Community Based Learning Program

The DCO Community Based Learning Program provides opportunities (to small groups or individuals) to participate in a variety of meaningful daily activities in inclusive community settings. Schedules are based on the interests, preferences and personal outcomes identified in the Individual Support Plan.

Community Integration

Community based activities allow individuals the opportunity to practice skills and make positive choices. The activities can include:

  • Accessing Community Resources
  • Social Activities
  • Sports and Recreation Classes
  • Continued Education Classes
  • Functional Skill Development

Community Volunteer Sites

Volunteer sites are scheduled weekly and provide individuals experience in supporting and assisting various agencies in the community while developing increased independence and self assurance.

DCO Community Based Learning Provides

  • Skill Development leading towards personal independence, self awareness, and development of new interests.
  • Focus Programs related to communication, socialization and increased inclusive experiences through participation and use of community programs abnd resources.
  • Opportunities for self advocacy through making informed choices.
  • Volunteer opportunities within the community.

Program Components

  • Recreation and leisure
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Personal Assistance services
  • Individual skill development


Who can attend?

Any individual who is 16 years or older, no longer in school and meets the criteria for developmental disabilities or referred by a multidisciplinary team with recommendation for skill development and community training and/or volunteering. 



Referrals and support from the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Springfield Regional Office, or Private Pay.


Admission to any DCO program, service, or staff position will not be denied due to race, religion, rolor, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, sexual orientation, military status, or disability.