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Our Mission


The Mission of the Adair County SB40 is to engage in ADVOCACY, promote INCLUSION, and provide essential RESOURCES to assist people with developmental disabilities to live self-determined lives.

DD Resource Center:  Service Coordination

The Adair County SB40 service coordinators work with individuals in Adair, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, and Sullivan Counties to develop comprehensive person-centered support plans which outline steps and access resources necessary to achieve each person's own unique life goals. Please see information under Service Coordination for more details.


Not-for-profit organizations located in Adair county, and residents of Adair, Putnam Schuyler, Scotland, and Sullivan Counties who have developmental disabilities and qualify for services, may request funding through the Adair County SB40 for disability-related programs and needs. Please see specific policies under Funding tab.


Community Learning Center
The Community Learning Center focuses on offering programs to help individuals increase their independence and knowledge as well as providing social and recreational opportunities.  Please click the Community Learning Center tab for more information.


Adair County SB40 Developmental Disability Board Announces April's Spotlight Award Winner!

Adair County SB40 is pleased to announce Andrew Ryan Pickett as the April recipient of the monthly Spotlight Award for his outstanding performance as an employee of Burger King in Kirksville. Andrew was nominated by Rose Padget with CVA/CHS.


Andrew’s nomination was enthusiastically supported by Burger King Manager, Liz Harrison. Harrison said, “Andrew has been with us for 17 years which is currently the record length! Except in the case of extreme weather, I can't recall a time Andrew ever missed a shift. He is very, very hard-working and such a joy to all of us. He leaves behind a job well done and many smiles every day. We are so thankful to have him as part of our team and look forward to many more years! Andrew, from all of us at BK, we are very grateful and glad to have you on our team!”


Padgett discussed many of Andrew’s wonderful attributes, stating that “Andrew volunteers at the YMCA by helping with laundry and cleans the restrooms and equipment. He has participated in Special Olympics for thirteen years in: bowling, basketball, and track and field and earned many medals including several gold ones.”

Andrew enjoys reading, music, watching movies, making videos of himself with friends singing songs, and playing games. Andrew also enjoys many unique and large collections, including Elvis items, Funko Pop Figures, Roy Rogers, Movies, Movie Soundtracks, Books from movies, and other Movie collectable items. In addition, Andrew has a prized collection of 675 yo-yos.


Padget added, “Andrew has a great sense of humor. Andrew has been writing newsletters and movie reviews each month since 2011 which are complete with a listing of upcoming new movies at the theatre and new DVD movie releases. His reviews are posted at the Community Learning Center, Adair County Public Library, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, and other store bulletin boards in Kirksville. Andrew has also written original stories that were published in the Adair County SB40 newsletters in the past. Andrew has an extraordinary memory of recalling birthdates, events, and overall memory of small details of day-to-day events. He is currently working on a series of music videos he has made of himself and with his friends to be edited and made into one presentation. He wants to invite friends over to watch it at his home theatre in the basement.”


Andrew loves spending time with family and friends. He is especially proud of his five nephews and most recently, a new baby girl cousin. Adair County SB40 Executive Director, Crystal Aminirad, stated “Andrew is a well-deserving recipient of the recognition from this Spotlight Award for all that he has and is achieving within our community. He is a great role model for everyone, inspiring us all to give our most to fully living and enjoying this welcoming community that we share.”

If you would like to nominate a great candidate for a monthly Spotlight Award, Adair County SB40 is accepting nominations. Anyone can make a nomination. Nominations can be made in any of the four following categories:

  • Kids Inclusion Spotlight Award for children in kindergarten - 8th grade

  • Youth Leadership Spotlight Award for youth in grades 9-12

  • Community Volunteer Spotlight Award (any age)

  • Entrepreneur or Employee Spotlight Award (any age)

In March 2024, an Spotlight Award of the Year winners will be selected from all of the monthly winners. Nominations can be made throughout the year by visiting the Adair County SB40 website or by contacting a SB40 staff member to assist you at (660) 665 - 9400. You can also find more information about the four nomination categories by visiting Adair County SB40’s website,

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