"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
Division of MR/DD