The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is a federally-funded, 23-member council, appointed by the Governor. Our mission is to assist the community to include all people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of life." Learn More
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The Council is now accepting applications for the 2014 Partners in Policymaking Class. Partners is a leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The program teaches leadership skills and techniques to develop positive partnerships with elected officials, school personnel and other individuals who make policy decisions about services that you and/or your family use. To access the on-line application, please click here.
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We are EQUAL to the Task." In partnership with the MO Alliance for Full Participation, the Council is encouraging all employees with disabilities to "Invite Your Legislator to Work." These events will help develop closer relations between workers with disabilities and policymakers. Please use this resource to make this a successful event!
The Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation with the primary goal of assisting individuals with disabilities find housing that meets their needs. The MO Housing Development Corporation can assist you in your search for the needed resources to make your dreams a reality. For more information go to www.mohousing.com or contact Wayne Crawford, Director, via email or toll free at 855-444-5100.
Thinking about Guardianship? We encourage you to explore the options available to assist you in receiving the support and or protection needed while ensuring your rights are protected to the maximum extent possible.
• Missouri Guardianship Resource Guide
• Appendix 1 (Tool)
• Appendix 2 (Options & Alternatives)
• Understanding Your Options & Alternatives, the Online Workbook
Guardianship Training: Alternatives to Guardianship training is being offered in Hannibal on November 5th and Troy on November 6th. There is no charge for this training and it is open to anyone interested in learning more about guardianship. Additional trainings will be offered around the state and information regarding those trainings will be available soon. Plese help us get the word out to anyone you know who has an interest in learning more about this important topic. Click here for registration information about these trainings.
When Molly was placed in the Marshall Habilitation Center in 1951, she was only a child. She lived most of her life on the campus. At the age of 63, Molly moved to the community. “Good Golly, Miss Molly: One Family's Story of Transition” follows her and her family through the process. To request DVD versions of Molly’s Story or for more information, contact us at 800-500-7878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To view an introductory of the video or to watch it in its entirety, visit www.youtube.com/MissouriDDCouncil .
If you are an individual with developmental disabilities or the family member of a person with developmental disabilities, the Council would like to hear about your successes. We have collected and published stories from people who have successfully moved to the community from institutions (Change is Good) and of individuals with developmental disabilities who have obtained work in the community (Real Lives, Real Jobs), and we would like to hear your success story on these or other topics. Click on the link below to share your story with us.