One benefit of being a part of IPRC is finding colleagues at other organizations across the country and around the world who provide the same services that you do. Each quarter we will feature a different IPRC member organization to celebrate the amazing work you do and help you get to know one another.
Ability KC, (the bringing together of Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City and Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center)has been providing rehabilitation services for children in Kansas City, Missouri for 70 years. As an outpatient service provider, they offer a unique compliment of programs for children with disabilities from birth though young adulthood. Ability KC provides services for children with medical diagnoses such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns and amputations. They also help children and families who need services for development disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and chromosome abnormalities.
Ability KC offers a wide range of pediatric services including day programming and outpatient therapy for children with medical rehabilitation diagnoses. A teacher is employed on-site to assist with the identification of academic accommodations and to facilitate smooth transition back to school. Ability KC also has a Therapeutic Preschool for children ages 1-5 years. Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy is provided as well as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services as needed.
Ability KC has several programs targeted at adolescents and young adults. They provide Vocational Transition Services for young adults with special needs graduating from high school and entering the work force. Driving evaluations and training is available as well – both for new drivers living with a disability and for previous drivers with a newly acquired injury.
Ability KC offers several specialty services including assistive technology, neuropsychological assessments, aquatic therapy, post concussion treatment, specialized intensive summer therapy camps, constraint induced therapy and neuro-vision therapy. If you want to learn more about Ability KC or want to reach out, visit www.abilitykc.org.
“I have been in patient care for 30 years and administration for 25, so I can see and have experienced multiple sides of this industry. I see the impact quality therapy services have on individuals, their families and their communities. And unfortunately, I have seen what happens to individuals who did not have good services. As an industry, we must be able to establish standards of care to ensure the best and most efficient outcomes for the people we serve and I found in IPRC the means to help accomplish that.” – Sara Baker, COO