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Creating Opportunities. Changing Perceptions.

Bear POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Work, Education and Resilience) at Missouri State University is a two and a half year, five semester inclusive college program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The program that was created to offer a post-secondary education opportunity to students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) transitioning out of high school.

The Bear POWER mission is: “To effectively utilize existing campus and community resources to create an inclusive academic college program that generates individual outcomes for students with intellectual disabilities in the areas of education and employment.”

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The Bear POWER team would like to extend a special thank you to the donors who contributed at the $1,000 level or above. Your generous contributions have allowed for further development of the program! We appreciate your support!


  • Richard and Jana Bachus
  • Dee Bachus
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.


  • Jordan Heinz State Farm
  • Gregory and Jennifer Spears
  • Michael and Kathy McCormick
  • Penmac Staffing Service Inc.
  • Randy and Pam Bachus
  • Terry and Gretchen Heinz
  • Robert E Low / Prime
  • Southern Missouri Containers
  • Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks
  • State Farm Companies Foundation
  • Mike and Rhonda McCoy