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The six Johnson County Library locations with Sunday hours - Antioch, Blue Valley, Central, Corinth, Lenexa City Center and Monticello - are closed today, December 15, due to snowy conditions.

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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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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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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!

Congratulations Project SEARCH graduates!
July 23, 2019

Project SEARCH Graduation 2019

Congratulations Project SEARCH graduates!

The fifth year of Project SEARCH is in the books! Twelve interns recently graduated from this program, which is facilitated each year by Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS). Friends and family attended the ceremony on June 1 at Johnson County Community College. Photos from the event are below.

Johnson County Project SEARCH is an education and employment program for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. Interns 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, from 16 to 40 hours per week in a competitive, integrated setting earning prevailing wage or higher. In the first year, 100% of Project SEARCH graduates secured a job.

"The Project SEARCH graduation is a time to celebrate the hard work of the men and women who have committed their time, effort and talents to this program during the past nine months," said Melissa Reeves, Community Relations Manager for JCDS. "Seeing county staff, elected officials, families, and community partners all come together to usher these graduates into the next stage of their professional development is a joy to experience. We look forward to this event each year, and we are so proud of this graduating class."

Tyler Smith, a Project SEARCH graduate from the first class (2014/2015), served as keynote speaker. He talked about being independent; he has a job and a car, and the day before the graduation had moved into his own apartment. Other speakers were Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert, JCDS Board Chairman Dale Chaffin, and Rhonda Case, owner of the Sunflower Cafe in Olathe who utilizes Project SEARCH interns and employs a graduate from the program.

Article and photos courtesy of Johnson County PIO

BOCC proclaim April as National Autism Awareness Month in JoCo!
July 23, 2019

Autism Awareness Month Proclamation

BOCC proclaim April as National Autism Awareness Month in JoCo!

The 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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JCDS had a strong showing at Advocacy Day 2019
July 23, 2019

Victor Wyler and Governor Kelly

JCDS had a strong showing at Advocacy Day 2019

More than 60 JCDS staff and individuals served were in Topeka, Kansas 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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BOCC proclaim March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day in JoCo!
July 23, 2019

BOCC Proclamation for World Down Syndrome Day

BOCC proclaim March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day in JoCo!

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed March 21 World Down Syndrome Day in Johnson County. Allie Reim, who is served by JCDS, gave a moving speech followed by proud grandpa Ronnie Metsker who spoke about his grandson who has Down syndrome. Ronnie even showed off his different, brightly colored socks! 

We are thankful to the BOCC for their continued support for individuals in Johnson County with IDD.

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on the 21st day of the third month because it signifies the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome. Learn more about World Down Syndrome Day.

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Tue, 01/28/2020 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board