Welcome to Abilities First!


The mission of Abilities First is to advocate, enhance services, and positively impact the lives of Greene County citizens with developmental disabilities.

Abilities First helps people with developmental disabilities acquire the services and supports they need to live and work in our community. The Board of Abilities First is committed to improving existing services and facilitating the development of new resources for our community.

First Steps Region 8 South Central System Point of Entry (SPOE)

Supporting young children (birth to 36-months) and their families in their natural environment in a manner which values their choices and promotes their development.

About the SPOE

The Next Step-Service Coordination

To provide support, advocacy, funding, and coordination to individuals and families with developmental disabilities to help enhance their lives, empower their voices and achieve their dreams.

About the Next Step

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Learn more about what Abilities First does in our community and how you can be a part!

In August of 1978, the citizens of Greene County voted to exercise the provisions of 205.968-205.972 RSMo, commonly known as “Senate Bill 40.” This state law empowers counties in Missouri, with voter approval, to levy a property tax to support services...

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Friends of Abilities First

The mission of Friends of Abilities First is to promote Abilities First to positively impact the lives of Greene County citizens with developmental disabilities...

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Art Inspired Academy

AIA offers the opportunity to expand awareness about disabilities
and to explore the arts in a positive and supportive environment.

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Talisman of the Ward: The Album of Drawings by Edward Deeds

In celebration of March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Art Inspired is pleased to announce the opening of Talisman of the Ward: The Album of Drawings by Edward Deeds on Friday, Feb 28th 2014. Featuring a selection of fifteen of his drawings, the exhibition represents many of the important themes found within the extraordinary album of James Edward Deeds, Jr. (1908–1987), a near life-long ward of the State of Missouri and resident of Nevada, Missouri’s State Hospital No. three.

For centuries, Americans with developmental disabilities were subjected to forced institutionalization and involuntary,
ineffective, and dangerous medical treatments. The history of living with a developmental disability has largely been one of discrimination, segregation, and exclusion from education, work, housing, and daily activities. Fortunately, there have been great strides in correcting these injustices. Today, people with developmental disabilities have the same basic legal, civil, and human rights as other citizens. Because of these critical changes, individuals have overcome insurmountable obstacles and are thriving in our society today. Art Inspired provides opportunities for individuals to take advantage of the rights that were denied to so many before them.

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online or by calling 417.868.8084  See the event on Facebook

See the Springfield NewsLeader article about Edward Deeds

Sponsorships for the event are needed as well, please contact us by calling 417.868.8084 or emailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





1370 E. Primrose, Suite A  Springfield, MO 65804
Office Phone: (417) 886-0404
Abilities First Fax:(417) 882-5400
The Next Step Fax:(417) 886-0405
First Steps Fax: (417) 863-9889
AI Academy: (417) 886-0407

Abilities First staff

The Next Step staff

First Steps SPOE staff

Art Inspired Academy


Abilities First office is open 8am to
5pm, Monday – Friday.  However,
the Service Coordinators meet the
needs of the person served beyond
office hours.

Abilities First Coordinators of the Month

First Steps - Region 8

To Be Announced

The Next Step - Greene County

• Zak Shawver



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