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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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JCDS self advocates at Topeka statehouse for Push Day 2017

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) is the agency of Johnson County government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agency regularly serves more than 500 people each day through a broad array of community-based programs and supports.

Designated as Johnson County's Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO), JCDS also offers a single point of entry for those seeking DD services, determines eligibility for services, and coordinates a network of more than 70 Johnson County providers.

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Stop by the Employment Open House on Oct. 2, 2019
September 3, 2019

Employment Open HouseStop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Arts and Heritage Center to learn about employment service options for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This event will feature information from Project SEARCH, End-Dependence Kansas, Traditional and Direct Employment with JCDS.

The Johnson County CDDO, Papercrete Works, Emerging Artists, and Vocational Rehabilitation are invited to have a booth.

For more information, contact Jessa Molina at 316-807-5385 or visit us online at work.jcds.org.

Follow this event on Facebook and download the flier.

Check out the CDDO Resource Fair and Marketplace on Oct. 3, 2019
September 3, 2019

CDDO Resource Fair

The Johnson County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization will be hosting its second annual Resource Fair and Marketplace 2-7 p.m., Oct. 3, 2019 at the Arts and 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. The goal of this event is to connect families and individuals with IDD to community resources utilized by this population. 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, there were booths for dog toys, candies/cookies/snacks, novelty home décor, and art projects.

Attendance is encouraged for people and families on the HCBS 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 aged 5 and older who need IDD services, or who could need them in the future, should get on the list as soon as possible.

At the inaugural event last year, the CDDO facilitated more than 30 intakes, and staff is hoping to increase that number substantially this year.

If you or someone you know needs IDD services, or just wants to learn more about the resources available in Johnson County, please join us at the Resource Fair and Marketplace!

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JCDS Project SEARCH team honored at national conference
August 20, 2019

Project SEARCH TeamThe JCDS Project SEARCH team was recently honored at the 13th Annual Project SEARCH Conference in Anaheim, CA! Our program received the 100% award for the placement rate at the Embassy Suites site and the 80-89% award for the placement rate at the Johnson County Administration site for the 2017-2018 session.

“We were very proud to be recognized at the annual Project SEARCH conference,” said Amy Fair, Community Employment Team Leader for JCDS. "This program has helped to open the door to employment for dozens of people served by JCDS so they can lead more independent lives. Our staff has worked hard to see an overall success rate of 80% in the program, and we are thrilled to be honored on a national stage.”

Project SEARCH is an international education and employment program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. Project SEARCH began in Ohio at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996 and was implemented in JCDS in August 2014.

Through the program, interns will spend nine months immersed in a host business site completing three unpaid internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable work skills. The goal of the program is paid employment for each intern.

Congratulations to the JCDS Project SEARCH staff and participants, and thank you for all of your hard work!

Project SEARCH is just one of many employment programs available for individuals served by JCDS. Additional opportunities include End-Dependence Kansas, Community Employment, Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works.


Click photo to enlarge. Photo credit: Project SEARCH.

Election Office and JCDS team up for National Disability Voter Registration Week
July 23, 2019

Nathan Carter from Election Office speaking at Self-Advocacy Group

Election Office and JCDS team up for National Disability Voter Registration Week

In honor of National Disability Voter Registration Week, Nathan Carter from the Johnson County Election Office joined the Johnson County Developmental Supports Self-Advocacy Group meeting to lead a discussion on the importance of registering to vote and participating in elections. The Election Office has previously teamed up with JCDS to help individuals register to vote and will provide additional opportunities at this meeting.

He talked about the importance of voting, accessibility at the polls, early voting, mail-in ballots, and more. He then helped anyone who needed it with voter registration, updating information, and questions. It was great to see so many people already registered and excited to vote in the upcoming election.

The Self-Advocacy Group is a team of individuals served by JCDS who are passionate about advocating for themselves and people with disabilities through civic and political action, personal development and community connections.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

First JCDS Wheelchair and Walker Wash Event is a success
August 1, 2019


First JCDS Wheelchair and Walker Wash Event is a success

JCDS held its first Wheelchair and Walker Wash Event on July 17, 2019 at the Elmore Center. Thanks to awesome volunteers from The Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center; the Marriott Kansas City in Overland Park; the City of Merriam; and Farmers Insurance Company, we were able to wash 46 wheelchairs, walkers, and lifts! Check out the video above to learn more about this fantastic event!


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Upcoming Events

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Tue, 09/24/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:30pm

Employment Open House

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 2:00pm

CDDO Resource Fair and Marketplace

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board