Inclusion Connections, established in 2013, offers youth and young adults with developmental disabilities year-round programming addressing skills needed to reach full potential. Programs include Healthy Living (fitness, cooking, life skills), CreateAbility (art, theater, music, dance), EmployAbility (PawsAbilities skills training, employment readiness classes, job placement, and transportation assistance), and a Summer Program/Camp.
PawsAbilities training provides students with translatable job skills by making dog treats, toys and other products which are sold through the Paws website (PawsKC.org), onsite store, and mobile pop-up store. Individuals are placed in community-based jobs matching skills and preferences, with ongoing support for employers and employees.
In 2021 BelongKC was launched, an initiative to create a supportive living campus where young adults with developmental disabilities can become more independent, thriving in career growth and continuing education opportunities. This project is critically needed in our community, addressing a genuine housing crisis. Our goal is to create a supportive campus where individuals have choices and receive necessary supports. A capital campaign to support BelongKC is currently underway.