St. Louis disability agencies to receive $12.7M

The St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources said Monday that its board approved a funding budget of nearly $12.7 million for 34 agencies serving the city of St. Louis for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.
The agencies will use the funding to provide services such as job training, life skills development, continuing education, habilitation and socialization.
The St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources, also known as DD Resources, was created by the Missouri Legislature and distributes funds from certain real estate taxes for community-based services to persons who have developmental disabilities.
DD Resources, whose board approved the funding budget May 13, said four transportation providers will use their funding awards to continue providing transportation to sheltered workshops and day programs.
DD Resources’ four in-house programs — Targeted Case Management, Educational Coach, Project CaseFind and Horizon Club — also will receive renewed funding to continue services to city of St. Louis residents with developmental disabilities.
The St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources provides funding for services to individuals of all ages with the developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and mental retardation. Michelle Darden is the executive director.
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