Our mission is to help adults and children with severe developmental disabilities achieve personally satisfying and fulfilling lifestyles.
Community Living Opportunities is a non-profit organization formed in 1977 by a group of parents in Johnson County, Kansas whose children have severe and multiple disabilities. The agency was created as an alternative to state institutions and became one of the pioneers in providing community-based services to people with developmental disabilities. The parent group organized, incorporated, and recruited a board of directors, advisors, and consultants that included professionals such as James Sherman, Ph.D. and Jan Sheldon, Ph.D., from the Department of Human Development and Family Life at the University of Kansas).
CLO's services are based on dignity, respect, and positive reinforcement, with family style interventions provided in the home community, close to family and friends. In the last 30 years CLO has grown dramatically and its expansion continues steadily as the state of Kansas systematically downsizes its institutions. Today CLO implements several unique treatment models developed in partnership with the Applied Behavioral Sciences Department at the University of Kansas, including the Family Teaching Model, the Quality of Life Planning, Early Childhood Autism Program and the Family Enhancement Program.
Currently, CLO serves over 300 children and adults with developmental disabilities primarily in Douglas and Johnson Counties and employs over 400 staff members. We provide targeted case management, residential services, which includes family-teaching and extended family-teaching homes, day services, behavioral consultation, children's services, health care services, training and staff certification and organizational behavior management consulting. CLO also manages the Wal-Mart recycling center since its inception and offers curbside recycling service. CLO encourages volunteerism and welcomes volunteers for a variety of projects.
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