Office on the Disabled Resources

Helpful St. Louis resources for the community regarding disabilities.

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COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

The Office on the Disabled has assembled a resource guide to assist individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource page is focused on people with disabilities and caregivers.

City of Saint Louis Department of Personnel Administrative Regulation No. 103
This policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or marital status in connection with terms or conditions of employment covered by this administrative regulation.  This policy prohibits retaliation against an employee who files a complaint and employees who report discrimination or who cooperate or participate in an investigation of a complaint of discrimination.

ADA Home Page
800-514-0301 (voice), 800-514-0383 (TTY)
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Missouri Commission on Human Rights
The mission of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) is to develop, recommend, and implement ways to prevent and eliminate discrimination and to provide fair and timely resolutions of discrimination claims through enforcement of the Missouri Human Rights Act.

MO ABLE Accounts are made possible by the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act that allows individuals with disabilities the ability to save and invest up to $14,000 per year without losing federal government benefits such as Medicaid or SSI.  
Relay Missouri is a service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled.
United States Access Board
 The federal agency responsible for researching and developing standards for accessible design.
The All Ready? Campaign -- Emergency Preparedness
Are you prepared for an emergency?  Everyone, especially people with disabilities, need to know how best to protect themselves and what's important in their lives in event of emergency.  The All Ready Campaign has information on making a plan, preparing a kit, and being informed.  
Job Accommodation Network
Provides advice and ideas for making reasonable accommodations for employees or job applicants who are disabled.
5240 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 289-4200 (voice), (314) 289-4252 (TTY), (314) 289-4201 (fax)
Paraquad is a private 501(c)(3), not-for-profit with a mission to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity.
St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources
2121 Hampton Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63139
(314) 421-0090 (voice), (314) 421-2525 (fax)
Provides and coordinates services for St. Louis City residents who have developmental disabilities.
Behavioral Health Response
(314) 469-6644 (voice), (314) 469-3638 (TTY)
BHR provides confidential telephone counseling to people in mental health crises as well as mobile outreach services, community referral services, and critical incident stress management (CISM).  All crisis hotline services are free.
People First of Missouri
(800) 558-6562 (voice)
People First of Missouri is the only self-advocacy, self-help organization that was formed by, is run by, and exists for people with developmental disabilities.
The DisAbility Project
314.995.4600 (voice)
The DisAbility Project brings awareness and sensitivity to issues in the disability community through a combination of art and advocacy that tours to a variety of audiences.
Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
South office (314) 933-7311
North office (314) 264-7601
(314) 877-1546 (TTY)
Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) provides services to people with varying degrees of visual impairment, ranging from those who cannot read regular print to those who are totally blind.
Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation   
1-877-222-8963 (voice), (573) 751-1441 (fax), (573) 751-0881 (TDD)Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (MDVR) operates under the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE).  The Division is made up of three core programs:  Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Disability Determination Services (DDS), and Independent Living (IL).
Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services
1-800-392-8667 (voice), 1-800-735-2966 (relay)
To protect the rights of individuals with disabilities by providing advocacy and legal services.

State of Missouri Disability Portal
This site contains a wealth of information and links to key agencies who can provide assistance and direction.  Information on the Governor's Council can also be accessed from this website.
United Way of Greater St. Louis
To get help now: Dial 211
United Way of Greater St. Louis serves 16 counties in Illinois and Missouri with a population of nearly 3 million people.  We unite people of different backgrounds and interests in an effort to strengthen health and human services in Missouri and Illinois. 
(314) 622-3301 TDD: 1-800-735-2966 
Are you a victim of discrimination?  Your rights are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state and local laws.  What is discrimination?  Treating someone differently solely on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or expression, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or source of income.  Do you have a complaint of possible discrimination in one of these areas?  Housing, employment, or accessibility due to disability.  For information and assistance call CREA.
(314) 533-4245
Independence Center is a community based rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses in the St. Louis area, built on the Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation.
(314) 645-6451
The mission of Saint Louis Effort for Aids is to provide education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease.  
(314) 535-5600 and Crisis Line 1-800-811-4160
Places for People provides an unparalleled toolkit of programs, services, and resources for people who have serious mental illnesses, typically accompanied by complex and multilayered challenges: chronic homelessness, substance abuse disorder, primary health disorders, and trauma.  
(314) 781-4440
Artists First is a non-profit organization that strives to foster the social, intellectual, emotional and personal growth of artists with disabilities through creative self expression.  Artists First offers art based programs throughout the greater Saint Louis area serving aspiring artists of all ages whose lives are challenged by developmental disabilities, pervasive mental illness, and/or traumatic brain injury.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination.  Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the county affected by this disorder.
(314) 714-6400
The mission of Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc. is to Empower, Raise awareness, and bridge a sustainable Foundation of communication and equal access to both the deaf/hard of hearing and the hearing communities in the St. Louis Metro area.  
NAMI Missouri is the chartered state organization of NAMI.  NAMI Missouri is a state-wide volunteer based nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life and recovery for children and adults with mental health needs and their families.
Over 36 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss, and hearing aids – small sound amplification devices worn inside or around a person’s ear – are one of the most common ways people manage it.
Wolfner Library is a free library service for Missourians who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes, postage paid. There is no charge, whatsoever, to the patron. Currently, over 11,000 Missourians actively use Wolfner Library.
A free confidential service that provides information, resources, referrals, and advocacy when needed to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and St. Charles County.
The Purpose of the Missouri Council of the Blind is to promote the general well-being of our members and legally blind people in Missouri, and to support or participate in other programs promoting the best interests of legally blind people everywhere.
Today’s mission is to enhance independence, empower individuals, and enrich the lives of people who are visually impaired or blind.  The programs and services offered by the Society include low vision medical exams and low vision therapy, assistive technology, daily living training, orientation and mobility, and counseling for adults. 
GSLAD was founded in 1946 by a group of Deaf people. It was originally named the St. Louis Silent Athletic Club. It had 30 members by the end of 1946. In 1974, the organization was changed to Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf, Inc.
(314) 647-8100
Through our direct services, AADD's overarching goal is to prevent entry into unnecessary long-term care placement and premature death in individuals who are aging with developmental disabilities. In response, all AADD programs have a common goal to provide necessary training to assist individuals in achieving a greater independence in the home and community while aging in place.
(314) 994-1600
At UCP Heartland, our mission is to provide children and adults living with differing abilities extraordinary care and support they need to thrive in school, at home, at work and in their community.
Sunnyhill is a not-for-profit organization established in 1978 that provides residential support, recreation and educational opportunities for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities throughout the Greater St. Louis Area and surrounding counties.
The Center for Head Injury Services is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities lead full and productive lives. Founded in 1986, the Center has been providing rehabilitative and support services in our community for over 30 years. The Center offers 20 programs individualized to meet the needs of participants. These programs include medical therapies, counseling, vocational and employment services, two adult day programs and three social enterprises. Each year, the Center helps more than 750 people in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
The Mission of the St. Louis Arc is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to lead better lives by providing a lifetime of high-quality services, family support and advocacy. We are also guided by our core beliefs of Respect, Collaboration, and Empowerment.
We are more than a recreation-based program. We are committed to developing social, interpersonal and communication skills in individuals with complex cognitive disabilities to help them overcome challenges and thrive.
The organization known today as LifeBridge Partnership (formerly St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled) began serving children with physical disabilities in 1927. During our 90 year history, we have evolved to meet the ever changing needs of people with disabilities in this community.
Judevine seeks to be the hallmark for quality treatment and training – the premier provider for autism spectrum disorder services for children and adults, and their families in our region, state, and beyond.
(314) 394-7100
Easterseals has been helping individuals with disabilities and their families live better lives for 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
For more than 50 years, the Epilepsy Foundation has shone a light on epilepsy by promoting awareness and understanding, advocating for laws that matter to people with epilepsy, and funding epilepsy research. 
The mission of Disability Resource Association is personal empowerment for individuals with disabilities, seniors, and those in need.
(314) 645-7800 x 200
Our mission is to ensure equal access to healthcare, mental health, and social services for all, regardless of national origin or language ability, through the advocacy, education, and direct multilingual services that we provide.
Founded in 1920, the Center offers superior hearing, speech, language, and screening services to people of all ages. Our mission is to transform lives through caring, personalized, and innovative programs that empower communication.
Options For Justice is a non-profit organization which addresses the needs and concerns of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Lincoln County citizens with developmental disabilities who encounter the criminal justice system. Options For Justice provides support services and education/training for persons with developmental disabilities and professionals in the criminal justice, social service, and/or developmental disabilities service delivery system.
(314) 612-1675
Biddle Housing Opportunities Center (BHOC) is a facility owned by the City of St. Louis and operated by Homefull to provide emergency shelter to single adult men experiencing homelessness.  BHOC operates under the principles of Housing First and participates in the St. Louis Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry System. For shelter referral, contact the St. Louis Housing Helpline at (314) 802-5444, United Way 2-1-1 or visit the St. Patrick Center - Welcome Center (800 N. Tucker St., St. Louis, MO  63101) Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.
The services promoted by the St. Louis Empowerment Center are used by people from all walks of life who are facing issues related to mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. Our goal is to provide a site where individuals can engage with peers, certified peer specialists, employment specialists and others within the framework of us as a consumer-operated service provider.
Youth partnering with community for social justice and health represents the vision for The SPOT. True to this vision, The SPOT welcomes ALL youth (13-24) and responds to their particular needs through a comprehensive model of health and social services.
YWCA Metro St. Louis provides a variety of crucial services for women and their families: crisis intervention and housing for victims of sexual and domestic violence, Head Start and Early Head Start education and services that support families, and programs that promote economic stability as a strategy to end racial and social injustice.
For 40 years our values have stood as a testament to the thousands of volunteers, supporters, and alumni from St. Louis and beyond who have come to consider PPCS a part of their community. Peter & Paul Community Services, an ecumenical agency, provides housing and supportive services to persons who are homeless, especially those who experience mental illness or live with HIV.
Doorways is an interfaith non-profit organization which provides housing and related supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS. 

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