Today and Beyond While the actual founding of CPRF occurred in 1972, the Foundation's roots reach back into the late 1940s to the beginning of the United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas. From its base at Wichita's Institute of Logopedics, UCPK sought to address the needs of people with cerebral palsy. UCPK became an advocate of those needs with state and federal governments, introducing legislation at both levels, which would have lasting consequences in healthier, happier lives for thousands of people.
In the late 1960s, the Kansas Jaycees chartered the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and purchased a ranch near Augusta, Kan. CPRF's residential support programs were initiated at the ranch soon after and young people with cerebral palsy discovered recreational opportunities that were previously unavailable.
Lasting relationships Over the years, the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas has forged many lasting relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations. Corporations like the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Koch Industries, Raytheon Aircraft, Cessna Aircraft and foundations like the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the William T. Kemper Foundation, the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation, along with many individuals have supported CPRF in its efforts to create greater independence for children and adults with disabilities.