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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah…

By Kurt Nantz, Dignity Now/ Developmental Connections Intern I am hoping some of you get the reference to the title. In 1963 Alan Sherman released his novelty hit which is also the title for this blog “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”. It is a letter home from a young man begging to be sent home to […]

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Celebrating Developmental Disability Awareness Month with “Day Out”

March 22, 2018 For Immediate Release Branson, Missouri – March is national Developmental Disability Awareness Month and to celebrate the spirit of inclusion and community, Developmental Connections will host its first “Day Out”. On Saturday, March 31, 2018, two hundred of its clients and their friends and family will head out in groups to various […]

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A Table for Two – The Importance of Valentine’s Day Every Day

By Kurt Nantz, Developmental Connections Intern and Autism Parent A November 2013 Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders article reports that, “Parents raising children with ASD (Autism Spectral Disorder), particularly mothers, have reported high degrees of stress.” Autism moms (and dads) reply with, “Tell us something we don’t know!”   Parenting is a tough gig for […]

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Residential Services Director Appointed to Statewide Board

The Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (MARF) appointed its 2017-2018 Board of Directors at their May 23 meeting. Developmental Connections, the Taney County Board for the Developmentally Disabled, is excited to announce that its Director of Residential Services, Melody Case, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Community Living Group. Developmental Connections provides […]

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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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