Service Learning Students Serve as Teachers

Service Learning Students Serve as Teachers

Thanks to a partnership between the University of Missouri and BCFR’s Life & Work Connections, adults with developmental disabilities can take classes and learn valuable life skills that enhance their self-sufficiency. The classes are taught by MU Service Learning students, who gain hands-on experience and meet their own coursework requirements. Service-Learning, or curriculum-based service, connects […]

Pedal Power

Maureen had little hope that volunteers last summer with Lose The Training Wheels could teach her son how to ride a two-wheel bike. She’s thrilled to admit she was wrong. In less than a week, 12-year-old James and other young people with developmental disabilities were pedaling across the parking lot of Christian Fellowship Church, mastering a skill that five days earlier […]

People First Self-Advocacy Retreat 2011

People First of Boone County is a self-advocacy group run by and existing for people with developmental disabilities. On a rainy September weekend, group members joined other local chapters affiliated with People First of Missouri in a retreat at Wonderland Camp. The rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm, and campers enjoyed a weekend that combined learning with […]

Roots and Blues Race

When Justin Wann and John McNail rounded the last corner of the Roots ‘N Blues BBQ half-marathon pushing their friend Tucker Johnson in a wheelchair, there was only one thing on their minds – getting 18-year-old Tucker on his feet and crossing the finish line together. Confused, the crowd fell silent as Justin and John […]

Alex’s Road to Independence

What Nancy wants for her 12-year-old son is what most parents want for their children – a happy life and independence. Alex is happy, but for him, reaching self-sufficiency will require a mix of education, therapies and family and community support. Alex, who has Cerebral Palsy and blindness, has been receiving services from Boone County Family […]