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Disability Rights Legislative Day 2019

"Show Me Work"

On Wednesday March 13, hundreds of people with disabilities, their families, and advocates gathered at the capitol in Jefferson City for the 18th annual Disability Rights Legislative Day (DRLD). Several carloads of people from Columbia and Boone County made the day trip, assembling true to their civil rights.

Watch the video highlights and read the full story, click here.

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The Next Generation of Leaders in Disability Advocacy

Ellie Stitzer

Meet Ellie. Ellie is a senior at Mizzou studying Health Sciences with an emphasis in Leadership and Policy. On her return to school last August, she came back to Columbia with a renewed focus and gained knowledge on the disability rights movement. Ellie was one of 27 students nationwide who earned a 2018 summer internship at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in Washington D.C. 

Learn more about Ellie and her internship, click here.

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Advisory Focus Group

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Are you an individual who began receiving services from BCFR within the past 3 years? Would you like to help us improve experiences for individuals new to BCFR? Join the BCFR Advisory Focus Group!

We are looking for individuals from various backgrounds to participate in a focus group to provide valuable feedback to enhance outreach, orientation and processes for all of the individuals we serve. The focus group will consist of three 1.5-hour sessions. The dates and times will be determined based on participants' availability and a meal or snacks will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, please click here to fill out a brief questionnaire.

If you have any questions concerning the BCFR Advisory Focus Group, please contact Amy Parris at aparris@bcfr.org or (573)874-1995 ext. 112.
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Trevor takes to the Water

Trevor Roberts

The Roberts family found the perfect solution for their 17-year-old son Trevor who has cerebral palsy and was in need of additional physical activity. With assistance from Boone County Family Resources (BCFR), Trevor accessed DMH funding through the Medicaid Home and Community Based waiver for an adapted pool lift to engage in water activities with family and friends as well as support his health and safety, and he is loving every minute.

Learn more about Trevor's story, click here.

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Making a Night to Remember

Night to Shine 2019

In February, Compass Church in Columbia, Mo. brought the Tim Tebow Foundation’s unforgettable prom experience called Night to Shine to hundreds of honored guests for the third year in a row including many individuals served by Boone County Family Resources (BCFR). The event is for anyone ages 14 and older with developmental and/or physical impairments.

Learn more about the 2019 Tim Tebow Foundation's Night to Shine event, as well as BCFR's mock "Night to Shine", click here.

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Staff Spotlight

Michele Aylward


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Michele has been with BCFR for 25 years and is proud to work for an agency that can “do so much and can do it so well for the individuals we serve.”  After graduating with a degree in psychology, Michele worked for two years in a sheltered workshop. She had no experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, yet “within three minutes, I knew” the field was the right fit. Michele continued working as she earned her master’s in Special Education and got a job at BCFR thereafter. BCFR had only recently started providing service coordination and Michele found it “innovative and exciting” that the agency was creative and had resources to support individuals with developmental disabilities.  

Read the full story, click here. 

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Save the Date

Tim Heinsz 5k/10K, Jim Devine Dog Walk & 15K Bob Bailey Bike Ride

Saturday, April 13 | University of Missouri - Carnahan QuadSave the date for this annual run/walk at Mizzou.


Walk, run, or bike, and don't forget to bring your dog! The run/walk route begins at the law school, travels through the beautiful Mizzou campus, and takes you along the Katy Trail. Registration includes a timing chip, and your race time will be posted online. All runners must complete the course in 1 hour 15 minutes. Registration includes an event t-shirt. All monies raised benefit the Timothy J. Heinsz Scholarship Fund.

Registration: $25/person

There are a limited number of scholarships available to individuals served by BCFR. For more information and an application contact Amy Parris, aparris@bcfr.org.

For more info on the race, click here
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