Sign Our Petition We've started the petition "Protect Sheltered Workshops" and need your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:  Protect Sheltered Workshops 

Here's why it's important: People with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), which includes mental retardation, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, have the right to choose where they work and where they live. 
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Cri du Chat Syndrome Cri du Chat syndrome (CdCS) is a genetic condition caused by the deletion of genetic material on the small arm (the “p” arm) of chromosome 5. Alternative names include 5p- syndrome, 5p minus syndrome, and 5p deletion syndrome. It is one of the most common syndromes caused by chromosomal deletion. CdCS is a rare syndrome with an estimated incidence rate of one in 35,000. Named in 1963 by French geneticist Jerome Lejeune, “Cri du Chat” is French for “cry of the cat” and is so named because of the distinctive cry in infancy which resembles the mewing of a cat. Read the Full Story
Housing Options It is a human right to have adequate housing. We need it not only for shelter from the elements, but also for a space to live and develop, and a place to create and take care of families, friendships and community. Living in a home of one’s own is the foundation of independence. With stable housing people can achieve other life goals such as education and employment. Housing for people with disabilities is a major concern. Many have little chance of finding safe, affordable housing. Those who rely on SSI cannot afford housing without government assistance.  Read the Full Story
October 25, 2014

About Us

"Improving the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families by providing services which enable those with developmental disabilities to live independently and productively."

We are a statewide independent parent advocacy group for persons with developmental disabilities. The Missouri Association for persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Missouri AID), formerly known as Mentally Retarded Citizens of Missouri (MRC), has been working for over 50 years to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities.

In the early 1950s, there were no public programs for children or adults with developmental disabilities. The parents throughout Missouri joined together to promote long-term programs and services which would benefit their children. Individuals with developmental disabilities each require different treatments and environments. The government has the responsibility and the individuals have the right to choose where they live, learn, work, and play.

Our purpose is to empower persons with developmental disabilities, along with their families, friends, and volunteers. We provide a forum for educating parents and care providers about available services and how they are operated. We represent individuals and families to ensure that the services they choose are available. Missouri AID works to ensure legislation enacted is in the best interest of persons with developmental disabilities.

Some of the services we provide include:

Advocacy:We are the voice of persons with developmental disabilities. We empower individuals and families and help them access services of their choice from local and state agencies. In addition to analyzing new theories, trends, and philosophies, we review any oversights of existing programs and services.

Education: We provide a forum for educating parents and providers about appropriate programs and how they should be operated. We provide newsletters, legislative updates, periodic reports, publications, and announcements of special events on a continual basis.

Government: We maintain a presence at the Capitol to ensure legislators are informed about the unique characteristics of individuals with developmental disabilities and that new legislation is enacted in their best interest.

Legal: We retain legal counsel to assist parents and families on guardianships and wills, as well as their rights pertaining to programs and services for their children.

We are proud of our accomplishments, including becoming the founding members of:

State Schools for Severely Handicapped
SB52 Sheltered Workshops
Group Homes
SB40 Boards
PKU Testing
Regional Centers
Division of MR/DD

Missouri AID Highlights

  • Alicia's Story Alicia's Story
    When Alicia was ready to join the workforce, she did not know the sheltered...
  • Jeff's Story Jeff's Story
    After graduating from high school, Jeff went to work at a sheltered workshop...
  • Marcus' Story Marcus' Story
    When Marcus first started school, “I was told I was retarded and wouldn’t...
  • Joe's Story Joe's Story
    After working at a sheltered workshop for nearly 20 years, Joe decided it was...
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