Who We Are

CDD is a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1972. CDD provides residential care services and day habilitation to adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Kansas City, MO area. Accredited by CARF, CDD maintains national quality of service standards for our housing and community placement options and opportunities.


To support children and adults with disAbilities in achieving their fullest potential.


Each person is unique, and their personal journey should be respected and supported. With encouragement and assistance, everyone can make lifestyle choices. Each person has the right to be treated with kindness, respect and freedom from intimidation. Lives are enriched through social relationships, community involvement and access to comfortable and safe residential opportunities.


Formerly known as the “Sutton Group Homes,” Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD) was founded in 1972 by Ms. Iva Sutton. Ms. Sutton, the parent of a son in need of services, opened two homes in the Kansas City area. These homes served 35 individuals with 19 staff. In order to meet the community’s growing need for services, the Sutton Group Homes were incorporated in 1975 as a 501c(3) non-profit, and became the Center for Developmentally Disabled.

In 2016, CDD consolidated with Special Neighbors, Inc. (SNI). Today CDD serves over 180 people and employs 320 staff.