The Johnson County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO) will host its second annual Resource Fair and Marketplace 2-7 p.m., Oct. 3 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center located at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park. This event is coordinated in conjunction with the CDDO Council of Community Members.
The CDDO coordinates services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The goal of this event is to connect families and individuals with IDD to specialized community resources. The event includes local IDD service providers, healthcare providers, employment services, and more. This event also includes a marketplace where individuals with IDD can sell items they have made. Last year, wares included dog toys, candies/cookies/snacks, novelty home décor and art.
Attendance is encouraged for people and families on the Home and Community Based Services IDD waiver waiting list, and others who may want to learn more about the CDDO. It’s important that individuals who need IDD services and are not currently on the waiting list reach out to the CDDO or attend this event to begin the intake process. The waiting list in Kansas is currently eight years long, so individuals age 5 and older who need IDD services, or who may need them in the future, are encouraged to get on the list ASAP.
Last year, the CDDO facilitated more than 30 intakes, and staff is hoping to increase that number substantially this year.
You can learn more about the CDDO online.