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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 October National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 11, 2019

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation on Oct. 3, 2019 proclaiming October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

As JCDS has grown through the years, the focus of supports has moved significantly toward employment first. The unemployment rate in the U.S. for people with disabilities is twice the rate of those without a disability.

JCDS employment services include End-Dependence Kansas, which is a five-year initiative funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education; Project SEARCH, which is a national internship program facilitated through the agency; and traditional employment, which is provided through Vocational Rehabilitation services from the Kansas Department of Children and Families. There are additional supported employment opportunities, such as through Papercrete Works, Emerging Artists, onsite work services and supported community employment. Learn more.

Shelly May, Amy Fair and Casey Olinger were there to accept the proclamation. Check it out below:

BOCC recognizes Papercrete Works
September 24, 2019

BOCC RecognitionA county program called Papercrete Works that provides community employment opportunities for people with disabilities, along with the county team who manages the program, received recognition from the Board of County Commissioners today.

Papercrete Works is a program of Johnson County Developmental Supports, a Johnson County Government agency that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Individuals served and staff work together to create papercrete (a mixture of recycled paper, water and cement) and mold it into products they then decorate and sell. Twelve individuals are part of this daily operation and earn income.

“Learning the skills it takes to be independent, earning your own wages, creating your own pieces…I know there is a lot of pride that goes into their work,” said Micah Wickstrom, Papercrete Works coordinator, who won a Leadership in Action award earlier this year for her work with this program.

To learn more about this program, we invite you to watch this video.


Click image to enlarge.

Note: The article is courtesy of the Johnson County PIO.

JCDS Project SEARCH team honored at national conference
May 4, 2020

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, 05/25/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 06/22/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 08/24/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting