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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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About Us

Self-Advocacy Group

Johnson County Developmental Supports is an agency of Johnson County Government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A developmental disability is a chronic condition present before age 22 due to physical and/or mental impairments such as intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or Down syndrome, among others.

Designated as Johnson County's Community Developmental Disabilities Organization, JCDS also offers a single point of entry for those seeking IDD services, determines eligibility for services, and coordinates a network of over 70 Johnson County providers.

JCDS benefits from the support of a separate Friends of JCDS organization dedicated to providing additional resources for priority individuals and community-centered projects where other funding is not available. 

JCDS is guided by a seven-member governing board appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.



Johnson County Development Supports serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We focus on individuals’ abilities, provide choice-driven supports, and advocate alongside people to live and work in our community.



We aspire to build a community that promotes, supports, and embraces people of all abilities.


Our History

JCDS History

JCDS was established in 1972 through the committed efforts of parents and other developmental disability advocates. Since that time, the agency has grown as a Community Support Provider to serve over 500 people daily through a broad array of community-based programs and supports.


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The Johnson County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO) is the single point of entry for IDD services in Johnson County. If you're interested in accessing services, please contact the CDDO for an assessment.

Direct support professionals play a crucial role in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their quest to live and work in the community. DSPs perform a multitude of tasks including personal care, job coaching, appropriate medical/physical care, behavioral guidance, skills teaching, help with household tasks and so much more.



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Volunteering with JCDS is a great opportunity to meet new people and make a difference in your community. There are many ways to get involved with JCDS, such as planning activities, clerical, special skills training, cooking, production work, emerging artists mentoring, performances, presentations, and more!


Connect with us on social media to stay up to date with services, events, job openings, volunteer opportunities and additional ways you can get involved. 

By following, liking and sharing our content on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, you're helping to raise awareness about the IDD community in Johnson County and support the hundreds of families who rely on IDD services.

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  • Accredited by CQL, an international rehabilitation accreditation commission
  • Licensed and partially funded by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services and Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Member of ANCOR, the American Network of Community Options and Resources
  • Member of InterHab, the Resource Network for Kansans with Disabilities

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