Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc.
10842 McGee Street
Kansas City MO 64114
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 708-0540
Mission Statement
The Kansas City Autism Training Center is committed to helping children on the Autism Spectrum fulfill their potential through ethical, evidence-based treatment, education and training.
Autism is one of the most devastating disorders of early childhood, typically causing life long impairment in every aspect of a young person's development. Over 40 years of research has resulted in a treatment that radically changes that outcome for the better. These applied behavioral analytic techniques are used by the providers of KcATC with the children we serve allowing more than half of them to transition into their public school with little or no assistance. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ron Johnson
Board Chair Mr. Gary Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation none
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The Kansas City Autism Training Center is committed to helping children on the Autism Spectrum fulfill their potential through ethical, evidence-based treatment, education and training.
Autism is one of the most devastating disorders of early childhood, typically causing life long impairment in every aspect of a young person's development. Over 40 years of research has resulted in a treatment that radically changes that outcome for the better. These applied behavioral analytic techniques are used by the providers of KcATC with the children we serve allowing more than half of them to transition into their public school with little or no assistance. 
Background Statement
Kansas City Autism Training Center, lovingly called KcATC (kat-cee), incorporated in the State of Kansas in 2001 as non-profit; received 501(c)(3) tax status from the IRS effective March 2001. Received Kauffman Fund Capacity Grant in 2005. Hired Autism Program Director in August 2005.   Located and secured a location; received approval from city and health department, opened in March 2006 with 1 student. We moved to a bigger location,  and quickly outgrew that location. With the donation of the new building late in 2015, we embarked on a capital campaign to raise the funds needed for renovations. The generosity of many and a Mabee Challenge grant allowed us to move into our new building in August 2017. 

KcATC was co-founded by Ron Johnson.  In seeking treatment for his son who was diagnosed with autism, Ron learned that the only treatment approach with significant positive outcomes, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), was not available in Kansas City in a center-based format.  Instead, parents were responsible for setting up treatment in their home.  Access to professionals trained in ABA was limited, and parents with no experience in ABA had to choose consultants and providers.  Parents had to recruit staff to work in their home and pay the consultant to train these staff.  

Impact Statement
KcATC measures success in small accomplishments of the children we serve.
  • When one child began receiving services from KcATC, she was delayed in all language, cognitive and social areas and had no vocal language. She made significant gains during her time as KcATC, learning to talk and engage socially with friends. She learned to read at KcATC and last August she transitioned to full-time first grade in a typical classroom with no supports. She is thriving in her new school environment, making friends, and her favorite thing to do is read. This year she joined cheer camp and performed with her friends during halftime of the school basketball game. Without 1-1 ABA and systematic programming she would not be successful in the environment that she is in today.
  • Connor* came in with high rates of maladaptive behavior when asked to get dressed, with some parent training we were able to change this morning dynamic allowing their family to get ready for school smoothly and happily. We taught Connor to allow taking turns which has allowed him to share things with friends and create more opportunities to learn from his providers. He has learned language that made it easier to get his needs and wants met while replacing the need to engage in some maladaptive behavior.
  • Henry* wouldn't approach unfamiliar men at the start of last year and wouldn't follow directions from any unfamiliar adults. He is currently following directions in group contexts from unfamiliar adults, including at his first team sports practice. This will allow him to participate in playdates, additional sports teams, and large groups at school.
A child who does not receive therapy, will likely progress into adulthood needing services and special living accommodations costing society upwards of $4M over their lifetime.
*names were changed for privacy.
Needs Statement

  1. Donations of funds for renovations to the new building. We are now in our second phase of our Hope Campaign.
  2. Donation of funds and materials to expand services to more children and families.
  3. Donation of funds to support scholarship for low-income and uninsured/under-insured families.
  4. Donation of funds to support continued expansion of outreach services. 
  5. In-kind services such as Marketing, Design services, and printing are always needed. 
Service Categories
Special Education
Mental Health Treatment
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
KcATC provides services to children throughout the Greater KC Area. We have had families move into the area to receive our services. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The Center is our 12th of service to children with autism and their families in the Kansas City area. Cost-benefit analyses show that delivering the behavior analytic services that we provide will develop an estimated savings of 2.5 to 5 million dollars during a child’s lifespan. The Surgeon General of the United States and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend evidence-based treatment for autism. We are proud of the evidence-based program that we have created. We see it on a daily basis how we are changing the children's lives for the better.

Five to ten families tour the Center monthly to observe our services. In the past, before insurance coverage, many families were unable to receive treatment for their child at the Center due to their personal finances. Today, with the availability of limited health insurance coverage in Missouri, services are now limited by the availability of credentialed staff to lead programming.

To address the issues surrounding intensive autism therapy and to provide services to more families, we secured an independent grant writer on a part time basis to seek funds from local foundations that support children’s health issues which has been successful. To address the lack of area credentialed staff, we have created an intern/mentorship program to develop these future credentialed programmers and allow the Center to continue to grow and serve more families, yet maintain the high level quality that the community expects from the Center. In March 2015, we hired a full-time development director to formalize our fundraising efforts and increase our capacity. Since then, we have increased our fundraising and successfully completed a $1.64 million capital campaign. 

We look forward to the challenges of providing evidence-based treatment to children and meet the needs of area families that have been directly touched by autism. We are also extremely excited about the new building that was donated to us by the Red Bridge Christian Church.  The Board's Strategic Planning Committee is meeting regularly to finalize our plans for growth. It is especially exciting since we celebrated 10 years of changing lives in 2016.
Description KcATC Direct Autism Services provides 20-35 hour treatment plans for children ages 2 ½ to 12 diagnosed with autism. We design and provide interventions that employ applied behavior analysis (ABA) and are individualized for each child.  Our goal is for every child served at the Center to make a socially valid change that is important to the child and his/her family that results in the child being able to succeed in a less restrictive environment. For this reason, we provide parent training, ensuring skills learned onsite transfer to the home, and we support inclusion experiences (both in schools and the community).
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities,
Short-Term Success

We break important skills (e.g., self-help routines, academics, social and language skills) into small steps. We measure progress daily and expect to see changes within those small steps within 3-5 days. Parents and staff take joy in the daily changes that occur in our students. The changes that we see in our clients within months of enrollment are increased approach to adults and peers and increases in requisites to learning (e.g., attention, imitation, eye contact, compliance with instruction following). Because we insist on parent training at enrollment, parents report being better able to interact with their child and to deal with the challenges associated with raising a child with autism. For many parents, the collaboration with KcATC is the first time when they have a positive force on their side in the fight against autism. 

Long-Term Success

Some children with autism begin intervention speaking; some do not have any functional communication. Some children have many maladaptive behaviors (e.g., self-injury, aggression); some children do not. Success is defined differently for each child. We are committed to each child meeting his or her own potential. Many alumni will be included in typical educational settings with and without support. Other clients’ success will be defined by increased family involvement, greater independence (e.g., toileting and feeding oneself), and minimal maladaptive behavior. 

Program Success Monitored By

Data are taken regularly on all teaching targets (i.e., daily-weekly). Assessment of social behavior, language, gross and fine motor development, and school readiness are conducted bi-annually. In addition, parent satisfaction is assessed informally during parent training visits. Parents measure success by the amount of generalization of skills from school to home, the increase in family involvement, their child’s increased independence, and increased happiness in the home. Also, take data on, and then teach to, generalization. That is, does the student perform skills in the criterion environment and does the programming ultimately lead to the child learning in more typical settings. Finally, the director writes education plans with between 40-60 goals. Progress reports are sent to parents every 4 months to monitor progress toward yearly goals.

Examples of Program Success

Each student’s success is measured differently. Three students are now in general education classrooms in their home district. One student engaged in self-injury at rates over 400 times per day. Our services produced a reduction to 0-10 times per day; when he returned to his home school district, these low rates maintained.

Typically, the measure of success is whether the child has acquired skills sufficiently to benefit from their home school districts services. However, parents of children also measure success in other ways. Parents call the center when their child has his first sleepover, or gets invited to a birthday party, participates in his first school concert, or reports that he has a best friend. The social skills programming at KcATC is pivotal to achieving these milestones that parents of typical children take for granted. 


Astra Day School is a service provided by KcATC which offers intensive one-on-one therapy to children on the autism spectrum, as well as provide day school services for two preschool classrooms which enroll both typically developing students and students with special needs.

As the day school program of KcATC, Astra Day School provides a solid, scientific culture of trained learning specialists and a core belief that every child has the right to learn to their greatest potential. Astra’s close ties to behavioral science lead to a unique focus on reinforcement and motivation for every student.

Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure consistent instruction for both high-achieving students and more fragile learners, so that individual students receive the amount of personalized attention required to learn, rather than the amount of attention allotted to them through state regulatory guidelines.

For more information, please visit www.AstraDaySchool.org

Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
Short-Term Success

Most of our students arrive in the preschool with few or no academic and social skills. We immediately place students in a curriculum and begin to shape their behavior with respect to their peers with and without disabilities.

Long-Term Success

Our major goal is to teach children to be responsible citizens, loyal friends, and capable scholars. Upon leaving our program, students will be academically, socially, and emotionally ready to transition into kindergarten.

Program Success Monitored By

Every student has a personal plan which tracks their progress in a curriculum that includes reading, handwriting, spelling, numbers, independence, safety, and social skills. Every curriculum is broken down into a series of steps and students are expected to master a step in any given curriculum in two weeks. Lessons in each curriculum are taught in a one-on-one tutoring environment and are always by invitation. Progress from each tutoring session is recorded in the personal plan. When a step is mastered, much celebration and congratulations follow. It is then noted in the personal plan and teaching the next step begins. Further, students’ progress in each curriculum is plotted on a chart in the back of their personal plan. In this way, each child may progress through the curriculum at their own best pace. Personal plans are public and parents are invited to look at and ask about their child’s progress every day.

Examples of Program Success

We are a relatively young program. Anecdotally, we have five students now reading at a Kindergarten level (up from none reading 6 months ago).We have also noted a significant improvement in the way our typical students interact with children with autism in our inclusion setting. Parents are very pleased with the program…several have cried with joy because of their child’s improvement during observations.

Description KcATC – Direct Training participates with the Kansas Center for Autism Training and Research and as a training site for the Kansas Autism Waiver program. We provide direct training and supervision for participants enrolled in the program. Initially participants complete a set of online tutorials designed to increase their knowledge of evidence-based practices and attend a clinic-based training with exposure to implementing these practices with children with an ASD. Following these clinic-based activities, these trainees come to KcATC to experience how these evidence-based practices are put into effect in a community setting.
Category Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success For the Following attendance at the KUMC clinic and OJT sites, trainees in the program continue to be monitored via the submission of videotaped segments of themselves engaging in the delivery of services to children with autism. KcATC staff assists in scoring these videotapes to determine if additional training is necessary to meet requirements. Pre/post, skill fluency, and satisfaction surveys are used to determine the overall success of the program.
Long-Term Success Long-term the goal is to increase the number of individuals trained to provide evidence-based direct-care autism services under the supervision of a qualified autism program developer, such as the center director at KcATC. By increasing the number of trained individuals, the KcATC will have directly contributed to the availability of evidence-based practices to those families affected by ASD in the greater Kansas City area as well as around the entire state.
Program Success Monitored By

Tools that are used to measure the success of the program are:

  • Pre/post knowledge assessments: Each trainee demonstrates at least an 80% performance on post-training assessments
  • Skill fluency checklists: Each trainee demonstrates at least 80% performance on direct application of teaching strategies and procedures used in evidence-based practices.
  • OJT: Each trainee attends the OJT and successfully completes this portion of the training.
  • Video-clip follow-up: Each trainee is required to submit 6 10-minute video-clips. Each video-clip is scored and feedback is provided to the trainee.
  • Consumer Satisfaction survey: Each trainee completes a satisfaction survey following training. To date, this training program has received a composite rating of 4.3 on a 1-5 scale with 1 being the least satisfied and 5 being the most satisfied.
Examples of Program Success KcATC is serving as a collaborative community partner with the dissemination of evidence-based practices, our staff demonstrates the skills, the children have the chance to demonstrate skills in the presence of unfamiliar people, and the trainee's get to witness the power of intensive evidence-based instruction. KcATC has provided a role in training 45 people who will serve up to 80 families in Kansas as respite providers, intervention providers, and as autism specialists.
CEO Comments

The children are the center of the world and the sky is the limit at KcATC. We lay the foundation of our program with the classroom and a blend of typical developing children and children on the autism spectrum. We teach the children kindness, social skills, language and academics using behavior analytic methods in a warm and loving atmosphere. The doors remain open to the parents at all times as they encourage parental engagement. Meal-time and sleeping can be very challenging and it is important that the child’s successes not end when they leave school. Therefore, after hours support is offered for parents to enhance the probability of growth and learning, throughout the course of the child’s daily life. When KcATC’s clinical staff feel the child is ready to transition to a private or public school setting, the transition is successful because the children are already accustom to KcATC’s natural school environment we have created, from technology, to recess breaks, to open-learning environments.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Ron Johnson
Term Start Mar 2006
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
  • Co-Founder of the Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc.
  • Father of a son diagnosed with autism.
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Missouri State University. 
  • Significant business and successful sales experience in insurance and real estate industry.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Master's in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas: area of expertise in autism intervention. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas. Tanya joined the KcATC staff in January 2009.  Tanya is the Director of Center Based Programming.
Title Clinical Coordinator
Experience/Biography Bachelor of General Studies in Applied Behavioral Science and Psychology from the University of Kansas: emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Joined KcATC staff in Spring 2007.
Experience/Biography Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges, Troy, New York.  Joined KcATC staff in Summer of 2011.
Title Agency Coordinator
Experience/Biography Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Kansas State University. Joined KcATC staff in Fall 2012.
Title Chief Development Officer
Experience/Biography More than 25 years of Executive/ C-level experience to include fundraising, operations, human resources and finance.
Paid Full-Time Staff 35
Paid Part-Time Staff 7
Volunteers 200
Paid Contractors 3
Retention Rate 86%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Center for Child Health & Development, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Bridge Clinic
  • KCART-Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training 
  • IBT--Integrated Behavioral Technologies 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Gary Hall
Company Affiliation none
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2021
Email gary@hallkc.com
Board Members
Mr. Justin Buerge
Mr. Wyatt Cobb Secure Passage
Mr. Tim Everson SiteSpan
Mr. Gary Hall Arsalon Technologies, LLC
Ms. Linda S. Heitzman-Powell PhDIntegrated Behavioral Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Ronald L. Johnson Johnston Fiss Insurance
Mr. Matt McInnes McInnes Group, Inc.
Mr. Paul Pautler
Ms. Tiffany Roberts Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Sloss FireMon
Mrs. Katie Worthington Worthington Employer Solutions
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Capital Campaign
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Claudia L. Dozier PhD, BCBA
Ms. Patricia Meinhold PhD
Ms. Kenda Morrison PhD, BCBA
Mr. James Mulick PhD
Ms. Pamela L. Neidert PhD, BCBA
Mr. Jeff Sutton Gibbons, Sutton & Sonntag, LLC
Mr. Jeffrey Yanette MD, FAAP
CEO Comments We have a very active and involved Board of Directors.  We are very please that we have created a Young Professionals Board in 2017. They are an energetic group and give a unique perspective on a lot of topics. The idea is for them to assist in community awareness and fundraising efforts.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,006,446
Projected Expenses $2,104,038
Form 990s
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$352$2$0
Membership Dues$148$147$0
Special Events$76,540$180,188$189,205
Revenue In-Kind$1,400,200$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,365,959$1,376,191$1,218,712
Administration Expense$452,341$124,770$10,239
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.731.081.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%92%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,063,622$740,631$631,244
Current Assets$574,344$684,257$574,870
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,667$4,113$0
Total Net Assets$2,061,955$736,518$631,244
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities344.54166.36--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSarli Family Foundation $75,000Arsalon Technologies $58,845Arsalon Technologies $72,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAlliance Affiliated Equities Corporation $5,000Individual Donor $31,000Sarli Family Foundation $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $28,400Individual Donor $25,472
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose

Near the end of 2015, KcATC had a building donated to them. KcATC then launched the “HOPE” capital campaign to raise $1.6 4 Million. In December 2017, KcATC completed the first phase of our campaign and finished the Mabee Challenge 4 months early. We had to put some of our renovations on hold due to unforeseen issues during the renovations. Instead of going over budget, we created a phase 2 of our campaign which we will be raising the funds need to complete the things that we didn't get to do  in the first phase. Things like the finishing off bathrooms, classrooms, roof repairs, parking lot repairs, replace some windows, re-finish the library and a number of other things. We only did the work that would allow us to move into the building without disrupting our current level of service to the children. 

Goal $1,637,593.00
Dates Aug 2016 to Apr 2018
Amount Raised to Date $1,710,217.00 as of Jan 2018
Organization Comments
Challenges moving forward will be to interface with health insurance companies that understand behavioral intervention therapy.   We are currently facing the improper use of peer review strategy by a health insurance company that reduces necessary services to children on the autism spectrum.  They utilize professionals in cognitive therapy to make significant reductions in behavioral services. This reduction in necessary services will require a significant increase in fundraising efforts to maintain positive outcomes. 
KcATC is currently applying for grants for the purpose of conducting a full audit.  
Organization Name Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc.
Address 10842 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
Primary Phone (816) 708-0540
Contact Email tdelisser@kcatc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ron Johnson
Board Chair Mr. Gary Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation none
Year of Incorporation 2001