CPRF Seeking Funding for Wheelchair Assistance

CPRF serves nearly 100 clients with disabilities, in the Central Kansas Community Foundation area, each year.

Who We Are & What We Do

For nearly 50 years, Wichita-based CPRF has advocated for an inclusive community where people with disabilities are presented with an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential.  We are focused on improving the day-to-day lives of those we serve by eliminating independence barriers in the home, workplace, and community through wheelchair modification, equipment funding, accessible housing, exercise and wellness services, computer training and employment opportunities.

Who Do We Help?

We serve Kansans of all ages who have a wide range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, autism and more. To learn why our services are important to Jessica (Labette County) go to Jessica’s story.

Why Do We Need Your Support?

CPRF has a long history of providing wheelchair services and assistive technology to people with disabilities across the state of Kansas.  More than 1,200 clients will be served this year. Approximately 55% of those clients reside outside of Sedgwick County.  There is a growing funding shortfall for these services provided to clients outside of Sedgwick County, exceeding $230,000 annually, and that is after local United Way support.

To address this shortfall, CPRF is working with local community foundations that support designated counties to develop an endowed fund, held by the local community foundation, restricted to the CPRF Wheelchair and Equipment Services, and further restricted to residents with disabilities residing in those counties supported by the area Community Foundation.  CPRF will provide 20% of the endowed goal, as a match, to each community fundraising target.  This endowed fund will be held by the Central Kansas Community Foundation and distributed annually to CPRF to fund these services for individuals with disabilities in your area.

CPRF incurs an annual deficit of over $48,000 to provide wheelchair and equipment services for nearly 100 clients from the following counties:

Butler County – 59 clients

Harvey County – 24 clients

Wilson County – 5 clients

Marion County – 3 clients

Elk County – 3 clients

For additional information –  CKCF Goals by County

What is a Customized Seating System?

Our Wheelchair & Posture Seating Clinic addresses the needs of people with various types of physical disabilities.  Since the program began in the 1980s, CPRF has built tens of thousands of systems for Kansans of all ages.  Built from the frame up, these intricate power wheelchairs with customized controls and devices are designed to enhance comfort, provide better body alignment, and minimize the risk of pressure sores – especially for individuals living with severe physical disabilities who use their wheelchairs up to 16 hours a day.

Our systems are built by fabrication technicians with decades of experience in the field, overseen by occupational and physical therapists who work with each client one-on-one to make sure every system fits properly.  To view our occupational therapist and technician fine-tune a complex customized seating system for Aubrey (Harvey County) go to Aubrey’s story.

Referrals for services come from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, as well as physicians, physical therapists, insurance companies, and agencies such as Rainbows United, KETCH, and many others. We work with a variety of insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid. We are one of two Medicaid-approved seating clinics in Kansas.

What is the CPRF Equipment Fund?

The CPRF Equipment Fund is a resource for people with disabilities throughout Kansas who need referral services, information, or financial assistance for medical devices and assistive technology. Many assistive equipment devices can be costly and often present a financial hardship. Through the Equipment Fund program, CPRF creates funding packages for items such as power wheelchairs, van lifts, home modifications, video magnifiers, cranial molding helmets, scooters, ramps, and more.  We partner with state agencies, foundations, United Way agencies, and other sources throughout the state to secure funding to provide the most robust package possible, ensuring our Kansas families remain financially stable. With decades of experience in the fields of wheelchair modification and assistive technology, we also lead our clients in the right direction and help them find reputable vendors. To view Isaac (Douglas County) using his Mobile Prone Stander go to Isaac’s story.

To learn more or to make a gift that will help people with disabilities in your community, please visit www.cprf.org or contact Jennifer Knight, VP of Development 316-652-1552 or jenniferk@cprf.org.