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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 over 90 Johnson County providers.

Department News

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Business Advisory Council Informational Luncheon scheduled Feb. 28, 2019
February 12, 2019

We invite local businesses to join us for the 2019 Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) Business Advisory Council (BAC) Informational Luncheon. This event will be held 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

The BAC is a business-driven initiative to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve competitive community employment. As a member of the BAC, your industry knowledge will help men and women in Johnson County thrive through gainful employment.

This event is free, and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kim Perry by Feb. 21, 2019.

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Project SEARCH Informational Meeting rescheduled for Feb. 20, 2019
February 7, 2019

We invite you to attend a Project SEARCH Informational Meeting 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2019 at the Johnson County Administration Building, located at 111 S. Cherry St. in Olathe, lower level room 200.

This meeting was rescheduled from Feb. 5, 2019 due to inclement weather​.

Project SEARCH is an education and employment program model for individuals with IDD 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. JCDS is eager to implement their sixth year of Project SEARCH beginning in August 2019. Interns will spend their time immersed in a host business site, completing three internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable skills. The goal of the program is employment for each intern -- defined as a minimum of 16 hours per week in a competitive, integrated setting, earning prevailing wage or higher.

For more information, please contact Kim Perry or visit us online.

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Spring/Summer issue of Speak Up!
November 2, 2018

Speak Up Newsletter Spring/Summer 2018

Our Self-Advocate Group has put together the Spring/Summer issue of its newsletter, Speak Up! Please take a look at what this group has been up to.

Spring/Summer newsletter









2017 annual report
May 30, 2018

After a lot of collaborative work among many people, our 2017 annual report is complete!


Fulfilling a drive to drive
July 19, 2017

How did Drew, Ryan, Cory and Tyler reach their goal of getting their driver’s license? Angela Walsh-Fisher, a JCDS community employment specialist, recalls how the idea got off the ground.

“At one of our self-advocacy meetings, when we asked our group what they would like to advocate for in their own lives, a majority said they wanted to learn to drive,” said Walsh. “Before we left I promised them that I would make some calls to see what I could find out.”

Those calls led Walsh to Josh Smith, program director for Transportation at Johnson County Community College and Vanessa Fernandez, a JCCC Driver’s Education instructor. Fernandez was able to take the JCCC one-day, 8-hour course, and split it into four separate sessions. The result was a program that contained shorter class times with the curriculum delivered at a slower pace that includes testing accommodations. The amount of behind-the-wheel training is determined by Fernandez for each student.

Once Walsh and Fernandez finalized the class structure, they held an informational meeting in March 2017 to explain the program. More than 50 people attended the meeting and the two offered classes quickly filled up.

Fernandez is pleased with how the class has turned out and is glad she can help people get a driver’s license who may not have been able to before this program.

“I’m very happy with who I put on the road,” said Fernandez. “They deserve to drive and they do a good job.”

This course will be offered in September and information is available online on page 84 for the Fall 2017 Continuing Education Catalog.


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Upcoming Events

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Wed, 02/20/2019 - 6:00pm

Project SEARCH Informational Meeting

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board