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Access Arts-School of Services, Inc.
1724 McAlester Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 875-0275

Hours: Studio Hours 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Daily class schedules available
Services: Quality art classes accessible to people of all ages, incomes, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities, to elevate people to a higher level of creativity in which art becomes a threshold to life.
Eligibility: Anyone with interest in the classes from age 4 through senior citizens
Fees: Sliding scale (free to full cost based on ability to pay)

Alternative Community Training, Inc
Address: 2200 Burlington Columbia, MO 65202
(573)474-9446 - (573) 474-7458

Hours:   Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday.  All services are designed to meet the needs of individuals, which can be anywhere from a few hours a day (or week) to twenty-four hours per day. 

Services:  Supported Employment, Employment Services, Pre-Vocational Services, Transition Services, Day Program, Community Living, Community Integration, Respite.

Eligibility:   Must have sponsorship or referral organization to pay fees.  Referring organizations include:  Central Missouri Regional Office, Boone County Family Resources, Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind.

Fees:  Funded through state and federal sources.  Self-pay is an option

Boone County Family Resources
1209 East Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201
(573)874-1995   (573)443-2864

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Supported living residential programs, life skills training, early intervention services, family and community living support services, and case management/service coordination.
Eligibility: Boone County residents with a developmental disability: mental or physical impairment (excludes mental illness) ; occurred before age 22; results in major difficulties with either: walking ,talking, self care, self-direction-learning, living independently; or getting and keeping a job; is lifelong or of extended duration; requires individualized and coordinated services and assistance
Fees: Sliding scale

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
4895 E. Highway 163 Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 875-8556    Fax: (573)442-6186

Hours:3-5 pm and 5-7 pm Wednesday, 2-4 pm and 4:30-6:30 pm Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm
Friday, and 9:30-11:30 am Saturday
Services: Horseback riding for children and adults with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities; classes include: recreation riding, equestrian occupational therapy and sport therapy
Eligibility: Riders usually begin at 2, all types of disabilities
Fees: Call for information, funding can be provided by BCFR, DMH, and CMCR; scholarships available

Center for Parent Information and Resources
P.O. Box 1492 Washington DC, 20013-1492

Services: Provides information and referral to assist children (birth-22) with disabilities including fact sheets, state resource sheets, parent guides, bibliographies, and issue papers; many publications in Spanish; publications available on internet (
Fee: Some publications have small fees
Eligibility: None

Central Missouri Regional Office
900 West Nifong Blvd., Suite 200, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 441-6278 Fax(573)884-4294

Hours: 8-5 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Case management for mentally and developmentally disabled persons; residential placement; independent living services; therapy; vocational/educational programs; evaluations; consultations
Eligibility: No age/ income requirements must be developmentally disabled with mental disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or learning disability
Fees: Sliding scale

Central MO Subcontracting Enterprises
4040 S. Bearfield Rd., Columbia, MO 65201
(573)442-6935    Fax: (573)499-0586

Hours: 8-4pm Monday through Friday
Services: Employment opportunities for adults with disabilities who have state certification
Eligibility: Must be 18 years or older, have a mental or physical disability, and be certified with Vocational Rehabilitation
Fees: No cost to the employee, actual contract work pays for bulk or workshop operations

Claim Program (Medicare issues)
200 N. Keene St. Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 817-8300 or (800) 390-3330   Fax: (573) 817-8341
Hours: 9-4 pm Monday through Friday

Services: Counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their families regarding Medicare issues
Eligibility: Individuals over 65 or disabled and Medicare eligible, and their family members,
care givers, or authorized representatives
Fees: None

Columbia Public Schools, Special Education Program
1818 West Worley, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)214-3400   Fax: (73)214-3401

Hours: 7:30-4:30 Monday-Friday
Services: A variety of special education programs for children ages 3-21 with disabilities
Fee: None
Eligibility: Contact agency for details

DeafLEAD (The L.E.A.D. Institute)
2502 W. Ash, Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: Voice/TTY (573)445-5005
Mid-Mo Crisis Line: (573)445-5035 or 1-888-761-4357
MO Deafline: (573)445-5059 or 1-800-380-3323  Fax: (573)445-5088

Hours: 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, Crisis Line 24 hours
Services: Provide education, advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling, and other direct services for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, and late-deafened individuals and families; Deafline Missouri Crisis Hotline; Crisis Video Phone, sign language classes for all ages; deaf culture training to agencies; Teen Institute (camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth) teaches alcohol and drug abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, and other issues facing youth; free counseling for hearing and deaf individuals and their families who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, incest and child abuse,
Fee: Sign language classes – call for current fee
Eligibility: Services provided as needed

Hearing Aid Helpline (International)

Job Point
400 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201
(573)449-3431  Fax: (573)875-0619
TTY: (573) 882-0142

Hours: 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday
Services: Career planning and readiness training; skills training in technology, retail sales, and construction trades; job placement and support; supported employment; deaf and blind services
Fee: Varies with service, payment accepted from private and third party sources
Eligibility: Must be 16 years or older; can be persons with disabilities, physical or mental health conditions, including injuries; or persons unemployed, underemployed or facing social, economic or educational obstacles to competitive employment

MPACT (Missouri Parents Act)
A statewide advocacy, information, and resource organization serving children with disabilities, their families, and consumers.

Missouri First Steps
N 1st St, Columbia, MO 65203

First Steps is Missouri's Early Intervention system that provides services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays. The program is designed to meet the needs of families related to enhancing their child's development, learning, and participation in family and community life.

Missouri State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
900 W. Nifong, Suite 210, Columbia, MO 65203-4467
573-441-6327; Toll Free: 1-877-222-8961; Fax: 573-884-5250
Send Contact Questions to: Louis Gatewood, District Supervisor

If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding, keeping or advancing in a job, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may be able to help you.  VR specializes in employment and training services that can assist you in becoming employed.
Services: Vocational rehabilitation services, guidance, evaluation, job training and placement, assistance with accommodations, other services as needed for a positive employment outcome
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Physical or mental impediment/disability which makes it difficult to obtain employment

Missouri State Office of Administration, Governor’s Council on Disability
301 W. High St., Room 250A, PO Box 1668 Jefferson City, MO 65102
800-877-8249   Fax: (573)526-4109
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F) 

Services: Advocate training, civil rights, community education services, community resource referral, conferences, consumer education, disability awareness, resources, referrals, and services, resource directory.
Fee: None
Eligibility: Anyone who needs assistance

MU Assessment and Consultation Clinic
701 S. 5th (205 Lewis Hall), Columbia, MO 65211
(573)882-5092    Fax: (573)884-3399
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Comprehensive psychological evaluations and interventions for children, adults, couples and families, Services for; giftedness, learning disabilities, ADHD, behavioral and emotional difficulties, and disability and vocational preparedness; Counseling for depression, anxiety, trauma, death and bereavement, coping with life transitions, eating/body image concerns, sexual orientation, dual career issues, social skills, infertility/pregnancy, post-partum
adjustment and parenting, children’s behavioral and emotional difficulties
Fee: Varies, private referrals are paid by clients
Eligibility: Preschool to adult, all income levels

MU Library Services for Persons with Disabilities
104 Ellis Library, University of Missouri Campus
Phone: (573)882-4701  Fax: (573)882-6034
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Tours of Ellis Library; assistance with MU Library’s on-line catalog and computerized reference tools, retrieval of materials from the library stacks; assistance in photocopying
Fee: None
Eligibility: Must be a person with a disability

MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders
205 Portland Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Diagnostic evaluations; health-related services; early intervention services; child and family counseling; speech/language and occupational therapies, educational consultation; integrated support services for young adults; resource identification and care coordination
Fee: Call for information
Eligibility: No limitations for services

NAMI of Columbia (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
307 Locust Street, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65201

Services: Support groups for mentally ill persons and their families; advocacy; educational materials (lending library of books and tapes); Courses: Provider Education, Family to Family
Training, Visions for Tomorrow for young families, Peer to Peer; volunteer opportunities; newsletters and publications; living with Schizophrenia presentation for public, clubs, groups.
Fee: None
Eligibility: No restrictions

National Federation for the Blind
3910 Tropical Lane, Columbia, MO 65202
(533)884-1774     Fax: (573)442-5617
Hours: 8:00-8:00 (7 days a week, leave message

Services: Advocacy; training in skills for the blind; generate public awareness of blindness; assistance in finding employment, referrals to community resources, can travel training, aids and appliances; braille information and assistance
Fee: None
Eligibility: No restrictions

New Horizons Community Support Services, Inc.
1408 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65109
(573)443-0405     Fax: (573)875-2557
Hours: 8:00-4:30 (M-F)

Services: Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation services for adults with mental illness who may also have co-occurring substance abuse disorders; homeless outreach and assistance.
Fee: Varied by payment sources include Medicaid, Medicare, Mo. Dept. of Mental Health
Eligibility: 18 years or older with a persistent mental illness

OATS, Inc.
2501 Maguire Boulevard, Suite 101 or 103, Columbia, MO
(573)443-4516  Fax: (573)874-1914
Hours: 7:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Transportation services for the rural general public with priority to elderly or disabled, or for medical, essential shopping, nutrition, and essential business; service in Columbia is available for individuals over 60 years of age and adults with a permanent disability; transportation by advance reservation for medical appointments, shopping, business, or the senior center
Fee: Free if eligible for subsidy, must be over 60 years old and/or 18-59 years with disability
Eligibility: For subsidy, must be over 60 years old and/or 18-59 with disability

Services for Independent Living
1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-1646   Fax: (573) 874-3564
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (M-F)

Services: Independent living services and skills development; Missouri Arts Program; information, referral, and advocacy; peer support; transportation; speaker’s bureau; recreation opportunities; volunteer opportunities; personal care attendant referral; head injury services; men’s and women’s support group; P.A.V.E. (People Advocating for the Voice of Equality);
Missouri Agr. ability project
Fee: Most services are free, may be some fees for transportation
Eligibility: Person with a disability

Wonderland Camp
Address: 18591 Miller Circle, Rocky Mount, MO 65072
Phone: (573) 392-1000
Fax: N/A
Hours: Office: 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. (M-F); Camp operation: May-August

Services: Summer residential camp for individuals who are physically and mentally challenged
Fee: Full cost $475 per week (cost subject to change)
Eligibility: For individuals age 6-80 who are physically and mentally challenged

Woodhaven Learning Center, Inc.
Address: 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 875-6181
Fax: (573) 876-7303
Hours: 7:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. (M-F)

Services: Community-based supported living and day program services for adults with developmental disabilities.
Fee: Yes
Eligibility: Department of Mental Health eligibility.