State and Local Resources
Exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness, advocating for appropriate services, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. Autism Society - The Heartland is a local chapter of the national Autism Society organization.
They maintain a comprehensive resource database for autism-related services and supports, which are searchable by state, county, city, and zip code.
The Special Needs Planning Center
A comprehensive planning service that assists families with planning for your loved one with special needs in the areas of financial, benefit protection and application, continuity of care, and transition planning.
YMCA Challenger/Special Needs
Provides a wide variety of sporting activities for those with special needs in KC to to learn, grow and thrive through recreational and social opportunities.
Kansas and Missouri Special Olympics
Get involved with your local Special Olympics- click on the links below- to find one near you
Kansas Vulnerable Needs Planning System
This Website allows residents with special needs to provide information to assist emergency management agencies in planning to meet the needs of vulnerable populations before, during, and after emergencies.
Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities- Kansas City Regional Center
Serves individuals with developmental disabilities such as cognitive disabilities, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities. Kansas City Regional Office is the primary point of entry for the following counties: Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, Lafayette, Cass, Johnson, and Bates. Kansas City does not provide paid services. However, regional offices purchase services from contracted agencies licensed by the Department of Mental Health or other national accrediting agencies.
Beach Center on Disability -The University of Kansas
A multi-disciplinary research and training center committed to making a significant and sustainable positive difference in the quality of life of individuals and families affected by disability and the professionals who support them.
Children's Mercy Hospital Department of Developmental & Behavioral Sciences
Provide comprehensive evaluation and accurate diagnosis to each family with complete treatment recommendations. Also provide education to families by linking them to proper resources/therapies in the community to enable early intervention.
Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders
Provides custom programs for individuals and families, clinical care, counseling, social skills development, staff development, support groups for affected individuals and families, children's summer camp, full-featured discussion forums, articles, research, terminology definitions, publications, links to relevant resources, and volunteer programs.
Families Together, Inc.
Encouraging, educating, and empowering parents of sons and daughters who have disabilities, through training, advocacy, and providing information. www.familiestogetherinc.org
Missouri Family to Family Resource Center-
Missouri Family to Family serves individuals with disabilities and/or special health care needs, their families, and professionals who support them.
Advocacy and Parent and Family Training- Missouri Resources
KU Center for Child Health & Development
Advancing the health, development, and well-being of children at risk or who have developmental disabilities and supporting their families through exemplary clinical service; interdisciplinary leadership training; outreach training and technical assistance; and collaborative academic research.
KU Kansas Center for Autism Research & Training
Promotes research and training on the causes, nature and management of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and will generate new scientific discoveries about ASD, disseminate research-based practices by training professionals, practitioners and families who serve children and adults with autism.
Thompson Center- Columbia Missouri
One of the leading centers in the US for Autism Research. Our aim is to support families from the point of initial contact through access to needed services in the community, with routine follow-up care over time to ensure the best possible outcome for each child and family.
Kansas State Department of Special Education Services
Missouri Department of Special Education
New Balloon Speech and Language Services- New Balloon's mission is to provide meaningful speech and language therapy services to the greater Kansas City area. Whether at home, in school, or in the community, research suggests that individuals make the most beneficial gains in their natural surroundings.http://www.newballoonkc.com/ 816-533-4757
North Star Academy and Community Living Opportunities (CLO)- North Star Academy is where the Johnson County Support Group meetings are held. Children and Adults services for those with I/DD.