Alternative Community Training (ACT)

Partner Type

Disability Services

Description and Mission

Alternative Community Training provides support to individuals with disabilities as they become full and valued members of five areas of service: Supported Employment, ACT Works, Community Integration, and Community Living and In-Home Services. We assist with daily activities, community integration, employment and independent living skills with the goal of helping individuals live as independently as possible.


Service-learning students can serve in either the Day Program, Behavior Development Service, or In-Home Services. ACT has the following volunteer opportunities this semester: Behavior Development Services: Visual Support Assistant- Looking for one student to assist the Behavior Development Program in making visual supports (posters, visual schedules and social stories) for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Volunteer will also work closely with our In-Home Services Program to assist Program Manager in developing new systems for monthly service documentation and development of program goals for individuals with developmental disabilities. Day Services: Looking for 2-3 energetic and enthusiastic people to assist in developing activities. Volunteers would work directly with Day Services Activities Coordinator developing and preparing art/craft activities.

Special emphasis and skills:

Math Proficiency, Reading Proficiency, Adaptive Employment, Adaptive Recreation, Cultural & Social Assimilation, Adaptive Technology, Life Skills Training, Client Counseling, Patient Assistance, Pre-employment Counseling

Contact Information:

Tara Shade

2200 Burlington Ave. (at Vandiver)
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone: (573) 474-9446


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.