In the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area, there are thousands of adults with developmental disabilities who need a specialized environment if they are to participate in recreational and social activities. The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities is dedicated to helping them meet their needs by supporting recreational programs offered through the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s renowned Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha and in partnership with other community organizations.
Besides offering fun, the programs provided by the institute’s professional staff are therapeutic, improving the physical, cognitive, social and emotional functioning of disabled adults. The programs also promote inclusion of an often marginalized population and provide hours of much-needed respite for families and caregivers. Many of these programs aren’t available anywhere else, filling a critical void for members of the adult disabled community and their families.
In addition to the regular weekly Thursday night program offered through Munroe-Meyer, increased financial support from our community in recent years has allowed MFD to expand program offerings to include dance lessons, expanded cooking classes, therapeutic horse riding, ice skating lessons and reading clubs, among others.
The annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities raises funds for MFD programs.
Click on the About tab above to learn more about the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, the people we serve and our mission. To make a tax-deductible donation to MFD, visit our donation page. To learn more on how you can participate in our fund-raising events, click on the links below.
It’s time to get ready to Walk & Roll
Registration has now opened for the 2015 Walk & Roll for Disabilities, set for Sunday, March 1 at Oak View Mall. It’s time to get those pledges, get ready to lace up your shoes and have some fun, all while raising money to serve people with disabilities in our community.
MFD increases community support with latest grants
MFD is proud to announce a new round of grants that will enhance services for people with disabilities in our community during 2015, including a new theater program and another making the great outdoors accessible to all.
The grants total $40,909, made possible by MFD’s generous donors and those supporting our fundraisers in 2014. Grant awards included:
- MMI Recreational Therapy Department: To support the department’s Thursday evening Respite and Habilitation Program, serving individuals over the age of 21. Along with annual funding, the MFD board is building an endowment with the University of Nebraska Foundation to provide for the perpetuity of this program.
- MMI Recreational Therapy Wheel Club: To purchase a new Freedom Rider tandem trike that will be used for club activities.
- MMI Recreational Therapy Cooking Club: Through a partnership with Whole Foods Market, the grant will add additional cooking classes and reduce the waiting time for individuals who want to take the classes. Whole Foods assisted the program through its “One Dime at a Time” community support program.
- The Ollie Webb Center’s Next Chapter Book Club: To be used for continued expansion of the book clubs in Omaha, providing teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all reading levels the chance to read, discuss books and socialize. This is the only NCBC in the state of Nebraska and is currently the third largest program in the United States.
- Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA): To fund the Tack Shack, as part of HETRA’s mission to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine-assisted activities. The Tack Shack will feature used tack, grooming items, blankets and other horse-related items. This pilot program will allow adults with disabilities to work in the Tack Shack and develop work skills.
- Sportsmen Assisting the Nation’s Disabled Sportsmen (SANDS): To purchase fishing rods and reels, camp gear and specialized adaptive equipment, brochures and other education materials, assisting SANDS’ mission of creating increased outdoor recreational access for adolescents and adults with disabilities. SANDS is a partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
- Circle Theatre: To enable individuals with disabilities to work with other theatre artists in a professional setting as the theatre produces an inter-generational play and a play which will specifically relate to and resonate with adults with disabilities.
The MFD sponsors two major fund-rasing events each year that enables us to fund all of our programs, Walk & Roll for Disabilities and the OwL Ride. Please click on the links below to learn how you can participate in or support these annual events.