Participate! Kansas Programs You Can Use
These are programs in Kansas that have been proven to work for people with disabilities. If you are interested in participating, please contact the program directly.
- The Mid America Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center
- The American Stroke Foundation’s Next Step Program
The Mid America Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center
The mission of the MS Achievement Center is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with progressive MS. The center provides a comprehensive program of physical rehabilitation, psychological support, social activities and health education for members and their families.
Members come to the Achievement Center one day per week. They focus each day on fitness & physical therapy, cognitive stimulation and occupational therapy, emotional support and education, and recreation and connection. Members bring their lunch and spend the lunch hour catching up with each other. All of the services happen in a group setting; members are in groups of 8-10 that rotate through the activities together. This format builds connection and support among the members and gives the opportunity to do targeted work, but is less costly than private therapy.
A typical member of the program would be:
- Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and at least 18 years of age
- Experience physical or cognitive disability that limits work or daily activities.
- Able to communicate basic daily needs: thirst, hunger, toileting needs, pain
- Willing and able to participate and engage in all aspects of the program
- Free of uncontrolled wandering
- Someone who conducts themselves in a respectful manner and is committed to regular attendance
- Have reliable transportation to allow them regular attendance
- Abides by the guidelines in the MS Achievement Center Handbook.
To apply for the program or for more information, contact:
The American Stroke Foundation’s Next Step Program
The Next Step Program is aimed at maintaining and improving health, wellness, and participation for individuals who have moved beyond their stroke and wish to take their next steps in life.
Health professionals develop targeted activities within four primary areas to address participants’ goals: Communication, Health Behaviors, Life After Stroke and Physical Fitness Participants must be able to fulfill basic personal needs (e.g. eating, using the restroom) or be accompanied by a caregiver who can assist them. Socially appropriate behavior is also required. The program fosters a collegial family atmosphere.
Next Step has three Locations in the Metro Kansas City area: Mission, KS; Blue Springs, MO; and Kansas City, MO. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact:
American Stroke Foundation - Business Office
6405 Metcalf Ave, STE 214
Overland Park, KS 66202