PawsAbilities Employment Training in Kansas City

Joe Chiodo, KCTV5 anchor in Kansas City, provided a powerful story on PawsAbilities job training program for individuals with special needs in Johnson County, Kansas. He featured the opening of our new store on Santa Fe in Olathe, KS, and profiled our mission and how the program equips participants with skills to become more independent. Visit to learn more about the dog treats and products available online, at our store, and at various locations throughout the Kansas City area.  Click and Enjoy!

First National Bank Partners with Inclusion Connections

Check Presentation

We are proud to announce that First National Bank has partnered with Inclusion Connections, providing a grant to support the EmployAbility Program. This program offers young adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to learn job skills which will translate to community employment. Training is offered through PawsAbilities, in which participants make and sell dog treats, toys and bandanas in the Kansas City community where they live. This program is designed to equip trainees with necessary job and self-advocacy skills in order to obtain jobs. First National Bank joins other Inclusion Connections and PawsAbilities partners in helping people with disabilities become more independent. Thank you, First National Bank!

Inclusion Connections 2017 Wicked Wine Walk Charity Recipient

Inclusion Connections is pleased to participate in the Kansas City Power & Light District’s annual Wicked Wine Walk as the beneficiary of event proceeds! This event is sold out every year, and features the District’s restaurants which provide attendees with various small bites and a selection of wines to taste. Tickets are offered starting at $30, with VIP experience tickets available as well. The event is from 2-6 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

KCTV5 Features IC Fundraiser Bowl-O-Rama

2017 Bowl-o-Rama sponsorship flyer2Inclusion Connections’ 3rd Annual Bowl-O-Rama fundraiser will be held at 11:00 am on June 24, 2017 at Olathe Lanes East. The event will feature teams of bowlers, a Silent Auction, raffle, and other ways to support IC’s programming for young people with disabilities. KCTV5’s anchor Joe Chiodo invited everyone to come out and support the Bowl-O-Rama – Watch Here!

KCTV – Fashion with a Purpose

Joe Chiodo from KCTV5 visited Inclusion Connections’ Activity Center on February 15, 2017, to give viewers a chance to see up-close what the Johnson County nonprofit is doing to serve teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. This year IC was chosen as a KCTV Take 5 to Care partner, which helped promote its 2017 Gala FashionAbility. Watch the video.

Better KC Promotes 2017 Gala FashionAbility

KCTV5 promoted Take 5 to Care partner Inclusion Connections’ Gala FashionAbility event on the Better KC live program on Monday, February 6, 2017. Jack Lewis, IC’s Volunteer of the Year, and model Nora Stoy, joined Board Member Shelly McVay to tell viewers about the February 14 event at Ball Conference Center in Olathe. This event is the premier fundraising event for the Johnson County, KS nonprofit which serves teens and young adults with developmental disabilities.

Able Savings Plan Launch Ceremony

IC is proud to host the Ceremony for the first person opening an ABLE Savings Plan account in the state of Kansas.  Please join us, along with Kansas State Treasurer, Ron Estes, NDSS President, Sara Weir and NDSS Ambassador Rachel Mast.  We are expecting local media to attend and would love to fill our space with families.  Please RSVP below if you are able to attend this momentous event.

Please join us for the launch of

Kansas ABLE Savings Plan Accounts

Thursday, January 26, 2017

10:00 AM

Inclusion Connections Activity Center

2083 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS 66062


Program Launch – Ron Estes, Kansas State Treasurer

Opening of First Kansas ABLE Account- Rachel Nicole Mast,

NDSS DS-AMBASSADOR® & Student at Olathe South High School

Comments by Sara Hart Weir, President, National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

Joining the ceremony remotely Congressman Kevin Yoder (tentative)

Other elected officials as available

There will also be the opportunity for qualifying individuals to open accounts on-site


To RSVP to attend this momentous event, please click here RSVP Kansas ABLE Savings Launch

You can find more information about the ABLE Act at this link – NDSS ABLE Act Overview

For more information about Kansas ABLE Savings Plan Accounts, please visit Kansas ABLE Savings