Special Needs/Autism

Missouri Protection and Advocacy

A federally mandated statewide system which provides protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally based advocacy.

Administration Phone: (573) 893-3333 or 866-777-7199
Application Unit: (573) 659-0678 or 1-800-392-8667
www.moadvocacy.org

MPACT Parent Training and Information

A statewide parent training and information center serving all disabilities. MPACT’s mission is to ensure that all children with special needs receive an education that allows them to achieve their personal goals.

Phone: 1-800-743-7634
www.ptimpact.org/

Paraquad

Information and referral service about resources for people with disabilities including:

* Accessible Housing Clearinghouse
* Financial assistance with home modifications, rental and mortgage payments,
* Employment program,
* Benefits planning assistance
* College for Living including continuing education, supported education, supported employment.
* DEAFWay Interpreting Services
* Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services – develop independent living plans
* Personal Assistance Services – people with disabilities hire, train and supervise their own personal attendants.
* Youth and Family Program
* Public Policy Advocacy Program

5240 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 289-4200
TTY: (314) 289-4252
www.paraquad.org

Ranken Jordan

Provides care for children with complex medical and developmental needs regardless of ability to pay.

11365 Dorsett Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: (314) 872-6400
or
1-800-845-6400
www.rankenjordan.org

Recreation Council of greater STL

Clearinghouse for information on leisure, recreation and socialization opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in the Greater St. Louis Area.

St. Louis City Office:
2334 Olive
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 772-2299

St. Charles Office:
60 Gailwood Dr. Suite C.
St. Peters, MO 63376
Phone: (636) 477-7704
www.recreationcouncil.org/

Social Security Office

A child might be eligible for 3 types of Social Security benefits-
* Social Security Dependents Benefits (SSDI)- for children of disabled or deceased parents.
* Supplemental Security Income (SSI)- benefits are payable to children under 18 years old who have disabilities and limited resources.
* Medicaid-automatic for patients with severe impairments regardless of parental income.

Phone: 1-800-772-1213
TTY: 1-800-325-0778
www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/child.htm

Special School District Resource Center

Knowledgeable staff and a wealth of information for families of children with disabilities.

12110 Clayton Rd.
Town and Country, MO 63131
Phone: (314) 989-8100
www.ssd.k12.mo.us/parents/fcrc/index.html

St. Louis Arc

Support and services to adults and children with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, and their families.

1177 N. Warson
St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: (314) 569-2211
www.slarc.org

St. Louis Regional Center

Service coordination for anyone with a developmental disability, such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, certain learning disabilities.

St. Louis City Office:
111 N. 7th Street, 6th Floor Wainwright Bldg
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: (314) 244-8800
Toll Free: 1-800-358-7665

St. Louis County Office:
9900 Page, Suite 106
St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: (314) 877-2711
Toll Free: 1-800-374-6458
www.dmh.mo.gov/dd/

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)

Services for people with learning disablities and their families, including information, referral, community education, resource library, and individual consultation.

13537 Barrett Parkway Dr, Suite 110
Ballwin, MO 63021
Phone: (314) 966-3088
www.ldastl.org

WINGS

Seeks to enhance a childs quality of life during his or her last months, weeks or days, by offering pain and symptom management and comfort care.

Phone: (314) 872-5050
www.stlouischildrens.org/

Cerebral Palsy Sports Program

Coordinated by physical therapists at Children’s hospital, provides sports opportunities for children with CP.

Phone: 314-454-KIDS
or
1-800-678-KIDS
www.stlouischildrens.org

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

Provides free one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities.

P.O. Box 69010
St. Louis, MO 63169
Phone: (314) 259-5980
www.keenstlouis.org

Team Activities for Special Kids (T.A.S.K.)

T.A.S.K. provides year-round instructional sports program that provides athletic and social opportunities to kids with special needs. The purpose of the program is to help build self-esteem and skills in children with special needs.

11139 South Towne Square, Suite D
St. Louis, Mo 63123
Phone: (314) 845-3641
www.tasksports.org

Central Institute for the Deaf

Central Institute for the Deaf is a fully accredited auditory-oral school where hearing-impaired children learn to listen, talk, read and succeed. They specialize in excellence in auditory-oral deaf education for children birth to 12. Generous private support makes CID affordable for families of children with hearing loss who qualify, regardless of ability to pay.

825 South Taylor Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 977-0132
Toll Free: 877-444-4574
www.cid.edu

Delta Gamma

Early intervention ervices for children with visual impairment.

1750 S. Big Bend Blvd.
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Phone: (314) 776-1300
www.dgckids.org

Missouri Council of the Blind

A support group that provides information and support. Information provided includes scholarships, summer camps, special services program, adaptive technology information, health benefits, employment and legislation issues and public awareness programs.

5453 Chippewa
St. Louis, MO 63109
Phone: 314-832-7172
Toll-free: 800-342-5632
www.missouricounciloftheblind.org

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) provides services to people with varying degrees of visual impairment, ranging from those who cannot read regular print to those who are totally blind.

St. Louis North District:
9900 Page Ave. Suite 105
St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: (314) 877-1532
TTY: (314) 877-1546

St. Louis South District:
3867 Magnolia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 933-7311
TTD: (314) 933-7327
www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/rsb/

Belle Center

The Belle Center offers an inclusive Center-Based Preschool that allows children with disabilities opportunities to be included in a typical classroom. They also provide outreach services offering therapy for children in the community, parent education programs on topics like development or legal issues, and workshops that help support parents and siblings of children with disabilities. See also the helpful links on the Belle Center website!

10916 Schuetz Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: (314) 692-8499
www.bellecenter.com

Catch a Falling Star

The mission of Catch a Falling Star is to strengthen the physical and social skills of children with disabilities while promoting inclusion in every day living. Catch a Falling Star is a unique recreational/fun center open after-school, in the evenings and on weekends to children with and without disabilities ages 2-14.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 2pm-8pm, Friday 2pm-10pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.

6554 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63139
Phone: (314) 645-5556
www.catchafallingstar.org

Children’s Legal Alliance – Legal Services of Eastern MO

Free legal assistance to income eligible children who have special education needs. Services include representing children at IEP meetings, due process, suspension or expulsion hearings. Other services include ensuring homeless children have access to education, advocating for access to appropriate special education services, correcting inaccurate or misleading school records.

4232 Forest Park Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 534-4200 ext. 1311
or
1-800-444-0524 ext. 1311
www.lsem.org

Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis

Benefits the lives of people with Down Syndrome and their families through individual and family support, education, advocacy and public awareness.

8420 Delmar Boulevard, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 961-2504
www.dsagsl.org

Easter Seals Disability Services

Services to adults and children with disabilities, including early intervention, play therapy, camping, respite care, leisure activities, child development, and family support.

Easter Seals Childgarden:
4150 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 531-8148

Easter Seals Child Development Center:
3804 Santiago Drive
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 449-6783
http://mo.easterseals.com

Epilepsy Foundation of the St. Louis Region

Prevention, education, and advocacy services to people with seizures, their families, and the community. Includes employment, independent living, and social services.

164 Crestwood Court, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63126
Phone: (314) 962-3900 or (800) 264-6970
www.epilepsyfoundation.org

Family Resource Center

Located on the 3rd floor of Children’s Hospital. Provides a wide array of literature focusing on resources devoted to children’s health and parenting.

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 8:30am-7pm
Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Sat 10am-2pm

One Children’s Place
Room 3S-12
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 454-2350
www.stlouischildrens.org

First Steps

For children, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities. Provides coordinated services and assistance.

Toll-Free: 1-866-583-2392
www.mofirststeps.com

Fragile X Resource Center of Missouri

Provides support and information to individuals with FXS and their families.

2 Valley View Place
St. Louis, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 997-0431
www.fragilex.org/html/missouri.htm

Genetics Home Reference

Website developed by the National Institue for Health to educate parents about the ways genetic variations affect health.
http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

Howard Park Center

Howard Park Center provides educational and therapy services to children ages birth – 18 years including: an inclusion based preschool program for ages 2-5 called Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBIC), a school aged classroom for ages 5-10 called Cornerstone, a school aged classroom for ages 6-8 diagnosed with Autism called Connections with a RDI’ (relationship development intervention) curriculum, a day care program with RDI’, in addition to aqua therapy, therapy services (home or at the center), and splinting and casting.

15834 Clayton Road
Ellisville, MO 63011
Phone: (636) 227-2339
www.howardparkcenter.org

IEP (Individual Education Plan) pamphlet

Helpful guide on navigating the IEP process from start to finish, as well as problem solving tips for when problems arise.

IEP Pamphlet

Judevine Center for Autism

Services to people with autism, including therapy, residential care, education, family support.

Main Office:
1101 Olivette Executive Pkwy.
St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: (314) 432-6200
or
1-800-780-6545
www.judevine.org

Life Skills Foundation

Services to adults and teens with developmental disabilities including community living skills, employment support, and leisure activities.

10176 Corporate Square Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: (314) 567-7705 (ask for the intake department)
www.lifeskills-stl.org/