This is a list of providers that our parents have recommended. We realize that every child and family is different and everyone’s experience may be different.
If your journey has just begun on the Autism Spectrum or if you think you’re may have missed a few steps along the way, these resources should be at the top of your list.
Step #1- Kansas City Regional Office
821 E. Admiral Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64106
This is where you start- call them first to schedule and intake. Your child may qualify for case management, funding and/or waivers for Autism related services. This is the first step to unlocking many services you may not have previously known about.
Step#2- Financial & Legal Planning
Special Needs Planning Center at Community America
10601 Mission Road Suite 100 Leawood, KS 66206
Guess what? Your child is not going to outgrow their Autism. Planning ahead starts now. Many parents make huge financial mistakes that affect their children’s services later down the road. Make sure you’re doing everything right from the start.
Kansas City Regional Office
821 E. Admiral Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64106
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) serves a population that has developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities. Such conditions must have occurred before age 22, with the expectation that they will continue. To be eligible for services from the Division, persons with these disabilities must be substantially limited in their ability to function independently. Self Determination, Supporting Families, Youth Transition & Employment, Accessible Housing, Individualized Supports & Services.
Clay County- Center For Human Services
920 S Kent St., Liberty, MO 65068
The CHS Service Coordination Department is made up of Service Coordinators who provide case management services to individuals with developmental disabilities from the age of 3 years through the adult lifespan. The Service Coordinators are there to help individuals and families navigate through the service array system by coordinating, linking and connecting to resources and services as identified in the person centered planning process and to maintain best practices and relevant accreditations. We currently provide Service Coordination to individuals in the following counties: Benton, Clay, Dallas, Hickory, and Polk.
eitas – Jackson County, Mo
8511 Hillcrest Road, Suite 300 Kansas City, MO 64138
phone: (816) 363-2000
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – eitas’ mission is to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with services that respect their choices, increase their opportunities, encourage their independence, and assist their inclusion in all aspects of the community. We provide a wide array of programs and services that both directly and indirectly benefit persons with developmental disabilities. These programs and services include transportation, supplemental funding to many local service providers, a building/property leasing and maintenance program, many staff development opportunities through our training program, and support coordination.
Missouri Family to Family (MOF2F)
215 W. Pershing Rd., 5th floor Kansas City, MO 64108
MOF2F serves individuals with disabilities and/or special health care needs, their families, and professionals who support them. We are a statewide network of families offering free supports to people with disabilities and their families.
Easter Seals Midwest (Kansas City)
Autism and Early Childhood Services
6600 A Royal Street Pleasant Valley, MO 64068
Phone: (816) 476-4011
Easter Seals Midwest helps individuals with developmental disabilities – including autism – learn, live, work and participate in the community. Autism services in the Kansas City area are available in Clay, Jackson and Platte counties. Services may also be available in other nearby counties on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are interested in receiving services and are not living in one of these counties.
7421 Mexico Road, Suite 200 St. Peters MO 63376
Phone: (800) 743-7634
Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) is Missouri’s Parent Training and Information Center, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and the State of Missouri. Our mission is to empower families to advocate for themselves so that children with special educational needs can reach their full potential in education and life – through support, training, and education.
Developmental Disabilities Resources Board (DDRB)
920 Kent Liberty, MO 64068
The Clay County DDRB is constituted by the Missouri State Revised Statutes (RSMo) Chapter 205.970. This board controls and manages the County’s sheltered facilities including hiring personnel and determining their compensation, and providing suitable quarters and equipment for the operation of the facilities from funds made available for this purpose.
Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART)
The University of Kansas Edwards Campus
Suite 270 Regnier Hall 12600 Quivira Rd Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone (913) 897-8471
The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) at the University of Kansas, established in 2008 with private and public funds, is a new multidisciplinary center that promotes research and training on the causes, nature and management of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Committed to the highest standards of scientific rigor, K-CART will generate new scientific discoveries about ASD, disseminate research-based practices by training professionals, practitioners and families who serve children and adults with autism, and provide clinical services through the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Center for Child Health and Development
The University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard Kansas City, KS 66160
The Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD) is a resource for families. When a child has trouble learning, speaking or acting, parents want answers and help. The staff at CCHD work as a team of experts to diagnose your child. Recommendations help families know where to begin. Our goal is to provide family-centered care. CCHD staff have expertise in child development, autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X syndrome, and other developmental disabilities.
Children’s Mercy Developmental and Behavioral Sciences Clinic
2401 Gillham Road Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 234-3674
The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences is one of the largest collaborative behavioral health programs of its kind in the country. Under one umbrella, we address the developmental, psychiatric, psychological, and family therapy needs of children of all ages, providing coordinated care to a population of patients and families with extremely complex problems.
Summit Behavioral Services
1460 NW Vivion Rd., KC, MO 64118
Phone: (816) 853-0946
Summit Behavioral Services provide families and schools a full array of applied behavioral analytic (ABA) services to help children and adults with autism and developmental delays.
5863 NW 72nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64151
Family First Center for Autism and Child Development provides a range of therapeutic services and training opportunities to support your child and family. Our goal is to provide you and you family with continuous support. From ongoing parent support and training to providing you with daily updates on your child’s progress, we are here for you!
Marillac Children’s Hospital
8000 West 127th Street Overland Park, Kansas 66213
Marillac helps kids with mental illness and behavioral health challenges transform their lives. Our 17-acre campus is the only one of its kind in Johnson County and provides specialized treatment specifically for children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 18. Marillac provides care 24-hours a day, seven days a week and retains Board Certified Staff.
Comprehensive Psychiatric Associates
305 NW Englewood Ct., Suite 300 Gladstone MO
Comprehensive Psychiatric Associates, LLC was established to provide accessibility to quality mental health services for the Northland area. Since 1998, CPA has grown to include Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners and Therapists. Our clientele encompasses patients from Western Kansas through Eastern Missouri. We offer routine outpatient psychiatric evaluation and treatment, individual and family therapy as well as support groups.
Northland Therapeutic Riding Center
13608 Henderson Rd. Holt MO 64048
The goal of Northland Therapeutic Riding Center is to improve the quality of life of persons with special needs, and create a sense of hope in their future. Therapeutic Riding uses equine-oriented activities to positively impact the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with special needs from ages 2 to 80 years.
Paws 4 Autism
PO BOX 675 Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
phone: (816) 875-3990
Paws for Autism was created to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders connect with their peers and their communities. Our programs cover specific needs including the partial funding of autism service dogs, training of teachers and staff in the child’s school, and the incorporation of trained social workers with service dogs as an added service to schools that qualify for additional social skills integration.
Special Needs Planning Center at Community America
10601 Mission Road Suite 100 Leawood, KS 66206
The Special Needs Planning Center was formed specifically to work with families who have children with special needs. The firm was created out of the need for a comprehensive planning service which would assist families in coordinating their legal and financial planning with the intent of preserving government benefits such as Social Security. We work with families to understand their specific challenges and develop a plan specifically for them.
We give you an advanced view of financial management, consult with you about a care routine for your child and help you prepare to maximize the time—and minimize the cost—associated with trust lawyers and other attorneys. In the end, all our families care about is that their son or daughter will be able to live the most fulfilling life possible once their parents are no longer able to continue care.
Contact Leslie for help with questions regarding guardianship and setting up your special needs trusts.
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass- A free, lifetime pass – available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) – that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.
4025 Central Street Kansas City, MO 64111
phone: (816) 830-7171
Our MISSION is to encourage social growth, independence, and self-esteem in youth with autism spectrum disorders through a quality, overnight camp experience located in the greater Kansas City area.
Our VALUES- We believe that every person with an autism spectrum disorder: is an individual; is capable of great things; is deserving of individualized, research-based supports; and flourishes in a supportive and encouraging environment.
YMCA Challenger Program
1999 Iron Street North Kansas City, MO 64116
phone: (816) 300-0531
The Y Challenger program for children and young adults with special needs shines as an example of how participating in healthy activities can result in not only improved physical fitness but also personal growth, fun and friendships. Individuals 4-30 years of age with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through recreational and social opportunities.
We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym
7601 NW Roanridge Road Kansas City MO 64151
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. As the only kid’s gym that offers an all-inclusive philosophy we have found all children can benefit from our uniquely designed sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders. However, in our experience, all children are able to benefit greatly from this equipment and by allowing children of all ability levels to play together they are able to learn a great deal from each other and become the best motivation for success on every level.
Kansas City Educational Opportunity Center (Metropolitan Community College)
3100 Main Street, Suite 100
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
The Kansas City Educational Opportunity Center is one of only three EOCs in Missouri and has been serving area residents since 1979. The program operates on a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education administered by Metropolitan Community College. Currently, the program is funded to assist at least 2427 individuals annually, two-thirds of whom are low-income, first generation college students. The primary purpose of EOC is to increase the number of adults enrolling in postsecondary education programs. This is accomplished by offering free services.
UMKC Propel Program
Cherry Hall, room 331 5030 Cherry Street Kansas City, MO 64110
Propel is a partnership between the UMKC Institute for Human Development, College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Psychology. It is made up of two separate programs available to high school students and young adults with intellectual developmental disabilities that allow students an opportunity to explore employment and education on a major university campus.
Life Unlimited, Inc.
Employment Services – Integrates persons with different levels of abilities into competitive employment. We focus on the person’s skills, interests, and talents to help them discover through career assessments and explorations where their talents can be an asset to an employer. Employment Services supports job candidates with job coaching, mentoring, and benefits guidance to make a successful transition to employment.
College Experience for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (CEADD)
MCC-Maple Woods Learning Resources Building First Floor, LR 102
2601 N.E. Barry Road Kansas City, MO 64156
CEADD offers courses designed to educate and entertain, as well as build self-esteem and practical skills. Students can get creative with art, music and theater, enjoy outdoor activities and learn important life skills like reading, basic computers and survival. All the courses are aimed at promoting independent living and positive interactions for students who live, work, and play in the community.
Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Program- Kansas City North
8030 N. Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64118-1209
Phone: (816) 467-7900
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. A VR counselor will determine your eligibility for services. To be eligible, you need to have a physical or mental impairment that causes problems with working and need VR services to be successfully employed. Once eligible, you will work with a counselor who will help you develop a plan for your rehabilitation.
Easterseals Midwest- Employment Services
1508 NW Vivion Road Kansas City, MO 64118
Easterseals Midwest’s Employment Services are designed to provide you or your loved one with the next steps after school, whether a teen is preparing for life after high school, a graduate is looking for work or an individual needs daily site-based skills instruction. Easterseals Midwest has a variety of programs available and will help you find the one that is right for you and your family.
We believe in the abilities of people with developmental disabilities. Through many years of experience, we have found that people with developmental disabilities can be successfully employed in the community given a good job match and the proper level of support and structure.
SHiFT is a new and unique matching tool to use in your job search. SHiFT Connects you with employers who are looking to specifically hire talent with disabilities. SHiFT matches skills, abilities and preferences with businesses looking for those attributes for their open positions.
Information provided does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement. Autism Works cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. Individuals must assume personal responsibility for what they do with the information provided. Discussion or reference to any organization or individual does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval.