We are a project funded by the Mo. Developmental Disabilities Council.
We are working in partnership with the Division of Developmental Disabilities to increase housing options for individuals with developmental disabilities in Missouri. We are a support agency to the Divisions Regional Offices and the Community Living Coordinators.
We assist agencies in the development of affordable, universally designed, quality housing for individuals with developmental disabilities. We assist developers and builders design and construct high quality, universally designed, affordable housing.
To develop quality, affordable, universally designed housing for people with developmental disabilities in safe locations where they can access support services, transportation, employment, and recreation throughout their lifespan.
Over 100,000 Missourians experience Developmental Disabilities. The Division of DD supports approximately 32,000 Approximately 15,000 individuals with Developmental Disabilities are living with a caregiver over 60.
Learning self-determination skills are the most important factor in quality of life outcomes for all people. Teaching self-determination to people who have developmental disabilities can be difficult, but the impact is immeasurable.
Self-Determination is the ability to determine one’s own fate based upon freely determined set of criteria. ◦ This does not mean people are free to do whatever they choose without ramifications for poor decisions.
“I don’t have to be told what self- determination means, I know it is just another word for a life filled with rising expectations, dignity, respect, and opportunities” Robert Williams
No one is truly independent. We are all interdependent of others around us. We are shaped, both good and bad from people whom we trust and our past experiences.
Supporting a person with a disability includes providing them with complete information, presented in a manner they can understand, so they can make informed decisions to the best of their ability