Marshfield High School - Disability Support Services

  • This is a list of helpful agencies/organizations that help anyone with a disability.  Some are based on income guidelines and some are not.  This is not all the opportunities that are available, this is only a partial list.  Please contact your Case Manager, Process Coordinator or the Director of Special Services for more information.


      • A Sporting Chance

        To give A Sporting Chance to any person with any disability, youth who are disadvantaged, abused & neglected by developing and providing amateur sports training, competition and recreational programs. Any person with any disability or youth who are disadvantaged can participate in any program offered by A Sporting Chance. The athletes must be ages 3 or older to participate. There is no upper age limit and adults are welcome to participate in all programs. 

        Office is located in The Arc of the Ozarks Building
        417-874-1958 - Office
        1501 E. Pythian 
        Springfield, MO 65802

        Art Inspired Academy - Abilities First

        Offers the opportunity for individuals with and without disabilities to participate in creative arts classes such as theatre, movement, music enrichment and art.  We provide inclusive classes in a community setting that collaborates with existing programs and provides support for individuals with disabilities.  At Art Inspired Academy, we provide support based on individuals abilities. We welcome people of all abilities in our classes!

        Participants express themselves through artistic experiences while working on goals to improve communication, motor skills, social skills, self-control and confidence.

        3216 S. National Avenue
        Springfield, Mo 65807

        Boy Scouts of America

        Boy Scout Troop 2

        This scout troop will accommodate the needs of boys with disabilities and will teach them to be leaders with an outdoor experience.

        Ralph Sicama


        Camp Barnabas

        Camp Barnabas exists to provide life-changing opportunities to people with special needs in a Christian camp setting during the summer. 
        Tracy Sherrow
        417-708-5298 Ext. 1203 - Springfield Office

        Champion Athletes of the Ozarks

        Allows for special needs athletes to participate in special events with their peers in fun and exciting settings that may not normally be accessible.

        Susan Miles
        417-890-1599 - Office

        Springfield Park Board - Recreational Opportunities

        The Greene County Park Board strives to provide quality recreational programs to individuals of all abilities. Programs include bowling, ceramics, line dance, tennis, golf, camping, canoeing/float trip

        417-837-5808    Northview Center

        The Arc of the Ozarks

        Structured recreational programs are available for children and young adults during the school on Saturdays of every month. Recreational activities include arts, crafts, games, swimming, outings in the community, and other activities to teach individuals with disabilities the skills needed to better use their leisure time.

        Summer Camp is offered during the summer.

        Amy Holland
        417-864-7887 - Office




        Center for Music Therapy and Wellness

        Drury's Music Department
        Julie Cassity

        Developmental Center of the Ozarks

        Serves infants, children, and adults who are developmentally disabled, developmentally delayed or physically disabled, as well as those who are not, through therapeutic, educational, habilitative and rehabilitative programs. DCO holds as its greatest responsibility to promote personal growth through teaching those skills necessary for all citizens of our community to lead full and productive lives.

        • Therapy services, early childcare and education, employment services, adult day centers, technology and learning center


        Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks (DSGO)

        It is our goal to become the leading resource of Down syndrome information for new and expectant parents, students, healthcare professionals, educators and all Southwest Missouri citizens.  We also are striving to bring awareness to early intervention services, promote inclusive education, highlight appropriate medical services, encourage quality employment opportunities, and advocate for community awareness and acceptance.


        Empower Abilities

        Offers choices and empowerment for people with disabilities. Provide four core services to assist people with disabilities to achieve their independent living goals and to live in the least restrictive environment

        • Individual & systems advocacy, peer support, information and referral, independent living skills
        • Youth services- transition classes on independent living skills, advocacy, field trips, community resource management, social events


        Independent Living – Empower Abilities

        Offers choices and empowerment for people with disabilities. Provide four core services to assist people with disabilities to achieve their independent living goals and to live in the least restrictive environment

        • Individual & systems advocacy, peer support, information and referral, independent living skills
        • Youth services- transition classes on independent living skills, advocacy, field trips, community resource management, social events


        Judevine Center for Autism

        Judevine® Center provides an array of autism services to meet the needs of individuals and their families in urban and rural locales.

        Sarah Hanners BCaBA, LaBA
        Director of Southwest Hubs

        Missouri Department of Mental Health - Springfield Regional Center

        Established to help anyone with a disability attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, brain injury or other related mental or physical disability occurring prior to the age of 22.  Provides the entry point (or intake) to Support Coordination and other services.

        Debbie Peabody
        417-895-7400 - Office
        Division for Developmental Disabilities
        Springfield Regional Office
        1515 E. Pythian Street
        Springfield, MO 65801

        Mental Illness - Division for Behavioral Health

        Services for the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) are provided by community mental health centers that are responsible for serving people in their region of the state.

        Burrell Behavioral Health
        1300 Bradford Parkway
        Springfield, MO 65804

        Health and Senior Services – Bureau for Special Health Care Needs

        Serves children with, or at risk of, a disease, physical disability, or medical condition.  Provides limited funding of medically necessary services, including in-home health and support services.

        Region 9
        Wright County Health Dept.

        Missouri Parents Act (MPACT)

        Statewide Parent Training and Information Center for Parents of Children with Disabilities 

        Their primary goal is to assist parents in their effort to effectively advocate for their children's educational rights and services.  

        MPACT Offers:

        • Individual Assistance with educational issues
        • Resource Libraries
        • Parent Training and workshops on various topics
        • Parent Packets and Information
        • Information and Referral
        • Newsletters
        • Parent-to-Parent Support

        Missouri Parents Act
        Janet Jacoby
        Executive Director

        Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services

        To protect the rights of individuals with disabilities by providing advocacy and legal services.

        • Can help with any issues with Vocational Rehabilitation, and guardianship/conservatorship


        MSU – Speech Language Hearing Clinic

        The Clinic provides evaluation and treatment for all ages in the areas of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Early Intervention for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) evaluations and AAC intervention are two of the many services provided by the clinic.

        Nova - Center of the Ozarks

        Supports individuals & families all ages affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.  Areas include individualized supported living, community integration, home skills development, personal care attendant, behavior intervention and support & education/information.

        1340 E. Woodhurst Dr.
        Springfield, Mo 65804

        Supporters of Children with Additional Needs (S.C.A.N.)

        SCAN is a non- profit support group of families of children with additional needs, coming together to build a network of support and to share information.

        What S.C.A.N. is all about: Advocacy; Education; Socialization; Community Exposure; Awareness; Resources; Tolerance.   S.C.A.N. members enjoy meetings, opportunities, fun activities, family events, and socialization.  Located in Lebanon, Mo.

        The Arc of the Ozarks

        To support individuals with disabilities in directing their own lives as valued members of the community.  Ages 0-to adult

        • ABA services- functional behavioral analysis, tutoring
        • Education & Recreation Services
        • Employment Solutions
        • CounterPoint Austism
        • Residential Services 
        • Community Connections
        • Advocacy

        Amy Holland
        417-864-7887 - Office

        Vocational Rehabilitation

        A program designed to help person with a physical or mental impediment to become employed.

        • Cooperative Work Experience Program,
        • Senior year of high school- vocational testing, supported employment assessment/job development, employment services, training(college, vocational/technical training, skill training, on-the-job training,
        • Tools, equipment for job, hearing aids and other medical services, referrals to other agencies/organizations

        Michelle Clark – 417-895-5863

        WC Partners

        WC Partners provides support for Webster County citizens with developmental disabilities and their families. WC Partners also provides Targeted Case Management services through a private contract with the Missouri Department of Mental Health as well as funding support for Web-Co Custom Industries. WC Partners helps individuals with developmental disabilities acquire the services and supports they need to live and be employed in our community.


      Continued Education - College

      Supported Employment Services

      • Employment Solutions – The Arc of the Ozarks

        Referred by Vocational Rehabilitation or Dept. of Mental Health

        • Employment Specialists aid in many aspects of the job search. These services include: career discovery, career planning, job placement, job coaching, retention support and transition services.
        • Two choices- Enclave- work in crews of 4-6 with a job coach or individual placement with job placement and/or job coaching.


        Job Corps

        Helps students complete your high school diploma or GED or high school graduate who wants to pursue career technical training or advance to college.

        • Job search assistance, tutoring, mentoring, job training program


        MERS Goodwill

        Referred by Vocational Rehabilitation

        • Vocational assessment
        • Job development
        • Job coaching services


        Missouri Career Center

        Services available to 16-21 years old in high school, drop out or in college and whom are motivated to further their education and /or obtain employment skills.

        • Job readiness training- resume writing, completing applications, mock interviews and paid internships, and GED classes


        Preferred Family Healthcare

        • Job Placement
        • Supported employment
        • Vocational Evaluation and Career Planning
        • Traumatic Brain Injuries services
        • Deaf or Hard of Hearing services
        • Veterans services
        • Autism Spectrum Disorder
        • Skill Training Programs:
          • Janitorial, Food Service, Childcare, Computer Skills, Auto Tech Assistant Training