Read stories about the kids, families and events that your support has impacted and the lives it has changed.
Variety KC recently received this letter on behalf of Hunter, a teenager going through a number of life changes: Hunter is nearly a teen and has been diagnosed with severe autism, simple complex seizures,impulse control disorder, ADD, feeding difficulties with feeding...read more
Disability: Spina Bifida + Hydrocephalus Stephen "Kai Kai" Spina Bifida* is an up and coming basketball player and he isn't going to let a diagnosis of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus stop him! His mom explains that he is very active in playing wheelchair basketball...read more
From the Variety KC mailbox: My daughter Harriet has significant developmental delays, most noticeably with her speech. She is falling further and further behind from her neurotypical peers as her language delays also add to her social and emotional delays. Harriet’s...read more
Braeden's Disability: Cerebral Palsy - (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or...read more
A loving letter from Oliver's Mom: "Oliver has Kabuki Syndrome (read more about this syndrome below), he spent almost three months in the NICU due to hyperinsulinism, and with a high arch palate, he couldn't do oral feeds. We didn't know he had kabuki syndrome until...read more
Declan is on the autism spectrum and is nonverbal. His family is seeking a device to help him communicate his needs. KCDT proposed to use the LAMP program and we are excited to try it for him. Here's what his KCDT therapist says: Declan makes limited verbal sounds and...read more
Sienna had a brain injury before she was born and she's had a difficult journey. It started with seizures just before she was the age of one. She is not able to feed herself or talk. She's dependent on an adult to feed and move her. Still, Sienna has learned so much...read more
What is it like to raise a child with the following disabilities? Severe autism, pervasive developmental disorder, unspecified (F84.9), Sensory processing disorder, Impulse control disorder, ADHD, Charge syndrome, Sleep disorder; At risk for elopement; Chronic...read more
"Aleah suffered a brain injury at the age of 4 months due to aspiration phenomena. As a result, she suffered a brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy. She also had seizures, but has been seizure free for 7 years. While she is making great strides and is really a...read more
Disability:Cerebral Palsy, Multiple cognitive and learning disabilities, ADHD, Anxiety - a long list of conditions and NONE of them define Ruby! "Ruby was born in Ethiopia and we were fortunate to adopt her when she was 19 months. She did not walk at that time, but...read more
Meet MAX! Recently Variety KC received this request from Max's mom. "Max is active in the community. We have been faithfully involved with the Down Syndrome Guild for eight years, and make full use of services that benefit our son. Max attended the weekly STARS...read more
Reign was shot in the left side of her head when she was 2-years-old. As a result, Reign is impaired on her right side. She can’t use right hand and arm as she did, she walks with a limp as her right foot turns out, and her sight is impaired. An adaptive bike would...read more
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