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  Although many parks offer accessible parking, sidewalks, and bathrooms, few include playground equipment that is inclusive to those with special needs. Over the past few years, Kansas City area parks and rec departments have addressed this issue by establishing new...

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Bring Joy in the Workplace at CMH

Walking into The Children’s Mercy Hospital lobby you are surrounded by color, whimsy and joy. While visiting a Variety Child in the hospital, I was surprised to find that after leaving the lobby the feeling of whimsey  gave way to a sterile and cold feel.  I get it -...

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Variety KC Family Play Zone at New KCI Terminal

Airlines know that their future for the next several decades lies in the travel habits of the largest traveling demographic - millennials.  And 54% of those millennial travelers have children (a number that is growing.)  What's more, nearly 40 percent of the $270...

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Meet the Kids – Kylie!

Kylie was diagnosed with PANDAS, Developmental Delays, ADHD, and possible autism. Kylie is a very loving young lady, she tries her best to encourage others everyday that just because they are different doesn't mean that they aren't special. She goes out of her way to...

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Meet the Kids – Waylen!

Waylen has recently been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy along with many movement disorders. Waylen is not mobile and needs a lot of help on a day to day basis. Some of the medical equipment can be very difficult and not easy to transport. Waylen is getting older and...

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Meet the Kids – Steven!

Steven was diagnosed with down syndrome. Steven is an adorable little boy who embraces life's challenges. Steven's mom says, "I love everything about my son. He is very confident, caring, always happy like me, always has a good infectious laugh that gets our family...

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Meet the Kids – Sophia!

Sophia was diagnosed with Chorea/Hyperkinetic Progressive Movement Disorder Genetic, Autism, Anxiety Disorder, Movement Disorder requires her to wear SMO braces daily on her feet to control ankles and legs. Her left eye is legally blind. Sophia is a beautiful young...

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Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City provides children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion.  Variety the Children’s Charity of Kansas City has served this community for over 85 years....

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Inclusive Play Area for KCI Airport New Terminal Unveiled

                                              Inclusive Play Area for KCI Airport New Terminal Unveiled Variety KC and City of Kansas City, Missouri partner to improve accessibility The Kansas City Aviation Department has partnered with Variety KC to develop an...

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Meet the Kids – Annalise!

Annalise has Prader-Willi syndrome. Prader-Willi can cause different types of developmental and cognitive delays. She has low muscle tone. We see a physical therapist 4 times a week to work on strengthening and her gross motor skills. The only treatments currently are...

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Meet the Kids – Carson!

Carson was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. No matter what challenges Carson has faced, he has overcome them with a positive outlook and begins each day new – with a smile on his face… which makes us “happy always”. Carson is a fighter. He spent his first 52 days of life...

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Meet the Kids – Abigail!

Abigail has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She has difficulty walking for long periods of time and keeping her feet and legs straight. Abby is a very outgoing and social girl who is really starting to notice how people watch and react to how she walks. She is...

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