Since 1972, over 6,000 children with special needs and their families have found a place of comfort, hope and healing at the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center.

 

Our Mission

Helping children with special needs and their families prepare for the challenges for the future.


When a family is given a child to raise who is different, everything changes. Suddenly, doors that are open for other kids may not be open for that child. But there is one door that is always open wide to that special baby and family - Shawnee Mission Health’s Infant Development Center.
— Lee Ann Britain, Founder

Our approach

The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center (Britain IDC) 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 Center serves over 200 children each year. 

The Britain IDC is is one of only a few centers 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 the Britain IDC 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 Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center.


Our referral to the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center changed our lives forever. For my family, the Britain IDC became an island to ground ourselves on as we began to navigate down a path we did not expect, choose or could have anticipated.
— Jennifer Degner, Britain IDC Graduate