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Mr. John Jack Jonas Jr.

Chairman

National Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation

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National Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation

Background Information

Employment History

Sen. Nancy Kassebaum

President and Founder

CPRF'S

Affiliations

Special Advocate for Children and the Funding Resource Allocation Committee
Collin County Texas United Way

Founder
Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation

Founder
Center Industries Corporation

Founder
The Kansas Jaycees' Cerebral Palsy Foundation Inc

Founder
The Timbers

Education

Lesley College

bachelors degree

Zoology and Education

Wichita State University

bachelors degree

zoology and education

Wichita University

masters degree

Logopedics

Wichita State University

masters degree

speech pathology and audiology

Web References (64 Total References)


CPRF Wichita, KS | Our History

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Working for one of these programs as a speech pathologist and audiologist, John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder, realized that the need for continuing services was critical.

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Jack Jonas with an audiology client in the late 1950s. John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder, was a lifelong advocate of the disability rights movement in Kansas.
When Jack started working with children with disabilities as a speech pathologist and audiologist at the Institute of Logopedics in the 1950s and 60s, having a disability generally meant that you were destined to either live in a nursing home or with your parents. Employment, inclusion, and independence were not options for many people.
Jack moved on from his field of study to become Executive Director for United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas in the early 1960s, during which time he learned that his former speech pathology and audiology students from the Institute were unable to get jobs, and since wheelchair-accessible, independent living wasn't available, they were either sent back home to their parents or went to nursing homes. In addition, children who didn't have a chance to attend the Institute of Logopedics had no access to proper educational funding. So with the help of lifelong friend and classmate, Daniel M. Carney, Chairman of the Board, Jack started the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas in 1972 with a mission to help people with disabilities get the education to which they have a right, a job to pay the bills, and a home to call their own.
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The fight for educational inclusion wasn't easy, with dissent coming from legislators and school administrators alike; however, with the help and strong words of Richard C. Loux, then Minority Leader of the Kansas House of Representatives, Jack was able to get the Kansas Special Education Mandate approved three years before the federal version.
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In order to accomplish the employment aspect of the CPRF mission, Jack opened Center Industries Corporation, a manufacturing company that hires people of all abilities at competitive market wages, in 1975 with a contract from the State of Kansas to create license plates.
Four years later in 1979, construction was completed on The Timbers - a 100-unit apartment community built to suit people who use wheelchairs. It was the first U.S. Housing and Urban Development property in the nation of its kind. For the first time, people with disabilities had the opportunity to live on their own in a space that was suited to their needs.
Jack also searched for a way to create a white collar alternative to Center Industries for people who preferred technology to manufacturing. In the late 1990s, Dan Carney introduced Jack to Patricia and Bob Patterson, who assisted him in creating CPRF's newest affiliate organization: Business Technology Career Opportunities, Inc.
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Jack retired in 2000, but remained active as President Emeritus and Board of Directors member until his death in 2014.
Dan Carney and Jack Jonas
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With the help of an entrepreneurial and generous Board of Directors, a dedicated staff, individual donors, multiple federal and state grant programs, and significant legislative support, Jack positioned CPRF to create many opportunities once denied to his former Institute of Logopedics students and people with disabilities throughout Kansas.
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CPRF Founder John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., along with Deryl Schuster (Vice Chairman of the CPRF Board), opened the Jaycee Cerebral Palsy Ranch - a summer camp for teenagers with disabilities - to make up for the lack of accessible recreational activities available to teens. The Jaycee Ranch offered a traditional camp experience, complete with activities like fishing and swimming, but with wheelchair-accessible features and aides/counselors for assistance with daily living needs and activities.
1972 CPRF Founder Jack Jonas with an audiology client in the 1960s.
John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. founds CPRF.
1975 Center Industries employee from 1970s.
Jack opens Center Industries Corporation, a manufacturing company that hires people with disabilities at competitive wages.
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Jack Jonas, Dan Taylor, and Dan Carney
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Patricia and Bob Patterson, owners of Digital Consulting Software Services, worked with Dan Carney and Jack Jonas to form CPRF's newest affiliate organization: DCSS Ability, a white collar alternative to Center Industries Corporation that offers information technology training and open-source web research.


CPRF: Learn About Volunteering services, research, advocacy, training and job placement for people with disabilities.

www.cprf.org [cached]

John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. Founder and President Emeritus

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Coming alongside his childhood friend John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder and President Emeritus, he was involved with the United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas and the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Ranch in Augusta, Kan.
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During her first Wichita visit, Ms. Smith was offered a position with CPRF Founder John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. who was then UCPK executive director.
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John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. Founder and President Emeritus
A Wichita State University graduate with a bachelor's degree in Zoology and Education and a master's degree in Logopedics, John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. was a speech pathologist at the Institute of Logopedics before serving as the United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas executive director. It was also during this time, that Mr. Jonas founded the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Foundation and its summer camp program. After being repeatedly challenged by a student at the Institute to find a way for people with disabilities to gain viable employment, Mr. Jonas focused his energies on a brand new venture.
This new direction took him to a manufacturing plant in Australia where rehabilitation engineering was used to modify equipment and workstations, making it possible for people with disabilities to be placed in integrated, competitive employment. In 1972, he founded CPRF, and Center Industries Corporation in 1975.
A constant champion of equal opportunities for people with disabilities, Mr. Jonas worked with other visionaries to enact the Kansas Special Education mandate a full four years before the federal mandate, as well as being the primary author for the federal Mentor-Protégé program that is designed to give companies that employ people with disabilities an opportunity to compete for federal contracts. During his career, Mr. Jonas served has the chairman for the National Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation, in Washington D.C., and was invited to testify before a number of U.S. Congressional committees.
Mr. Jonas has been further honored with such distinctions as the 1998 Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce "Over the Years" Award, the 1997 Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce "Seasons of Success" Award, the 1990 National Conference of Community and Justice, Kansas Region Brotherhood Award, and the 1988 Wichita State University Alumni Association Achievement Award, to name a few.
More recently, Mr. Jonas was honored in 2007 during the dedication of the John F. Jonas Founder's Center at Center Industries Corporation where more than 200 employees wore shirts displaying a simple message that had a visibly powerful impact on the honoree: "Thanks Jack."
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His manufacturing expertise and relationship with Patrick Jonas, CPRF president and CEO, soon attracted the attention of John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF founder and president emeritus, who invited Mr. Augustin to Center Industries Corporation.
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Soon after that fateful dinner, Mr. Simon developed a relationship with John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF founder and president emeritus, and found himself inspired to get involved by accepting an interim president position at Center Industries Corporation.


CPRF: Learn About Volunteering services, research, advocacy, training and job placement for people with disabilities.

www.cprf.org [cached]

John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. Founder and President Emeritus

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Coming alongside his childhood friend John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder and President Emeritus, he was involved with the United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas and the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Ranch in Augusta, Kan.
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During her first Wichita visit, Ms. Smith was offered a position with CPRF Founder John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. who was then UCPK executive director.
...
John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. Founder and President Emeritus
A Wichita State University graduate with a bachelor's degree in Zoology and Education and a master's degree in Logopedics, John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. was a speech pathologist at the Institute of Logopedics before serving as the United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas executive director. It was also during this time, that Mr. Jonas founded the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Foundation and its summer camp program. After being repeatedly challenged by a student at the Institute to find a way for people with disabilities to gain viable employment, Mr. Jonas focused his energies on a brand new venture.
This new direction took him to a manufacturing plant in Australia where rehabilitation engineering was used to modify equipment and workstations, making it possible for people with disabilities to be placed in integrated, competitive employment. In 1972, he founded CPRF, and Center Industries Corporation in 1975.
A constant champion of equal opportunities for people with disabilities, Mr. Jonas worked with other visionaries to enact the Kansas Special Education mandate a full four years before the federal mandate, as well as being the primary author for the federal Mentor-Protégé program that is designed to give companies that employ people with disabilities an opportunity to compete for federal contracts. During his career, Mr. Jonas served has the chairman for the National Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation, in Washington D.C., and was invited to testify before a number of U.S. Congressional committees.
Mr. Jonas has been further honored with such distinctions as the 1998 Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce "Over the Years" Award, the 1997 Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce "Seasons of Success" Award, the 1990 National Conference of Community and Justice, Kansas Region Brotherhood Award, and the 1988 Wichita State University Alumni Association Achievement Award, to name a few.
More recently, Mr. Jonas was honored in 2007 during the dedication of the John F. Jonas Founder's Center at Center Industries Corporation where more than 200 employees wore shirts displaying a simple message that had a visibly powerful impact on the honoree: "Thanks Jack."
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His manufacturing expertise and relationship with Patrick Jonas, CPRF president and CEO, soon attracted the attention of John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF founder and president emeritus, who invited Mr. Augustin to Center Industries Corporation.
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Soon after that fateful dinner, Mr. Simon developed a relationship with John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF founder and president emeritus, and found himself inspired to get involved by accepting an interim president position at Center Industries Corporation.


CPRF Wichita, KS | Board of Directors

www.cprf.org [cached]

Coming alongside his childhood friend John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder and President Emeritus, he was involved with the United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas and the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Ranch in Augusta, Kan.

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During her first Wichita visit, Ms. Smith was offered a position with CPRF Founder John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr. who was then UCPK executive director.
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His manufacturing expertise and relationship with Patrick Jonas, CPRF president and CEO, soon attracted the attention of John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF founder and president emeritus, who invited Mr. Augustin to Center Industries Corporation.
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Soon after that, Mr. Simon developed a relationship with John F. "Jack" Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder, who requested and inspired him to get more involved by accepting an interim president position at Center Industries Corporation.


Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation Fundraising: Hartsook Companies, Inc.

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CPRF'S President and Founder, Jack Jonas, wanted assurance that whoever represented them must not subscribe to the "tin cup" approach when presenting their case for support to potential philanthropic investors.

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"In order to accomplish this goal, we named Norma Lee vice president of development," explained Jack Jonas.
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"Hartsook and Associates Integrated Campaign™ has been critical to our success," said Jonas.

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