Rainbow Center Day School

Our day school is for children ages 3-21 with developmental disabilities including; Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other intellectual and behavioral deficits. The program features a small staff to student ratio (1:1 to 1:3) and an emphasis on self-esteem development within a culture of gentleness. Programing is individualized and directed by an Individual Education Plan for each student attending.

Helping our students be successful with daily programming is a high priority. Developing improved achievement and academic skills, enhancing social skills and improving self-esteem culminates with students that are able to transition back to a mainstream school environment. Having confidence and feeling good about oneself is one of the keys to success in the mainstream.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE);
NATIONAL ACCREDITATION through CARF in Youth Services,
Community Integration and Respite

Academic Curriculum and Therapeutic Interventions including:


ABA/Discreet Training Augmentative Communication Support - Brain Gym - Community Access - Experienced, Certified Teachers - Functional Life Skills Programming - Functional Sign Language - Gentle Teaching Certified Staff - Gross Motor/Fitness - Individual Educational Programs (IEP) - Low Program Ratio - Mandt Trained Staff with a Behavior Team - Music/Arts/Crafts/Field Trips - Prevocational Training & Career Exploration - Project TEACCH Curriculum - Social Skills Curriculum - Special Olympics - Summer Drama Presentation - Total Communication Emphasis

School Districts Served:


Rainbow Options Day Habilitation

Rainbow Options I and II are the two Day Habilitation programs for adults over age 21 from the Eastern Jackson County area. Serving adults with developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other intellectual and behavioral disabilities has been provided since 1996. The program features a small staff to client ratio (1:1 to 1:3) and an emphasis on self-esteem. Community Access is an important part of each week's activities. Programming is individualized and directed by an Individual Service Plan for each individual served. Successful integration of the Gentle Teaching techniques and strategies has been a wonderful benefit to all participating in programming. With the entire agency staff trained using the Gentle Teaching methods, a total environment representing a gentle culture is observed.

Emphasis on: Person Centered Opportunities - Daily Living Skills - Community Integration - Health and Fitness - Creative Expression - Hobbies and Volunteerism

Beyond the Rainbow

This program provides quality care before and after our regular programming hours for individuals with special needs. These extended hours allow family members to remain in their work environment. Creative and thoughtful activities are provided to enhance this time for the students and adults who use this service.

Community Access

This program is designed to help children and adults with developmental disabilities access activities in the community that assist with life skills learning and appropriate social skills and behaviors. This program promotes age appropriate development in accordance to their abilities.
Opportunities afforded include:

  • Aquatics at a public school pool develop physical skills. It also teaches ‘pool rules’ and enhances the students’ and adults’ social and behavioral skills.
  • Walking Trails and visits to a collaborating fitness center allow individuals to get exercise through walking and outdoor games.
    *A local gym is accessed to enhance gross motor skills through adaptive PE games and activities. They also practice for Special Olympics basketball and track and field events in this venue.
  • Life skills are also gained through a weekly shopping trip. Students learn to earn money through a token economy by completing their classroom tasks and then being able to “spend” it in our on-site “Kay’s Store.” This teaches the students how money is gained and spent within the world they live. Adults are able to shop for personal items while learning to function appropriately in the community. There is also an emphasis on better nutrition choices and overcoming social barriers.
  • Animal shelters and pet stores are accessed to give the students and adults volunteerism in practical activities such as feeding and walking the animals. These are excellent ways of gaining experience in activities that are often natural for kids’ and adults’ enjoyment as well as practical ways of teaching responsibility.
  • Field trips to museums, community concerts and special parks and recreational venues give students the opportunities of learning social skills for the community and exposing them to venues they might not otherwise access.
    *Volunteerism is also emphasized by cleaning at local church, helping at Harvesters, and delivering mail at a local nursing home.

Rainbow Options Calendar 2019-2020 [PDF]

Notifying the Public of Rights under Title VI

Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

To obtain additional information about your rights under Title VI, contact Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders, 900 NW Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Telephone 816-229-3869.

If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin by Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders, you may file a Title VI complaint by completing, signing, and submitting the agency’s Title VI Complaint Form.

How to file a Title VI complaint with Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders:

1. Complaint forms can be obtained from the Quality Assurance Officer at Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders.

2. In addition to the complaint process at Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders, complaints may be filed directly with the Federal Transit Administration, Office of Civil Rights, Region 7 Office, 901 Locust Street, Suite 404, Kansas City, MO 64106. Telephone 816-329-3920, Fax 816-329-3921.

3. Complaints must be filed within 180 days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence and should contain as much information about the alleged discrimination as possible.

4. The form must be signed and dated, and include your contact information. If information is needed in another language, contact 816-229-3869.