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Return on Disability – Hiring Disabled Workers

“It’s not about charity. It’s not about special jobs for special people. There is real profitability in driving this forward.” Rich Donovan, financial analyst.

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Meet the Team – Bobbie Wydeen, Service Coordinator

Bobbi Wydeen is a  Service Coordinator with Developmental Connections. With a caseload of 42 people, Bobbie provides a link to services and advocates strongly on behalf of her clients. How many years have you served people with developmental disabilities? I have worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for over 25 years.  In Illinois before my […]

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The Great Outdoors – Enjoying Time with Your Kids

Spend family time outdoors this summer! In addition to all of the physical and social development that playing outdoors promotes, it’s just plain FUN! Our kids are naturally drawn toward being active outdoors and it allows them to explore their surroundings, improve fine and gross motor skills and coordination and gain self-confidence and self-reliance. Encourage children […]

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Meet the Team – Sheri Clayton, Residential Services

How many years have you served people with developmental disabilities? Two years What is the biggest challenge you face in your position? I really don’t see it as a challenge. I love what I do, spending time with our consumers. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?  Getting to be with the people and […]

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Spotlight on Moms of Children with Special Needs

Developmental Connections Links Moms with #mom2mom Campaign Parenthood is scary enough, but being faced with a diagnosis of Autism, cerebral palsy or Downs Syndrome for your child is life-changing. Taney County has many available resources, including the services offered by Developmental Connections, but it helps to have the advice of someone who has been through […]

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Meet Our Team – LaDella Thomas, Director of Marketing/Resource Development

How many years have you served people with developmental disabilities? I am relatively new to this—I’ve been with the organization for about a year and a half. While I haven’t worked with people with disabilities before, I’ve worked many years in the non-profit world and knew from my first day that this is exactly where I […]

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Release of 2015 Annual Report

A Note from Our Chairman of the Board As I look back on this past year at Developmental Connections, and my first year as Chairman of its Board of Directors, I feel a sense of awe. I’m in awe of all the wonderful things I’m being blessed to be a small part of and the […]

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Meet Our Team – Jan Goodman, QDDP, Creative Day Program

 How many years have you served people with developmental disabilities and in what capacities? I have served people with developmental disabilities since 2002. I spent the first three years as a paraprofessional at Crest Ridge High School working with middle school students in the Special Education Classroom. During this time I began taking classes to […]

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Agency Update from Max Lytle, Executive Director

Conflict-free Case Management – Where we are now We hosted a meeting with many of the families we serve on June 4 of last year for the purpose of introducing the topic of Conflict Free Case Management. It was a great evening with approximately 80 of us sharing a meal of grilled hot dogs and […]

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Meet Our Team – Ryan Sanford, Case Manager

Ryan Sanford, Case Manager with our Service Coordination and Advocacy Team (SCAT) shares his thoughts about working in the field of providing supports to people with developmental disabilities. How many years have you served people with developmental disabilities? I have worked in this field in one capacity or the other for most of my life. […]

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