Since 1972, over 6,000 children with special needs and their families have found a place of comfort, hope and healing at Britain Development.
Helping children with special needs and their families prepare for the challenges for the future.
Britain Development provides therapy and early education to children ages birth through six with a variety of developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and other rare and complex conditions and disorders. Currently, the program serves over 200 children each year.
Britain Development is one of only a few programs in the nation to offer comprehensive therapies, early education and family support in one centralized location. Children receive holistic, collaborative care from a team of physical, occupational and music therapists, speech language pathologists, early childhood special education teachers, applied behavioral analysts, social workers and paraprofessionals. This unique approach includes parents, siblings and grandparents in therapeutic treatment and education, helping them to adjust their expectations and way of life as they learn to raise and nurture a child with special needs.
No family is turned away from Britain Development for an inability to pay – although the cost of therapies and education often exceed benefits covered by commercial insurance and Medicaid, and can be incredibly daunting for uninsured families. Nearly 90% of families receive some level of scholarship assistance, made possible by generous donors to the AdventHealth Foundation Shawnee Mission.