Serving Kansas City Missouri's Developmentally Disabled since 1980.



Nova offers residential services to both children and adults with developmental disabilities. Our program is designed to maximize independence through teaching activities of daily living. Skills are taught based on a continuum from basic tasks, such as personal hygiene, to the more advanced independent skills such as self-advocacy, competitive employment, and maintaining a bank account. Individuals are supported to maintain relationships with family and friends, to have an active role in their community, and to participate in school, day program, or work situations. We currently operate three group homes and eight independent supported living units (ISLs).

Day Habilitation

Nova’s adult day habilitation program offers support in all areas of daily living for persons 21 years of age and older. We offer an exercise room with treadmills and work out equipment, a computer room, arts and crafts, a complete kitchen, and a music room. This program focuses on independent living skills, including personal care, communication, safety skills, home living, social recreation, and community involvement. Participation in community activities and events, such as volunteering at Sporting KC, accessing parks, museums, restaurants and other areas of interest is encouraged. A music therapist visits weekly with his guitar and everyone enjoys singing along. Our staff/participant ratio is 1:6 on site and 1:4 in the community.

Retirement/Special Needs

This program offers a variety of activities to adults who, due to their age or physical needs, prefer a slower paced program. A variety of activities are offered designed to promote leisure activities, recreation, social skills, and community involvement. Events such as the “Coffee Club”, weekly lunches from a favorite restaurant, visits from the music therapist, and outings in the community are looked forward to by our participants. Staff to participant ratio is the same as offered in the day habilitation program. Additionally, we have a 1:1 “floater” staff available to assist with mobility needs. A wheelchair accessible bus is used for outings in the community.

 Employment Services

Employment Services offers support in both small groups (1:4) or individually. The goal of this program is to obtain competitive employment in line with each individual’s unique interests and abilities. Training areas include Career Planning, Prevocational Services, Job Development, and Supported Employment. 


Nova Center is a tax deductible 501c3 organization. We provide services, programs and activities that would not be possible without your generous donations. Find out more about donating to the Nova Center.