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What is the Missouri Developmental Disability Network?

Nichole Bethards Institute for Human Development, UMKC-IHD


The Missouri Developmental Disability Network is a collaboration among the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities (MPCDD), Missouri Protection and Advocacy (MO P&A), and the UMKC-Institute for Human Development (UMKC-IHD). The network members pool resources to provide displays and exhibits at conferences and events that describe the work of the three organizations, as well as provide educational information to consumers and professionals. Each organization is funded in part under grants from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The Missouri Disability Network Newsletter is the newest way to spread information to consumers and professionals throughout Missouri. The newsletter is scheduled to be distributed four times a year and will be available in two formats: e-mail and print.


To receive the newsletter by e-mail, please contact To receive the newsletter by mail, please call one of the following toll-free numbers:

  • MPCDD: 800-500-7878
  • MO P&A: 800-392-8667
  • UMKC-IHD: 800-444-0821


The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities


The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, 24 member, consumer driven council, appointed by the Governor. The MPC, like the DD councils in all states and US territories, is created by Federal Legislation PL 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights. Its mandate is to plan, advocate for, and give advice concerning programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities that will increase their opportunities for independence, productivity, and integration into communities.


The Council’s mission is to assist the community to include all people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of life. The Council engages in advocacy, capacity building and system change through its investment in a grassroots system of 11 regional advisory councils; Partners in Policymaking, a leadership development training for individuals with developmental disabilities or parents of young children with developmental disabilities; and innovative short-term projects that demonstrate measurable results. The Council also partners with others to provide support for the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, Missouri Community Advocacy Network, and People First.


Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services


Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services (MO P&A) is an independent, not-for-profit, federally funded, public interest law firm. Founded in 1977, MO P&A is the only legal rights organization in Missouri exclusively for people with disabilities. Its mission is to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities by providing advocacy and legal services. MO P&A operates eight federally funded programs and assists individuals with disabilities by offering pertinent information, referrals, support from an advocate, or legal counsel.


To reach clients in all rural and urban areas of the state, MO P&A currently has offices in eight locations. MO P&A also publishes a newsletter, called the Alliance, which can be obtained by contacting their Jefferson City office (MO P&A-Alliance Editor, 925 South Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109, phone 1-800-392-8667) or by visiting their Web site at


UMKC-Institute for Human Development


The Institute for Human Development is located within the University of Missouri-Kansas City and houses one of more than 60 University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) across the country. The UCEDD exemplifies the University’s goal of academic excellence and helping people reach their potential in the communities where they live.


Working with local, state, and national organizations, the UCEDD supports persons with developmental disabilities by building programs and activities designed to promote opportunities to exercise self-determination and independence, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life. These programs and activities are categorized into the following priority areas: Health and Wellness Promotion, Early Childhood and Youth, Individual Advocacy and Family Support, Adult Community Living, Aging and Developmental Disabilities, Personnel Preparation, and Policy, Program Development and Quality Assurance.



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