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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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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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BOCC proclaim March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in JoCo!
July 23, 2019

Developmental Disability Awareness Month Proclamation

BOCC proclaim March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in JoCo!

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. At the March 14, 2019 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Meeting, the BOCC gave a proclamation and JCDS Deputy Director Shelly May and Lena Middleton, who receives services through JCDS, were there to accept it. Lena gave a powerful and moving speech to the board and posed for pictures with Commissioners Eilert and Fast.

We want to thank the Board of Commissioners for their continued support for individuals with IDD in Johnson County!

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Emerging Artist Brad Friedman's design wins statewide contest
July 23, 2019

Brad Friedman Design for InterHab Advocacy Day 2019

Emerging Artist Brad Friedman's design wins statewide contest

Please join us in congratulating JCDS Emerging Artist Brad Friedman who has won the InterHab t-shirt design contest!

InterHab is the state association in Kansas for service providers who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Brad’s artwork was chosen after a statewide search for a design to be featured on t-shirts for Advocacy Day on March 26.

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.

Brad is an active participant in our JCDS Emerging Artists program, and you can find more of his original work at art shows throughout the year.

We are so proud of Brad, and we are excited to wear the shirts featuring his design on Advocacy Day!

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Upcoming Events

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

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 6:00pm

Project SEARCH Informational Meeting

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 9:00am

Hearts Alive Arts and Crafts Sale

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

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

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

JCDS Governing Board Meeting