Area Organizations and Learning Opportunities

Autism Alliance of NW Missouri

Autism Alliance of NW Missouri – a nonprofit organization located in Saint Joseph, MO. They offer information and guidance to families living everyday with Autism. For more information go to: , find them on Facebook at:

Disability Benefits 101

Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.

Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City – Provides support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals who serve them. DSG seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome. There is also a St. Joseph Down syndrome support group – see FB page:
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Missouri First Steps

First Steps is Missouri’s Early Intervention system that provides services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays. The program is designed to meet the needs of families related to enhancing their child’s development, learning, and participation in family and community life. For additional information about First Steps, please call toll-free at 1-866-583-2392 or go to: for referral information.

Special Needs Planning Center

Your family isn’t like everyone else’s. Your child has special needs which include a need for specialized financial planning. Long-term financial planning should reflect the unique needs of your family members, including your child with a developmental disability.Thankfully, there have been some important legislative changes that make it easier for families to save without having to sacrifice important services. While you’re busy nurturing your child’s growth and caring for the concerns of other family members, it’s good to know that there are experts who understand how to help you make wise financial decisions with long-term benefits for everyone. The Special Needs Planning Center is there to help when it comes to setting a course for financial stability for everyone concerned.

Open Futures Learning

Open Futures Learning –Offers inspirational and straight forward information on a multitude of topics regarding individuals with disabilities, such as: building friendship and Community, employment, Self-Determination, Communication, and so many more. These are videos that can be viewed you and your family as well as “side by side” modules that can be viewed by people who receive support along with the person(s) providing support. If you are interested in having access to these videos and would like to sign up, please contact Courtney at 816-364-3827, ext. 1108. See more information at:

Missouri Family to Family

Housed at UMKC Institute of Human Development, Missouri Family to Family serves individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who support them. This organization is a statewide network for families offering free supports to people with disabilities and their families. For more information, visit

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