KCMO City Ordinance for Universal Changing Tables

Amending Chapter 18, Article II, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 18-40
entitled “Adoption of International Building Code (2018); amendments” and enacting in
lieu thereof a new section of like number and subject matter that requires a universal
station in family or assisted-use toilet and bathing rooms in the new
construction of certain assembly and commercial buildings.
WHEREAS, older children and adults with special needs may require toilet and
dressing assistance in public restrooms; and
WHEREAS, as public restrooms often lack universal changing stations,
caregivers may be forced to provide toilet and dressing assistance on restroom floors,
which are often unsanitary and uncomfortable. This experience can be embarrassing and
dehumanizing for someone already in need of assistance; and
WHEREAS, a universal changing station provides a comfortable, safe, and secure
space for caregivers and persons with special needs. It also makes outings with loved
ones who need assistance less challenging and public spaces more welcoming; and
WHEREAS, this ordinance would require a universal changing station in family
or assisted use toilet or bathing rooms in the new construction of certain assembly and
commercial buildings; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
Section 1. That Chapter 18, Article II, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas
City, Missouri, is hereby amended by repealing Section 18-40 and enacting, in lieu
thereof, a new section of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:

CHAPTER 18
ARTICLE II.
BUILDING CODE

Sec. 18-40. Adoption of International Building Code (2018); amendments.
The International Building Code (2018), promulgated by the International Code
Council, is adopted and incorporated in this article by reference as if fully set forth,
except as it is amended by the following provisions of this section. Provisions of this
article are in addition to the provisions of the International Building Code. The following
provisions coinciding with provisions of the International Building Code supersede, or
delete, when indicated, the corresponding provisions of the International Building Code:
All references within the model codes to any building, electrical, gas, mechanical,
plumbing, sewage disposal, elevator, energy conservation, or existing building code shall
be construed to be a reference to the respective building, electrical, gas, mechanical,

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plumbing, sewage disposal, elevator, energy conservation, or existing building code
specifically adopted by reference in Articles II through XIV of this chapter.
Chapter 1, Scope and Administration, is deleted. See Article I of this chapter.
202 DEFINITIONS. The following definition has been revised (remainder of Section
202 unamended):
Historic Buildings. Any building or structure that is one or more of the
following:
1. Listed by the State Historic Preservation Officer or the Keeper of the
National Register of Historic Places, in the National Register of
Historic Places.
2. Designated as historic under an applicable state or local law.
3. Certified as a contributing resource within a National Register, state
designated or locally designated historic district.

The following subsection found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:
308.2.4 Five or fewer persons receiving custodial care. A facility such as listed in
section 308.2 with five or fewer persons receiving custodial care shall be classified as
Group R-3 or shall comply with the International Residential Code.
The following subsection found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:
308.3.2 Five or fewer persons receiving medical care. A facility such as listed in
section 308.3 with five or fewer persons receiving medical care shall be classified as
Group R-3 or shall comply with the International Residential Code.
The following subsection found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:
310.3.1 Short Term Rental units. Residential occupancies of occupancy classification
R-2, where a maximum of 25% of the units in a building are Short Term Rental units,
shall be permitted to be considered primarily non-transient in nature.
The following subsection found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:
310.4.1 Care facilities within a dwelling. Care facilities for five or fewer persons
receiving care that are within a single-family dwelling are permitted to comply with the
International Residential Code.
The following subsection found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:
310.4.2 Lodging houses. Owner-occupied lodging houses (in which the owner lives in
common with the guests) with five or fewer guest rooms and 10 or fewer total occupants
shall be permitted to be constructed in accordance with the International Residential
Code.

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The following section is added to the referenced model code:
SECTION 429
PROHIBITED MATERIALS

429.1 General. Building materials containing nickel-zinc ferrite or other similar
materials are prohibited in the construction of buildings and other structures if the use of
such materials has the effect of blocking wireless public safety communication
transmissions.
Exception: Materials essential to the structural or fire resistive integrity of the
building or structure or as required in medical facilities.
The following section is added to the referenced model code:
SECTION 430

PHYSICAL SECURITY FOR DWELLING UNITS

430.1 Purpose. The purpose of this Section is to establish minimum standards that
incorporate physical security to make dwelling units resistant to unlawful entry.
430.1.1 Scope. This section shall apply to all exterior doors providing direct access
into a dwelling unit, where the exterior door is accessible from grade.
Exceptions:
1. Vehicle access doors.
2. Storm or screen doors.

430.2 Doors. Doors shall comply with Sections 430.2.1 through 430.2.3.

430.2.1 Wood doors. Wood doors shall be of solid core construction such as high-
density particleboard, solid wood, or wood block core with a minimum nominal

thickness of one and three-fourths inches (1 3/4″) at any point.
Exception: Solid wood panels shall be a minimum of one inch (1”) thick. The
tapered portion of the panel that inserts into the groove of the door shall be a
minimum of one-quarter inch (1⁄4”) thick. The groove shall be a dado groove or
applied molding construction. The groove shall be a minimum of one-half inch
(1⁄2”) in depth.
430.2.2 Steel doors. Steel doors shall be a minimum nominal thickness of one and
three-fourths inches (1 3⁄4”) and shall have a minimal skin thickness of 24 gauge.
430.2.3 Fiberglass doors. Fiberglass doors shall be a minimum nominal thickness of

one and three fourths inches (1 3⁄4”) and shall have a minimum skin thickness of one-
sixteenth inch (1/16″).

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430.3 Door frames. Door frames shall comply with Sections 430.3.1 through 430.3.4
and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Door frames shall be installed prior to rough-in inspection.
430.3.1 Wall framing at door openings. Door frames shall be set in openings
constructed with double studs on each side. Doors with sidelights shall have double
stud construction on each side of the door and on each side of the sidelight(s).
Horizontal blocking shall be placed between studs at the door lock height for three (3)
stud spaces on each side of the door opening.
Exception: Installations provided with alternative reinforcing methods as
approved by the building official where it is determined that such alternative
methods are at least the equivalent of that prescribed with respect to strength and
safety.
430.3.2 Wood frames. Door jambs shall be a minimum nominal thickness of three
fourths inches (3⁄4”) and shall be installed with solid backing in a manner so no void
exists between the strike side of the jamb and the frame opening for a vertical
distance of twelve inches (12″) each side of the strike. Filler material shall consist of
solid wood blocking.
Exception: Installations provided with alternative reinforcing methods as
approved by the building official where it is determined that such alternative
methods are at least the equivalent of that prescribed with respect to strength and
safety.
430.3.3 Steel frames. Steel door frames shall be constructed of 18 gauge or heavier
steel with reinforcement at the hinges and strikes. Steel frames shall be anchored to
the wall in accordance with manufacturer specifications.
430.3.4 Sliding doors. Sliding door assemblies shall be installed to prevent the
removal of the panels and the glazing from the exterior. Shims or screws shall be
installed in the upper track of doors that slide on the bottom track or doors shall be
provided with equivalent protection as approved by the building official.
430.4 Door hardware. Door hardware shall comply with Sections 430.4.1 through
430.4.7.
430.4.1 Hinges. Hinges for swinging doors shall comply with the following:
A. A minimum of three (3) four inch (4”) hinges shall be installed on each
swinging door.
B. Each hinge shall be attached to the frame with at least two (2) screws, not
less than three inches (3”) in length and penetrating at least one inch (1”) into
the nearest stud. Solid wood fillers or shims shall be used to eliminate any
space between the wall structure and door frame behind each hinge.

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Exception: Installations provided with alternative reinforcing methods as
approved by the building official where it is determined that such alternative
methods are at least the equivalent of that prescribed with respect to strength
and safety.
C. Hinges for out-swinging doors shall be equipped with mechanical interlock
to preclude the removal of the door from the exterior.
430.4.2 Locks. Swinging doors shall be provided with a single-cylinder deadbolt
locking device (keyed on exterior only) with a minimum projection of one inch (1″).
The deadbolt shall penetrate at least three-fourths inch (3/4″) into the strike receiving
the projected bolt. The cylinder shall have a twist-resistant, tapered hardened steel
cylinder guard. The cylinder shall have a minimum of five (5) pin tumblers, shall be
connected to the inner portion of the lock by solid metal connecting screws at least
one-fourth inch (1/4″) in diameter and two and one-fourth inches (2-1/4″) in length.
The bolt assembly (bolt housing) unit shall be of single piece construction. All
deadbolts shall meet ANSI grade 2 specifications.
Exception: Doors with integral multi-point locking devices.
430.4.3 Strike plates. The deadbolt strike plate shall be a minimum of 18 gauge
metal with four offset screw holes. The strike plate shall be attached to the door jamb
with four screws not less than three inches (3″) in length, and penetrating at least one
inch (1”) into the nearest stud.
Exception: Installations provided with alternative reinforcing methods as
approved by the building official where it is determined that such alternative
methods are at least the equivalent of that prescribed with respect to strength and
safety.
430.4.4 Door edge protector. A metal L-shaped or U-shaped door edge protector
shall be installed around the bolt projection of the deadbolt to protect the door’s edge.
430.4.5 Double doors. The inactive leaf of a double swinging door shall be provided
with flush bolts having an engagement of not less than one inch into the head and
threshold of the door frame.
430.4.6 Sliding doors. All sliding glass doors shall be equipped with a secondary
locking device consisting of a metal pin, a surface mounted bolt assembly, or other
equivalent device as approved by the building official. Where used, metal pins shall
be installed at the intersection of the inner and outer panels of the inside door and
shall not penetrate the frame’s exterior surface.
430.5 Entry vision and glazing. All main or front entry doors to dwelling units shall be
arranged so that the occupant has a view of the area immediately outside the door without
opening the door. The view may be provided by a door viewer having a field of view not
less than 180 degrees or through windows or view ports.

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430.6 Exterior Lighting. In addition to the lighting outlet requirements of Article IV of
this chapter, exterior lighting shall be provided in accordance with this section.
430.6.1 Front and street side exterior lighting. All doors shall be protected with a
minimum of one lighting outlet providing a minimum of 60 watt lighting (or energy
efficient equivalent).
430.6.2 Lighting protection. Lighting outlets required by this section shall be
located a minimum of eight feet (8’) above grade or adjacent walking surface
accessible from grade, or shall be of a type manufactured such that the light bulb is
not readily accessible.
The following subsection is added to the referenced model code:
503.1, Exception. A building addition separated from the existing building by a fire wall
complying with Section 706 may be considered to be a different building for additional
purposes under this code.
The following subsection is added to the referenced model code:
503.1.4, Exception 3. Toilet rooms on occupied roofs. One or a pair of single-user
toilet rooms located on an occupied roof shall be permitted without being considered as
an additional story, additional building height, or additional floor area, for determination
of the required type of construction. The toilet rooms shall comply with all other
applicable requirements.
The following subsection is added to the referenced model code:
903.2.8, Exception. An automatic sprinkler system is not required in a detached single
family dwelling, a detached two-family dwelling (duplex), or in an attached single-family
dwelling (townhouse), where under the scope of this Article.
A builder of a detached one- or two-family dwelling or townhouse shall offer to any
purchaser on or before the time of entering into the purchase contract the option, at the
purchaser’s cost, to install or equip fire sprinklers in the dwelling or townhouse. The
purchaser shall have the right to choose or decline to install a fire sprinkler system. This
notification requirement is provided in accordance with, and shall expire in conjunction
with, Missouri Statute (RSMO 67.281).
The following subsection found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:
903.3.1.1.1, Exempt Locations, Item 2. Any room or space where sprinklers are
considered undesirable because of the nature of the contents, when approved by the fire
code official and the building code official.
The following subsection found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:

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1004.9 Posting of occupant load. Every room or space that is an assembly occupancy
shall have the occupant load of the room or space posted in a conspicuous place, near the
main exit or exit-access doorway from the room or space, for the intended configurations.
Posted signs shall be of an approved legible permanent design and shall bear the
following: the signature of the building official, the number of occupants permitted for
each room use, the occupancy group of the space, and the year of the code in effect at
time of approval. Posted signs shall be maintained by the owner or authorized agent.
Exception: The approved occupant load sign may be located behind a decorative
openable panel in the room or space or may be located in the building manager’s
office whenever access to the approved sign is readily available 24 hours per day
and the occupant load is otherwise posted in the room as required in this section,
along with directions for locating the approved sign.
1106 Parking and Passenger Loading Facilities is deleted. See Code of Ordinances
Chapter 88 for accessible parking requirements.
The following subsection is added to the referenced model code:
1109.2.1.8 Universal Changing Station. Family or assisted-use toilet and bathing
rooms shall include a universal changing station for the assistance of persons with
disabilities. The changing station area must be equipped with a height-adjustable
changing table suitable for use for an adult or a child. The table shall be:
a) of minimum dimension 24 inches in width by 70 inches in length;
b) adjustable to allow lowering to a height no greater than 8 inches, and
raising to a height no less than 34”, above finished floor elevation; and,
c) capable of supporting a minimum of 350 pounds.

Exception: Where a building is provided with more than one family or assisted-
use toilet and bathing room, only one such room shall require a Universal

Changing Station. Where this exception is utilized, signage shall be provided at
all such rooms indicating the location of the Universal Changing Station.
1111.1 Signage, Item 1, 2 and 3 is deleted. See Code of Ordinances Chapter 88 for
accessible parking signage requirements.
The following section found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:

SECTION 1612
FLOOD LOADS

See Code of Ordinances, Chapter 28 – Floodplain Management.
The following subsection is added to the referenced model code:
1809.5.1 Frost Line. The design frost line shall be 36 inches (915mm).

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The following table found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:
Table 2902.1 Minimum Number of Required Plumbing Fixtures – Add footnote g to
column “DRINKING FOUNTAINS” as follows:
g. Where restaurants or other businesses serving take-out food or drinks provide
drinking water in a container free of charge, drinking fountains shall not be
required in those restaurants or those other businesses serving take-out food or
drinks. In other occupancies where drinking fountains are required, water coolers
or bottled water dispensers shall be permitted to be substituted for not more than
50 percent of the required number of drinking fountains.
The following subsection found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:
3001.3 Referenced standards. Except as otherwise provided for in this code, the design,
construction, installation, alteration, repair and maintenance of elevators and conveying
systems and their components shall conform to Article IX of this code.
The following exception is added to the referenced model code:
3005.2 Exception: For machinery located inside the hoistway, an engineering
assessment shall be allowed to prove that the main building ventilation systems will
provide adequate hoistway temperature and humidity control while the building is in use.
If the elevator is required to be on standby power, the ventilation system shall also be on
standby power in accordance with Section 3003.1.4.
3109 Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs is deleted. See Code of Ordinances Chapter
34.
The following subsection is added to the referenced model code:
3201.1.1 Encroachment. No part of any structure or any appendage thereto shall project
beyond the property line of a building site and encroach below, on or above public
property, except where authorized by an encroachment permit, or specifically allowed
without a permit, in accordance with Article I, Section 18-25.
The following subsection is added to the referenced model code:
3201.1.2 Existing encroachments. Parts of existing buildings and structures which
already lawfully project beyond the street lot line or building line may be maintained as
constructed until their removal is directed by the building official.
The following section found in the referenced model code is amended as follows:

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SECTION 3303
DEMOLITION.

3303.1 General. The work of demolition or moving of any building shall not commence
until the structures required for protection of persons and property are in place. Such
structures shall conform to the requirements as set forth in chapter 33 of this article.
The building official may require the permittee to submit plans and a complete
schedule for demolition or moving work.
3303.2 Scope. In addition to the other requirements of this article and the general
ordinances, this section shall govern the demolition and moving of buildings and
structures. Any device or equipment such as scaffolds, ladders, derricks, hoists or similar
items used in connection with demolition shall be constructed, installed and maintained
and operated in accordance with the regulations governing the construction, installation,
maintenance and operation of such device or equipment as specified in other portions of
this article.
3303.3 Loads. Structures or parts of structures, or any floor or temporary support,
scaffold, sidewalk barricade, bridge, device or equipment, shall not be loaded in excess of
the safe carrying capacity.
3303.4 Warning signs. When required, demolition jobs shall be provided with danger
signs, which shall be conspicuously posted around the property.
3303.5 Lights. Between sunset and sunrise, adequate lights shall be provided to properly
protect persons and property from hazards of pits, excavations, fences, barriers,
equipment, building materials or rubbish in, upon or near a sidewalk or street. All
walkways shall be provided with lights as follows:
3303.5.1 Amber lights, with capacity of at least 100 watts, on the street side of
the walkway at both ends and near the corner.
3303.5.2 Other lighting consisting of 60-watt lights spaced every ten feet along
the walkway.
3303.6 Dust. All material to be removed shall be wet sufficiently to lay the dust
incidental to its removal.
3303.7 Rubbish and waste. All adjacent streets, alleys and other public ways and places
shall be kept free and clear of all rubbish, refuse and loose material resulting from the
moving, demolition or demolition operations.
3303.8 Fences. The building official may require that a fence be constructed on or around
any demolition site, when deemed necessary to protect the public.
3303.9 Methods of demolition.

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3303.9.1 General. Except for the cutting of holes in floors for chutes and holes
through which to drop materials, preparation of storage space and other necessary
preparatory work, demolition of exterior walls and floor construction shall begin
at the top of the structure and proceed downward, and each story or exterior wall
and floor construction shall be removed and dropped into the storage space before
commencing the removal of walls and floors in the story next below. This
requirement shall not prohibit the demolition of a structure in sections if positive
means are taken to prevent injury to person or damage to property. The use of
other methods may be permitted when approved in advance by the building
official.
3303.9.2 Protection of openings. All floor openings and shafts not used for
material chutes shall be floored over or enclosed with guardrails and toe boards.
3303.9.3 Stairs and ladders. All stairs and ladders shall be maintained in a safe
condition, and at least one stairway shall be accessible as each floor is
demolished.
3303.10 Removal of materials.
3303.10.1 Through chutes. Materials shall not be dropped by gravity to any
point lying outside the exterior walls of the building except through enclosed
wood or metal chutes.
Exception: Where the distance from the property line or sidewalk is equal
to or greater than the height of the demolition work, materials may be
dropped to the ground, provided dust control is maintained in accordance
with the provisions of other portions of this chapter.
3303.10.2 Through floor openings. If debris is dropped through holes in the
floor without the use of chutes, the total area of the hole cut in any intermediate
floor (one which lies between the floor that is being demolished and the storage
floor) shall not exceed 25 percent of such floor area.
3303.11 Condition of site. Upon completion of the removal of the building, structure or
utility, all fencing, pedestrian protection and demolition debris and refuse of any kind
shall be removed from the site. Excavations, basements or cellars shall be filled with
inorganic material; provided, however, the top one foot of fill shall be clean earth. The
filling of such excavation may not be required when a building permit has been issued for
a new building on a site and the construction thereof is to start within 60 days after the
completion of demolition or moving operations. The holder of the building permit shall
provide such excavation with a temporary barricade protecting the excavation on all sides
as specified for safety by the director of city planning and development. Temporary
barricades may remain in position for a time not exceeding five days, after which a solid
barricade shall be provided or the excavation filled.
The following subsection is added to the referenced model code:

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3307.2 Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control. Erosion and sediment control
measures shall be provided for disturbed areas (clearing, grading, excavating, filling,
storing, or disposing of soil and earth materials) greater than 300 square feet, where an
application has been submitted or an application is required to be submitted to the
building official for a building permit or grading permit. Erosion and sediment control
measures shall comply with the adopted standards by the director of public works.
Measures that fail to provide erosion and sediment control to the adopted standards by the
director of public works shall be considered not in compliance with this manual. All
control measures shall remain in place and maintained until the site has been stabilized
and the measures are no longer necessary.
Chapter 35 Referenced Standards. The following standards are amended as noted.
(All other referenced standards remain unamended.)
ASME A17.1 See Article IX of this chapter.
ASME A18.1 See Article IX of this chapter.
Appendices: The following appendix chapters are hereby adopted:
Appendix C – Group U – Agricultural Buildings.
Appendix H – Signs, as amended by Article X of this chapter.
Appendix J – Grading.
J103, Permits Required is deleted. See Article I of this chapter.
J105, Inspections is deleted. See Article I of this chapter.

Secs. 18-41–18-56. Reserved.

_________________________________________________
Approved as to form and legality:

______________________________
Eluard Alegre
Assistant City Attorney

Meet the Kids – Benjamin

Meet the Kids – Benjamin

 

Ben is 12-years-old and despite a diagnosis of hearing loss and Down Syndrome, he is really just “one of the guys!” 

He loves spending time with his mom, his siblings, and his peers. This August, Ben will be starting middle school and having a device with the appropriate software will go so far in making him more independent, more engaged, and more INCLUDED!  It will allow him to communicate his wants and needs, and best of all – it allows him to communicate with peers his own age. The frustration of being unable to communicate is tremendous, and having this portable device will reduce frustration and encourage opportunities to just “be one of the guys” hanging out with his friends and family. 

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Meet the Kids – Gabriel

Meet Gabriel, a 4-year-old with an involved diagnosis: Generalized Muscle Weakness, Femoral Anteversion, Unsteady Gait, Global Development Delay, Autism, Mixed Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder. Recently his mother sent Variety KC this note:

“In his short years, Gabriel has had many obstacles in life to tackle and it seems like each one can be a little harder. Gabriel has always had muscle weakness on his right side and has continued delayed mental and physical milestones. He wasn’t able to sit up on his own until 9 months, he didn’t crawl until he was 14 months, he started standing and weight bearing around 18
months, then he took his first steps at 22 months! He is currently on his 4th pair of AFOs which have helped him tremendously with building strength to meet those goals. He’s also been in physical therapy since age of 4 months.

Gabriel loves to play and run just like everyone else, but he does wear out quickly and he requires lots of breaks. Like all things we adjust and know when he’s gone as far as he
can. He has been using this tricycle in his recent therapy sessions and we have found something he is able to do all on his own! It allows his feet to be strapped in so they were
supported and safe, he was able to use his arms to help move the bike so his legs didn’t have to do so much work.

He was happy, he was smiling, and he was riding a bike for the first time! If Gabriel were able to have a bike like this he would be able to ride with his sisters, interact with his
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Meet the Kids – Kenny

Meet the Kids – Kenny

Of course we said “yes” – Please read this letter from Kenny’s mother:

“My little boy’s name is Kenny. He has autism spectrum disorder. He is a very happy, affectionate, and energetic boy. He has a vivid imagination and loves Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig. Kenny has issues with balance and motor skills. He has tried to learn how to ride a two wheeled bike for years with no success and lots of frustration, not even with training wheels. He is unable to balance himself and coordinate the balance and simultaneous movement required for a two wheeled bike.

Now he is at the size where I can’t hold him on the bike to help him balance or guide him on it (we’ve tried that too). When he sees the neighborhood kids his age riding down our sidewalk on their bikes he tries to run after on foot and catch up with them. I know he wants to be like them and experience what it feels like to ride a bike outside. Having the adaptive tricycle would benefit Kenny physically, socially, and emotionally. It would give him the opportunity to interact more with peers, increase his self esteem and sense of accomplishment. It would give him the opportunity
for more movement and encourage a healthy lifestyle, especially since he also struggles with weight issues.”

She is exactly right – every child deserves a bike and it does contribute to confidence, physical wellness, and belonging!  Help us to make sure every child has a bike. Donate today at www.varietykc.org/donate   Thank you!

Meet The Kids – Phoenix

Meet The Kids – Phoenix

Phoenix is a bright, happy little boy who brings joy to all who meet him! Despite being very smart, and understanding most age-appropriate concepts, Phoenix is unable to communicate verbally and at the age of three, has a diagnosis of severe expressive language disorder.

Phoenix has been receiving speech therapy and ABA therapy for over a year now. During that time, his therapists have tried many different forms of communication with Phoenix in order to give him a way to be able to express himself. Although Phoenix was able to learn a few signs, that was not enough to ease his frustration at being unable to communicate his wants and needs. But, there’s been a breakthrough – please read this note from his mom:

Recently, Phoenix’s therapists trialed an iPad communication program called Touch Chat HD with Word Power. Phoenix was immediately successful with the device and his little eyes lit up when he realized he was now able to communicate wants, needs, and other ideas with his family. This brought sheer joy to Phoenix who giggled happily every time he made a choice on the device. Unfortunately, the device trialed with Phoenix was only available to him on a 6-week loan. So, we are hoping that Variety KC can help Phoenix obtain a device that will be his to keep. The possibilities will be endless for this little guy once he has the ability to communicate!”

When the only thing standing in the way of a giggly happy little boy is a technology device, Variety KC friends make sure that device gets into the child’s hands.  Phoenix has his, but more children need theirs. Please donate today at www.varietykc.org/donate Thank you for giving the gift of a voice!

 

Meet the Older Kids – Joseph

Meet the Older Kids – Joseph

Joseph is diagnosed with Spina Bifida. His approach to health is to workout at Crossfit and stay as fit as possible. Working out gives him a sense of pride, a sense of community, and he builds endurance which drives him to be stronger.

To assist his workouts and mobility, a sports wheelchair is needed. It would allow him to pull weight on the sleds at Crossfit and be more mobile in general.

Variety KC partners loved his determination and proven work ethic, and through their donations – Joseph is getting the sports chair that will help his progress.  So many kids and young adults could benefit from the flexibility of a sports chair. If this story speaks to your heart, help us to make this happen at www.varietykc.org/donate     Thank you!