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Ability KC is built on a strong founding legacy that continues to inspire the work done each day for children, adults and families with disabilities.

In 1947, Mary Shaw Branton, Jeanette Luhnow and Jane Dick founded the therapeutic preschool for children with special needs. At the same time, Vivian Shepherd worked to provide outpatient medical rehabilitation and employment services for veterans returning home from World War II.

Seventy years and thousands of successes later our founding organizations, Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center and Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, came together as Ability KC.

Today, Ability KC is uniquely positioned to provide a continuum of care for all of life’s milestones.  No other organization in the region is able to join families for their child’s first steps, the first time receiving driver’s training when they turn 16 or returning to work.

Annually, Ability KC joins more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities and their families to support them in reaching their greatest potential.

The video below tells the story of Ability KC.

Ability KC is built on a strong founding legacy that continues to inspire the work done each day for children, adults and families with disabilities.

In 1947, Mary Shaw Branton, Jeanette Luhnow and Jane Dick founded the therapeutic preschool for children with special needs. At the same time, Vivian Shepherd worked to provide outpatient medical rehabilitation and employment services for veterans returning home from World War II.

In 2016, our founding organizations, Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center and Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, came together as Ability KC.  As one organization we are uniquely positioned to provide a continuum of care for individuals with disabilities at every stage of life.

Today, Ability KC serves more than 3,000 individuals and families with disabilities.

The video below tells the story of Ability KC.

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