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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.



Boonslick Industries
1620 West Ashley Rd., PO Box 239, Boonville, MO 65233
660-882-5576   Fax: 660- 882-3018
jennifer.waibel@uoi.org

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00
Services:  Extended Employment Center where certified employees are given the chance to take part in meaningful and paid work situations, while developing work related skills and knowledge of employment practices and policies.  Boonslick Industries acts as a small business in order to provide job opportunities to individuals with disabilities, including opportunities for work in the BII Recycling Center, I-70 Rest Areas and Savvy Seconds, an upscale resale store. 
Eligibility:  Individuals with disabilities of Cooper and Howard Counties.  Employment is contingent on certification through DESE.
Fee: None



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

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




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
573-874-3777 Fax: 573-874-3880
http://www.eastersealsmidwest.org/

Variety of training and education workshops for parents and professionals with the focus on Autism spectrum disorders, group activities, family supports, and individual therapies are offered for eligible families; assists schools in 49 counties with assistance and educational needs for their students.


Endless Options

222 E. Davis St., Fayette, MO 65248
660-248-5233  Fax: 660-248-3779
http://www.endlessoptions.org/

​We offer activities in the five focus areas of Art, Literacy, Movement, Basic Life Skills, and Computer Skills that are designed to improve basic skills, teach relationship skills, improve and build community relationships, teach self advocacy, build positive behavior responses, stimulate critical thinking, improve communication, and be fun.Volunteer activities include Howard County Food Pantry, Fayette Senior Center, Home Delivered Meals, and Fayette Public Library.
Activities and opportunities are based on individual needs, expressed interests, and team determined needs of the person supported.
The goal of our employment program is to provide inclusive employment for people with developmental disabilities or "real work for real wages."The goal of the Individualized Residential Services we offer is to support people with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible while meeting physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs. We allow people opportunities for control in their lives, having the preferences and capabilities of the person guide the process allowing for daily choices and a choice in housemates.



Hearing Aid Distribution Program - State of Missouri
573-526-5205 or toll free 855-783-3177
https://mcdhh.mo.gov/hadp/?fbclid=IwAR3VhocIbZAvDPNMG32jaV4vykSODJ-kZfuOHNBku_RDTqHZDWiI-79KeBw
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 Kristin.funk@mcdhh.mo.gov or (573) 526-5205 / Toll Free 855-783-3177.




Hearing Aid Helpline (International)
800-521-5247


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


Howard County MACDDS

P.O. Box 412
Fayette, MO 65248

Contact: Tina Rice trice@hcssb.org
http://macdds.org/county-board/howard/

Howard County Sheltered Services Board supports opportunities and choices for Howard County residents with developmental disabilities and their families by administering the tax levy fund.HCSSB contracts for the following services: personal assistant, transportation, specialized camps, day habilitation, dental services, therapeutic horsemanship, employment related services, and other related services on a case by case basis. No services are provided by HCSSB.



MPACT (Missouri Parents Act)
A statewide advocacy, information, and resource organization serving children with disabilities, their families, and consumers.
800-743-7634



Missouri CLAIM
4215 Phillips Farm Rd., Ste. 101-A, Columbia, MO 65201
800-390-3330

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 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



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

info@silcolumbia.org
silcolumbia.org

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.
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