• Adult Medical Rehabilitation

    How the Program Works

    Adult Medical ServicesOur Adult Medical Rehabilitation Program helps individuals who have experienced an injury or illness that has had a significant impact on physical and/or cognitive function regain lost abilities or learn new skills needed to be self-sufficient and engage in family, work, and community life. Through day program services and outpatient therapy our program provides services to address the immediate and long-term medical rehabilitation needs. A state-of-the-art facility with a large therapy gym, independent living apartment and advanced technology help individuals achieve their goals.


    The program offers several levels of service

    *Day Program services provide a transition from inpatient rehabilitation for individuals who no longer require 24 hour medical or nursing support. Through either the Day Hospital or SAILS (Successful Adult Independent Living Skills) programs individuals may participate in the program for up to a full day and receive:

    • Intensive therapy (occupational, physical, and speech)
    • Individual and group counseling
    • Occasional medial and nursing support
    • Education for the individual and family
    • Rest periods during the day
    • Pre-vocation assessment and services as appropriate
    • Return to community, work, retirement activities, or school

    *Outpatient Therapy services:

    • Single and multi-service therapy (occupational, physical, and speech)
    • Provided on a traditional outpatient schedule
    • Day program patients may transition to this level
    • Referrals accepted directly into these services

    Program Focus

    On the first day, the patient and a family member should plan to stay to complete the admissions process. Besides a therapist, individuals beginning Day Program services will also meet with the nurse, social worker, and case manager assigned to the program. Family members are encouraged to stay and meet all the staff who will be working with the patient and participate in the evaluation process. A staff physician with specialized rehabilitation training is available to oversee the course of treatment in coordination with the referring physician and primary care physician.

  • Pediatric / Adolescent Medical Rehabilitation


    Adult Medical Services Our Pediatric and Adolescent Medical Rehabilitation Program helps children who have experienced an injury or illness, or who have a development disability that has had a significant impact on physical, and/or cognitive function regain lost abilities or learn new skills through a combination of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy provided in a dedicated pediatric gym. For children who will be returning to school, school reentry services are also provided. Through day programming services that serve as a bridge for children who no longer require inpatient hospitalization, and outpatient rehabilitation services, our program provides critical services that address the immediate and long-term medical rehabilitation needs of the child and fosters their continued development and scholastic achievement.

    How the Program Works

    There are several different levels of service.

    Pediatric Day Treatment Services
    Assists children and their families with the transition from inpatient hospitalization to outpatient services. Therapy addresses basic self-care, health management, strength and endurance, safety in the home, family education, and advocacy.

    Adolescent Day Treatment Services
    In addition to intensive therapy services, the program addresses educational needs and supports, risky behaviors, peer and adult interaction, and vocational planning.

    Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
    Less intensive than Day Treatment, these services helps children fine-tune or improve specific areas such as hand function, mobility or balance, and may include a combination of physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy

    Program Details

    • Program hours are from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
    • Lunch is provided for full Day Treatment participants on a regular diet.
    • Families need to supply their own medications, special feedings and personal hygiene items (diapers, wipes, etc.) required during program hours. Please bring eyeglasses, extra change of clothing and assistive devices such as wheelchair, splints, braces, etc.
    • Children and teenagers need to dress in comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for exercise and running.
    • Children and teenagers should not attend on days they are feeling ill or within 24 hours of having a fever. If medical assistance is needed, families are encouraged to contact their primary care physician.
    • If a child or teenager is unable to attend or is going to be late, please call 816-751-7759. Frequent announced or unannounced absences may result in discharge from the program.

    Summer Therapy Programs

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  • Employment Services

    Scope of Services

    Employment ServicesOur nationally accredited program helps adults with disabilities enter the workforce for the first-time or return to work following a debilitating injury or illness. The Program helps individuals with disabilities identify their job skills, address barriers to employment, gain job seeking skills, and secure and maintain employment. 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.  

    Services are designed to help:

    • Working age individuals with disabilities who are preparing for entry or re-entry into the workforce.
    • Area businesses seeking subcontract services.
    • Individuals with more significant disabilities enter Organizational Employment Services (Workshops).
    • Consultation and/or vocational assessments to assist in re-integrating an existing employee with disabilities.

    Population Served:

    The population our Program serves includes individuals with a physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disability. The days of service are usually Monday through Friday, but can involve weekends for individuals participating in Community Employment, based on the Employer’s needs. Typical hours of service usually range from 8:00am – 4:30 pm, but can vary based on the needs of the participants and the Employers.

    Referral Sources:

    Referral sources can be State and County agencies, Residential Facilities, Mental Health facilities, legal guardians, and/or self referrals. Individuals entering into Community Employment Services are solely referred and funded by the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

    In addition to a referral from the above listing, Individuals must:

    • Be at least 14 years of age (16 years of age for our sheltered workshop services).
    • Be able to care for their personal needs or direct such services unless provided by a personal assistant whom they employ or arrange through a funding source.
    • Possess sufficient emotional control so as not to pose physical threat to either themselves or to others.

    Types of Services offered:

    • Career Exploration and Assessment Services
    • Job Readiness Services
    • Job Development/Placement Services
    • Job Supports/Coaching Services
    • Organizational Employment Services (Sheltered Workshops)
    • Assistive Technology Services
    • Business Services (employment referral, technology consultations, Employment Re-Integration and Industrial Subcontract Services).

    Admission Criteria

    Employment ServicesWe are an approved service provider for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, schools, employers, insurance, Missouri Medicaid, the Missouri Assistive Technology Program, and the Veteran’s Administration. Individuals choosing to enter the Shelter Workshop program may contact the Program Manager (Jessica Fahey) at 816-472-7799 and/or Workshop Operations Manager (Marla Nelson) at 816-751-7708 for tours and program information. Individuals choosing to enter the Community Employment Services may contact the Downtown Branch Manager (Kelly Ohrenberg) at 816-751-4924 for tours and program information.    

    Common issues presented at employment admission include:

    • Unemployment.
    • Unknown employment potential.
    • Unclear employment goals.
    • Lack of marketable work skills.
    • Lack of knowledge regarding community options.
    • Poor job seeking skills.
    • Uncertain of technology needs.

    Individuals with uncontrolled seizure disorders or diseases which are communicable through casual contact are not eligible for services. The Rehabilitation Institute does not provide psychiatric treatment, substance abuse treatment, or transportation from the individual place of residence.

    For additional information, please contact Kelly Ohrenberg in our Employment Services Department at 816-751-7924 or email us at

  • Driving Evaluation and Training Program

    Program Summary

    Driving Program The ability to drive is often the essence of ‘independence’ for many individuals. Since 1978, the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC) continues to provide comprehensive Driving Evaluation and Training services that enable persons with disabilities and the well-elderly to gain freedom behind the wheel.

    As the oldest and most comprehensive program serving Kansas and Missouri, the Driving Program at RIKC serves individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Professionally trained therapists, specializing in the area of drivers’ rehabilitation, assist participants through every aspect of the driving process from evaluation, training, and/or equipment recommendations.

    How the Program Works

    The Driving Program begins with an office visit to RIKC, where a therapist specializing in driving will evaluate a participant’s individual needs.

    Following a clinical and behind-the-wheel driving evaluation, the individual is provided with recommendations regarding their ability to drive and any training or adaptive equipment they may need to improve their driving abilities. Referral services are available to assist individuals in locating the appropriate equipment and vehicle modifications. As needed, vans and cars modified with specialized equipment are used to provide comprehensive evaluation or training for people with significant physical disabilities.

  • Adaptive Computer & Communication Technology

    Program Summary

    Adaptive Computer TechnologyOur Adaptive Computer and Communication Technology (ACCT) Program focuses on the use of assistive technology for everyday needs at home, work, school, and in the community.

    Together, participants and experienced staff explore assistive technology tools that will address an individual’s specific needs relating to:

    • Computer access – regardless of physical limitations
    • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
    • Learning disabilities
    • Home and environmental modification consultations
    • Individualized training

    Our staff is dedicated to providing greater success, independence, and productivity through effective use of assistive technology.

    Program Focus

    Services offered through ACCT strive to meet the needs of individuals of all ages and various diagnoses such as:
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    • Locked-in Syndrome
    • Developmental & Learning Disabilities
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Autism
    • Brain Injuries
    • Dysarthria
    • Non-verbal individuals
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • One-handed/One-finger typists

  • Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Counseling Services

    How the Program Works

    NeurologyUpon referral, neuropsychology staff will verify your insurance coverage on your behalf for the service requested.

    Neuropsychological Assessment

    An initial interview will be scheduled to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the assessment. Following this interview, an assessment session will be scheduled based on referral questions and patient needs. The neuropsychologist will explain limits of confedentiality and the nature and purpose of testing. You will be offered an opportunity to schedule a feedback session where the neuropsychologist will review findings and recommendations.

    Rehabilitation Counseling

    An initial interview will be scheduled for an intake counseling meeting with a psychologist to discuss goals for counseling and questions you may have regarding counseling sessions. The psychologist will discuss confidentiality and the nature, and purpose of counseling. Based on your needs, you and the psychologist will develop and schedule sessions of 20 to 45 minutes in length. The number of counseling sessions varies depending on individual needs.

    Program Overview

    Severe injury, illness, and disability can affect us in a variety of ways – emotionally, cognitively, and socially. It can aect our family, our friends, and so many of the people we interact with on a daily basis. The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC) is here to help.

    RIKC provides neuropsychological and rehabilitation psychology services in order to best serve individuals of all ages who have experienced conditions such as:

    • Brain injury or concussion
    • Stroke
    • Brain tumor
    • Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other progressive neurological diseases
    • Alzheimer’s and other Dementia Disorders
    • Developmental and Congenital Disorders
    • Learning Disorder
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Spina Bifida
    • Chronic Pain Disorders
    • Multiple Trauma
    • Limb Loss

  • Senior Services

    Program Overview

    The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City’s (RIKC) Senior Services offer a comprehensive approach to support living independently as we encounter changes related to the aging process. From driving to home evaluations, our Senior Services provide participants with the expertise needed to remain actively engaged. Services are offered on an individual basis by trained staff at our Main location (3011 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO) or on a limited basis in a participant’s home.

    Services include

    Senior Rehabilitation Services
    • Driving Evaluation & Training
      Through a series of tests along with behind-the-wheel evaluation, we assess an individual’s skill level and as appropriate, provide training for maintenance of safe driving techniques.
    • Vision – Evaluation and Treatment of Vision Deficits
      Changing vision often occurs with aging and interferes in the performance of functional daily living activities. Our vision services include training in use of compensatory techniques, environmental adaptations, and use of adaptive equipment.
    • Neuropsychology Services
      Our services assess cognitive, behavioral, emotional status, and changes associated with brain injury or stroke, brain tumor, progressive diseases (such as MS), dementia and pain management. We also offer individual and family counseling.
    • Using Assistive Technology in Daily Activities
      Assistive technology is a device or service that helps individuals of all ages enjoy full inclusion in their community. Our professional staff addresses needs relating to computer use, communication, and home and environmental modications.
    • Wheelchair Seating Assessment
      Services include determining the type of wheelchair and seating positioning devices you may need as well as computerized pressure mapping recommendations.
    • Fall Reduction Services
      Our medical rehabilitation staff can assist with assessment and recommendations to help individuals remain safe and active in their community.
    • Home Evaluation Services
      Remaining in charge of one’s living space is an important rite of independence for many and our trained staff can help. Through home evaluation and recommendations, our services help to make the home a safe place to live.
    • Therapy Services
      Services include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology, and support services.
    • Social Services
      Our trained social workers and case managers can help provide resources and education to individuals and families such as transportation or health insurance options and financial aid.

    Insurance Coverage

    • There is a charge for each evaluation and therapy session. The total cost is based on the number and kind of services or sessions required.
    • We accept most commercial insurance, Medicare, and most Medicaid policies. Self pay options are available. Please ask to speak to our financial department prior to admission. Coverage varies according to your insurance policy. Benefits are checked prior to admission and if there are any coverage concerns, these are discussed with you prior to admission.

    Referral and Admission Information

    • This service is appropriate for the well elderly dealing with age related changes
    • A physician prescription is required
    • For inquiries or referrals please call 816-751-7783

  • Exercise Services

    A fitness and wellness program for individuals with disabilities

    Senior Rehabilitation ServicesOur fitness program emphasizes cardiovascular conditioning, strength, and flexibility within the scope of your physical abilities. An individual fitness assessment will be performed by a physical therapist and a fitness program will be designed especially for you with your fitness goals in mind. Through the EXCEL program you take charge of your fitness and your lifestyle goals. The success of your program is up to you, but we're here to guide.


    • Location: Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC) - Therapy Gym - 3011 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108
    • Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Cost $20 per month
    • Contact: For additional information or to set up an initial visit contact: Shannon Lepper, MHS, PT at 816.751.7817
    • *Note: A physician's prescription is necessary for participation in this exercise program.

  • Limb Loss

    Program Overview

    Adaptive Computer TechnologyOur Limb Loss Program assists individuals who have lost all or part of an upper or lower extremity due to trauma, infection, diabetes, cancer, or other illnesses. Our expert staff will work with you to regain your independence by optimizing mobility, conditioning and functional skills. We do this by offering pre-prosthetic and prosthetic training. Our goal for all patients is to improve their ability to complete all activities of daily living and allow them to participate in the community in which they live, work or attend school.

  • Vision Services

    Vision Rehab Services

    How the Program Works

    Vision services provided include:
    • Evaluation of vision function
    • Establishment of treatment plan which may include instruction in use of residual vision, training in compensatory techniques, use of environmental adaptations, and use of assistive or optical devices and training in their use.
    • Referral to other services like physical therapy or driving evaluation and training to assist with safe mobility and driving.

    Program Technology

    • UFOV – In human vision, the useful field of view (or UFOV) is the visual area over which information can be extracted at a brief glance without eye or head movements The UFOV assessment is a computer based visual assessment addressing central visual processing speed, visual divided attention, and selective attention. This tool can also be used for treatment.
    • OPTEC – The Optec conducts simple and accurate visual screening tests for both pediatric and adult patients. This equipment allows visual skills to be screened under a variety of conditions including monocular, binocular, near, distance, and daytime. Tests include: visual acuity, color, and depth perception.
    • iPad – With a constantly expanding library of apps and games the iPad has made it’s way to the forefront of treatment for visual impairment. Apps also allow the individual to work towards their therapy goals at home.
    • Dynavision – Is a therapy tool for children and adults. The Dynavision has been used to improve visual tracking, visual attention as well as visual divided attention, peripheral visual awareness, eye-hand coordination and reaction time.
    • Computers – The development of programs and technology has opened the door to computers for treatment of visual impairment. Computers can improve focusing and other perceptual skills. We have specialty software for treatment of visual processing skills.

    Program Focus

    Most commonly, clients appropriate for vision or low vision services include individuals with:
    • Macular Degeneration
    • Diabetic Retinopathy
    • Glaucoma
    • Other diagnoses may include neurological events such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke
    Examples of functional low vision loss problems include:
    • Difficulty reading numbers, mail, newspaper, written notes and memos, medication labels, instructions on products, or financial information
    • Difficulty writing, filling out checks and checkbook or signing one’s name
    • Difficulty with meal preparation tasks such as pouring or measuring liquids, setting appliance dials, removing hot items stove or oven, reading recipes and food packages, and seeing spills on counters or floors. These problems put the person at risk for cuts, burns and falls.
    • Problems with homemaking such as cleaning, threading needles, sewing, or home repairs
    • Other sight issues related to telling time, using the phone, or computer

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