About Us

The Whole Person is a Center for Independent Living founded in 1978. We are a private, nonresidential, nonprofit corporation providing a full range of community-based services for people with disabilities.Disability Services


Mission Statement

The Whole Person assists people with disabilities to live independently and encourages change within the community to expand opportunities for independent living.


Vision Statement

The Whole Person envisions a fully integrated community of equality, where opportunities and choices are not limited by disability. We will promote a world in which people with disabilities will exercise independent choices and join with their supporters to advocate for positive change within society and its systems.

The Whole Person will strive to be a preeminent center for independent living, with widespread grass-roots support, strong consumer control and a diverse, professional staff.

We will be a passionate voice of empowerment and advocacy for all persons with disabilities.

  • For more than 35 years, The Whole Person has been a leader in representing people with disabilities in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • TWP dedicates its resources to direct services and community change and has guided thousands of people with disabilities to the independent lifestyles of their choice.
  • The Whole Person, a Center for Independent Living, founded in 1978, is a private, nonprofit corporation that provides a range of community-based services to people with disabilities.
  • Our goal is to promote empowerment, independence, self-reliance and integration into the community.
  • A key part of our charter is to be consumer controlled as well as consumer focused. A majority of our board of directors and staff are people with disabilities.
  • TWP offers services to all persons with disabilities and strives to help them identify and implement resources appropriate to their situation.


Who We Serve

The Whole Person provides services at no cost for all people with disabilities and their families and strives to help them identify and implement resources appropriate to their situation.Disability Assistance

We serve:

  • People with disabilities
  • Parents, spouses, siblings and significant others of people with disabilities
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Local government agencies
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Hospitals, health organizations and the medical community
  • Civic organizations
  • Churches/religious organizations
  • Veterans

…and any individual or organization seeking assistance.

We serve people across a full range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities. Our programs are offered free of charge to all people with significant disabilities, such as:

Amputation Learning Disability
Arthritis Lupus
Brain/Head Injury Mental Health Disability
Cancer Muscular Dystrophy
Cardiac Conditions Multiple Sclerosis
Cerebral Palsy Polio
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Renal Conditions
Degenerative Disease Respiratory Conditions
Developmental Disability Spina Bifida
Diabetes Spinal Cord Injury
Environmental Sensitivity Stroke
Epilepsy Multiple Chemical
Fibromyalgia Sensitivity
Hearing Disabilities Visual Disabilities


Our HistoryThe Whole Person Office

The Whole Person (TWP) is a private, nonresidential, nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation providing independent living services to residents of Kansas and Missouri since 1978.

TWP receives its base funding to operate as a center for independent living (CIL) from the U.S. Department of Education through the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under Title VII, Part C, of the Rehabilitation Act. Additional funding is derived from grants from the State of Missouri, fees-for-service programs, and Heart of America United Way.

The Whole Person provides a variety of community-based, consumer-driven services to people with disabilities to promote consumer control and choice of services, self-direction, empowerment, independence, self-reliance, self-help, self-advocacy and integration into the community. Services provided by TWP emphasizes peer relationships and peer role models. TWP’s services are offered without charge to all persons with significant disabilities.

The Whole Person is a consumer-controlled CIL. A majority of the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and persons in decision-making positions are people with significant disabilities. In addition, TWP frequently solicits and responds to input from people with disabilities throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

In 1978, the emphasis of TWP was on community education. A panel of people with disabilities began educating the community about disability issues. A 1980 federal operating grant from RSA established The Whole Person as an independent living center.

The Whole Person advocates positive changes within the community, increases awareness of disability issues, and promotes the civil rights of people with disabilities. Measurable outcomes of more than 35 years of activities include the increased number of curb ramps throughout the metropolitan area; the increased number of accessible businesses, programs, agencies, etc.; the greater number of persons with disabilities visibly present within the community; improved transportation options for people with disabilities; improved media coverage of, and attitudes toward, people with disabilities; and the number of people with disabilities leaving institutional settings to be reintegrated into the community.


Support The Whole PersonSupport Independent Living!

Independent living is about making one’s own choices, being fully integrated into society, and having equal opportunities. The Whole Person doesn’t just promote this philosophy: we live it. In addition to the people we serve, over 58% of TWP’s board, staff, and volunteers are people with disabilities. We understand the challenges; you can join us as we empower others to lead their lives with self-determination.

You can show your support for independent living by donating to The Whole Person. Your generous gift will support vital programs that empower people with disabilities to live, work, and enjoy their lives with independence, opportunity, and dignity.

For more information, contact Perry Swinton-Ginsberg at 816-627-2220 or
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