Welcome to Special Neighbors

A Combination of Two Extraordinary Agencies

Special Neighbors, Inc. (SNI) to combine with

Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD)


We have the great pleasure of announcing that Special Neighbors, Inc. (SNI) has combined with the Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD). The new company will be a true combination of equals – a joining of two extraordinary agencies very similar in size and culture, with practice strengths that are highly complementary.

The combining of the organizations will take effect on January 27, 2016. At that time, we will be an agency of more than 340 employees, serving 205 individuals with developmental disabilities across Jackson County, Missouri (making CDD the largest service provider in the Kanas City region). From this date the combined agencies will conduct business together under the name Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD), with their main office in Kansas City, MO and a branch office in Independence, MO. Sarah Mudd will maintain her position as Executive Director and Etta Mitchell, SNI’s current Executive Director, will provide transition consultation for a six-month period to ensure a smooth conversion and integration of the organizations.

Both agencies are extremely proud of the quality of their programs and the provision of quality care; providing quality of life and community access for the most fragile of our society. You can expect from the new company the same focus, the same commitment, to providing a positive, gentle and caring quality of living for all individuals.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this major milestone as it provides a tremendously exciting opportunity for our community and those we endeavor to serve. We look forward to providing a broad range of expertise and quality of service standards for the developmentally disabled community…together.

About CDD:

CDD is a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1972. CDD provides housing, residential care, day habilitation and Personal Care Assistance programs 365 days per year to adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Kansas City area. Accredited by CARF, CDD maintains a nationally recognized quality of service standards for our housing and community placement options and opportunities. The mission of CDD is to support persons with disabilities in achieving their fullest potential. CDD believes each person is unique and their personal journey should be respected and supported. With encouragement and assistance, everyone can make lifestyle choices. Lives are enriched through social relationships, active community involvement and access to comfortable and safe residential opportunities. Visit us at www.cddkc.org and like us on Facebook.

Special Neighbors provides supports and services based on individual needs, wants and capabilities. The persons we support live in many different types of residences primarily located in Eastern Jackson County.

We use the Person Centered approach for supports and services to ensure the dignity and respect of all persons served.  We adhere to and promote the Missouri Quality Outcomes that focus on supporting persons with disabilities to have an improved quality of life.  Below are some of the Missouri Quality Outcomes that express our philosophy.

  • People belong to their community.
  • People have a variety of personal relationships.
  • People's communication is understood and deserves a response.
  • People express their own personal identity.
  • People have control of their daily lives.
  • People have the opportunity to advocate for themselves, for others, and for causes they believe in.

Our vision:

All people are accepted as they are and have the opportunity to lead a life that is meaningful to them.

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