Special Population Services

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Special Population Services is dedicated to the provision of multi-recreation services for the developmentally disabled of Jackson County. Since 1973, this section of Jackson County Parks + Rec has grown considerably in the number of participants and programs offered at Special Population Services.


Our Mission

The mission of Jackson County Parks + Rec’s Special Population Services is to provide professional, multi-recreational services enabling the developmentally disabled of Jackson County to achieve independence, self-fulfillment and physical fitness through athletic and social events.
Contact Us: 816-503-4853

Therapeutic Recreational Programming

Sports Programs

Sports Programs provide participants with opportunities to develop physical fitness skills, good sportsmanship and team camaraderie. They also encourage friendships with families, members of other leagues and people within the community. Various sports leagues are offered year-round for interested persons 18 years of age and older. All disabilities are encouraged to participate. Individual and team competitive opportunities are available. Athletes can demonstrate skills and abilities in local, regional, state and international competitions. The program offers training on a competitive level in the following event areas: 

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Boccia/Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Flag Football
  • Skiing-Alpine/Cross Country
  • Snowshoeing
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Walking


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Outreach offers diverse therapeutic programming opportunities for individuals of Jackson County with intellectual and physical disabilities including:

  • Dances are held each month at various Jackson County locations for individuals age 16 and older. See Event Schedule for dates and locations. 
    Call 816-503-4853 for more information or download the flyer below:   


  •  On the Town Club - monthly at community integration events for young adults and adults.
  • Specialized Classes - with themes varying from Arts and Crafts to Gardening and Scrap-booking.