Definition of developmental disability

The State of Missouri defines Developmental Disability as a disability:

  1. Which is attributable to:
    1. Intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, head injury or autism, or a learning disability related to a brain dysfunction; or
    2. Any other mental or physical impairment or combination of mental or physical impairments; and
  2. Is manifested before the person attains age twenty-two; and
  3. Is likely to continue indefinitely; and
  4. Results in substantial functional limitations in two or more of the following activities:
    1. Self care;
    2. Receptive and expressive language development and use;
    3. Learning;
    4. Self-direction;
    5. Capacity for independent living or economic self-sufficiency;
    6. Mobility; and
  5. Reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, habilitation or other services which may be of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.

American With Disabilities Act

Information and technical assistance on the American with Developmental Disabilities Act.

MO Division of Developmental Disabilities

The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is a federally-funded, consumer driven council, appointed by the Governor. Its mission is to assist the community to include all people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of life.

The Division’s Mission is to improve lives of Missourians with Developmental Disabilities through supports and services that foster self-determination.

The Arc of the United States

The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Title VI Notice to the Public/How to File a Complaint
Title VI Complaint Form

Community Opportunities hereby gives public notice of its policy to uphold and assure full voluntary compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and all related statutes. Title VI statutes prohibit discrimination and require that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, national origin, disability, or age be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal assistance.

Notice of privacy practices

This notice describes how medical information about Community Opportunity’s clients may be used and disclosed, and how they can access to the information.

Language Assistance Notice


A resource related to caring for a child with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological injuries.

Autism Key

A site run by parents and for parents of children with autism and autism spectrum disorders.

Healthy Children

Resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics

National Association for Down syndrome

The site of the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

National Down Syndrome Society

A resource of Down syndrome education, research and advocacy.


Unique is a source of information and support to families, individuals and professionals affected by any rare chromosome disorder.

United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy is a leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is an advocate for the rights of persons with any disability.

Cerebral Palsy Guide

The people working behind the scenes on the Cerebral Palsy Guide have strived to create an easy-to-use, informative website that provides solutions for families.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Learning that your baby or child has cerebral palsy can be devastating news. However, by educating yourself on the disorder, including treatment options and how to help manage your child’s disorder, your child can still live a productive life.

First Steps – Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

First Steps offers coordinated services and assistance to young children with special needs and their families. First Steps is designed for children, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities.

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education provides information about The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – a law ensuring services to children with disabilities.