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TERM OF OFFICE: Three (3) years    
MEMBERS: Nine (9) citizens    
STAFF: Community Development Director    

Sec. 2-161. Established, membership, terms. There is hereby established a Florissant Disability Awareness Commission of the city, which shall consist of nine (9) persons, residents of the city, who shall be appointed by the mayor, with the approval of the council. The terms of such members shall be three (3) years.  Members shall serve until their successors have been duly appointed and qualified.

Sec. 2-162. Duties generally, annual report required. It shall be the duty of the Florissant Disability Awareness Commission to coordinate all programs conducted by the City for citizens with disabilities and to make recommendations to the Mayor and Council concerning any programs or changes in existing programs as it deems appropriate for the citizens of the City who have disabilities. The Commission shall make an annual report to the Mayor and City Council concerning its activities.

Sec. 2-163. Organization. The Florissant Disability Awareness Commission shall elect its own chairman and vice-chairman, who shall serve one-year terms. The commission may adopt from time to time such rules and regulations as it deems necessary to carry into effect its responsibilities.

Information and Sites concerning Disability Awareness:
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Disability websites

Government websites:                                                        

http://disability.mo.gov/   (Missouri Disability Portal) umbrella website of resources for various needs (like housing, transportation, leisure, employment, etc.).  Good place to start looking for information about programs, services, facilities available in Missouri for most topics related to accessibility.  Sometimes called the Governor’s Council on Disability Access.

http://www.disabilityresourceassociation.org/

http://www.disabilityresources.org/MISSOURI.html

http://www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/CountyDepartments/vo/ADADisabilityIssues

http://www.plboard.com/au.aspx  Productive Living Board of St. Louis County website. (Promotes inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities

www.smartgrowthamericaorg/completestreets   Website for new initiative that Florissant City Council voted in 2016 to promote – make city streets useable by all. 

Special School District of St. Louis County    www.ssdmo.org     Provides special education services to students with disabilities, a wide range of career and technical programs, and parent programs,

www.morides.org   a referral services that coordinates rides for people with transportation challenges.

For those of you who may be interested in disability stats here are some helpful links.

  • http://stats.bls.gov/
  • http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/default.htm

Other websites that provide information:

St. Louis Society for the Blind   www.slsbvi.org   Mission is to transform our community by reach each and every individual in our community who is in need of their services.  8770 Manchester Rd 63144 314-301-7300

Center for Hearing and Speech   www.hearing-speechstlouis.org   Audiology and speech disorder facility that serves a diverse client base.  9835 Manchester 63119  314-968-4710 

Helen Keller National Center Great Plains Region 7  Beth Jordan contact 1-913-677-4562  beth.jordan@hknc.org   Provides people who are blind-deaf the tools to live, work and thrive in the community of their choice. 

St. Louis ARC    www.slarc.org      Non-profit that provides support and services to adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families in the St. Louis Metro area.

www.missouricounciloftheblind.org/membership/affiliates/northern_lights    Missouri Council of the Blind North County affiliate that provides assistance for people with visual impairments.

Disability is Natural Website - http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/                                                          Awareness Education.  Website sponsored by Snow family and BraveHeart Press out of Texas.  What will you find here?  Thought-provoking articles, products to promote new ways of thinking, information about people-first language, resources for agencies, etc.  This website is not a local agency.

Parents Helping Parents - http://www.php.com/
California based agency.  Our mission is to help children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them. Also has great online resource links and equipment exchange information.  A grant/contribution financed 501(c)(3). 

OUCH! - http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/   The UK's Ouch Website is a fun and informative look at disabilities. It covers disabilities from a very positive viewpoint and discusses relationships, recreation, and work; everything from a very positive side.

Links to various sites that provide accessible recreation and information.

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability - http://www.ncpad.org/   A wealth of resources from nutrition spotlights to exercise programs for specific disabilities. This site has resources, forums, daily news, and links to organizations, research, and much more. 1-800-900-8086 (V/TTY) 

United States Association of Blind Athletes - http://www.usaba.org/ or 719-630-0422     This site provides information about all sports for athletes who are blind.  Focus is primarily on elite athletes. 

USA Deaf Sports Federation - http://www.usdeafsports.org/    This site contains a lot of information and links about playing sports for people who are deaf, athletes who are deaf, international deaf sports events, and news related to deaf sports. 605-367-5761 (TTY) or 605-367-5760 (Voice) 

MO-TASH - http://www.motash.org/   MO-TASH is the Missouri Chapter of an International Association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. MO-TASH advocates for self-determination, inclusion and social justice for all Missourians with disabilities. Board member: 816-235-1767 ohrenbergm@umkc.edu ohrenbergm@umkc.edu   Current President:  314-516-5917  regestera@umsl.org

www.dasasports.org   Founded in 1997, the Disabled Athletes Sports Association (DASA) is a 501 (3)(c) non-profit organization that serves the Greater St. Louis region by providing quality and affordable therapeutic sports and fitness opportunities. 

 

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