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This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Missouri Assistive Technology
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps eligible blind and visually impaired persons achieve personal and employment success by helping them develop the skills and abilities for employment and independence.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Social Services, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides work experiences for transition-eligible students with visual disabilities to improve their success rate at post-secondary education and employment.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Social Services, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Every February Vocational Rehabilitation business specialists, transition specialists from the University of Missouri College of Education, local education agencies, and businesses provide job shadowing opportunities to students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Missouri State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Missouri Parents Act (MPACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is designed to assist transition-age youth (14-26) with disabilities, their parents, family members, guardians, and advocates to effectively engage in vocational, independent living, and rehabilitative services.
Operating Entity: Missouri Parents Act (MPACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The state's Centers for Independent Living provide students with disabilities access to job exploration activities, workplace readiness training, and social support and self-advocacy activities (including peer mentoring). Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation collaborates with businesses and school districts to provide support for the program.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation offers a paid, six-week summer work experience program for students with disabilities in coordination with community rehabilitation programs, local school districts, and employers. More than 600 students participate at over 200 work sites. The programs are coordinated with assistance from the state's Centers for Independent Living.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides intensive on-the-job supports and extended services to help individuals with the most significant disabilities work in competitive integrated work settings. Individual placement with supports (IPS) services are a supported employment model used for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a wide range of services to eligible students with disabilities to help them explore career possibilities, learn about educational opportunities after high school, and prepare for the future. Services include career exploration and assessments, career guidance and counseling, on-the-job training, internships, apprenticeships, and other work experiences, resume development and job-search activities, college or career training, job coaching, rehabilitation technology services, and more.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides workforce development activities to assist individuals with disabilities in preparing for, engaging in, and retaining competitive integrated employment. Activities include assessments, vocational guidance and counseling, and job preparation activities (including around resume writing and interviewing). The program also provides training programs around apprenticeships and customized employment.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation works with Wonderland Camp, an educational camp for children, teenagers and adults who have disabilities, to provide internship opportunities for students and youth with disabilities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides forums for high school students with disabilities to learn skills needed for employment, education, self-advocacy, and independent living.
Operating Entity: Missouri Governor's Council on Disability
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Missouri released a document with the expectation of continued educational opportunities for special education during COVID-19. It lists various methods by which schools may impliment alternative methods of instruction for students with disabilities, many of which include the provision of State-provided assistive technology. It also discusses a "tiered" system of monitoring students based on the level of disability, adjusting assessments and virtual instruction accordingly.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
This document contains questions and answers regarding special education during COVID-19. It discusses the process by which IEP teams should hold virtual IEP meetings, the process by which schools should assess the least restrictive virtual environment for students, identiying procedures for students with disabilities, and additional advice for students on an IEP who participate in distance learning.
Operating Entity: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education