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Missouri State Flower - White Hawthorn Blossom Missouri Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

We built the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people can get reliable information and support. Your state Yellow Pages includes many resources - government programs, grassroots organizations, and parent support groups.

We are adding evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, advocates, attorneys, and others who help parents get services for their children.The Yellow Pages are a free service. If you are interested in being added to the yellow pages please send us an email.


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To get the word out about the Yellow Pages, we designed flyers for each state. Please distribute your state Yellow Pages Flyer at schools, day care centers, libraries, doctor's and psychologist's offices, community centers, and hospitals. Get your State Yellow Pages Flyer now!

Note: The groups with a star (*) next to their names sponsored an advocacy training program by Pete and Pam Wright.

Brain Injury Association of Missouri
10270 Page, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63132
(314) 426-4024; (800) 377-6442
E-mail: braininjry@aol.com
Web: www.biausa.org/Missouri/bia.htm

Bureau of Special Heath Care Needs/Department of Health
P.O. Box 570, 930 Wildwood
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 751-6246

Capable Kids and Families
Phelps County Community Partnership
1101 Hauck Drive
Rolla, MO 65401
(573) 368-2849; (888) 541-4636
Provides a loan program of developmental therapy equipment, respite care, networking meetings/playgroups, toy certificates, a resource library, and an accessible playroom for children with developmental delays, sensory impairments, CP or any other disability. An accessible outdoor playground will be available soon. Some program components have eligibility requirements.

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, Inc.
2004 Parkade Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65202-3121
(573) 499-4694 (voice/fax) , (800) 442-7604 (families only)
E-mail: marion@chargesyndrome.org
Web: http://www.chargesyndrome.org

Children & Youth Services
Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services
1706 East Elm, P.O. Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-8028
E-mail: mzmorre@mail.dmh.state.mo.us
Web: http://www.modmh.state.mo.us/

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)

Department of Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4426
Web: http://www.dese.state.mo.us/

Department of Mental Health
1706 East Elm, P.O. Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-3070; (800) 364-9687
E-mail: mzwilsr@mail.dmh.state.mo.us
Web: http://www.modmh.state.mo.us/

Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
1706 East Elm, P.O. Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-8676
E-mail: mzdeata@mail.dmh.state.mo.us
Web: www.modmh.state.mo.us/

Division of Special Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-2965
E-mail: mfriedeb@mail.dese.state.mo.us
Web: www.dese.state.mo.us/divspeced/

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Education
3024 Dupont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0525
(573) 751-3251
E-mail: rvessell@vr.dese.state.mo.us
Web: www.dese.state.mo.us/divvocrehab

DESE Administrative Rules
http://www.dese.state.mo.us/schoollaw/rulesregs/index.html

Due Process Decisions
http://services.dese.state.mo.us/divspeced/decisions.html

Easter Seals Missouri
5025 Northrup Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 664-5025
E-mail: cbyrd@mo.easter-seals.org
Web: http://www.mo.easter-seals.org/

Educational Coach Program
St. Louis Office for MR&/DD Resources
2334 Olive Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 421-0090
E-mail: edcoach@mrdd.org

Encouraging Families with Exceptional Children Together, Inc.
EFFECT, Inc.
Tracy Simmons
868 SW Raintree Dr.
Lees Summit, MO 64082
(816) 537-8103/PHONE
(816) 537-4270/FAX
E-mail: tsimmons8103@aol.com
Web: www.efect.org
We empower families of children with disabilities by providing education, information, encouragment, support and pathways to services.

Epilepsy Foundation of the St. Louis Region
7100 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 645-6969; (800) 264-6970
E-mail: darla@stl-epil.org
Web: www.stl-epil.org/page3.htm

Governor
Missouri Capitol Building, Room 216
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0720
(573) 751-3222
Web: www.gov.state.mo.us/

Great Plains Disability and Business
Technical Assistance Center
ADA Project
4816 Santana Circle
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 882-3600, (800) 949-4232

Great Plains DBTAC/ADA Project
University of Missouri/Columbia
100 Corporate Lake Drive
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 882-3600 (V/TTY); (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)
E-mail: hamburgl@missouri.edu
Web: http://www.adaproject.org/

Hearing Awareness Team
Susan Mc Glothlin
1113 Folger Avenue
Kirkwood, MO 63122-1230
(314) 835-1750 Voice/TTY Answering Machine; Fax: (314) 965-5236
E-mail: HearngAwarnsTeam@AOL. com
Web: http://HearngAwarenessTean.netfirms.com
Providing FREE Presentations about Hearing Dogs/Service Animals, Local, State and Federal Laws Protecting people with Service Animals, How to Protect your Hearing and what can destroy your hearing, Parents can find info about dtermining if child has Hearing loss or another illness, safety with sports,how to apply for Service Animal for child and a information about technology, medical hearing advancements, using the TTY/TDD for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing folks.

Hearing Decision Summaries
http://services.dese.state.mo.us/divspeced/summaries.html

HOPE (Helping One another Plan & Educate)
Rebecca Johnson
1013 Marilyn Court
Washington, MO 63090
(636)239-2527
E-mail: beccasue_@hotmail.com
We are a parent based support group offering encouragement and educational opportunities for families who have children with special needs of any kind or degree.

Institute for Human Development
University of MO at Kansas City
2220 Holmes Street, 3rd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 235-1770
Web: http://www.ihd.umkc.edu/

International Dyslexia Association - Western Missouri/Kansas Branch

L.I.F.E. Center for Independent Living
1109 Ste. Genevieve Avenue
Farmington, MO 63640
(573) 756-4314, (800) 596-7273
TTY 760-1402
Web: www.lifecilmo.org
Provides services to disabled individuals - advocacy, IEP assistance, transportation, independent living skills training, peer support, information/referral

Learning Disabilities Association of MO
P.O. Box 3303
1942 East Meadowmere, #104
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 864-5110
E-mail: Idamo@cland.net
Web: http://www.ldamo.org/

Mental Health Association of St. Louis
1905 S. Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63104-1542
(314) 773-1399
E-mail: mhagstl@aol.com

Missouri Assistive Technology Project
4731 South Cochise, Suite 114
Independence, MO 64055-6975
Phone: (800) 647-8557 (In-State), TTY: (800)647-8558
Phone: (816) 373-5193, TTY: (816) 373-9315 (In-State)
Fax: (816) 373-9314
E-mail: dcgolden@swbell.net
Web: http://www.dolir.state.mo.us/matp/

Missouri Commission for the Deaf
1103 Rear Southwest Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 526-5205 (V/TTY), (800) 796-6499 (V/TTY)
E-mail: MCD@mail.state.mo.us
Web: www.oa.state.mo.us/deaf/mcd.shtml

Missouri Congress of Parents and Teachers
2101 Burlington Street
Columbia, MO 65202-1997
(573) 474-8631; (800) 328-7330
E-mail: mo_pres@pta.org
Web: mopta.org

Missouri Dept of Ed Publications Online
http://services.dese.state.mo.us/manuals.html

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Sixth Floor, 205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4446, TTY: (800) 735-2966, FAX: (573) 751-1179
http://services.dese.state.mo.us/

Missouri Head Injury Advisory Council
P.O. Box 809
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-9003
E-mail: vaughs@mail.oa.state.mo.us
Web: www.oa.state.mo.us/gs/hi/index.htm

Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment (MO-FEAT)
P.O. Box 410305
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 645-6877
E-mail: MO-FEAT@email.com
Web: http://www.mo-feat.org/

Missouri Parents Act
1 West Armour Blvd. Suite 302
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 531-7070; Toll Free: (800) 743-7634; Fax: 816-531-4777
E-mail: mpact@ptimpact.com
Web: www.ptimpact.com

Missouri Parents of Bi-Polar Children
John Moses
7622 Creek Trail
San Antonio, Texas 78254
(469) 417-0017
E-mail: jwmoses@sbcglobal.net
Web: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Missouri_Parents_of_Bipolar_Children/
Online Parents Bi-Polar Support Group

Missouri Planning Council for DD
Division of MR/DD, Department of Mental Health
1706 East Elm, P.O. Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-8611; (800) 500-7878 (In MO)
E-mail: mzconkk@mail.dmh.state.mo.us
Web: www.modmh.state.mo.us/mrdd/moplan/moplan.html

Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services
925 South Country Club Drive, Unit B-1
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 893-3333; (800) 392-8667
E-mail: mopasjc@socket.net

Missouri Public School Rules and Regulations
http://services.dese.state.mo.us/schoollaw/index.html

Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Central Office
713 PCA Road, P.O. Box 45
Warrensburg, MO 64093
(660) 747-9544; (888) 729-6742
E-mail: mshaco@iland.net
Web: http://www.showmemsha.org/

Missouri State Division of Special Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
Fax: (573) 526-4404
Web: http://services.dese.state.mo.us/divspeced/

Missouri Statewide Parent Advisory Network (MO-SPAN)
440A Rue St. Francois
Florissant, MO 63031
(314) 972-0600
Web: http://www.mo-span.org/

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation
3024 W. Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0525
Phone: (573) 751-3251  Fax: (573) 751-1441  TTY (573) 751-0881
http://services.dese.state.mo.us/divvocrehab/
Enabling Missourians with disabilities to work. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) helps persons with physical or mental disabilities become employed. A division of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, it is funded both by federal and state government. VR maintains 26 district offices throughout the state to provide direct services to clients, who receive one-on-one counseling and guidance, training, retraining and other assistance so they can achieve gainful employment.

National Adult Literacy & Learning Disabilities Center (NALLD)
Academy for Educational Development
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009-1202
(202) 884-8185,(800) 953-ALLD (953-2553)
Fax: (202) 884-8429
(202) 884-8422
State resources on National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) site

National Alliances for the Mentally Ill of Missouri
1001 Southwest Boulevard, Suite E
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 634-7727; (800) 374-2138
E-mail: keele@aol.com
E-mail: mocamirwf@aol.com

Office of State Coordinator of Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities
Vocational Special Needs
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-2661

Pike County Agency for Developmental Disabilities, 900 Independence
Drive, SB40
Bowling Green, MO 63334
(573) 324-5493
E-mail: pcsb40@nemonet.com
We receive both county and state funds and provide a variety of services for Pike County citizens with developmental disabilities. Services provided/available include residential, day habilitation, personal assistance, temporary residential, early childhood, employment, and information and referral.

Programs for Children with Disabilities:Ages 3 to 5
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-0185
E-mail: pgoff@mail.dese.state.mo.us
Web: www.dese.state.mo.us/divspeced/

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Bureau of Special Health Care Needs/Department of Health
P.O. Box 570, 930 Wildwood
Jefferson City, MO 65109

(573) 751-6246

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth to 2
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-0187
E-mail: pgoff@maildese.state.mo.us
Web: www.dese.state.mo.us/divspeced/

Rehabilitation Service for the Blind
Division of Family Services/Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 88, 3418 Knipp Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65103-0088
(573) 751-4249
Web: www.dss.state.mo.us/dfs/rehab

Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders
Scottish Rite Temple
1330 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64109-1935
(816) 561-2277

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders
Scottish Rite Temple
3633 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-3301
(314) 533-7415

Scottish Rite’s R. G. Combs Childhood Language Disorders Clinic
33 Masonic Drive
Columbia, MO 65202-6535
(573) 886-0687
E-mail: scotrite@socket.net

Scottish Rite Speech & Language Association
P.O. Box 73
Joplin, MO 64802-0073
(417) 623-3219

Sharing Our Strengths (SOS) Support Matching Network
Jane St. John
2220 Holmes Room 342
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 235-5684; toll free #: (800) 444-0821; fax #: (816) 235-1762
E-mail: stjohnj@umkc.edu
website: http://www.moddrc.com/SharingOurStrengths/SOSHomepage.htm
Sharing Our Strengths (SOS) is a support matching network for individuals with disabilities, parents, family members, and disability professionals who want to connect with others.

Spina Bifida Association of Greater St. Louis (SBAGSL)
5609 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
(800) 784-0983; (314) 353-7079
E-mail: judynicolson@hotmail.com

Special Education Parents Advocacy Link (SEPAL)
PO Box 1052 Blue Springs MO 64013
877-SEPAL77 877-727-3577 816 228-3510
E-mail: kcsped@mid-west.net
www.specialeducationrights.com www.specialeducationpal.homestead.com
advocates for parents dealing with public schools; preparation of state child complaints, advocacy strategies and training, attend IEP meetings; document analysis; 504 accommodation reviews

St. Louis Society for Children and Adults with Physical Disabilities
Jamie Howard, Youth Coordinator
10176 Corporate Square Drive, Suite 100B
St. Louis, MO 63132
(314) 989-1188
E-mail: society@stlsociety.org
We provide recreation and social opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities. Transportation is provided to those living in St. Louis City or County.

State Education Agency Rural Representative
Department of Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4426

State Plan Section 10 (Children with disabilities who attend private or parochial schools or who are home schooled)
http://services.dese.state.mo.us/divspeced/stateplansection10.html

The Capaha Scottish Rite Program for Speech & Language Disorders
(Cape Girardeau)
Inquiries: Scottish Rite Foundation of Missouri, Inc.
P.O. Box 23036
St. Louis, MO 63156
(314) 533-5557

United Cerebral Palsy Association
8645 Old Bonohomme Road
St. Louis, MO 63132-3999
(314) 994-1600; (800) 325-8173
E-mail: forkoshr@ucpstl.org
Web: http://www.ucpa.org/

VSA arts of Missouri
P.O. Box 1763
Columbia, MO 65205-1763
(573) 875-2872; (866) VSA-ARTS (872-2787)
E-mail: mo@vsarts.org
Web: http://www.showmevsa.com/

Vocational Special Needs
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 522-1755
E-mail: sbrice@mail.dese.state.mo.us

Scott Wasserman & Associates, LLC
12760 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Ste. 110
Shawnee Mission, KS 66215-2878
(913) 438-4636 phone; (913) 438-4637 fax
Email: Scott@yourchild1st.com
Web: www.yourchild1st.com

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