Empowering individuals to become part of their community.

Program Description

DCO's Technology & Learning Center (TLC) is nationally accredited by CARF and provides a variety of learning opportunities both in the center and in the community. Instructors develop daily lesson plans based on interests, prefernces, and personal goals identified in the Individual Support Plan. Instruction and practice begins in the classroom and continues in the community.

Learning opportunities focus on independent living skills, communication, socialization, recreation and personal growth. There is an emphasis on functional academics developed to emphasize self-advocacy, safety and the soft skills required to further independence. The general community outcomes are designed to assist with fully accessing and using recreational activities/facilities, health/medical resources, retail and eating establishments, and public agencies.

Who Can Attend?

Any individual who is over 16 years of age, no longer in school and meets the criteria for developmental disabilities, or referred by a multidisciplinary team with recommendation for community training. High School seniors may participate through a transition process or school contract. This is evaluated on an individual basis


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


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