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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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This Month's Blogs

Our blog offers insight into the work we do at the JCDS, the people we serve, the IDD community in Johnson County and the function of the CDDO.

Shannon Michuda

Project SEARCH graduate Shannon Michuda accepted a proclamation from the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. She currently works at the IRS. Read more about her IRS journey.

Below is the speech she gave at the event in her own words. She accepted the proclamation with JCDS Community Employment Specialist Vicki Besco.

Casey Olinger

“So what do you do for a living?” Many of us have been asked that question when we meet someone new: it is often one of the first things we try to find out about someone. Here in the United States, like in many parts of the world, working is an important part of our lives. The way we relate to others and talk about ourselves is often tied to our jobs. Working gives us a sense of identity and purpose and helps us be more independent. For people with disabilities, this is no different.


JCDS is now beginning to resume the transition process for JCDS day services at the Elmore Center. Although we had hoped to progress a little more quickly, we chose to pause for nearly four months as we waited for the local COVID-19 data to stabilize. As a result of the continued diligence on the part of all employees with following our Infection Control Plan, along with a very quick response to any potential exposures, the number individuals and staff who have tested positive for the virus has been extremely low.