OUR MISSION "To assist individuals, families, and the community to include all people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of life."
Individuals with Disabilities
Families & Guardians
MODDC has compiled a list of public health resources where you will find reliable information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to stay healthy. Below you will find resources and links to specific agencies that are working to ensure that the needs of people with and without disabilities are addressed during the state and national emergency response.
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often. As we receive information, we will continue to update this page.
ACCESSIBLE TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR ADVOCATES AND FAMILIES:
- Green Mountain Self Advocates Plain Language Guide on COVID-19 | Spanish. A plain talk guide to help make sense of these confusing times. Includes the link to an audio version on YouTube.
- Emergency Communication Aid | Spanish
- What in the World is Going On? A plain talk guide to help make sense of these confusing times.
- Ready, Set, Know: Let’s Talk Covid-19 For families, friends and care providers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Pictorial COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations | Spanish
- Free Communication Tools for Patients with COVID-19 by Patient Provider Communication
- Guidance for Students with Disabilities created by the Washington DD Council
- COVID-19 Toolkit for supporting individuals with Autism in uncertain times
- Community Service for the Deaf - Free Hotline Brings Deaf Community Information on COVID-19 in American Sign Language (ASL) and English
- People who are at higher risk for severe illness information provided by the CDC
- Hesperian Health Guides developed multilingual resources/fact sheets that are clearly written Coronavirus Fact Sheets. This fact sheet is available in 13 languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Urdu, Bangla, Filipino, Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesia, Farsi, Sindhi, Telugu, and Hindi on Hesperian Health Guides website. Fact sheets in Shona, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chichewa are on the way.
- Coronavirus Tips for Staying Healthy: The Self-Determination Channel of Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
- COVID-19 Plain Language video: This plain language video was created by the Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services. What is Social Distancing: Plain Language video created in Maine.
- PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic
PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID-19 information includes a 24 hour hotline: 877-435-8411
- Missouri Coronavirus GIS Hub: This resource developed by DHSS GIS to track Missouri specific information regarding COVID-19.
- Directory of MO Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
MISSOURI SPECIFIC RESOURCES:
- Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) – COVID-19 information to include Disaster Distress Helpline: Phone: 800/985-5990 Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746
- Missouri Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DMH/DDD) COVID-19
- DMH/DDD Waiver Rule Exceptions and Operational Changes in Response to COVID-19
- Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) COVID-19 includes updates from MO HealthNet (Medicaid), Children’s Division and Family Support Division (Pandemic Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (P-SNAP))
- Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) – Special Education
- Department of Mental Health/Deaf Services – COVID-19 resources that are deaf friendly.
- Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Coronavirus
- ChildCare Aware of Missouri - If you are a first responder, health care employee, or other essential personnel working in response to COVID-19 and are in need of child care, email email@example.com or call 866-892-3228 to find child care in your community.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19
- Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities - Missouri Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Administration for Community Living (ACL) COVID-19 - What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?
- S. Department of Education (DoE) COVID-19
- Social Security & Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services is a federally mandated system in the state of Missouri which provides protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally-based advocacy.
- Missouri Attorney General’s Office includes information to report scams/price gouging and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to report abuse and neglect of seniors and individuals with disabilities
- Center for Public Representation
- S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students’ Civil Rights during COVID-19 Response
- What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
- Department of Justice/Civil Rights Division
- OCR Issues Bulletin on Civil Rights Laws and HIPAA Flexibilities That Apply During the COVID-19 Emergency – of particular interest, is the information about the civil rights laws for persons with disabilities to include the right to medical care.
Welcome to the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council
The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is a federally-funded, 23-member, consumer-driven council appointed by the Governor. Its mandate under P.L. 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration in all aspects of community life.
Goals & Objectives 2017-2021 5-Year State Plan
The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is required by federal law to develop a five-year plan to guide our efforts in planning, advocacy, and providing advice as to programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities that will increase their opportunities for self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration into communities. This plan must address the Council's priorities in the federal areas of emphasis which include:
- Quality Assurance
- Formal and Informal Community Supports
Our planning was initiated with a comprehensive review and analysis of the unmet needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by completing a statewide needs assessment. Council members prioritized the planning areas based on impact and feasibility during the five year plans. The final plan contains statewide goals that describe the areas the Council hopes to impact along with measurable objectives to be achieved.