Laura and Leo tell their story

It was 1988 and after 2 weeks in the NICU, Laura was sent home with her parents, Jane and Randy who were completely unprepared on how to help their daughter. Laura was born with cerebral palsy and visual impairment. When Laura was 5 months old, a friend told them they needed to call Rainbows. The […]

Person-first Language = Dignity and Respect

Person-first Language is a form of speaking and writing that puts the person before their disability or diagnosis. It provides the understanding that they are multifaceted and that their diagnosis or disability is just one aspect of them that contributes to their identity. Person-first language, also referred to as people-first language, is about dignity and […]

We can do things we never thought possible if we just try

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. It’s also a time to appreciate ALL the love in your life. A small gift, a hug or a handmade card are simple ways that we express our appreciation for the people that fill our hearts with joy. As children, we wanted nothing more than to express our […]

A story of transformation

Congratulations to Rainbows’ youth, Stormy Endevoets. Stormy was awarded the 2021 Outstanding Youth Award at this year’s InterHab Art and Awards event. Stormy was awarded winning artwork by Tyler Moore, also served through Rainbows. Stormy is pictured with her award – hanging wind chime artwork by Tyler; Amber Rosenthal, Direct Support Professional; Tiffany Graf, Family […]

Stringent Safety Measures Help Rainbows Continue to Provide All Services

When parents are working, they need to have their children in safe, healthy and stimulating environments. As we have all heard, there is a nationwide shortage of licensed child care providers. Many closed during 2020 and a number of them have not reopened. At Rainbows we have worked hard to keep our Early Care and […]

Tiffany Graf

This week is the last week of Camp Woodchuck 2021.  Memories were made, lifetime bonds created, and our Rainbows’ youth spent a summer filled with new experiences, fun and magic! Morgan Weber, Direct Support Professional with her Camper, Judah: We went to the zoo and he loved it! The water and ducks were probably his […]

Helping youth through change and transition

“Rainbows is a part of every aspect of our lives,” said Jeannie, Caleb’s mother. “They’ve been there for us since Caleb was a 3-year-old with an autism diagnosis and it’s such a relief they’re still there for us now.” Jeannie’s aunt, Susan Bliss, is a Direct Support Professional at Rainbows. When Jeannie needed help, Susan […]

Tiffany Sallee, Assistant Camp Director

A normal summer day for Tiffany Steinbacher Sallee, Assistant Camp Director at Camp Woodchuck, is filled with coordinating staff and camper scheduling, planning day-to-day activities for campers, creating schedules for activities, planning big events such as the fashion show, talent show, and art show, helping staff with ideas for working with campers, interacting with kids […]

Youth with Special Needs Form Bonds with Innovative Summer Staff

Camp Woodchuck’s theme this summer is “Ride the Wave” and we are excited to announce we have 46 Campers riding the wave into a fun summer experience! We are providing an In-home Camp experience where each Camper has a Camp Counselor that goes to the family’s home with a backpack full of supplies, activities, energy […]

Lynlea Southards

Published Friday, July 24, 2020, Wichita Business Journal Lynlea Southards Family Support Services Coordinator, Rainbows United Inc. Why did you choose a career in health care? I have a cousin named Wendy who has Down Syndrome. She is a non-verbal, deaf and has low vision. Being around Wendy and seeing how she enjoys life and impacts those around […]