Ability KC brings together Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City and Children's Therapeutic Learning Center. Whether an individual is born with or experiences a disability, that person does not have to be defined by limitations. We invite you to join the journey in helping others and changing conversations from disability to ability.


The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City and Children's Therapeutic Learning Center are proud to celebrate 70 years since their beginning in 1947. The two organizations have come together as one, Ability KC. Thousands of lives have been changed and celebrations of successes have occurred due to the generosity of the Kansas City community.


Nate and Jessica

As a Marine Corps veteran and former Kansas City, Missouri, police officer, Nate has experienced his share of mental and physical tests. In December 2015, Nate was involved in a motorcycle accident an

Nate and Jessica

Tim, Brieanne, Charlie and Patrick

When the family learned their youngest son, Patrick, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and had survived an in-utero stroke, their world was turned upside down, but they began preparing for Patrick's

Tim, Brieanne, Charlie and Patrick

KoAnn, Kohanna, Dakotah and Cloria

After an uneventful pregnancy, KoAnn gave birth to her first daughter, Kohanna. Born with her nasal passages blocked, the doctors knew immediately that Kohanna had CHARGE syndrome, a genetic pattern

KoAnn, Kohanna, Dakotah and Cloria


Alyssa was a student who benefited from an individualized education program (IEP) in high school but was unsure of her path after graduation. She decided work was her best option. Alyssa completed a



The CARF-accredited medical rehabilitation day program for infants through adults helps individuals who have experienced an injury or illness that has significantly impacted physical and/or cognitive function. Day program services provide a transition from inpatient rehabilitation for individuals who no longer require 24-hour medical or nursing support. A team of experts work closely with the patient, family, referring physician and specialists to build and manage individualized treatment plans in order to regain abilities or support new skills. The program includes physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Outpatient sessions are available with extended hours. For day program patients, outpatient sessions provide a transition for continued goal achievement.

Severe injury, illness, and disability affect individuals in a variety of ways—physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. They also impact family, friends and many others. Specialty teams at Ability KC work closely with the medical rehabilitation program, therapeutic preschool and employment services to support individuals achieving their greatest abilities.
Neuropsychological and rehabilitation psychology services are available for individuals who have experienced conditions such as brain injuries, concussion, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, dementia disorders, cerebral palsy and developmental delays.
Ability KC staff also assist individuals through vision therapy, post-concussion services, driving evaluation and training, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and adaptive computer and communication technology (ACCT) services for school, work and community.

The therapeutic preschool is nationally accredited and serves children with and without disabilities. Individualized instruction is the cornerstone of the early intervention classrooms. The teachers and therapists have advanced degrees and extensive experience in providing learning opportunities and maximizing each child's potential. Classrooms have a 1-to-4 ratio to ensure the level of support needed for each child. Additionally, therapists join the classroom teams to provide a holistic experience specific to each child's goals and plans. The therapeutic preschool operates year-round with multiple enrollment options.
The outpatient therapy clinic is a perfect adjunct to school-based or home-based therapies. Therapies include aquatic, occupational, physical and speech. There is no need to juggle multiple therapy appointments.

Ability KC provides employment services to companies throughout the region based upon the belief that great people equal great results. Working closely with the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Offices, the CARF-accredited service is a resource for job seekers with disabilities looking for assistance with employment placement. Ability KC employer development specialists provide the support and follow-up necessary for a successful working experience for all. In some cases, they provide on-site job coaching. The employment services team at Ability KC ensures that a new employee's transition into a work environment is smooth and results in added value.
Ability KC Industries, formerly R.I. Industries, assists companies with their production needs from intricate assembly, detailed handwork, collations and envelope stuffing to special packaging. Ability KC Industries has a team of trained and professionally supervised workers ready to assist with any task. Ability KC Industries is an ISO-compliant company proficient in Kanban inventory.

Books KC is a unique book recycler and reseller. When books are donated, 100 percent of the revenue generated from repurposing the books provides jobs and job training for individuals with disabilities in Kansas City. Books KC, an award-winning Missouri Recycling Association 501(c)(3) nonprofit, began in 2012. The project is also utilized for job training and skill assessment.
DME of KC is a durable medical equipment (DME) donation program for individuals, medical facilities and other organizations to help individuals in need. When you donate your DME items, 100 percent of the revenue generated from repurposing and selling the equipment will go toward providing jobs and training for individuals with disabilities in Kansas City. DME of KC, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Equipment donations are restored and resold at a low cost to individuals in need.
To find out more information about making a donation, please contact Steve Townsend at

Years of support and service

Individuals achieving their ability per year

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Thank you, Kansas City, and the many individuals, corporate and organizational partners who are ambassadors for Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. Many of the specialty programs, such as driving evaluation and training, adaptive computer and communication technology and many others, would not be possible without your valuable contributions. Whether your choice is to volunteer with the programs or provide a donation, thank you for your support.
Give to Medical Rehabilitation & Employment Services
At Children's Therapeutic Learning Center, generations of families, corporate and organizational partners have made it possible for thousands of children to receive loving care, early education and therapies necessary to achieve critical developmental milestones such as kindergarten readiness. Thank you, Kansas City, for your generosity to help with a child's preschool education or therapy.
Give to Therapeutic Preschool & Programs
Ability KC brings together Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City and Children's Therapeutic Learning Center. Annually, 2700 individuals and families receive services for medical rehabilitation, therapeutic preschool, and employment services. In addition, multiple specialty programs and services are offered, such as neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), corporate partnerships for employment opportunities and much more. Ability KC is proud to celebrate 70 years since the beginnings of each agency in 1947. Thousands of lives have been changed and celebrations of successes have occurred due to the generosity of the Kansas City community.


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