Interested in Joining Our Community?


If you are a parent, caregiver, or advocate of an adult with a cognitive or developmental disability (including Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder or brain injury) with a strong potential for independent living, within the Kansas City metropolitan area, and you are searching for options for him or her, we may be able to help.  


We currently have groups of families organizing new communities in the Northland and Johnson County and we are hosting public informational meetings to support the growth of these communities. You are welcomed to fill out the questionnaire below and submit it to us to see if your family meets criteria to be considered for membership for any of our communities.  Follow us on Facebook for announcements of these meetings or email for more information: 


Do you need help determining if your family is a fit for The Mission Project model and therefore whether to continue this process?


Parent and guardian involvement is critical in The Mission Project.  The Mission Project is designed to obtain certain commitments from the parents or guardians of the individuals for whom the support is intended. Applicants will be expected to function moderately autonomously with some supports rather than full-time, 24-hour supports. Applicants need to demonstrate a capacity to participate in activities of the Mission Project. Applicants must be able to function in the Mission Project in a cooperative, non-endangering manner to both self and others. Parents, family members, or representatives must demonstrate that they have a financial plan that will provide ongoing support to the applicant over his or her life span. Each applicant must have a parent, family member, or representative who will be an active member of the Mission Project board and steering committee and who will be required to agree to a certain level of participation. The applicant must have a contract with a licensed service provider.


The Mission Project is not a fit for everyone but we do wish every family the best as you search for the right environment for your son or daughter at this adult stage of life.  We encourage all of those inquiring about services to make sure and contact your county's CDDO (Community Developmental Disabilities Organization).  The role of every CDDO is to coordinate services and supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing within their county.   


We also hope you find the following resources helpful to you:


Johnson County Developmental Supports- Johnson County CDDO

Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City - Transition

Autism Society of the Heartland - Local and State Resources

CLE's Independent Living Skills Checklist

Interactive Autism Network - Resource page for adulthood

Building a Life - A transition guide for Kansans (KU)

Skills to Succeed (Olathe, KS)

Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation - application for VR Services

Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders - Young Adult Independent Living Skills Program

Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders - Young Adult Employment, Technology, and Transition Program

Charting the Life Course - A Guide for Individuals, Families, and Professionals (document)

Charting the Life Course - Daily Life & Employment Guide, and other resources 

Fostering Self-Determination Among Children and Youth with Disabilities (document)

Technology Guide for People with Disabilities 

City of Mission's Specialized Recreation Program

Johnson County Community College's CLEAR program

Minds Matter LCC - obtaining employment in Kansas

Look, Cook, Eat - A digital how-to cooking magazine for adults with intellectual disabilites 

CLEAR classes- Johnson County Community College

Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit to assist families in transition from adolescence to adulthood 


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