Ability KC
3011 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City MO 64108-3465
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 751-7700 7901
Fax 816- 751-7984
Mission Statement
Ability KC's mission is to build brighter futures for children and adults with disabilities by providing comprehensive educational, vocational and therapeutic services. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Castillo
Board Chair Mrs. Sarah Bloss
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hallmark Cards
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1947
Former Names
Children's Therapeutic Learning Center
Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
At Ability KC, the generosity of generations of families, individuals, corporate and organizational partners has made it possible for thousands of children and adults in Kansas City to reach their greatest ability possible. Whether your choice is to volunteer with the programs and services offered at Ability KC or to provide a donation, thank you for your support. 
 
You may make a donation by visiting www.abilitykc.org/give or by mail to 3011 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City MO 64108. For more information on volunteer opportunities please contact us at volunteers@abilitykc.org  
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Ability KC's mission is to build brighter futures for children and adults with disabilities by providing comprehensive educational, vocational and therapeutic services. 
Background Statement

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 medical rehabilitation and employment services for veterans returning home from World War II.

In 2016, those founding organizations, Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center and Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City,  came together as one organization, Ability KC. As one organization we are better positioned to provide a continuum of care for individuals with disabilities at every stage of life. In 2017, seventy years and thousands of celebrations of success later, those founding organizations announced their new name as a unified organization, Ability KC.

Today, Ability KC serves more than 3,100 individuals and families with disabilities.

Impact Statement
Annually more than 3,100 individuals and families participate in outpatient medical rehabilitation, therapeutic preschool and employment services.In concert with our pillar services, multiple specialty programs and services are offered, including assistive communication and computer technology (ACCT), applied behavior analysis (ABA), driving evaluation and training, extended work adjustment (Ability KC Industries), neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, and much more. Together, these services help individuals reach their greatest level of independence and prepares them to participate more fully in the moments that build a rich life. 
 
In 2018, Ability KC completed interim renovations to benefit the children, adults and families we serve.These updates allowed Ability KC to maximize our therapeutic spaces to better care for those we serve. At the same time, Ability KC approved a 5-7 year strategic plan to implement in 2019 to ensure the sustainability of all programs and services. 
 
In 2019, Ability KC was proud to receive re-accreditation through the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to the programs that we re-accredited, Ability KC added eight new programs since the survey in 2015. CARF surveyors also noted that Ability KC is the only organization in the world to receive accreditation for both adult and pediatric programs for amputation, brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke. Additionally, Ability KC unveiled a planned expansion at the Mary Shaw Branton Therapeutic Preschool that will grow therapy and classroom spaces and allow Ability KC to provide more children and families access to the early special education and therapy needed to ensure children have a foundation for future successes. 
Needs Statement
One in five individuals will experience a disability in their lifetime. At Ability KC, we are changing the conversation from disability to ability. Our comprehensive programs help individuals of all ages, at any stage in life, born with or acquired a disability achieve their greatest potential to participate at home, school, work and in the community. 
 
To best serve the more than 3,100 individuals and families we serve, our greatest need is the expansion and updating of our Main Campus location. In addition the expansion of program and services offered is crucial to the success of those we serve to be able to meet their needs at every stage of life. Technology also continues play a critical role in the lives of those we serve from rehabilitative equipment to assistive technology.  While Ability KC has marked itself as one of the national leaders in technology use our inventory is limited.  With multiples of key equipment, therapy teams would be able to increase the amount of technology use into each patient's daily therapy schedule. 
Service Categories
Rehabilitative Care
Preschools
Vocational Counseling/ Guidance/Testing
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Liberty
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO
KS
Geographic Area Served Narrative

Since 1947, Ability KC has been a destination for families locally and regionally. We serve individuals from counties across Kansas and Missouri for medical rehabilitation, therapeutic preschool and employment services. The primary counties served are Jackson (49%), Clay (8%) and Cass (3%) in Missouri and Johnson (14%) and Wyandotte (3%) in Kansas. The other 23 % come from counties in Kansas, Missouri and other neighboring states. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
For more than 70 years, the programs offered at Ability KC have provided individuals with disabilities with outpatient medical therapies, educational support, and employment services to live their most fulfilled lives. With our guiding mission of building brighter futures for those we
serve, Ability KC achieved amazing milestones in 2018. In collaboration with the UMKC Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, our board and staff leadership, we launched a long range plan with an emphasis on building for the future.
In 2018, we invested in our organization in ways that rival any other time in our history. Through generous support from our community partners, including JE Dunn, Scott Rice, Capital Electric, Henderson Engineers, Olsson Engineering, and bcDesign Group, Ability KC completed improvements to support therapy spaces for those we serve. With the guidance of our community partners, and the insight of our staff and board, we began planning for future campus expansion.
The profound milestones reached by the individuals we serve would not be possible without the unwavering dedication of the staff at Ability KC.
This year, we were honored to partner with CBIZ and the Kansas City chapter of the Academy of Culture Ambassadors to develop core cultural values that influence our experiences each day. This progress represents a critical step in our journey to creating the best workplace culture in Kansas City for our team and those we serve.
Finally, we want to express our sincere gratitude to the leadership of our Board of Directors. Their expertise and guidance has ensured that all
we have done to advance our mission in 2018 will build momentum for the next 70 years. We are deeply grateful to our Board, staff, community partners and above all, those we serve.
Programs
Description
Our CARf-accredited medical rehabilitation programs help children and adults who have experienced a life-altering injury or illness that has significantly impacted their physical and/or cognitive function.  Day program services provide a transition from inpatient rehabilitation for indviduals who no longer require 24-hour medical or nursing support, but need intensive phsyical, occupational and/or speech therapy along wih other supports in order to regain lost abilities or learn new ways to perform activties of daily living.  Outpatient therapy services are provided to individuals who no longer need daily therapy, but continue to benefit and make gains from medical rehabilitation.  
Program Budget $5,181,307.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation Services
Population Served Other Health/Disability, People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Success is defined when an individual no longer requires intense day treatment services and is prepared to transition home and/pr to school or work in order to resume activities appropriate to his or her age.

Long-Term Success

Children and adults with complex disabilities will be prepared and able to enjoy life’s many opportunities and options including attending school, returning to work, participating in community activities and living full, productive lives.  Our program helps individuals regain their physical and functional independence. 

Program Success Monitored By

We utilize a formal program evaluation and outcome measurement system to monitor program success and identify when changes are needed. Data is collected at various points throughout the program including admission, discharge and 90-day post discharge follow-up. A follow-up plan and action steps are documented as part of the patient’s program plan and their team conference report. A patient representative visits patients, as needed, throughout their program participation. Upon discharge, patients and/or their family receive a satisfaction survey. Data from returned surveys is used in semi-annual program outcome reports. This information is shared with a Program Outcomes Committee, comprised of key staff, and the Institute’s Board of Directors. Personal follow-up for outcome measurements is conducted by telephone 90 days after discharge. Any problems or issues are taken to the program supervisor for action.

Examples of Program Success
Our program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). An organization receiving a three-year CARF accreditation has been through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.  Examples of 2017-2018 program outcomes achieved include:
  • 100% of age-appropriate patients (children) successfully completed transition to school.
  • 100% of parents were very satisfied with the results their child achieved.
  • 93% of patients (adult) reported being able to take care of their responsibilities in the home such as paying bills, doing laundry, mowing the lawn, etc., 90 days after discharge.
  • 99% of discharged patients (adult) reached for follow-up were still living at home one year after program completion.
  • 99% of patients (adult) were satisfied with  the overall results they achieved. 
Description
Our therapeutic preschool is nationally accredited and serves children with and without disabilities. Individualized instruction is the cornerstone of the early intervention classrooms. Our 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. Our outpatient therapy clinic is a perfect adjunct to school-based or home-based therapies. Therapies include aquatic, occupational, physical and speech. Additional applied behavior analysis therapy services are provided for children with autism spectrum disorders. 
 
Annually, our therapeutic preschool serves nearly 200 young children. Of the children served in 2018, 44% had a developmental disability, 24% had autism spectrum disorders, 12% had cerebral palsy, 16% had Down's Syndrome and 4% had brain injury.  The children and families served by our agency primarily reside in Jackson County, Missouri. We serve children of all ethnicities and races, 36% are African American, 35% are Caucasian, 11% are Hispanic, 5% are Asian/Pacific Islander and 13% are multi -racial or another ethnicity. Most of the children are on Medicaid and are in our program because they qualify for Early Head Start and Head Start.  In 2018, 60% of the children we served qualified for free-lunch and/or other forms of financial assistance.
Program Budget $2,800,944.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Short-term program success is measured by:
  • Children maximize development. Measurement: percent of children who achieve their individual occupational and/or speech therapy goals, as appropriate, through introduction and utilization of assistive technology. Goal: 75% or greater.
  • Children exhibit greater independence in the home and at school. Measurement: average percent of progress based on accepted assessment tools and age equivalency.
  • Children experience community inclusion. Measurements: percent of children who have played with same-aged children within the past week while integrating the use of assistive technology.
  • Children will demonstrate appropriate methods of expressing their wants, needs and feelings through the use of assistive technology tools. Measurement: Improvement in positive behaviors/patterns as demonstrated in classroom and therapy settings. Goal and improvement of 25% or greater.
Long-Term Success
Long-term program success is measured by: 
  • Children who complete the program and are kindergarten ready. Measurements: percent of children who transition to kindergarten or equivalent educational environment with the assistance technology devices in place.
  • Children and/or family are satisfied with services received. Measurements: overall satisfaction with services; satisfaction with family's inclusion and participation in team process; satisfaction with outcomes achieved; satisfaction with the relationship.
Program Success Monitored By
We define our program’s success in terms of family satisfaction, student outcome achievement, operating effectiveness and fiscal management. We utilize a formal outcome data measurement system to assess family satisfaction with our services and outcomes achieved for each child in our therapeutic preschool. Outcome information is collected every six months and shared quarterly with a Program Outcomes Committee, comprised of key staff, and our Board of Directors. The committee utilizes that data to assess program impact and identify if/where changes are needed to support outcome goals.
The following represent therapeutic preschool outcomes achieved for the period of January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
  • 100% of children who graduated successfully transitioned into their next education setting (84% to Kindergarten and 16% to an Early Childhood Learning Program).
  • 91% of children have played or interacted with same aged kids within the last week. 
  • 100% of parents are satisfied overall with the progress their child has made.
  • The greatest areas of academic growth for students were in math and language. 
Examples of Program Success
Brieanne, Charlie, & 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 future. After finding the therapeutic preschool services at Ability KC, they immediately connected with the classroom-integrated therapy for Patrick and the peer model option for Patrick's big brother, Charlie. Patrick has gained the strength, balance and confidence to be an independent toddler while Charlie has gained the foundation to be an advocate for his brother and others who are differently abled.
Description
This nationally accredited program helps working-aged adults with disabilities secure and maintain employment that offers a competitive wage and benefits. Being employed and earning a wage provides disabled individuals with options and opportunities including becoming more integrated into their community. Many disabled individuals have the desire to become employed, but would likely not succeed on their own without our Community/Supported Employment Program.   Our services help ensure that individuals served will not only get a job, but keep their job, thus enabling them to provide for themselves and their family, establish a network of support and become contributing members of the community.  The program assists nearly 500 adults annually.  
Program Budget $1,852,405.00
Category Employment, General/Other Vocational Rehabilitation
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The relationship between personal independence and employment is critical. The ability to earn a wage provides individuals with options and opportunities. By earning wages an individual can provide for themselves and their family, establish a network of support and become a contributing member of the community. Many individuals with disabilities have the desire to become employed, but would likely not succeed on their own without the skills instruction, support and advocacy provided by our Employment Services. The program helps individuals with disabilities identify their job skills, address barriers to employment, gain job seeking skills and become connected with potential employers that match their skills and interests. The program goal is to help working-aged adolescents and adults with disabilities secure and maintain employment. The ability to secure a job and then maintain it after 90 days is a serious step toward self-sufficiency. Our most recent outcomes period for 2017 demonstrate our program’s success with 80% of participants securing employment and 83% of those maintaining employment at 90 days.  

Long-Term Success

Barriers, real and perceived, to employment can be substantial for individuals with disabilities. Common barriers include lack of confidence, little or no work experience/skills, transportation issues, fear of rejection, limited social supports and potential loss of Social Security benefits. Long-term success is defined when employers see the potential and value in hiring people with disabilities. Our clients are able to secure and maintain competitive employment that matches their interests, abilities and needs and earn a living that not only allows them to be self-reliant, but elevates their standard of living. Our program supports this long-term success by not only helping the individuals served secure employment but maintain that employment. Our program job placement and job retention outcomes, at above 70%, consistently exceed national benchmarks and standards set by Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Program Success Monitored By

We utilize a formal program evaluation and outcome measurement system to monitor program success and identify when changes are needed. Data is collected at various points throughout the program including admission, discharge and 90-day post discharge follow-up. A follow-up plan and action steps are documented as part of the participant’s program plan. Effectiveness, efficiency and long-term impact measures are specific to the services provided. Follow-up is conducted in person and by telephone with the program participants and employers. Program outcome measurements and client satisfaction surveys are reviewed quarterly by an Outcomes Committee. Any problems or variations in outcome measurements are reviewed, problems are identified and solutions are developed.

Examples of Program Success
Our program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). An organization receiving a three-year CARF accreditation has been through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.  A sampling of 2017 program outcomes are as follows:
  • 83% of individuals placed in employment were still employed at six month.
  • 100% of individuals placed through Ability KC Industries have friends at work and look forward to work each day.
  • The average starting wage for individuals placed in employment was $10.85 per hour.
Description
The goal of Assistive Technology Services is to increase the self-sufficiency of children and adults who are living with physical and/or cognitive disabilities.   Through the identification, training and utilization of adaptive equipment, technology and devices, individuals with significant disabilities can communicate, attend school, secure or maintain employment and/or live independently. This nationally accredited program activities are frequently interwoven with other services provided by our organization including medical rehabilitation (occupational, physical and speech therapy) provided after an injury or serious illness when the individual must learn new ways of performing daily tasks and technology can be part of that equation. Individuals may also be participating in our employment services, where technology becomes one of many tools to help them succeed on the job or in education/training leading to employment. The program serves 555 children and adults annually. 
Category Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation Services
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The aim of our program is to prepare individuals with disabling conditions to successfully compete in educational and employment settings and increase their level of independence in the home and community. 

Long-Term Success

People with disabilities constitute one of our nation’s largest minority groups and it is the only group that any one of us can become a member of at any given time. According to the Disability Funders Network, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is ten times greater than the national rate. Yet, people with disabilities have a strong desire to work.  Adaptive technology, from the simple to the advanced, can open doors to employment and greater community inclusion for individuals with the most challenging disabilities such as ALS, MS and paralysis.   Assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to more fully participate in school and secure or maintain employment and, as a result, have increased self-sufficiency.

Program Success Monitored By

We utilize a formal program evaluation and outcome measurement system to monitor program success and identify when changes are needed. Data is collected at various points throughout the program including admission, discharge and 90-day post discharge follow-up. A follow-up plan and action steps are documented as part of the patient’s program plan and their team conference report. A patient representative visits patients, as needed, throughout their program participation. Upon discharge, patients and/or their family receive a satisfaction survey. Data from returned surveys is used in semi-annual program outcome reports. This information is shared with a Program Outcomes Committee, comprised of key staff, and the Institute’s Board of Directors. Personal follow-up for outcome measurements is conducted by telephone 90 days after discharge. Any problems or issues are taken to the program supervisor for action.

Examples of Program Success
A sampling of our 2017 program outcomes are as follows:
  • 98% of participants planned to use their adaptive technology at work or school or to enhance communication and increase independence in the community.
  • 100% of participants served continued to use their technology and skills one year after program discharge.
  • 100% of participants were pleased with services provided and would recommend the program to others.
Description
Ability KC Industries, provides extended full-time employment opportunities and supportive rehabilitation services to adults with developmental and other significant disabilities who, at the time of admission, are unable to work in the competitive labor market. Services are designed for adults with physical, developmental or mental disabilities that impact their ability to select, secure or successfully retain competitive employment.  The program provided employment and support services for 125 adults with developmental and mental health disabilities.  
Program Budget $1,236,693.00
Category Employment, General/Other Vocational Rehabilitation
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Many program participants have significant barriers to becoming competitively employed. They lack social skills, work experience, role models and the family support needed for safe and successful community employment. The Extended Work Adjustment Program provides the structure, encouragement, work experience and social support needed for these individuals to move toward self-sufficiency.
Long-Term Success Our ultimate goal is to continue to provide valuable work experiences for our clients so that they can earn a wage, develop job skills and build work behaviors that will enable them to secure competitive employment. Our immediate goal is to maintain the current customer base and attract new customers through innovative practices and increased program capacity.
Program Success Monitored By The program utilizes a formal evaluation and outcome measurement system. The productivity of each client is tracked daily and compiled into a report and reviewed quarterly with the client. If productivity is on target, then new goals are established. If the productivity goals are not met, then the client and program manager develop a new plan to help meet their objectives. Non-vocational data is collected through a client review process conducted quarterly. This information is then compared to the non-vocational goals set and adjustments are made or plans of action developed if goals are not met.
Examples of Program Success
The program provides employment (30 hours per week) and support services for 139 adults with significant disabilities. examples of our 2017 outcomes are as follows:
  • 97% of participants reached their individual goals.
  • 100% of families and caregivers felt that Ability KC Industries staff were responsive to needs, communicated effectively and provided a variety of work experiences. 
  • 100 % of program participants feel safe at work, have friends, feel like they are treated fairly and like their manager. 
  • 100% of business customers surveyed were satisfied with the quality, value and timeliness of the work performed by clients.
CEO Comments
Advances in trauma care coupled with the move in healthcare to discharge patients from inpatient care as fast as possible has had a significant impact on our program admissions. Our medical programs have experienced a steady growth in admissions – increasing by 100% since 2004. The patients being referred for services have more challenging medical rehabilitation needs. Our medical models and experienced staff have been able to accommodate the increases in demand and continue to produce outstanding patient outcomes with less than a 1% re-hospitalization rate.
 
Our medical programs are now operating at maximum capacity. Growth in our medical programs has led to overcrowding. Cramped quarters can cause disruptions during therapy sessions and a loss of patient privacy. Treatment equipment has no “home” and often is in the way, creating potential safety issues. Inadequate staff areas impede teamwork and creativity.
 
As one of the leading providers of extended work adjustment/sheltered workshop programs in Missouri, nearly 200 severely disabled adults rely on us for employment and support services.  Many program participants lack the speed, endurance, work experience and, in some cases, the family support needed to secure or successfully retain employment. Yet, they have something to contribute and have the desire to be productive. In order to provide our participants with the opportunity to develop job skills, earn a wage and move toward competitive employment, we must be able to meet the needs of today’s business customers and potential employers, To do so, improvements must be made in the space used for in our sheltered workshops to allow for more dock and warehousing space. 
 
We have embarked on a $10,600,000 capital campaign to fully renovate our facility and increase our service capacity. Goals for our campaign are as follows:
  1. Expand our medical rehabilitation services for children and adults with disabilities. We will accomplish this by enlarging patient treatment space to accommodate a 25% growth in patient admissions.
  2. Improve employment opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities. We will accomplish this by creating an enlarged industrial workshop space that will allow for new business opportunities including entrepreneurial ventures that will provide job skills training and employment for 200 individuals.
  3. Strengthen our capacity to serve individuals with disabilities. We will accomplish this by acquiring state-of-the-art treatment technology and equipment that supports positive patient outcomes. 
  4. Increase operational efficiency. We will accomplish this by equipping our staff with the equipment and technology needed to improve communication, eliminate duplication and reduce downtime.
  5. Enhance access to services and organization visibility. We will accomplish this by increasing our presence on Main Street with a new primary entrance, expanded parking, attractive landscaping and appropriate signage.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Amy Castillo
Term Start Mar 2017
Experience
Amy brings to Ability KC more than 20 years in healthcare and development, with an exceptional background in leadership, organizational management and marketing. Previously, she held leadership positions at Centerpoint Medical Center and Lee’s Summit Medical Center with HCA Midwest Health, Cerner Corporation and Viracor-IBT Laboratories. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and psychology from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Baylor University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dallas.
Under her leadership Since Feberuary 2017, Ability KC has gained momentum and now is positioned for future growth that will allow us to continue to meet the unique needs and different abilities of the thousands of patients and families we serve annually. Amy has the full confidence of the board to take this unified organization into its next phase. Her background, expertise and energy will drive growth, and her eyes are firmly fixed on our mission and vision. It’s an exciting time for all of us, and particularly for those in our community of all ages who are medically fragile, developmentally delayed, or live with disabilities.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Don HarkinsJan 2002 - Feb 2017
Mr. Ron HerrickJan 1996 - Dec 2001
Senior Staff
Title Chief Financial Officer
Experience/Biography Sherry Early has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from William Jewel College and a Master's in Business Administration from Webster University. She has 23 years of accounting experience, 21 of which has been in the health care field. Mrs. Early is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She has served as the Chief Financial Officer since 2005.
Title Director of Administration Services & Human Resources
Experience/Biography
Janice Brooke is the Director of Administration Services and Human Resources of Ability KC.  She has 22 years of experience in the human services field.  Janice is actively involved in the Society for Human Resource Management and community volunteer services.  
Title Director of Professional Standards
Experience/Biography
Peri Marquardt is the Director of Professional Standards at Ability KC.  She has more than 33 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been a leader in Health Information Management, Risk Management and HIPAA Compliance.  
Title Director of Marketing & Development
Experience/Biography
Katharine Lew is the Director of Marketing and Development of Ability KC.  She has more than 10 years of experience in development and marketing within the healthcare industry.  
Title Administrative Director of Medical Rehabilitation, Pediatric and Adolescent Therapies and Education Services
Experience/Biography
Janet Padley has more than 30 years of experience in rehabilitation and education services and has been a leader in program development at Ability KC.  She is actively involved in CARF and is a member of the Kansas City Pediatric Alliance and the Mother and Child Health Coalition.  
Title Administrative Director, Medical Rehabilitation, Adult Therapies & Educational Services
Experience/Biography

Title Director of Neuropsychology & Family Services
Experience/Biography
Terrie Price has more than 26 years of experience at Ability KC with specialization in neuropsychological assessment.  She is actively involved in the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, Inc. as a board member and conference operations manager, Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals as a member of the Program Committee and with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City as a member of the Program Committee. 
 
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 167
Paid Part-Time Staff 22
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 23
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 138
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (Please Specify) Not Specfified
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 139
Male 28
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
Collaborations
Our medical rehabilitation programs are considered part of the continuum of care for Kansas University Hospital, Research Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, Saint Joseph Medical Center, Olathe Medical center and Children’s Mercy Hospital. Through our employment programs we work closely with the Full Employment Counsel, Jackson County Board of Services and the Missouri Association of Rehab Facilities. 
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Adult Day Services - 3 year2019
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Sarah Bloss
Company Affiliation Hallmark Cards
Term Mar 2015 to
Email spbloss@gmail.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Jeanne Sosland
Company Affiliation Retired
Term June 2013 to
Email jeannesosland@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Seth Baker
Mr. George GuastelloUnion Station KC
Mrs. Sara GudeAmerican Century
Mrs. Liz HawksFleishman-Hillard
Mr. David HuntBMO Harris Bank
Mr. Robert Jackson
Ms. Lauri Jones
Mrs. Connie KampsHunt Midwest Real Estate
Ms. Jean KieneJames B. Nutter & Co
Mrs. Theresa LevingsBadger & Levings, LLC
Ms. Mary MartySullivan Higdon & Sink
Mrs. Sarah Nyp, MDChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. George Parkins II, MDVeteran's Administration
Mr. Michael PateidlLockton Companies
Mrs. Bonnie PearsonRetired
Mrs. Sarah Pence BlossHallmark Cards, Inc.
Ms. Lindsey RoyHallmark Cards, Inc.
Mrs. Jeanne SoslandRetired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 18
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 12
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Executive
Board Governance
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Marketing
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $14,070,504
Projected Expenses $1,472,365
Endowment Value $3,785,296
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 3
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial information reported from IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes contributions from individuals.
  • The organization also provided its consolidated audited financial statements which included the financials for Rehabilitation Institute Industries. 
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$720,967$656,560$2,045,596
Government Contributions$59,951$65,205$472,784
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$59,951$65,205$472,784
Individual Contributions------
$244,345$383,671$387,244
$9,636,880$8,795,844$8,377,540
Investment Income, Net of Losses$306,028$171,057$222,121
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$275,156$276,474$337,794
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Other$254,539$235,999$313,716
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$10,466,370$9,585,365$8,147,601
Administration Expense$1,428,044$1,474,309$2,035,598
Fundraising Expense$91,750$123,357$117,134
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.951.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$14,759,513$13,164,148$12,133,924
Current Assets$12,628,970$11,157,247$10,441,932
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,151,714$1,128,026$980,937
Total Net Assets$13,607,799$12,036,122$11,152,987
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.979.8910.64
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $135,315 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $125,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $102,900 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose See Financial Comments.
Goal $10,600,000.00
Dates Jan 2012 to Jan 2016
Amount Raised to Date $7,100,000.00 as of June 2012
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Annual Report2017View
Annual Report2017View
Annual Report (2015)2015View
Organization Name Ability KC
Address 3011 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO 641083465
Primary Phone (816) 751-77007901
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Castillo
Board Chair Mrs. Sarah Bloss
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hallmark Cards
Year of Incorporation 1947
Former Names
Children's Therapeutic Learning Center
Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City