Welcome to Abilities First!


The mission of Abilities First is to advocate, enhance services, and positively impact the lives of Greene County citizens with developmental disabilities.

Abilities First helps people with developmental disabilities acquire the services and supports they need to live and work in our community. The Board of Abilities First is committed to improving existing services and facilitating the development of new resources for our community.

First Steps Region 8 South Central System Point of Entry (SPOE)

Supporting young children (birth to 36-months) and their families in their natural environment in a manner which values their choices and promotes their development.

About the SPOE

The Next Step-Service Coordination

To provide support, advocacy, funding, and coordination to individuals and families with developmental disabilities to help enhance their lives, empower their voices and achieve their dreams.

About the Next Step

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Learn more about what Abilities First does in our community and how you can be a part!

In August of 1978, the citizens of Greene County voted to exercise the provisions of 205.968-205.972 RSMo, commonly known as “Senate Bill 40.” This state law empowers counties in Missouri, with voter approval, to levy a property tax to support services...

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Friends of Abilities First

The mission of Friends of Abilities First is to promote Abilities First to positively impact the lives of Greene County citizens with development disabilities...

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Problem with website

We have recently had an issue with our website and have had to revert it back to a rather old version.

Please bear with us as we work to get it restored.

December 2011 Support Team Member of the Month

Linda Spencer: Administrative Assistant of the Quarter

Linda Spencer came to The Next Step in 2005 as an Administrative Assistant. In that role she has“assisted” in many different ways...




December 2011 Consumer in the Spotlight

The first thing that impresses most people about Dakotah is his size--he is six foot five! But anyone who gets to know this sixteen-year-old will quickly learn that he is better-identified by his kindness, manners, and his desire to help others.



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1370 E. Primrose, Suite A  Springfield, MO 65804
Office Phone: (417) 886-0404
Office Fax: (417) 882-5400

Abilities First staff

The Next Step staff

First Steps SPOE staff

Christian County Staff

Howell County Staff

Abilities First Coordinators of the Month

First Steps - Region 8

Mary Anne Barton - Since 2009

The Next Step - Greene County

• Tiffany Martin- Since 2008

• Tiffany Moore - Since 2009

• Martie Young - Since 2010

The Next Step - Christian County

• Michelle Miller - Since 2011

The Next Step - Howell County

• To Be Announced


Friends of Abilities First

Abilities First is the umbrella under which the Next Step serves those in Greene and Christian counties who have developmental disabilities...

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Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities currently available at Abilities First.

Abilities First is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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