Cottonwood continues to work with local, county and state partners as we all forge through these unprecedented events.  We keep hearing it, but it is true—it is uncharted territory for all of us.

Please continue to stringently practice social distancing and disinfecting protocols at home and work.  Even at work, social distancing must be maintained at lunch, at break and even just walking between buildings.  Please keep 6 feet between you and others at all times—at home and at work.  Here's a visual which may help to visualize what the appropriate distance should be:





Be safe & be healthy.  We can’t wait to have our Cottonwood family back together again!  We will get through this journey together!






Effective 3/24/20

Cottonwood’s main telephone line will be answered during regular business hours. Essential staff are either working from home or varied work hours to allow for social distancing.  Visitor access is restricted until further notice. Any and all donations of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer (with ~60% alcohol), disposable gloves and toilet paper are still gladly and most gratefully accepted!

In compliance with the “Stay at Home” order from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (LDCHD), Day Services for persons served by Cottonwood’s Residential Services (those currently receiving Day Services) will shelter in place at their respective group homes, apartments, etc.  Visitor access is also restricted at residences.  Our leadership team is meeting at least daily to address new developments in this rapidly and unprecedented event.

Case managers serve as valuable resources. They have the knowledge, the training, and the experience to help individuals find services in the community and access benefits.

Unique among employment agencies in the Lawrence, Kansas area, we analyze job requirements and customize a job match with qualified and reliable workers.

Individuals develop a range of vocational skills
such as light assembly, packaging,
  shredding and collating.


Cottonwood, Incorporated’s Residential Department provides services and supports to individuals in varied settings throughout Lawrence.


Work Enrichment serves adults with multiple challenges who desire options for paid work, volunteer experiences, and opportunities for personal achievement.

Retirement Services are offered to adults over the age of 62 who no longer want or need full-time, work-oriented services.

Cottonwood, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that was established in 1972 to provide services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Over the years, Cottonwood has earned a reputation for quality services and care as a community service provider. In 1995, Cottonwood was awarded an additional responsibility through the Developmental Disability Reform Act. It became the Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO) for Douglas and Jefferson counties. As the CDDO, Cottonwood is the single point of entry connecting individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities to the network of services in this area.