About MSS

Since 1949, MSS (Midwest Special Services, Inc.) has been providing individualized programs and supports to people with intellectual and physical disabilities to help them reach their personal goals and achieve their full potential. We are committed to identifying the barriers that our participants face, and then building customized plans to help them overcome those barriers.

Our geographic reach covers the entire seven-county metro area with six facilities, each designed to support the people we serve, their caregivers and families.

We believe in empowering the people we serve by giving them opportunity to be productive on work teams and in the business world; through creating and selling artwork; and as volunteers in the community. Through our Vocational and Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H) services we offer a range of program components designed to meet not only employment aspirations but educational, social and recreational needs as well. We offer specialized services for seniors with disabilities, innovative programming options for adults with autism spectrum disorder, and our award-winning Creative Arts programming.

We provide a safe and welcoming environment to all who pass through our doors. We are committed to providing full accessibility to life resources for all people.

We see possibility. Everywhere.

MSS Vision Statement:  through the advocacy and person-centered services provided by MSS, the people we support will be regarded as full, vital and contributing members of society.

MSS Mission Statement:  the mission of MSS is to serve people with disabilities by supporting them in the achievement of their full potential and as vital and contributing members of the community.

MSS values:

  • The right of all people to be treated with respect and dignity in a healthy, safe and welcoming environment.
  • The diversity of our community. This will be reflected in our policies, practices, governance, and staff.
  • Self-determination and active participation of people served by our programs in all aspects of their lives.
  • The development of quality relationships that foster the elimination of attitudinal, social and economic barriers which impede the rights of people with disabilities.
  • The spiritual beliefs and customs of the people in our programs, our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.

CARF Accreditation

In 2014, Midwest Special Services received its 11th consecutive Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the international accrediting body for rehabilitation facilities. This accreditation included MSS’ second exemplary rating for its Creative Arts Program.  Past reviews have included an exemplary rating for its Autism and eTrac Program.  Exemplary ratings are reserved for programs that go far beyond the requirements outlined by CARF’s rigorous standards.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organizations substantial conformance to CARFs high standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation is subjected to a rigorous peer review process that requires the organization to demonstrate that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.