will or a
special needs trust to ensure that your child will be well cared for in the event that something
would happen to the parents. Below are some resources in our area that can provide assistance
when planning for the financial future of a child with a disability.
         Life Care Planning, Inc                                                             26
         MetDESK                                                                             26

Juvenile Justice
It is important for students to know their rights as citizens in the community. They need to be
aware of what options are if they are in need of assistance or legal help. Below is an
organization that assists youths who have experience abuse or violence in their life. This is a
great resource for students with disabilities to have access to as they transition from high school
to life after high school.
          Missouri Juvenile Justice Association                                              29

Postsecondary Education
Can I go to college? How will I pay for tuition? How do I apply for student loans? Do colleges
accept persons with disabilities? Postsecondary Education is one of the many options that
students with disabilities have when transitioning from high school to post high school. It is
important for both families and students to be prepared for the differences between high school
and college or postsecondary education. There are some similarities, but there are also many
differences. Below are a few local resources that either provide information, resources, or
training to help prepare students with disabilities for their postsecondary educational experience.
         ABLE (Academic Bridges to Learning Effectiveness)                                   9
         ACT Testing                                                                    9 - 10
         Blue River Community College                                                       12
         Business and Technology College                                                    13
         Central Missouri State University (UCM), Office of Accessibility Services          15
         Educational Opportunity Center                                                     20
         Metropolitan Community Colleges                                                    27
         MO-AHEAD                                                                           30
         University of Missouri – Columbia, Disability Services                             39
         Westminster College of Learning Disabilities                                       39

Miscellaneous
The agencies listed below are resources that can assist students and adults with disabilities as
they transition from high school to work or postsecondary education. They do not fall into a
specific category of service, but they are great resources for parents, students, and teachers to
access to obtain assistance when working with students with disabilities.
         Autism Center                                                                     11
         Center for Communication Disorders                                                14
         CMSU Workshop on Wheels Child Care Resource and Referral                          15
         Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder                               16
         Coalition for Independence, Center for Assistive Technology                       17
         EFECT                                                                             20
         Fort Osage Career and Technology Center                                           21
         Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri                                     25
         Missouri Assistive Technology                                                     27
         Multi-District Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program                                       31
         Open Options, Inc.                                                                32
         Project ACCESS                                                                    32
         Shiners’ Hospital for Children                                                    35




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                                      Alphabetical Table of Contents

ABLE (Academic Bridges to Learning Effectiveness) -------------------------------------------------------- 9
ACT testing ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 - 10
Adult Continuing Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities ------------------------------10
Arc of Eastern Jackson County -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------11
Autism Center ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11
Blue River Community College -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------12
Brain Injury Association of Kansas & Greater Kansas City ------------------------------------------------12
Business and Technology College -------------------------------------------------------------------------------13
Center for Communication Disorders, Central Missouri State University -------------------------------14
Center for Developmentally Disabled ----------------------------------------------------------------------------14
CMSU Workshop on Wheels Child Care Resource and Referral ----------------------------------------15
Central Missouri State University, Office of Accessibility Services----------------------------------------15
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder ----------------------------------------------------------16
Children’s Benefit Services for Families ------------------------------------------------------------------------16
Coalition for Independence, Center for Assistive Technology ---------------------------------------------17
Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc -------------------------------------------------------------------17
Division of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities ----------------------------------------------18
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -----------------------------------------------------------------------------18
Division of Workforce Development -----------------------------------------------------------------------------19
Educational Opportunity Center ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------20
Encouraging Families with Exceptional Children Together (EFECT)-------------------------------------20
Fort Osage Career and Technology Center -------------------------------------------------------------------21
Full Employment Council -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------21
Governor’s Council on Disability ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------22
Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries -----------------------------------------------------------------------------22
Development Disability Services of KC - EITAS --------------------------------------------------------------23
Jackson County Parks and Recreation: Special Recreation Division -----------------------------------23
Jewish Vocational Services -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------24
Kansas City Regional Center --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------24
Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri ------------------------------------------------------------------25
Legal Aid of Western Missouri ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------25
Life Care Planning, Inc. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------26
MetDESK ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------26
Metropolitan Community Colleges -------------------------------------------------------------------------------27
Missouri Assistive Technology ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------27
Missouri Department of Mental Health: Division of Developmental Disabilities ----------------------28



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Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (MODDRC) --------------------------------------28
Missouri Juvenile Justice Association ---------------------------------------------------------------------------29
Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------29
Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services -------------------------------------------------------------------30
MO-AHEAD (Association for Higher Education and Disability) -------------------------------------------30
Multi-District Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program ------------------------------------------------------------------31
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Kansas City (NAMI-KC) -------------------------------31
Open Options, Inc. The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater KC ----------------------------32
Project ACCESS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------32
Rainbow Options I and II -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------33
Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, The --------------------------------------------------------------------33
Rehabilitation Services for the Blind -----------------------------------------------------------------------------34
Restart ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------34
Shiners’ Hospital for Children -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------35
Social Security Disability ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 35 - 37
Special Neighbors, Inc. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------37
Special Olympics – Missouri ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------38
Sunshine Center, Inc. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------38
University of Missouri – Columbia, Disability Services ------------------------------------------------------39
US Department of Housing & Urban Development ----------------------------------------------------------39
Westminster College Learning Disabilities Program ---------------------------------------------------------39
Whole Person, Inc., The --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------40




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ABLE (Academic Bridges to Learning Effectiveness)
Longview Community College                  Penn Valley Community College
500 Southwest Longview Road                 3201 Southwest Trafficway HU001
Lee's Summit, MO 64081-2105                 Kansas City, MO 64111

Ph#: (816) 672-2053                         Ph#: (816) 759-4089
Fax: (816) 672-2025
TTY: (816) 672-2144
joan.bergstrom@mcckc.edu                    patricia.goodwin@mcckc.edu
www.mcckc.edu                               www.mcckc.edu

Disabilities Served: neurological, such as learning disabilities, brain injury, attention deficit
disorder
Counties Served: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Ray
Contact: Joan Bergstrom – Longview Director
         Patricia Goodwin – Penn Valley Director
Age Group Served: 18 to 59
Fees or Financial Eligibility: In-district tuition, out-district tuition, plus $35-per-credit-hour for
every course taken with ABLE support; $10 program fee attached to Personal Skills course
(required the first semester).

Penn Valley ABLE has a specialized program for Autism Spectrum Disorder which includes family
support.

ABLE is a nationally recognized program of studies and support that helps students with
neurological disorders become independent learners and self-advocates.




ACT testing
Ph#: (319) 337-1851 (extended time questions)
Ph#: (319) 337-1332 (special ACT testing)

http://www.act.org/aap/disab/index.html

ACT assessments can be offered in several ways.
   1. National Center Testing #1: Request this testing only if you can test at a regularly
       scheduled national test center under standard time limits and use either a regular type
       (10-pt.) or large type (18-pt.) test booklet. Examples include assignment to a wheelchair-
       accessible room, large type test booklet, marking answers in the test booklet, permission
       for diabetics to eat snacks, etc. Examples of accommodations for students with hearing
       impairments include: seating near the front of the room to lip-read spoken instructions; a
       sign language interpreter (not a relative) to sign spoken instructions (not test items); a
       printed copy of Spoken Instructions with visual notification from testing staff of start, time
       remaining, and stop times.

    2. National Center testing #2: Request this only if you can test at a regularly scheduled
       national test center and use either a regular type (10-pt.) or large type (18-pt.) test
       booklet, but require up to 50% more time due to your professionally diagnosed and
       documented disability.
       Extended time national testing (50% time extension) is offered at all regularly scheduled
       test centers on national test dates within the United States.


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    3. Special testing: specially arranged testing at school is designed for students whose
       documented disabilities require accommodations that cannot be provided at a test center.
       Special Testing is the appropriate option for students who:
          a. normally use more than time-and-a-half for tests (or use extra time only on
               writing tests) in school, or
          b. require testing over multiple days due to the nature of the disability, or
          c. normally use alternate test formats such as Braille, audiocassettes or audio
               DVDs, a reader, or aides such as a computer or scribe for essays, and/or
               alternate response modes, or
          d. are testing at an international test center and cannot use a regular type (10-point)
               booklet or need any accommodations your test center cannot provide.




Adult Continuing Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ACED)
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Institute for Human Development
2220 Holmes Street - Room 340
Kansas City, MO 64108

Contact Information:

UMKC           816- 235-1754
        Students with speech or hearing impairments can contact UMKC using Relay
        Missouri,
        1-800-735-2466 (voice) or 1-800-735-2966 (TT).

MCC-Longview             816-672-2640
MCC-Blue River           816-220-6629

seelbinderw@umkc.edu
www.ihd.umkc.edu/ACED/default.html

Disabilities Served: developmental disabilities

Counties Served: Jackson

Contact: Wendy Seelbinder, ACED Program Coordinator

Age Group Served: 16 and older

Fees or Financial Eligibility: $6 for each class

Services Provided: cooking and nutrition; budgeting and money management; drama; music;
dancing; interpersonal relationships; team building and job related skills; arts and crafts; exercise;
health and wellness; golf; fishing; water aerobics; walking; independent living skills; community
services

Funding: Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County~EITAS.




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The ARC
The Arc of the US Missouri Chapter
P.O. Box 6787
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Executive Director:
President: Mike Hanrahan
Phone: 573-556-0400 Ext. 211 or 877-627-0400
ilrcstephanie@earthlink.net
http://www.arcusmo.com/

The Arc of Clay and Platte Counties, Inc.
7400 C North Oak Traffic Way
Gladstone, MO 64118
Executive Director:
President: Terry Blanks
Phone: (816) 436-3009
terryblanks@kc.rr.com

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Membership dues (not required) Single $10, Family $12,
Contributing $15 or more

Services Provided: college scholarships; information and referral; newsletter; parent information
and support


Autism Center
University of Missouri Health Care
Children's Hospital
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212

Contact Information:
Ph#: (573) 884-1871
Fax: (573) 884-8543
http://www.genetics.missouri.edu/Autismhome.htm
Cyndy Jones, BSN-RN, BSEd., Autism Nurse Clinician and Coordinator
email: JonesCS@missouri.edu

Disabilities Served: Autism

Counties Served: Statewide

Age Group Served: All

Services Provided: developmental assessment; genetic counseling; nutrition; medication
management; financial assistance



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Blue River Community College
20301 E 78 Highway
Independence, MO 64055

Ph#: (816) 220-6577
Fax: (816) 220-6511
leah.shelton@mcckc.edu
www.mcckc.edu

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Cass, Clay, Jackson

Contact: Leah Shelton

Age Group Served: Post high school

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None except cost of courses

Services Provided: accommodations; career counseling; personal counseling

MCC-Access Mission:
The mission of the MCC-Access Office is to collaborate with and empower students with
disabilities so as to enhance their ability to pursue their educational and career hopes and desires

Access Vision:
The vision of the MCC-Access Office is to achieve an environment based on the concept of
universal design. That someday, all programs, services, activities and environments will be
accessible to all people to the greatest extent possible, and where only specialized services and
unique accommodations are provided by the campus Access Office.



Brain Injury Association of Kansas & Greater Kansas City
P.O. Box 413072
Kansas City, MO 64141-3072

Contact Information
Ph#: (816) 842-8607
Toll-free helpline: (800) 783-1356
Fax: (816) 842-1531
jskinner@biaks.org
www.biaks.org

Kansas Information
 6405 Metcalf Avenue
 Suite 302
 Overland Park, KS 66202
(913)754-8883

Disabilities Served: brain injury
Missouri Counties Served: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte
Contact: Program Director
Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: None


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Services Provided: head injury services; information and referral; resource center; support
groups; community awareness; survivor and family seminars; educational information and
resources; prevention education programs; 1-800 "helpline"; survivor and family newsletter
Mission
To improve the quality of life for people with brain injuries and their families, and to create a better
future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
Programs

    •   Resource Coordination Program – offers support by tapping into local and state
        resources and provides emotional support to help cope with the short and long-term
        challenges.
    •   Support Groups – there are 18 support groups across the state of Kansas; 6 of them are
        in the Kansas City area.
    •   A free “helpline” (800-783-1356) provides information, referral and a supportive ear to
        survivors and family members.
    •   Prevention Program – provides educational programming in the schools and community
        on brain injury prevention. The School-Site Injury Prevention Program offers helmet
        fittings and prevention strategies to students. The Prevention Program also offers
        professionals and community education geared toward adult groups.
    •   Advocacy – the Association organizes an event to educate legislators in Topeka, Kansas
        each year.


Business and Technology College
1775 Universal Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64120
(816) 482-5210
(816) 482-5256 fax
www.mcckc.edu

The Metropolitan Community Colleges district (MCC) has been working with area businesses for
more than 20 years to solve business problems.

In 1995, MCC combined and centralized the economic development, industrial technical training,
and customized business training from each of its entities into one facility, the business &
Technology College (BTC). The BTC was born of a strong partnership between state
government, business, and education with the catalyst being MCC’s involvement through the
Kansas City Area Development Council in helping bring new businesses and jobs to the Kansas
City area.

    •   PeopleSoft Authorized Training Center
    •   Management and Professional Development Training
    •   Technical & Skilled Trade - welding, hydraulics, metal fabrication, pneumatics, etc.
    •   Microsoft Certified Partner - computer skills training on the most popular business
        software.
    •   Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Testing Center
    •   Customer service training in our state-of-the-art, award-winning call center.
    •   Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Occupational Health & Safety (OSHA) training.
    •   AutoCAD Training at our authorized Autodesk Training Center.
    •   Basic skills training (reading, math, and writing) in the Workforce Skills computer lab
        equipped with self-directed educational programs geared to each student’s skill level.
    •   Complete access to the PLATO Distance Learning Programs on the Internet whereby
        employers can assess the needs and design a training program for employees.




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Center for Communication Disorders, University Central Missouri
        The Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders
Martin Building 34
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Ph#: (660) 543-4993
Fax: (660) 543-8234
comdisorders@ucmo1.ucmo.edu
http://www.ucmo.edu
Disabilities Served: communication, hard of hearing
Counties Served: Statewide
Contact: Brenda Dooley, Office Professional
Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: Yes, individualized.
Services Provided: assistive listening devices; assistive technology training; rural issues;
communication disorders; communication evaluations; communication therapy; early intervention
program; family programs; head injury services; language/communication development; speech-
language evaluations; speech/language testing

The Center offers opportunities for one-on-one therapy, public school placement, diagnostic
teams, aural rehabilitation therapy, aphasia therapy, early childhood programs, and hospital and
clinic service delivery placement.

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, a state
license, and a master's degree or higher is held by all faculty.


Center for Developmentally Disabled
1010 West 39th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Contact Information:
Ph#: (816) 531-0045
Fax: (816) 756-5612
cdd@kcnet.com
Jim Johnson, Executive Director-- jjjcdd@kcnet.com
Sarah Mudd – Program Director -- smudd@kcnet.com

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities, developmental disabilities
Counties Served: Statewide
Age Group Served: 18 and older
Fees or Financial Eligibility: Varies at each home

Services Provided: Residential services to adults with developmental disabilities in group living
and semi-independent living settings. Included in our services is training in activities of daily
living; health and medical monitoring; transportation; and money management and oversight

Accreditation: Center for Developmentally Disabled has been accredited by CARF, the
Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, since 1985. The most recent accreditation survey was
done in August 2007. CDD received a three year accreditation, the highest level given.




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Central Missouri State University Workshop on Wheels Child Care Resource and
Referral
Richards Hall
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Contact Information:
Ph#: (660) 543-8321
Toll-free: (800) 666-1461
Fax: (660) 543-8393
http://www.ucmo.edu/x25159.xml
Email: Janet -- jturner@umco.edu

Disabilities Served: All
Counties Served: Bates, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Cole,
Cooper, Dallas, Gasconade, Henry, Hickory, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Laclede, Lafayette,
Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Pulaski, Saline, St. Clair

Age Group Served: All
Services Provided: classes and workshops; conferences; early childhood education; educational
information and resources; job skills training


University of Central Missouri, Office of Accessibility Services
Union 222
Warrensburg, MO 64093-5299

Ph#: (660) 543-4421
Fax: (660) 543-4724
TTY: (660) 543-4421
www.ucmo.edu/access

Disabilities Served: All
Counties Served: Statewide
Contact: Barbara Mayfield, M.S., J.D., Director, ADA/504 Coordinator
           Mayfield@ucmo.edu

Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: None

Services Provided: academic support; academic testing; academic tutoring; accommodations;
adaptive aids and equipment; adaptive computer systems; adaptive physical education and
recreation; assistive listening devices; aural rehabilitation; books on tape; caring communities;
college scholarships; counseling; deaf services; disability awareness program; health screenings;
mental health services; peer support; sign language classes; speech-language evaluations;
transportation

Per the UCMO Access Office Website
“Appropriate documentation of the disability would indicate:
    • an appropriate, professional source, e.g. on letterhead;
    • the nature of the impairment;
    • how the characteristics of the impairment appear in this individual;
    • how those characteristics substantially limit one or more major life activity;
    • and, if possible, indicate the accommodations that would be appropriate. “




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Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
8181 Professional Place
Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785

Ph#: 1-800-233-4050
Fax#: (301) 306-7090
www.chadd.org

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit
organization founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by
parents and their children with AD/HD.

Many individuals and families dealing with AD/HD turn to CHADD, the national organization
representing individuals with AD/HD, for education, advocacy and support. The organization is
composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the
association's success by providing resources and encouragement to parents, educators and
professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters.

CHADD is a dynamic organization that can make a difference in your life, whether you are
seeking help for yourself, a child, other family members or a friend.




Children's Benefits Service for Families
One West Armor
Suite 301
Kansas City, MO 64111

Ph#: (816) 931-8687
Fax: (816) 931-5289
sklein@crn.org
www.crn.org/cbsf

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Clay, Jackson, Platte

Contact: Samara Klein, J.D.

Age Group Served: Birth to 18

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Casework currently involves no fee. Fees may apply to some
workshops

Services Provided: advocacy services; case assistance; family and professional networking;
technical assistance; referral and information; classes and workshops; client rights; conferences;
policy issues; resource center




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Coalition for Independence
The Pathway to Living Independently
3101 Broadway
Suite 101
Kansas City, MO 64111

Ph#: (816) 231-7166
Fax: (816) 231-7899
info@cfi-ke.org

Disabilities Served: physical

Counties Served: Statewide

Age Group Served: all ages

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Varies depending on services

Services Provided: The Coalition for Independence (CFI) provides a wide range of services to
people with disabilities to empower them to live as independently and productively as possible in
the mainstream of their communities.




Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc.
10901 Winner Road #10
Independence, MO 64052

Ph#: (816) 254-3652
Fax: (816) 254-9423

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities, deaf, hard of hearing with a mental illness, substance
abuse
Counties Served: Jackson

Contact: Rachel Goldman

Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: Sliding scale

Services Provided: adolescent program; adult services; aging programs and services;
alcohol/drug services; case management; child abuse and neglect; child psychology; children
counseling; children services; classes and workshops; deaf and hard of hearing; hotline; intake
and assessment; parent groups; psychiatric services; residential services; speakers bureau;
substance abuse programs; support group; telephone crisis line; youth programs




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Division of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities
1706 East Elm
P. O. Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Ph#: (573) 751-4122
Fax: (573) 751-8224
TTY: (573) 526-1201
Toll free: 800-364-9687
dmhmail@dmh.mo.gov
www.dmh.mo.gov

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, brain injury, Autism, learning,
brain injury, physical

Counties Served: Statewide
Contact: Anne Deaton

Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: Financial eligibility criteria

Services Provided: activity therapy; adult day habilitation; adult day program; adult services;
advocacy services; advocate training; aging programs and services; assessment; attendant care;
behavior management skills; behavior management therapy; case coordination services; case
management; children developmental training; children services; client rights; communication
disorders; community based adult habilitation service; community inclusion; community living
skills; community placement; community resource referral; community support; competitive
employment; conferences; crisis intervention; daily living skills; day activities; day habilitation
program; day treatment program; developmental assessment; developmental disabilities;
developmental habilitation; diagnostic services; disability awareness program; early intervention
program; employment skill training; housing assistance; independent supported living; infant-
toddler screenings; information and education services; information and referral; intake and
assessment; job coaching; language/communication development; leisure activities; life skills
training; natural supports; coordination of; occupational therapy; paraprofessional training; parent
groups; personal skills training; physical therapy; placement services; positive behavioral support;
public awareness and education; referral service; residential services; respite care; socially
appropriate behavior training; speech-language evaluations; support group; supported education;
supported housing; supported living; supported recreation; technical assistance; training and
seminars; transportation; workshops


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
243 NW Executive Way
Lees Summit, MO 64063

Ph#: (816) 622-0611
Toll-free: (877) 222-8963
Fax: (816) 622-0618
http://dese.mo.gov/vr/
info@vr.dese.mo.gov

Disabilities Served: physical, mental disabilities

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Tamara Marshall, Transition Office Supervisor
       Jeanne Loyd, Assistant Commissioner 1- 573-751-3251




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Age Group Served: 16 to 65

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Financial eligibility necessary for some services

Services Provided: assessment; assistive listening devices; assistive technology resources;
community resource referral; counseling; deaf services; educational information and resources;
employment assessment; employment placement assistance; employment skill training; financial
assistance; information and education services; information and referral; job coaching; job
counseling; job development; job information; job matching; job modifications; job placement; job
readiness program; job skills training program; placement services; rehabilitation services;
school-to-work; sheltered employment; supported education; supported housing; supported living;
technical assistance; telecommunication devices or equipment; vocational counseling; vocational
evaluation; vocational rehabilitation services; vocational testing; vocational training; wheelchair
modifications; wheelchairs; braces; crutches




Division of Workforce Development
421 East Dunklin Street
P. O. Box 1087
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1087

Ph#: (573) 751-1098
Toll-free: (800) 877-8698
Fax: (573) 751-6757
minnie.wilson@ded.mo.gov
www.ded.mo.gov/employment/workforcedevelopment/

One-Stop Shop: Missouri Career Development Center
                         rd
             15301 E 23 Street
             Independence, MO
             816-325-5890
             Contact: Spencer Harris

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Statewide

Age Group Served: 14 and older

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None

Services Provided: GED classes; assessment; career counseling; case management;
employment assessment; employment placement assistance; employment skill training; intake
and assessment; job coaching; job counseling; job development; job information; job matching;
job placement; job readiness program; job skills training program; youth programs




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Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
3100 Main Street
Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64111

http://mcckc.edu/home.asp?qlinks=Educational+Opportunity+Center


The EOC offers the following services for prospective college students:


        •   Career counseling
        •   Assistance in selecting a college
        •   Assistance in applying for admission to a college
        •   Information about college financial aid
        •   Assistance in completing an application for financial aid
The EEOC is 100% Federally funded program by the US Department of Education Administered
by the Metropolitan Community College.




Encouraging Families with Exceptional Children Together (EFECT)
PO Box 2345
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

PH# (816) 537-5951
www.EFECT.org

EFECT is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization which was created by parents for parents. Our
mission is to empower families of children with disabilities by providing education, information,
encouragement, support, and pathways to services. EFECT presently serves over 1200
individuals in the Greater Kansas City area and outlying communities

EFECT is a parent group based in the greater Kansas City-Metro area. Our organization was
established by a dedicated group of parents of children with disabilities. We have a very active
and extensive online list-serve where families can connect with others for emotional and practical
support. In addition, we meet monthly, publish a bi-monthly newsletter, provide educational
workshops and organize various other family oriented events throughout the year.

To encourage means to transmit courage. The collective "dream" of our board is to truly go
beyond the function of a typical parent group. While supporting (i.e.: upholding) another in his/her
time of need is worthy work, we aspire to be transmitters of courage and giving the one in need
resources that are sustained even when the encourager is not there. And make no mistake; the
rewards for the encourager are tenfold.




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Fort Osage Career and Technology Center
2101 North Twyman Road
Independence, MO 64058

Ph#: (816) 650-7180
Fax#: (816) 650-7195

Contact: Guidance counselor, Director, Assistant Director

Districts served: Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Oak Grove

Programs available: Auto Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Construction Trades
Technology, Information Technology, CAD Drafting, Computer Support Services I, Computer
Support Services II, Electronics, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Service
Assistant, , Horticulture, Introduction to Marketing, Entrepreneurial Studies, Advanced Marketing,
and Culinary.




Full Employment Council
               rd
15301 East 23 Street
Independence, MO 64055

Ph#: (816) 325-5890
Fax: (816) 254-1903
http://www.feckc.org/employer.html

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Ray

Contact: Nick Anderson

Age Group Served: 14 to 24

Fees or Financial Eligibility: No fees for services; financial eligibility requirements vary

Services Provided: GED classes; adult services; assessment; career counseling; employment
placement assistance; job readiness program; job skills training program; school-to-work; senior
employment; youth programs,
“Jobs to Career Program” is for young adults between the ages of 14-21. The program will assist
you in getting a job that will help determine the career that you will pursue once you obtain your
GED, high school diploma, complete vocational training at a community or vocational school
and/or finish college.




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Governor's Council on Disability
Truman State Office Building
P. O. Box 1668
301 W High Street Room 250-A
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1668

Ph#: (573) 751-2600
Toll-free: (800) 877-8249
Fax: (573) 526-4109
TTY: (800) 877-8249
http://www.disabilityinfo.mo.gov/
email: gcd@oa.mo.gov

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Statewide

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None

Services Provided: advocate training; civil rights; community education services; community
resource referral; conferences; consumer education; disability awareness program; educational
information and resources; information and education services; information and referral;
newsletter; policy issues; publications; resource directory; seminars; technical assistance; training
and seminars




Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries, The
1817 Campbell Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Ph#: (816) 842-7425
Fax: (816) 842-2632
TTY: (816) 421-1232
amaloney@mokangoodwill.org
www.mokangoodwill.org

Disabilities Served: brain injury, developmental disabilities, learning, alcohol/drug abuse,
Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy

Counties Served: Andrew, Atchison, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Camden, Carroll,
Cass, Cedar, Chariton, Clay, Clinton, Cooper, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Greene, Grundy,
Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Laclede, Lafayette

Contact: Anne Maloney, Director Rehabilitation Services, KC

Age Group Served: 16 and older

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Yes

Services Provided: vocational evaluation; career counseling; job readiness training; job
development and placement; supported employment; job retention




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Development Disability Services of Jackson County -EITAS
8508 Hillcrest Road
Kansas City, MO 64138
(816) 363-2000

Contact: Malinda Crane


Who We Are (from the EITAS website)

“For the 30 plus years of our existence, EITAS role has been primarily to fund services to persons
with developmental disabilities. Traditionally we have been the funder of last resort, covering the
costs of services, facilities, and equipment that are not paid for or funded by other sources, such
as Medicaid, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Health and Senior Services, or
the First Steps program. By law, we can only provide funding for services to citizens of Jackson
County who are deemed eligible under the definition of developmentally disabled. Annually in
August we begin to accept applications for funding for the upcoming calendar year. Interested
providers should visit our website in August for application instructions and a copy of our updated
funding policies and procedures. Funding is only awarded to qualified agencies that are nationally
accredited and/or licensed and certified by the state of Missouri in serving people with
developmental disabilities.”

EITAS is a provider of transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities living in
Jackson County.




Jackson County Parks and Recreation: Special Recreation Division
                th
10700 East 109 Street
           th
10700 109 Street
Kansas City, MO 64163
(816) 763-5130
Contact Person: Terri Jones
Special Recreation
Jackson County Special Recreation is committed to providing the physically and mentally
challenged residents of Jackson County ongoing recreational and educational programs for those
ages six years to seniors. The purpose of this program is to encourage the development of
personal skills and abilities, to increase awareness in the community and to enhance
development of social skills and individual creativity. The programs include:

    •   Dayskills - an independent living skills and recreational therapy day-care program
        administered by three recreation therapists with a total of 30 years experience.

    •   Sports - individual training, team Cerebral Palsy and Special Olympics events. Three
        recreational therapists and coaches with over 45 years of experience administer this
        area.

    •   Outreach - participants enjoy therapeutic activity classes, community outings, monthly
        dances and trips. Two recreational therapists with 23 years of experience plan and
        administer this program.

The Special Recreation Division of Jackson County Parks and Recreation serves over 2,300
mentally and physically challenged residents of Jackson County. Our highly trained staff
administers exciting recreation programs for the enjoyment of this very special population.




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Jewish Vocational Services
1608 Baltimore
Kansas City, MO 64108

Ph#: (816) 471-2808
Fax: (816) 471-2930
TTY: (816) 471-7461
ksloan@jvskc.org
http://www.jvskc.org/

Disabilities Served: All
Counties Served: Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Cass, Chariton, Clay, Clinton, Daviess,
Grundy, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Platte, Ray
Contact: Kelly Sloan, Director of Rehabilitation Services
Age Group Served: 15 and older
Fees or Financial Eligibility: third party (referring agencies)

Services Provided: accessibility surveys; accommodations; assistive technology resources;
career counseling; case management; cultural services and information; deaf and hard of hearing
program employment placement assistance; interpreter/deaf services; job coaching; job
development; job information; job matching; job modifications; job readiness program
language/communication development; life skills training; school-to-work; transition services;
vocational testing; vocational counseling; vocational evaluation


Kansas City Regional Office
821 East Admiral Boulevard
P. O. Box 412557
Kansas City, MO 64108

Ph#: (816) 889-3400
Fax: (816) 889-3325
TTY: (816) 889-3326
pattie.colling@dmh.mo.gov

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, brain injury
Counties Served: Bates, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, Ray
Contact: Steven R. Bartlett, Director
Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: Based on ability to pay
Services Provided: Service coordination; information and referral; intake and assessment

The Kansas City Regional Office is one of eleven regional offices in the state of Missouri
managed by the Department of Mental Health/Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental
Disabilities. The Kansas City Regional Center provided services and supports to individuals with
developmental disabilities residing in the eight counties that we serve. Staff at the Center are
responsible for developing services in those counties and working with families and other social
agencies to provide the supports necessary to improve the quality of life for people with
developmental disability.
Developmental disability includes mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, head injury,
autism, learning disability related to a brain dysfunction, or any other mental or physical
impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments.




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Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri
1942 East Meadowmere # 104
P. O. Box 3303
Springfield, MO 65808

Ph#: (417) 864-5110
Toll-free: (800) 473-4965
Fax: (417) 864-7290
ldamo@cland.net

Disabilities Served: Learning

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Eleanor Scherff, Office Coordinator

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Dues

Services Provided: books/video; loan library; classes and workshops; college scholarships;
community awareness; educational information and resources; newsletter; parent groups;
publications; video lending library



Legal Aid of Western Missouri
1125 Grand
Suite 1900
Kansas City, MO 64106

Ph#: (816) 474-6750
Fax: (816) 474-1578
rhalliburton@lawmo.org
www.lawmo.org

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Andrew, Atchison, Barton, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Camden,
Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt,
Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Livingston, McDonald, Mercer, Morgan, Newton,
Nodaway, Pettis, Platte, Putnam, Ray, Saline, St. Clair, Vernon, Worth

Contact: Richard Halliburten, Executive Director

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: LAWMO provides free legal assistance. In some cases court fees
and/or filling fees must be paid by the client

Services Provided: advocacy services; advocate training; aging programs and services; child
abuse and neglect; civil rights; community development; discrimination complaints; hotline; legal
services; telephone hotline; women issues




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Life Care Planning, Inc.
4400 Madison
Kansas City, MO 64111

Ph#: (816) 931-1313
Fax: (816) 931-1416
lifecare@swbell.net

Disabilities Served: Cerebral Palsy, blind, Autism, Down Syndrome, brain injury, mental
disabilities

Counties Served: Cass, Clay, Douglas, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, Randolph, Ray

Contact: Doris Weber, Executive Director

Age Group Served: 2 and older

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Yes

Services Provided: properly including the care of the child in a will; establishing a Trust to
prevent inheritance from being eroded by the government; deal with often confusing regulations;
finding other resources to assist in planning and administering care for the child; finding answers
to a wide range of questions concerning future of the child.

Life Care Planning Program was founded in early 1987, as a program of the United Cerebral
Palsy Association of Kansas City. It has since become an independent corporation, Life Care
Planning, Inc. Life Care Planning was developed to meet a definite need n the community – to be
an advocate for the parents of children who have developmental disability or similar needs (i.e.
mental illness or head injury).



MetDESK
MetLife’s Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
1-877-638-3375
www.metlife.com/desk

Mission: MetLife’s Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids was established in 1998 to extend
MetLife’s traditional commitment of public service to families with children of all ages, from infant
to senior, with all disabilities. MetDESK is committed to helping families through the maze of
legal and financial complexities surrounding planning for the future of children and other
dependents with special needs. Through a dedicated network of dedicated specialists, who are
financial services representatives, MetDESK helps families secure both lifetime care and quality
of life for their children or other dependents with special needs.

Founder Nadine O. Vogel states, “Special needs planning is too complex for the untrained or
marginally-trained financial services representative or even a general estate planning attorney.
We offer extensive training to help our specialists keep pace with the constant changes in federal
and state government benefits laws, future trends in special needs planning, and innovations in
planning techniques.”
Ages served: All

Disabilities served: All




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Metropolitan Community Colleges
3200 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111

Ph#: (816) 759-1164
Fax: (816) 759-1333
joanie.friend@mcckc.edu
www.mcckc.edu

Disabilities Served: All
Counties Served: Clay, Jackson, Platte
Contact: Joanie Friend, ADA/Student Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Age Group Served: 18 and older

Services Provided: fitness program; GED classes; head injury services; housing assistance; job
information; job matching; job placement; library services; low vision services; placement
services; scholarships; seminars; sign language classes; speakers bureau; tuition assistance;
tutoring; vocational counseling; vocational evaluation; vocational training; GED classes; academic
support; academic testing; academic tutoring; accommodations; adaptive aids and equipment;
adaptive computer systems; adaptive physical education and recreation; adult basic education;
assistive listening devices; assistive technology training; auxiliary aids; career counseling; classes
and workshops; college scholarships; community education services; competitive employment;
computer training; disability awareness program; educational information and resources;
employment skill training; exercise program; financial assistance.




Missouri Assistive Technology
4731 South Cochise
Suite 114
Independence, MO 64055-6975

Ph#: (816) 373-5193
Toll-free: (800) 647-8557
Fax: (816) 373-9314
TTY: (816) 373-9315
matpmo@swbell.net
www.at.mo.gov

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Diane Golden, Director

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None

Services Provided: accommodations; adaptive aids and equipment; adaptive computer systems;
advocacy services; advocate training; assistive listening devices; assistive technology resources;
assistive technology training; augmentative communication; computer modifications; equipment;
financial assistance; hard of hearing; home adaptations; independent living resources;
information and referral; policy issues; special education; telecommunication devices or
equipment; vehicle adaptations




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Missouri Department of Mental Health - Division of Developmental Disabilities

Higginsville Habilitation Center
April Maxwell, Superintendent
Morris Drive, P.O. Box 517
Higginsville, MO 64037
660-584-2142
FAX 660-584-6244

http://www.dmh.mo.gov/mrdd/mrddindex.htm

The Missouri Department of Mental Health administer three 1915 (c) Home and Community
Based Medicaid Waiver programs for persons with mental retardation or other developmental
disabilities. Those programs are:

    •   Comprehensive Waiver;
    •   Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver (MOCDD or Sarah Jian Lopez
        Waiver); and
    •   Community Support Waiver

Contact your local office for more information or view the website listed above.




Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (MODDRC)
2220 Holmes Street Room 342
Kansas City, MO 64108

Ph#: 816-235-5684
Toll Free: (800) 773-8652
Fx#: 816-235-1762
www.moddrc.org

Contact person: Jenny Hatfield-Callen

Services Provided: The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center is an informational
and referral service located at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Institute for Human
Development, a University Center for Excellence, funded by the Missouri Planning Council for
Developmental Disabilities and the Institute for Human Development. Resource Center services
are available at no cost to any individual, family or organization in Missouri. Just give us a call
and someone on our staff will assist you with your resource needs. If no one is available to talk
with you, just leave a message and we will get back to you.

The MODDRC website provides you with:
      -Access to information on any developmental or low-incidence disability
      -Information on Missouri’s Sharing Our Strengths Support Matching Network
      -A conference area where you can enter any of various conference areas, such as:
              Employment, Legislative News, Parent to Parent, and People First. As well as
              post information, ask questions or reply to others. You can also meet with others
              in the chat rooms and converse with them live via the internet.
      -Calendar of Events in Missouri and Nationally.




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Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
PO Box 1332
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1332

PH #: (573) 636-6101
Fax #: (573) 635-5159
info@mjja.org

Contact: Vivian Murphy, Executive Director

MJJA envisions a preferred future in which the public is aware and supportive of the delivery of
quality juvenile justice services to the children of Missouri defined as having been abused and/or
neglected, or having committed delinquent acts. To reach this desired future, MJJA recognizes
certain core values intrinsic to the organization:

      • Commitment to and advocacy for the needs of Missouri's children
      • Leading with the spirit of collaboration
      • Comprised of broad-based and diverse members and donors
      • Provision of top quality professional education, training and development


Missouri Parents Act (MPACT)
8301 State Line Road
Suite 204
Kansas City, MO 64114

Ph#: (816) 531-7070
Toll-free: (800) 743-7634
Fax: (816) 531-4777
www.ptimpact.com

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Mary Kay Savage, Executive Director
        Georgia Mueller, Kansas City Region Coordinator

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None

Services Provided: parent aid; workshops; individual assistance; resource library; special
education; newsletter

Mission: To ensure that all children with special needs receive an education which allows them to
achieve their personal goals.




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Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services
925 South Country Club Drive                        Kansas City Office
Jefferson City, MO 65109                            3100 Main Street
                                                    Kansas City, MO 64111
                                                    (816) 756-1001

Administration Unit                                 Application Unit
Ph#: (573) 893-3333                                 (573) 659-0678
Toll-free: (866) 777-7199                           (800) 392-8667
Fax: (573) 893-4231
mopasjc@embarqmail.com
www.moadvocacy.org

Disabilities Served: All

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Susan Boles

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Income-based sliding scale fee

Services Provided: information; referral and assistance services; legal-based advocacy services
for disability related violations of rights issues; abuse/neglect investigations; death investigations;
on-site monitoring of ICF/MR and psychiatric residential facilities; litigation in a court of law; legal
representation before administrative tribunals; i.e. Social Security Administration Board of
Hearings and Appeals; DESE due process hearings; Vocational Rehabilitation fair hearings; etc.

Mission: To protect the rights of individuals with disabilities




MO-AHEAD (Association for Higher Education and Disability)
St. Louis University
20 North Grand Blvd
Room 331
St. Louis, Mo 63103

Ph#: (314) 977-3838
Fax: (417) 895-7052
www.moahead.org

Disabilities Served: All
Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Adam Meyer

Age Group Served: Any student with a disability in post-secondary education

Fees or Financial Eligibility: $10 annual dues

Services Provided: training; resources; newsletter; website full of resources for teachers,
parents and college bound students.




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Multi-District Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
1813 NW Main Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Ph#: (816) 224-1362
Fax: (816) 224-1490
TTY: (816) 228-3039
rlaskowski@bssd.net

Disabilities Served: Deaf, hard of hearing

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Randy Laskowski, Coordinator
        Robin Gaschler

Age Group Served: 3 to 21

Services Provided: educational information and resources; consultation services



National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Kansas City (NAMI-KC)
406 West 34th Street
Suite 506
Kansas City, MO 64111

Ph#: (816) 931-0030
Fax: (816) 931-0053
kcami@aol.com
kcnami.org

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities

Counties Served: Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Platte, Ray

Contact: Guyla Stidmon, Executive Director

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None

Services Provided: advocacy services; advocate training; books/video; loan library; classes and
workshops; community awareness; community education services; community inclusion;
community resource referral; community support; conferences; consumer education; crisis
intervention; cultural services and information; disability awareness program; discrimination
complaints; educational information and resources; family programs; fund raising; information and
education services; information and referral; library services; mental health services; minority
outreach programs; outreach services; parent education classes; parent groups; public
awareness and education; referral service; resource directory; seminars; speakers bureau;
support group; telephone hotline; video lending library; workshops




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Open Options, Inc. The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater KC
3101 Broadway
Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64111

Ph#: (816) 531-4454
Fax: (816) 531-3383
bscott@upckc.org

http://www.ucpkc.org

Disabilities Served: Cerebral Palsy; developmental disabilities

Counties Served: Clay, Jackson, Platte, St. Charles, St. Louis

Age Group Served: All

Services Provided: case coordination services; community awareness; community inclusion;
community living skills; community placement; daily living skills; developmental disabilities;
emergency financial assistance; home health care; homemaker services; independent living skills
training; independent supported living; information and education services; information and
referral; peer support; personal skills training; residential services; sports programs




Project ACCESS
901 South National
621 Elm
Springfield, MO 65804

Ph#: (417) 836-6755
Toll-free: (866) 481-3841
Fax: (417) 836-4118
895-5575http://education.missouristate.edu/access

Disabilities Served: Autism, developmental disabilities

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Joanie Armstrong
        1-417-895-5575

Age Group Served: Birth to 21

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None

Services Provided: educational consultation services; educational information and resources;
information and referral; language/communication development; newsletter; positive behavioral
support; public awareness and education; speakers bureau; special education; technical
assistance; training and seminars; workshops; education consultation services in autism; ABA
consultation services




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Rainbow Options I and II
900 NW Woods Chapel Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Ph#: (816) 229-3869
Fax: (816) 229-4260
jill.calvert@rainbow-center.org
www.rainbow-center.org

Disabilities Served: developmental disabilities, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome

Counties Served: Jackson

Contact: Marilu W. Herrick, Executive Director

Age Group Served: 21 and older

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Yes

Services Provided: adult day habilitation; adult day program; behavior management skills;
behavior management therapy; community inclusion; day activities; day habilitation program;
respite care; life skills




Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, The
3011 Baltimore                    Ph#: (816) 751-7900
Kansas City, MO 64108                     Fax: (816) 751-7980

3600 S. Noland Road               Ph# (816) 254-8820

www.rehabkc.org

Disabilities Served: All
Counties Served: Bates, Benton, Cass, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, St.
Clair, Vernon

Contact: Admissions: Marcella Choate                      HR: Janice Brooke
                     (816) 751-7783                       (816) 751-7802
                     marcella.choate@rehabkc.org          Janice.Brooke@rehabkc.org


Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: Yes
Services Provided: assistive technology resources; augmentative communication; assistive
technology training; adolescent program; ambulation skills; cognitive rehabilitation; day treatment
program; developmental assessment; developmental disabilities; driver education; adapted;
exercise program; head injury services; independent living resources; nursing care; occupational
therapy; physical rehabilitation; physical therapy; rehabilitation services; speech-language
evaluations; wheelchair recreation; sports program; peer support; support group; academic
support; aging programs and services; behavior management skills; counseling; aptitude testing;
academic testing; adaptive aids and equipment; adaptive computer systems; memory loss clinic;
case management; competitive employment; job placement




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Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
615 Howerton Court
PO Box 2320
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Ph#: (573) 751-4249
Fax: (573) 751-4984
TTY: (800) 735-2966
Kimberly.Gerlt@dss.mo.gov
www.dss.mo.gov/dfs/rehab/index.htm

Disabilities Served: Visually impaired, blind
Counties Served: Statewide
Contact: Michael Fester, Deputy Director
Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: financial guidelines for each program.

Services Provided: academic support; academic tutoring; accommodations; adaptive aids and
equipment; adaptive computer systems; adult basic education; assistive technology resources;
assistive technology training; Braille and low vision training; Braille translation; career counseling;
children developmental training; children services; computer modifications; computer training;
cooking and nutrition classes; daily living skills; day activities; employment skill training;
equipment distribution; financial assistance; head injury services; home adaptations; homemaker
services; homemaking skills; independent living resources; information and referral; job coaching;
job counseling; job development; job modifications; job placement; job skills training program;
supported education; vocational rehabilitation services

reStart
918 East 9th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

Ph#: (816) 472-5664
Fax: (816) 472-6127

24 Hour Youth Hotline
(81) 309-9048

24 Hour Access Line to restart
(816) 472-5664
restart@restart.org
restartinc.org

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities

Counties Served: Clay, Jackson, Platte

Contact: Evelyn F. Craig, MA, CFRT

Age Group Served: All

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Emergency shelter is free, sliding fee for transitional living program

Services Provided: adolescent program; alcohol/drug services; case management; twelve-step
program; ministry with homeless persons; reStart is committed to providing shelter and supportive
services to homeless men, women, youth, and families with the goal of moving towards
independence and self-sufficiency




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Shiners’ Hospital for Children
2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63131-3597

Ph#: (314) 432-3600
Toll-free: (800) 850-2930 Applications only
Fax: (314) 432-2930

Disabilities Served: Bone, pediatric orthopedics

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Tammy Robbins, Director of Community Relations
(314) 872-7837
Age Group Served: Birth to 18

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None - application process

Services Provided: physical therapy; occupational therapy; recreational therapy; child
psychology; life skills training; academic support; nutrition; parent groups; pharmaceutical
programs; research; transportation; parent aid programs; volunteer services; speakers bureau;
inpatient services; outpatient care




Social Security Administration
(SSA)
Contact the US Social Security Administration online: at:
http://www.ssa.gov/
There are three SSA offices in the greater Kansas City area:
     • 4240 S Lees Summit Rd
         Independence, MO
         (816) 478-2194
              o Toll Free: (800) 772-1213
              o TTY: (800) 325-0778
         Office Hours: M – F 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
     • 1100 Main St
         Kansas City, MO
         (816) 842-6423
     • 601 E 12th St # N143
         Kansas City, MO
         (816) 936-5320
By going to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices/ individual can determine if they qualify
for benefits; apply for benefits; estimate future benefits and make changes to address, telephone,
etc.


Summary of Services Provided
   • Local SSA offices distribute and accept applications for Social Security services.
   • Applications for most services can be acquired on-line, by mail or in person.
   • For answers to questions about SS, individuals can read on-line or call the local SS office




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The following information is taken from the local SSA website:
                            Agency Name                             Phone Number

SUICIDE PREVENTION                                               (888) 279-8188

ADMIN ON AGING                                                   (800) 235-5503
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY 660-530-5627

WELFARE-JACKSON(EAST)                                            (816) 325-5800
MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS, TANF

WELFARE-JACKSON(SOUTH)                                           (816) 325-1012
MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS, TANF

WELFARE-RAY COUNTY                                               (816) 776-6964
MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS, TANF

WELFARE-CASS COUNTY                                              (816) 380-3597
MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS, TANF

WELFARE-LAFAYETTE CTY                                            (660) 259-2297
MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS, TANF

RED CROSS                                                        (816) 373-4500
EMERGENCY SHELTER/FOOD

SALVATION ARMY                                                   (816) 252-3200
EMERGENCY SHELTER/FOOD

COMMUNITY SERV LEAGUE                                            (816) 254-4100
EMERGENCY ASSIST/REFERRAL SERVICES

UNITED SERVICES - KC                                             (816) 833-4333
EMERGENCY ASSIST/REFERRAL SERVICES

MIDWEST PENSION                                                  (877) 725-1516
TOLL FREE - PENSION ISSUES

THE WHOLE PERSON INC.                                            (800) 878-3037
BPAO SPECIALIST- SUSAN HERRIN

AMERICAN BAR ASSOC.                                              (800) 392-8667
PRO BONO ASST FOR SSI DISABLED CHILDREN

UNEMPLOYMENT-KC REGION                                           (816) 889-3101
OR 800-320-2519- SUSAN HERRIN

RAILROAD RETIREMENT                                              (816) 426-5884

VOCATIONAL REHAB                                                 (816) 622-0600

VA DISABILITY                                                    (816) 922-2881
BEVERLY OR KATHY- APPLY FOR VA DIB

MISSOURI BUY IN                                                  (573) 751-9312
JUDY GRIFFIN




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Work Incentives and the Ticket to Work Program
Most Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries will receive
a "ticket" they may use to obtain vocational rehabilitation, employment or other support services
from an approved provider of their choice to help them go to work and achieve their employment
goals. The Ticket to Work Program is voluntary. Go to the Social Security Administration’s work
incentives site or the Ticket to Work site for more information on these programs.

Area Work Incentive Coordinators
The Kansas City region is committed to providing accurate and timely information about work
incentives available to individuals receiving Social Security administered disability benefits.

The Area Work Incentives Coordinator (AWIC) is a position established by the Commissioner to
improve service to Social Security disability beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income
disability recipients who wish to work. The AWICs manage and coordinate work incentives, public
outreach, and service programs.

The AWIC for Iowa and Western Missouri is
Dave Hung
901 Locus Street, Suite 480
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816.842.9453 ext 104
Fax: 816.221.8071

Social Security Disability (SSDI)
The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security
pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term
disability.

Disability under Social Security is based on the inability to work. Using Social Security rules, one
is disabled if h/s is not able do the work that was previously done and SSA determines that h/s is
unable to adjust to other work because of medical condition(s). The disability must also last or be
expected to last for at least one year or result in death.




Special Neighbors, Inc.
3675 S. Noland Road Suite 110
Independence, MO 64055

Ph#: (816) 836-3462
Fax: (816) 836-5158
marylou@specialneighbors.org
www.specialneighbors.org

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities, developmental disabilities
Counties Served: Jackson (Eastern)
Contact: Marylou Cramsey
Age Group Served: Teen and adults
Services Provided: residential services, White Oaks group home, group homes, Special
Neighbors apartments, Individualized Supported Living, Community Integration
Funding: Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County-EITAS and MO Department of
Mental Health




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Special Olympics-Missouri
520 Dix Road
Suite C
Jefferson City, MO 65109-1400

Ph#: (573) 635-1660
Toll free: 1-800-846-2682
Fax: (573) 635-8233
hq@somo.org
www.somo.org/

Disabilities Served: mental disabilities

Counties Served: Statewide

Contact: Mark Musso, President

Age Group Served: 8 and older

Fees or Financial Eligibility: None

Services Provided: athletic competition; developmental disabilities; fitness program; minority
outreach programs; sports programs; public awareness and education; fund raising




Sunshine Center, Inc.
18400 E. Salisbury Road
Independence, MO 64056

Phone: 816-461-0893
Fax: 816-521-5686
sunshinecenter.org

Disabilities Served: Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Autism

Counties Served: Clay, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte

Contact: Elizabeth Grubb, Executive Director

Age Group Served: Birth to 21

Fees or Financial Eligibility: Yes

Services Provided: adaptive physical education and recreation; assessment; behavior
management skills; child care program; children services; communication disorders;
communication evaluations; day habilitation program; developmental assessment; disability
awareness program; early intervention program; educational information and resources; infant-
toddler screenings; nursing care; occupational therapy; physical therapy; respite care; sign
language classes; special education; speech-language evaluations; speech/language testing




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University of Missouri-Columbia, Disability Services
55 Memorial Union
Columbia, MO 65211

Ph#: (573) 882-4696
Fax: (573) 884-5002
TTY: (573) 882-8054
http://disabilityservices.missouri.edu
web.missouri.edu/~accesscm/
Office Hours: 8-5
Disabilities Served: All
Counties Served: Statewide
Contact: Barbara Hammer, M.Ed. - Director
Age Group Served: Traditional and non-traditional college students
Services Provided: academic accommodations; adaptive aids and equipment; assistive listening
devices; assistive technology resources; assistive technology training; books on alternative
formats; Braille translation; computer training; deaf awareness; deaf services; deaf/blind; disability
awareness program; interpreter/deaf services; leisure activities; low vision services; public
awareness and education; scholarships; transportation on campus; tutoring; services for learning
disabilities; study skills; time management training



US Department of Housing & Urban Development
Office of Fair Housing, Equal Opportunity
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101-2406

Ph#: (913) 551-6993
Toll-free: (800) 743-5323
Fax: (913) 551-6856
TTY: (913) 551-6972
www.hud.gov

Disabilities Served: All
Counties Served: Statewide
Contact: Curtis Jackson, Acting Chief, Program Compliance and Operations Branch
Age Group Served: All
Fees or Financial Eligibility: Many of the housing programs are for low-income persons and
have specific income guidelines
Services Provided: civil rights; discrimination complaints; information and education services;
intake and assessment


Westminster College Learning Disabilities Program
511 Westminster Avenue
Fulton, MO 65251-1299

Ph#: (573) 592-5304
Toll-free: (800) 475-3361
Fax: (573) 592-5180
ottingh@jaynet.wcmo.edu
http://jaynet.wcmo.edu
Disabilities Served: learning         Counties Served: Statewide
Contact: Hank Ottinger, Director      Age Group Served: 17 to 25
Financial Eligibility: Tuition fees
Services Provided: academic support; academic testing; academic tutoring; advocacy services




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The Whole Person, Inc.
3420 Broadway
Suite 105
Kansas City, MO 64111

Contact Information: (816) 561-0304
                             TTY: (816) 627-2202
                             Toll Free: (800) 878-3037
                             Email: info@thewholeperson.org
                             www.thewholeperson.org

                                 Letiah Fraser, Youth Specialist
                                 ltfraser@thewholeperson.org

Services Provided: The Whole Person is a private, not-for-profit, nonresidential corporation. It
provides services for residents in Kansas and Missouri. The Whole Person provides a number of
community-based services to people with disabilities to promote independence, self reliance and
integration into the community. Independent Living Services available include: Individual
advocacy, peer counseling, independent living skills training, deaf services, benefits counseling,
community advocacy, community education, information and referral services, and consumer
directed personal assistance services and deinstitutionalization.

For youth with disabilities: The Whole Person offers services to youth with disabilities. They offer
both home services and community based services. They have a youth specialist who is
available to come into classrooms to present lessons on the following topics: Employment,
Diversity, Interpersonal Skills, Self Image, Disability Pride, and Life Skills. They can provide
individual advocacy services, which assist individuals in gaining access to their communities.
The independent living skills training can assist students in the following areas: personal care
skills, household management, coping with a disability, social interactions, and financial
management.

For adults with disabilities: Adults with disabilities can access any of the Independent Living
Services (individual advocacy, peer counseling, independent living skills training, deaf services,
or benefits counseling) or Community Services (Community advocacy, community education,
housing, information and referral services, and consumer directed personal assistance).

Additional Services/Programs: The Whole Family project and Interpreter Referral Program

Funding Sources: The Whole Person Inc. receives funding to operate as a Center for
Independent Living (CIL) from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VII, Part C, of the
Rehabilitation Act.

Additional funding is derived from grants from the state of Missouri, Kansas, fees-for-service
programs, and Heart of America United Way.

The Whole Person offers its services to all persons with a significant disability. Services are free
to persons with a documented disability. Some services require that the individual on Medicaid.




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