Low Incidence: Severe Disabilities
Services, Resources, and Information
Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled
Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled (MSSD) is a statewide public school system serving Missouri children and youth between the ages of 5 and 21 with severe disabilities. A student is referred to MSSD when the local school district is unable to meet his or her educational needs.
Missouri Sheltered Workshops
Missouri Sheltered Workshops are actually small businesses that hire individuals with disabilities. Differing from many other states, Missouri sheltered workshops depend heavily on contracted work and the revenue from that work to maintain operations. Jobs performed at these workshops include packaging (bagging, shrink wrapping, blister packaging, skin packaging, boxing), assembly (simple to complex), marketing and public relations services (collating, stuffing, and sorting mailings), products (pallets, wire spools, first aid kits, poultry watering systems, office products, furniture items, etc.). Services are also provided by workshops including, janitorial work, grounds maintenance, commercial laundry operations, microfilming, to mention a few.