Our Mission

Nova Center of the Ozarks strives to make possible the potential for positive change in the quality of life for every individual.


Nova Center of the Ozarks, Inc. has its roots in several key principles: the principle of providing services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families; the principle of every individual’s right to reach their highest potential and live in the least restrictive environment possible. Nova Center of the Ozarks was incorporated June 5, 1990 as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization. It was established by a group of parents who had children diagnosed with autism.

There was a need for services in Southwest Missouri specific to individuals with autism. The state legislature was petitioned for funding and Nova opened a five bed group home in Springfield in June, 1992. The primary focus was for residential services, but because of changing trends, Nova has now evolved into an organization which provides various services.

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In Memory of... 

Larry was a special man who touched so many lives and captured so many hearts. He was a man who loved dogs, coffee, being independent, and his trips to McDonalds where he got his senior diet coke & plain cheeseburger. Larry loved his western movies, western shirts with one pocket, and his western hats. When Larry walked into a room the whole room brightened with his smile, wave, and the way he greeted everyone. Larry was always cheerful and happy with his life; he wanted nothing more than to stay independent in his own home. Larry was such an amazing person and he will forever be missed by all of us who love him so much.