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Access Arts-School of Services, Inc.
1724 McAlester Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 875-0275

Hours: Studio Hours 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Daily class schedules available
Services: Quality art classes accessible to people of all ages, incomes, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities, to elevate people to a higher level of creativity in which art becomes a threshold to life.
Eligibility: Anyone with interest in the classes from age 4 through senior citizens
Fees: Sliding scale (free to full cost based on ability to pay)

Alternative Community Training, Inc
Address: 2200 Burlington Columbia, MO 65202
(573)474-9446 - (573) 474-7458

Hours: Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. All services are designed to meet the needs of individuals, which can be anywhere from a few hours a day (or week) to twenty-four hours per day.
Services: Supported Employment, Employment Services, Pre-Vocational Services, Transition Services, Day Program, Community Living, Community Integration, Respite.
Eligibility: Must have sponsorship or referral organization to pay fees. Referring organizations include: Central Missouri Regional Office, Boone County Family Resources, Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind.
Fees: Funded through state and federal sources. Self-pay is an option

Beyond Interpreting, MO SSP Program
PO Box 154, Oregon, MO 64473
660-491-0146 (V/T/FT)
Hours: 8:00-5:00pm (M-F)

The MO Support Service Provider (SSP) Program is a grant funded Program, established by the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), that provides DeafBlind(DB) individuals optimal opportunities to access their community and live autonomously through guidance, environmental information, and basic communication assistance by use of a skilled SSP.  Touch, equality, choices, and understanding are values that the individuals within the program respect and appreciate.  
Availability: The Program is funded through a grant between July - June, annually; this fiscal year, services are available to those eligible until June 6, 2021.
Program eligibility: proof of progressive hearing and vision loss, MO resident for a minimum of 1 year prior to intake, and age 15 years or older. 
Services include: receiving environmental information, basic communication assistance, public and/or private transportation assistance, and physical guidance from a Program SSP in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.  
Participant-directed services: DB participant requests directly with their preferred SSPs, contract between participant and provider is required for Program paid services, and completed outings are confirmed to Beyond by participant.
Geographic area served: Missouri, statewide.
Fee: free.  Intake and training are free while SSP services are paid through Program funds.  Participants might experience fees for transportation services upfront; however, reimbursement is available with proper documentation.
The MO SSP Program is constantly seeking SSPs.  
Eligibility: age 18 years or older, basic DB cultural knowledge, comfortable communication skills, internet and email access, valid driver's license, and background screening fulfillment.
Fee: screening is paid through Program funds.  Specialized training is free.
Geographic areas in need: Missouri, statewide.

Boone County Family Resources
1209 East Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201
(573)874-1995   (573)443-2864

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Supported living residential programs, life skills training, early intervention services, family and community living support services, and case management/service coordination.
Services: Employment and life skills training, early intervention services, family and community living support services, case management/service coordination and supported living residential programs.  
Eligibility: Boone County residents with a developmental disability: mental or physical impairment (excludes mental illness) ; occurred before age 22; results in major difficulties with either: walking ,talking, self care, self-direction-learning, living independently; or getting and keeping a job; is lifelong or of extended duration; requires individualized and coordinated services and assistance
Fees: Sliding scale

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
4895 E. Highway 163 Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 875-8556    Fax: (573)442-6186

Hours:3-5 pm and 5-7 pm Wednesday, 2-4 pm and 4:30-6:30 pm Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm
Friday, and 9:30-11:30 am Saturday
Services: Horseback riding for children and adults with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities; classes include: recreation riding, equestrian occupational therapy and sport therapy
Eligibility: Riders usually begin at 2, all types of disabilities
Fees: Call for information, funding can be provided by BCFR, DMH, and CMCR; scholarships available

Center for Parent Information and Resources
P.O. Box 1492 Washington DC, 20013-1492

Services: Provides information and referral to assist children (birth-22) with disabilities including fact sheets, state resource sheets, parent guides, bibliographies, and issue papers; many publications in Spanish; publications available on internet (
Fee: Some publications have small fees
Eligibility: None

Central Missouri Regional Office
900 West Nifong Blvd., Suite 200, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 441-6278 Fax(573)884-4294

Hours: 8-5 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Case management for mentally and developmentally disabled persons; residential placement; independent living services; therapy; vocational/educational programs; evaluations; consultations
Eligibility: No age/ income requirements must be developmentally disabled with mental disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or learning disability
Fees: Sliding scale

Central MO Subcontracting Enterprises
4040 S. Bearfield Rd., Columbia, MO 65201
(573)442-6935    Fax: (573)499-0586

Hours: 8-4pm Monday through Friday
Services: Employment opportunities for adults with disabilities who have state certification
Eligibility: Must be 18 years or older, have a mental or physical disability, and be certified with Vocational Rehabilitation
Fees: No cost to the employee, actual contract work pays for bulk or workshop operations

Columbia Public Schools, Special Education Program
1818 West Worley, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)214-3400   Fax: (73)214-3401

Hours: 7:30-4:30 Monday-Friday
Services: A variety of special education programs for children ages 3-21 with disabilities
Fee: None
Eligibility: Contact agency for details

DeafLEAD (formerly The L.E.A.D. Institute)
2505 W. Ash, Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: Voice/TTY (573)445-5005 Videophone: (573) 303-5604
Missouri Crisis/Text Line: (573)445-5035 or 888-761-4357 or text HAND to 839863
Deaf Crisis Line: 321-800-3323 or text HAND to 839863
FAX: 573-445-5088

Hours: 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, Crisis Line 24 hours
Services: Provide education, advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling, and other direct services for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, and late-deafened individuals and families; Missouri Crisis Hotline/Text Line; Deaf Crisis Videophone Hotline, sign language classes for all ages; deaf culture training to agencies; Teen Institute (camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth) teaches alcohol and drug abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, and other issues facing youth; free counseling for hearing and deaf individuals and their families who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, incest and child abuse, free 24-hour crisis interpreting for Deaf victims of crime.
Fee: Sign language classes – call for current fee
Eligibility: Services provided as needed

Easter Seals Midwest Autism Services 
918 Bernadette Dr, Columbia, MO 65203 

Provides treatment and training for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Encircle Technologies 
1400 Forum Blvd, Ste 1C #222, Columbia, MO 65203

We are a nonprofit company in Columbia, Missouri, specializing in training and coordinating tech work for individuals on the autism spectrum. We train our students in small-group classes and on-the-job experience. We hope to form partnerships with local businesses in order to provide opportunities for increased hands-on learning and work for our students.

Hearing Aid Distribution Program - State of Missouri
573-526-5205 or toll free 855-783-3177

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) has a new Hearing Aid Distribution Program for low-income Missourians. Interested applicants may direct questions to Kristin Funk, Hearing Healthcare Program Manager, at or (573) 526-5205 / Toll Free 855-783-3177.

Hearing Aid Helpline (International)

How to Make a Home More User-Friendly for Deaf or Hard of Hearing People

MPACT (Missouri Parents Act)
A statewide advocacy, information, and resource organization serving children with disabilities, their families, and consumers.

Missouri CLAIM
4215 Phillips Farm Rd., Ste. 101-A, Columbia, MO 65201

CLAIM stands for “Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri.” We have been Missouri’s official State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) since 1993. All of our services are free, unbiased, and confidential. We are not an insurance agency. We do not sell anything, and CLAIM counselors do not ask for or accept money.
CLAIM has more than 300 volunteer counselors throughout Missouri providing local Medicare counseling in their communities. Volunteers receive extensive training to become certified Medicare counselors, and continue to receive updates and continuing education on a regular basis.
Calling 1-800-390-3330: Our friendly Contact Center staff will take your name and basic information. Then they will relay that information to one of our local community partners. Within days, a volunteer counselor calls back to set up an appointment or to discuss your Medicare issue by phone. The helpline is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
Filling out our online contact form: Leave your information using this form 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. This will send an e-mail directly to CLAIM, which will work just like a phone call, only there’s no chance you will have to wait on hold.

Missouri First Steps
N 1st St, Columbia, MO 65203

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.

Missouri State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
900 W. Nifong, Suite 210, Columbia, MO 65203-4467
573-441-6327; Toll Free: 1-877-222-8961; Fax: 573-884-5250
Send Contact Questions to: Louis Gatewood, District Supervisor

If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding, keeping or advancing in a job, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may be able to help you.  VR specializes in employment and training services that can assist you in becoming employed.
Services: Vocational rehabilitation services, guidance, evaluation, job training and placement, assistance with accommodations, other services as needed for a positive employment outcome
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Physical or mental impediment/disability which makes it difficult to obtain employment

Missouri State Office of Administration, Governor’s Council on Disability
301 W. High St., Room 250A, PO Box 1668 Jefferson City, MO 65102
800-877-8249   Fax: (573)526-4109
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F) 

Services: Advocate training, civil rights, community education services, community resource referral, conferences, consumer education, disability awareness, resources, referrals, and services, resource directory.
Fee: None
Eligibility: Anyone who needs assistance

MU Adult Day Connection
137 Clark Hall,Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-7070 FAX: 573-884-4797 

Hours: Campus: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (M-F) 
Services: Daytime health care for adults 18 and over: nursing supervision, exercise, therapeutic activities, educational experiences, hot lunch; access to therapeutic exercise and social services; respite for caregivers 
Fee: Yes, accepts Medicaid, VA, limited number of scholarships, and CMAAA funding available 
Eligibility: Seniors and adults with disabling conditions that need assistance of one person 
Intake Procedures: Inquiry by phone, appointment required 
Required Documentation for Services: Doctor’s orders for adult day health care, TB test, Medicaid authorization for services if applicable, documentation of need for sliding scale fee or scholarship 
Geographic Area Served: Central Missouri with focus on Boone Co

MU Assessment and Consultation Clinic
701 S. 5th (205 Lewis Hall), Columbia, MO 65211
(573)882-5092    Fax: (573)884-3399
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Comprehensive psychological evaluations and interventions for children, adults, couples and families, Services for; giftedness, learning disabilities, ADHD, behavioral and emotional difficulties, and disability and vocational preparedness; Counseling for depression, anxiety, trauma, death and bereavement, coping with life transitions, eating/body image concerns, sexual orientation, dual career issues, social skills, infertility/pregnancy, post-partum
adjustment and parenting, children’s behavioral and emotional difficulties
Fee: Varies, private referrals are paid by clients
Eligibility: Preschool to adult, all income levels

MU Library Services for Persons with Disabilities
104 Ellis Library, University of Missouri Campus
Phone: (573)882-4701  Fax: (573)882-6034
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Tours of Ellis Library; assistance with MU Library’s on-line catalog and computerized reference tools, retrieval of materials from the library stacks; assistance in photocopying
Fee: None
Eligibility: Must be a person with a disability

MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders
205 Portland Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Diagnostic evaluations; health-related services; early intervention services; child and family counseling; speech/language and occupational therapies, educational consultation; integrated support services for young adults; resource identification and care coordination
Fee: Call for information
Eligibility: No limitations for services

NAMI of Columbia (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
307 Locust Street, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65201

Services: Support groups for mentally ill persons and their families; advocacy; educational materials (lending library of books and tapes); Courses: Provider Education, Family to Family
Training, Visions for Tomorrow for young families, Peer to Peer; volunteer opportunities; newsletters and publications; living with Schizophrenia presentation for public, clubs, groups.
Fee: None
Eligibility: No restrictions

National Federation for the Blind
3910 Tropical Lane, Columbia, MO 65202
(533)884-1774     Fax: (573)442-5617
Hours: 8:00-8:00 (7 days a week, leave message

Services: Advocacy; training in skills for the blind; generate public awareness of blindness; assistance in finding employment, referrals to community resources, can travel training, aids and appliances; braille information and assistance
Fee: None
Eligibility: No restrictions

New Horizons Community Support Services, Inc.
1408 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65109
(573)443-0405     Fax: (573)875-2557
Hours: 8:00-4:30 (M-F)

New Horizons assists adults with disabling mental illnesses as well as adults with co-occurring substance use disorders. Services: Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program which includes Community Support, Healthcare Home, Medication Services, Crisis Intervention and Resolution, Counseling Services, Psychosocial Rehabilitation (day program), and Residential Services. In Boone County New Horizons also offers a homeless outreach program, Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH). New Horizons is a nonprofit corporation certified by the MO Dept. of Mental Health and accredited by CARF.
Eligibility: Adults residing in Boone County with severe and persistent mental illness.
Funding: Dept. of Mental Health, Medicaid, Medicare, and the PATH grant.
24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-395-2132.
Intake Procedures: Phone, walk-in, or by referral to get a screening appointment.

OATS, Inc.
2501 Maguire Boulevard, Suite 101 or 103, Columbia, MO
(573)443-4516  Fax: (573)874-1914
Hours: 7:00-5:00 (M-F)

OATS transportation is available to anyone regardless of age, income, disability, race, gender, religion, or national origin.

Services for Independent Living
1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-1646 Fax: 573-874-3564
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services for Independent Living (SIL) is a non-profit Center for Independent Living that promotes independence for persons with disabilities, seniors, and veterans by following the Independent Living Philosophy. We provide five core services: Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Information & Referral, Peer Support, and Transition. 
Our services include:  Assistive devices/technology information, demonstration, and technical assistance, a hands-on demonstration center, equipment loans, and ramp installation. Our reutilization program accepts donations of gently used fully functional durable medical equipment.
Youth programs and services for ages 13-32 aids transition into adulthood and is provided in individualized and group settings. Year-round support groups, activities, and classes on pre-employment and work readiness, financial literacy, cooking, healthy relationships, social skills. 
Personal Care Services include Consumer-Directed Service: the consumer chooses, hires, and directs their attendant, In-Home Service: the attendant is employed by SIL but the consumer directs their activities. Applications for aides and attendants are continuously accepted.
Aging in Place assists individuals age 55+ to remain active in the community, reduce isolation, and maximize their independence.
Transportation Services provides door-to-door service.
Volunteer services is always accepting individuals to assist in our mission.
Fee: Most services are free (there may be low cost fees for transportation service).
Eligibility: People with disabilities, seniors, and veterans.
Geographic Area Served: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Howard, Montgomery, Randolph.

UCP Child Development Center
3804 Santiago Dr., Columbia, MO 65203
573-449-6783   FAX:  573-449-8963

Services: Child Development Center offers individualized early care and education for children with and without disabilities ages 6 weeks to 6 years, before/after school care with transportation to and from MillCreek, Rock Bridge and Grant, summer day camp for ages 6 to 12; Friday evening respite program for children with disabilities and their families. 
Fee: Varies by program, accepts Child Care subsidy 
Eligibility: 6 weeks to 12 years of age for early care and education, under 16 for other services 
Intake Procedure: Phone or walk-in 
Required Documentation for Services: Enrollment packet 
Geographic Area Served: Columbia and surrounding area

Wonderland Camp
Address: 18591 Miller Circle, Rocky Mount, MO 65072
Phone: (573) 392-1000
Fax: N/A
Hours: Office: 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. (M-F); Camp operation: May-August

Services: Summer residential camp for individuals who are physically and mentally challenged
Fee: Full cost $680 per week (cost subject to change)
Eligibility: For individuals age 6-80 who are physically and mentally challenged

Woodhaven Learning Center, Inc.
Address: 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 875-6181
Fax: (573) 876-7303
Hours: 7:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. (M-F)

Services: Community-based supported living and day program services for adults with developmental disabilities.
Fee: Yes
Eligibility: Department of Mental Health eligibility.