The following is a list of resources
that people with disabilities, their families and advocates often
PROJECT STIR (Steps Toward
Independence and Responsibilities)
A class designed to teach people
about becoming self-determined individuals.
- Knowing Yourself- Students learn
to identify their strengths and weaknesses to assist them in
becoming a self-advocate.
- Communication-Students learn how
to properly use the three types of communication: Assertive,
Aggressive, and Non-Assertive. Role play is used to demonstrate
the proper style of communication for different situations.
- Problem Solving and Negotiating-
Focus is on being able to identify when a problem occurs-what
the problem really is and how to solve it. Team work is an
emphasis of Session Three.
- Responsibilities-Students will
learn what a rule is, what responsibilities are, and how they
- Self-Advocacy and Money-Show me
the Money Game helps prepare students for dealing with everyday
expenses such as rent, food, entertainment, and unexpected
- This session is tailored to each
specific audience. Topics can include: employment, starting an
advocacy group, joining a club, or starting a volunteer project.
- After the six session training,
students may choose to attend a train-the-trainer session on how
to teach others Project STIR.
*After a group is trained, the
participants will get a diploma and will be able to be future
Project STIR Trainers with our assistance, if needed.
If you are interested please contact
Jeffrey Dunn at 816-671-7006.
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Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC)
The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is a
federally-funded, consumer driven council, appointed by the
Governor. Its mission is to assist the community to include all
people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of life.
P.O. Box 687
1706 E. Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Toll free: 800-500-7878
First of Missouri (PFMO)
People First of Missouri is a self-advocacy organization that
was formed by, is run by, and exists for people with developmental
disabilities in the state of Missouri. Its membership consists of
local affiliated chapters. It currently has over 20 local self
advocacy groups all over the state. People First of Missouri is a
non-profit organization that promotes equality for people with
disabilities so they can live the life they want in the community.
People First of Missouri
PO Box 30142
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(800) 558-8652 (toll free)
Protection and Advocacy (MO P&A)
MO P&A is a federally mandated system in the state of
Missouri which provides protection of the rights of persons with
disabilities through legally-based advocacy.
MO P&A was established in 1977 to
address public outcry in response to the abuse, neglect, and lack of
programming in institutions for persons with disabilities.
Missouri Protection and Advocacy
925 South Country Club Dr.
Jefferson City MO 65109
573-893-3333 / 866-777-7199 / Fax 573-893-4231
573-659-0678 / 800-392-8667 / Fax 573-659-0677
MO Relay (TDD) 800-735-2966
Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (MODDRC)
Linking You to Information, Parent to Parent Support, Peer
Support & Volunteer Opportunities, The Missouri Developmental
Disability Resource Center (MODDRC) is one center that provides
three levels of support. Whether you want to become more informed,
get connected or find ways to volunteer, MODDRC offers a network of
support options to get you started and support you throughout your
Institute for Human Development (IHD), UCE
Disabilities Resource Center
215 W. Pershing
Kansas City , MO 64108
(816) 235.1763 ( Kansas City )
(800) 444.0821 (toll free)
(816) 235.1762 (fax)
Association of County Developmental Disability Services (MACDDS)
The Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities
Services (MACDDS) is dedicated to ensuring that quality community
supports are available for people with developmental disabilities.
The organization is comprised of 48 county boards that provide local
services for an estimated 36,000 people with developmental
disabilities. These County Boards are also known as Senate Bill 40
Boards in reference to the state legislation which allows for local
control and financial support for a variety of community based
programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities.
MACDDS members invest over $14.5 million in partnership with the
state Department of Mental Health - Division of DD in the Medicaid
Waiver. 94.3% of the general population of Missouri resides in
counties that have a SB40 tax; 65.4% of the general population of
Missouri resides in counties that are members of MACDDS.
Missouri Association of County
Developmental Disability Services
29 S. 9th, Suite 211
Columbia, MO 65201
Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD), established in
1974, serves a population that has developmental disabilities such
as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism,
epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities. Such conditions must
have occurred before age 22, with the expectation that they will
continue. To be eligible for services from the Division, persons
with these disabilities must be substantially limited in their
ability to function independently.
The Division improves the lives of
persons with developmental disabilities through programs and
services to enable those persons to live independently and
productively. In 1988, the Division began participation in the
Medicaid home and community-based waiver program, designed to help
expand needed services throughout the state.
Division of Developmental
1706 E. Elm St.
P.O. Box 687
Jefferson City , MO. 65102
Local: (573) 751-4122
Toll-Free: (800) 364-9687
TT Phone: (573) 526-1201
Fax: (573) 751-8224
Find your Regional Office: http://dmh.mo.gov/dd/facilities/
Centers for Independent Living (CIL's)
The Independent Living (IL) program provides services to people
with disabilities to increase their independence and their
opportunity to participate in day-to-day life within their
communities. There are 22 Centers for Independent Living (CILs)
statewide that offer independent living services. The CILs are
funded through Vocational Rehabilitation grants and are managed by
persons with disabilities who have been successful in establishing
their own independent lifestyles.
SILC Administrative Assistant
3024 Dupont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 526-7039 phone
(573) 751-1441 fax
(877) 222-8963 toll-free
To find a center for independent living closest to you call toll
free 1(888) 667-2117
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Vocational Rehabilitation works with individuals who have a
physical or mental impairment that may cause problems with them
finding and keeping a job. VR specializes in employment and training
services that can assist people in becoming employed. Once
determined to be eligible for services individuals work with a
counselor to develop a plan for their rehabilitation.
Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation
3024 Dupont Circle
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
Ph: (573) 751-3251
Toll Free: (877) 222-8963
Fax: (573) 751-1441
TDD (573) 751-0881
Services for the Blind (RSB)
Provides services to people with varying degrees of visual
impairment, ranging from those who cannot read regular print to
those who are totally blind.
For district office locations: http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/rsb/rhabofc.htm
Assistive Technology (MAT)
The mission of Missouri
Assistive Technology is to increase access to assistive technology
for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of all ages.
Missouri Assistive Technology
1501 NW Jefferson Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Voice: (800) 647-8557 (in-state only) or (816) 655-6700
TTY: (800) 647-8558 (in-state only) or (816) 655-6711
FAX: (816) 655-6710
Council on Disability
The Governor's Council on
Disability promotes full participation and inclusion of the nearly 1
million Missourians with disabilities in all aspects of community
life by educating citizens, businesses, schools, universities and
others of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with
Disabilities Act. It conducts educational seminars and on-site
training as well as publishes a legislative newsletter, a resource
directory and informational brochures on topics relating to people
with disabilities. The Council provides information about compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act and assistive technology to
maximize the productivity of people with disabilities. The Council
aims to promote positive images and protect persons with
disabilities through equal access to services and employment
Governor's Council on Disability
P.O. Box 1668
Jefferson City, Missouri 65201-1668
Inclusive Housing Development Corporation
Marshall, MO 65340
Toll Free Number 1-855-444-5100
Provides information about safe,
accessible, affordable housing in Missouri for those with
Cerebal Palsy Group
Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries, or brain injuries.
Maryville University College Guide
Researching and selecting a college that fits your needs can be daunting, but that challenge can be even greater when you’re a student with disabilities. However, that doesn’t mean your options are limited.