This two-day conference includes over 60 speakers in three tracks. This is dedicated to providing effective resources for families, ministry leaders, and professionals working with individuals with special needs. Dates for the conference for 2020 are October 19-23, 2020.
The Autism Society of the Heartland helps to create opportunities for training, self-advocacy, and supports. They have membership options available, monthly emails, and support sessions. The Autism Society exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness, advocating for appropriate services, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy. They maintain a comprehensive resource database for autism-related services and supports.
This organization is open to all families with children with disabilities. They offer support for families on multiple topics. They also offer events throughout the year for individuals with disabilities. They host the Down Syndrome Guild Prom every year and it is one of the largest attended dances in the area. The DSG provides classes for families and for individuals with Down Syndrome. They also work to help provide education to schools and businesses about Down Syndrome.
Families together provide advocacy support and informational support for families of individuals with disabilities ages birth to 26. They offer parent training and information center, family-to-family health information center, parent-to-parent, and education advocates.
The Embraced program offers an inclusive environment during their weekly services to help meet each person’s needs. Their staff works with families to develop a plan that will work for them. They also have “Shepherds” (trained leaders) who help to provide assistance. This program is open to all ages, services are Sundays 9 and 10:45 AM. They also offer parent support nights each month and focus on different topics.
Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City is a volunteer-driven organization committed to providing children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion. Variety KC has built multiple inclusive playgrounds all over the greater KC area and has grants available for schools and communities. They also have events throughout the year.
Turning Point provides a gathering place that serves the community to fill in those gaps with its unique mission. It is the only organization in the Kansas City area that provides innovative education and comprehensive support services to enhance the lives of adults and families living with any serious or chronic physical illness. Thanks to the generosity of the community, Turning Point’s meaningful programs can be offered free of charge, with donations being appreciated.
Communityworks, inc. is a nationally recognized service provider for individuals with disabilities. The staff assists people with disabilities to live, work, and play in the community by setting up support systems that give control back to the consumer. Teams consist of Case Managers, Transitional Living Specialists, Personal Care Attendants, and Therapists that work together collectively to best serve consumers in their homes. Communityworks, inc. believes in designing lifetime systems that will continue to work long after professional services are no longer needed.
The Capper Foundation provides services to infants, children, teens, and adults with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Some of these disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, and other orthopedic and neurological conditions.
KidsTLC has been providing supports for families and children who are experiencing mental and behavioral health challenges, developmental trauma, and autism. KidsTLC uses evidence-based approaches and research-based practices in their clinical services and treatment planning.
Typically, SLR Speech Therapy Services will provide in-home speech therapies but have currently moved to teletherapy due to Covid-19. Stacy has over 20 years of experience as an SLP. She is licensed in Kansas, Oklahoma, and soon Missouri. Stacy is also an ASD momma, so she understands more than anyone how to best help her students.
The Kansas Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) Program promotes the functional skills of persons, who have or are at risk for a disability or chronic disease. The program is responsible for the planning, development, and promotion of the parameters and quality of specialty health care in Kansas in accordance with state and federal funding and direction.
Kansas Kidlink works with medical providers and families to help them obtain information, referrals, and resources on mental health. On the main of the website you are able to select your county and find a list of providers to help you meet the needs of your child.
Playabilities is a multi-disciplinary pediatric occupational, physical, and speech therapy clinic located in Leawood, Kansas. We provide personalized, intensive, and client-centered therapy services for children with various neurodevelopmental disabilities including developmental delays, autism, and sensory processing disorder. We provide a relaxed, yet professional work environment comprised of a collection of highly motivated, self-driven therapists who feed off of each other’s love for their job and compassion for helping our families. The culture of our clinic is service-oriented, and our highest objective is providing the best possible treatment and care for our clients, every step of the way.
Have you ever worried about your child being able to safely navigate your home? Or that they can independently take a shower? For many parents, these are daily worries. Accessibility Remodeling is here to help make your home, business, or commercial space accessible to all people. The passion and drive this company has to make KC accessible to all of its citizens is infectious and I am proud to be able to include them on the MKCA site. They can help you with everything from putting in a functional handrail, and all the way to completely remodeling your home to fit the needs of your loved one.
**Their website is being updated currently, this link will take you to their Facebook page. The website ill be added soon.**
Building Hope for Autism is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We provide connections, services, and supports designed to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Autism within the Kansas City community.
Established in 2002, Children’s Therapy Services is locally owned, located in Leawood, Kansas. Children’s Therapy Services provides speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, play, developmental & behavioral therapy, sensory therapy, social skills instruction, early reading skills, dyslexia intervention, and parent education. Our mission is to maximize the potential of children by providing individualized, family-centered education and intervention services .
The Dream Works provides Residential, Community Integration, Therapy, and Transitional Living Services in the Kansas City metro area since 1997. They work to promote independence, equal opportunities, and a real choice for all individuals with disabilities. This is being done regardless of the individual's physical, mental, or socioeconomic status.
The Missouri office is found in KCMO.
The Midwest Hemophilia Association is a non-profit organization formed to promote awareness, provide group support, educate, and facilitate communication for the bleeding disorders community of Kansas and Missouri. They provide information on available treatments, insurance and reimbursement issues, and related legislative efforts. They offer educational seminars and conferences, publish a quarterly newsletter, and also hold special benefits for their members.
CCVI offers a comprehensive program, including individualized therapy, consulting services, and supportive family education. Services are provided beginning in infancy through our home-based Infant Program, and continue with our Preschool&Kindergarten classes, preparing children for entry into the public or private school systems. Specialized services include braille instruction, orientation and mobility, deafblind services, assistive technology, low vision training, speech, occupational, physical and aquatic therapies, and family support. CCVI also provides itinerant and consulting services to area school districts.
MOSILC advances independent living and the rights (civil and human) of people with disabilities, demanding consumer empowerment, control, equal access, and full integration.
Independence, Inc. has served as a resource in Lawrence and Northeast Kansas through our mission to maximize the independence of people with disabilities through advocacy, peer support, training, transportation and community education. As an Independent Living Center, we work with people with various disabilities to live in the environments of their choice. We offer options, resources and advocacy to help people live fulfilling lives. Our vision is to work together in transforming our communities to be the best places in which people with disabilities can live, learn, and work. For more information about Independence, Inc., please visit the links below.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services works with organizations across the state to offer information and assistance to improve the health and well-being of thousands of Missouri families every year.
The mission at Paws4Autism is to help train Autism Service Dogs and psych service dogs! They help to provide
community outreach and education on service dog awareness, informational training, social skills classes, and innovative transitional job skills to youth and young adults who demonstrate autism spectrum behaviors.
Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) is Missouri’s Parent Training and Information Center, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and the State of Missouri. Our mission is to empower families to advocate for themselves so that children with special educational needs can reach their full potential in education and life – through support, training, and education. All of MPACT’s staff is a parent or has a loved one that has a disability.
The Council's Mission is: "To assist the community to include all people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of life." The Council is consumer driven and the members are appointed by the governor to plan, advocate for, and give advice concerning programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities that will increase their opportunities for independence, productivity, and integration into communities.
My favorite groups are ones that have been created by parents. A parent will stop at nothing to help their child. Autism Works began in 2010 and was founded by a group of parents who shared a common bond, they had a child on the Autism Spectrum and wanted to find more resources to help them in the Northland area.
Chadwick Speech Therapy & Parent Support Services is proud to offer professional and compassionate services for families in the KC area. Their team of nationally licensed Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists provide collaborative, family focused care. Their unique approach results in maximizing each client's progress toward their individual goals. The team values neurodiversity, functional skills and quality of life over compliance.
At The Summit Center for Child Development we believe that every child can learn appropriate social behavior and effective communication skills that will improve their quality of life at home and in the community.
Their mission is to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with services that respect their choices, increase their opportunities, encourage their independence, and assist their inclusion in all aspects of the community.
Henson's Heroes is an organization started by two young cancer survivors. They understand how hard being in the hospital really is and how much you miss while battling cancer. Caleb and Raegan’s mission is to help make kids happy while they are in the hospital facing scary medical situations. “We want them to know someone cares. We want them to know we care.” Holidays, birthdays, and other significant milestones are to be celebrated regardless of where you are sleeping. Unfortunately, some children find themselves spending these special days hospitalized. Raegan and Caleb know all too well what that is like. With the help of the staff and Children’s Mercy Hospital, Henson’s Heroes provides more than just toys. Donating undergarments for children in the burn unit, meals for the staff on Christmas, balloons for the patients on Valentine’s Day, and Easter baskets, etc…. Henson’s Heroes helps to recognize milestones all year long.
*From one survivor to two others, Caleb and Raegan, you are incredible and I am honored to include you on this site.
This place is 100% on my list of places I want to visit!
The Farmer's House, Inc., is a not for profit 501(c)(3). The Farmer’s House provides innovative community-based programs for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities (our Farmers) at one site in Westwood, Kansas and two sites in Weston, Missouri. A supportive, positive environment is the foundation of our structured programs which emphasize meaningful activities that support the identification, acquisition and retention of personal, social and vocational skills. Our goal is to empower each Farmer to live a meaningful life and encourage positive interactions through social, recreational, vocational and transitional services.
They offer several different programs at The Farmer's House, Inc.
MOABLE helps to provide ABLE accounts to individuals in Missouri who have disabilities. They offer tax-free saving plans for disability-related expenses. MOABLE allows families to save and invest without losing federal needs-based benefits. There is a questionnaire section that will help families looking for more information on the site. I would suggest looking over the FAQ section.
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Over 100,000 military families have family members with special needs. These include spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services. These family members have a diagnosed physical, intellectual, or emotional condition. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) works with these families to address their unique needs. The materials within this section of Military HOMEFRONT are designed to give service members and their families critical information and resources related to the EFMP program.
The I’m Determined project, a state-directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.
WonderBaby.org is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you’ll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they’ve learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families.
*This is an AMAZING resource!
Event notifications for the Kansas City Deaf and Hearing population.
TWP Adaptive Sports Group is specifically dedicated to adaptive/accessible sports and recreation programs supported by The Whole Person. We are creating COMMUNITY through this group, sharing photos, videos and opportunities for people of all abilities.
The mission of Autism Outreach Fellowship is to reach out to the Jackson County, Missouri, special needs community to provide free events in a safe, comfortable and social environment; to provide physical, spiritual, emotional and monetary assistance to special needs individuals and families; to connect special needs families with city, county and state resources designed to strengthen understanding and development of the special needs community. Autism Outreach Fellowship’s ultimate goal is to establish a pathway for special needs families to find more information and inclusion in the Jackson County, Missouri, area.
We are parents with ADHD and all have a kiddo(s) with ADHD. We are privy to the struggles parents with ADHD face daily. We all know we face a different set of struggles than parents without ADHD..I mean, It's kind of hard to force your kid to do homework when you can't even focus on it, right?? :) We hope you can relate to other parents here and not feel so in alone in your day to day life and struggles.
Matthew's Ministry is Church of the Resurrection's awareness, outreach and support ministry for persons with special needs and their families. It is our desire to show the love of God to all people and to incorporate them into the life of the church.
MKCA is run completely by donations. Please help me keep the site going and free for all families needing its resources.