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The following is a list of resources that people with disabilities, their families and advocates often find helpful:

PROJECT STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibilities)

A class designed to teach people about becoming self-determined individuals.

Sessions include:

  1. Knowing Yourself- Students learn to identify their strengths and weaknesses to assist them in becoming a self-advocate.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Responsibilities-Students will learn what a rule is, what responsibilities are, and how they are connected.
  5. Self-Advocacy and Money-Show me the Money Game helps prepare students for dealing with everyday expenses such as rent, food, entertainment, and unexpected expenses.
  6. This session is tailored to each specific audience. Topics can include: employment, starting an advocacy group, joining a club, or starting a volunteer project.
  7. 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.

Savings Guide for People with Disabilities
Discounts, services, and special offers available to those with disabilities

Consumer Affairs Hearing Aid Guide
Compare and review hearing aids.

How to Plan & Provide for a Child with Special Needs
What you can do now to prepare for your child's financial future.

Missouri 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.

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council
P.O. Box 687
1706 E. Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-8611
Toll free: 800-500-7878
Fax: 573-526-2755

People 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)
E-mail: missouripeoplefirst@gmail.com

Missouri 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
Application Unit:
573-659-0678 / 800-392-8667 / Fax 573-659-0677
MO Relay (TDD) 800-735-2966
Email: mopasjc@embarqmail.com

Missouri 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 journey.
Institute for Human Development (IHD), UCE

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
215 W. Pershing
Kansas City , MO 64108
(816) 235.1763 ( Kansas City )
(800) 444.0821 (toll free)
(816) 235.1762 (fax)

Missouri 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

Missouri 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 Disabilities
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/

Missouri 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

Missouri 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

Rehabilitation 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.

(800) 592-6004
Email: askrsb@dss.mo.gov
For district office locations: http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/rsb/rhabofc.htm

Missouri 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
Email: MoAT1501@att.net

Governor's 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 opportunities.

Governor's Council on Disability
P.O. Box 1668
Jefferson City, Missouri 65201-1668
1-800-877-8249 (v/tty)
573-751-2600 (v/tty)
(Fax) 573-526-4109
Email: gcd@oa.mo.gov 

Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation
125 Gordon
Marshall, MO 65340
Toll Free Number 1-855-444-5100

Provides information about safe, accessible, affordable housing in Missouri for those with developmental disabilities

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.