My family is so thankful for all that that the Stone County Developmental Disability Board provides. Jacob loves going to CHANCES, Music Therapy and Art Therapy! He has made many new friends and is continually learning new things while keeping social! The respite services are a great way for us to recharge without the struggle of finding someone to sit with him. I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have all these services!Danielle Chastain, Jacob’s mom
We contract with a number of not-for-profit agencies to provide service to eligible residents of Stone County. To qualify for services funded through the Stone County Developmental Disability Board, an individual MUST meet eligibility requirements.
OATS, Inc. is our contracted provider of throughout Stone County for the people we serve. OATS runs regular routes and can assist in getting people to and from work, doctors appointments, errands, grocery shopping, volunteer opportunities, the senior center, and many other activities. The cost is $1 each way for those receiving services. If you have a case manager through LinkAbilty, you can contact 417-334-8985 to set up your route, or you can contact OATS directly at 417-887-9272 or 800-770-6287.
Art and Music Therapy
Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc. employs music therapists and special art professionals to provide services in Stone County. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. It consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and/or social functioning. Contact your LinkAbility case manager at 417-334-8985 to apply for music and art therapy.
Club Day Break and MAD Saturdays
CHANCES of Stone County has been serving the residents of Stone County for over 10 years and recently opened a new “social club” two days per week, where they teach life skills, encourage social interaction, and engage in healthful activities like dance and music. Contact CHANCES at chancesofstonecounty.org for more info.
Summer Camp Scholarships
SCDDB funds scholarships for people to attend a one-week specialized summer camp. At Camp Barnabas, the goal is to make sure everyone has the best week of their lives. Every program and activity is adapted so each person, regardless of ability, can participate. Campers are matched up one-on-one with a volunteer so they can get the full support they need. With full medical facility with nurses and doctors on staff, guardians can have a worry-free week, knowing their loved one is well cared for. While camp has been cancelled for 2020, it’s not too early to sign up for 2021! Visit campbarnabas.org/campers/
Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program operated by public safety agencies, and is strategically designed for “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. Through the Stone County Sheriff’s department, guardians can sign up their loved ones for a bracelet–free of charge– that can provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to an intellectual or developmental disability. Applications can be obtained through your LinkAbility case manager at 417-334-8985, or for general questions, contact the Stone County Sheriff’s office at 417- 357-6116.
Through a partnership with Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, county residents of all abilities can participate in multiple sports activities throughout the year–at no charge to YOU! Basketball leagues, bowling, water aerobics, track, and life skills classes like cooking are available. Contact Susan Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org with Champion Athletes for current schedules and participation application. More info on area programs can be found at championathletes.org.