Who We Serve
SCIL serves all persons with disabilities regardless of gender, age, race, income or disability type and offers services in these southwest Missouri counties: Christian, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A disability can be physical, mental, emotional, cognitive or sensory as well as permanent or temporary.
Our main office in Springfield and Branson branch serve a population base of 510,082 people who live in 4,694 square miles. In the SCIL service area, approximately 14.6% or nearly 75,000 people are estimated to have at least one disability. (US Census & American Community Survey 2008-2010 Estimates) The third largest city in the state, Springfield is the urban medial and shopping hub for the mainly rural southwest Missouri area and these differences make our efforts unique and challenging due to the wide range of needs for access to adequate housing, transportation, technology, health & wellness and employment.
The number of people with disabilities, as well as, the barriers to living an independent and healthy lifestyle continues to grow due to the increasing baby boomer population, medical advances and lack of funding for entitlement programs.