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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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BOCC proclaim April as National Autism Awareness Month in JoCo!
April 18, 2019

Autism Awareness Month ProclamationThe Johnson County Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation on April 18 in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Project SEARCH​ graduate Benjamin Wetzel was there with JCDS Executive Director Chad VonAhnen, Deputy Director Shelly May, and Community Employment Specialist Angela Walsh-Fisher to accept the proclamation.

Ben gave a great speech, talking about his job at Sunflower Health Plan​ and how much he enjoys it. He is one of the many Project SEARCH success stories, and we are so proud of the amazing work he has done! 

FYI: Project SEARCH Assessment Day​ is coming up soon (May 3), so if you or someone you know would be interested in participating in this fantastic program, be sure to get your application materials in by April 26! Learn more.

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Employment Informational Night scheduled May 8, 2019
April 16, 2019

JCDS employment informational nightJCDS will be hosting an Employment Informational Night 5:30-7 p.m. on May 8, 2019 at the Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

Join us to learn about the services offered by Johnson County Developmental Supports for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to achieve competitive employment.

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Community Supported Employment Job Fair scheduled May 15, 2019
April 16, 2019

CSEP Job FairJohnson County Community Supported Employment Program will be holding a job fair 1:30-2:30 p.m. on May 15, 2019 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

This is a multi-departmental effort to help candidates find employment that matches their skills and interests.

If your business is interested in participating in the job fair, or if you are interested in attending as a jobseeker, please contact Aubree Casper.

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Project SEARCH Assessment Day scheduled May 3, 2019
April 16, 2019

Project SEARCH is an education-to-employment program for individuals over the age of 18 with an intellectual or developmental disability. Program applicants must be CDDO eligible to participate.

Assessment Day for the 2019-2020 Project SEARCH class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 3, 2019 at the Johnson County Administration Building, located at 111 S. Cherry St. in Olathe. Lunch will be provided. 

Business casual attire is required. Applicants are asked to attend this event without the accompaniment of parents, guardians or residential support staff in order for program officials to get an accurate assessment of the individual.

If you're interested in participating in the program, please complete the application materials below prior to Assessment Day.

2019-2020 Application Materials

All three documents must be completed and submitted by April 26, 2019:

Please submit to Kim Perry or mail to: 

Johnson County Developmental Supports
10501 Lackman Rd.
Lenexa, KS 66219

JCDS had a strong showing at Advocacy Day 2019
March 28, 2019

Victor Wyler and Governor KellyMore than 60 JCDS staff and individuals served were in Topeka, Kasnas on March 26 for InterHab's Advocacy Day 2019. InterHab is the state association in Kansas for service providers who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Advocacy Day is an annual event in Topeka for people with IDD, their families, friends, providers, and advocates to come together and meet with legislators to discuss issues that are important to the IDD community. This year's event featured Governor Laura Kelly, and several individuals served by JCDS addressed the crowd. You can view more photos from this event on our Facebook page.

It was truly a great day filled with fellowship, advocacy and joy. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

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Upcoming Events

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Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

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

Developmental Supports Governing Board

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

Developmental Supports Governing Board

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

Developmental Supports Governing Board