ON A MISSION
The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the thousands of adults with disabilities in the Omaha metro area by supporting programs that offer them recreational and social opportunities. Cooking classes, dance and swim lessons, group outings, therapeutic horse riding and reading clubs are among the many activities we help to provide.
Besides offering fun, the programs we support are therapeutic, improving the physical, cognitive, social and emotional capabilities of adults with disabilities. The programs also promote inclusion of an often marginalized population and provide hours of much-needed respite, or a break, for families and caregivers.
We support specialized programming offered by the professional staff of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's renowned Munroe-Meyer Institute. In addition, we partner with numerous other organizations who share our interest and passion for improving the lives of adults with disabilities in our community.
Come out March 12 for a free night at the movies as MFD, Film Streams team up for 'Intelligent Lives'
A special screening of the movie "Intelligent Lives" will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday March 12 at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, the downtown location of Film Streams.
This is the latest in the annual collaboration between Film Streams and MFD to bring to Omaha a movie themed on people with disabilities. As in the past, the movie will be followed by a discussion with a panel of representatives from disability organizations and the community.
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, "Intelligent Lives" stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities - Micah, Naieer, and Naomie - who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.
Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.
Intelligent Lives challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.
Post-show discussion will feature Kim Bainbridge, parent advocate; Paige Rose, Program Director of Evaluation & Community Integration for Nebraska Vocational Rehab; and Kristine Swain, PhD, UNO Chair of Special Education & Communication Disorders.
Free tickets for this one-time screening are limited to two per patron and can be reserved by clicking here or at either the Ruth Sokolof Theater or Dundee Theater box office.
For a trailer of Intelligent Lives, click here.
Help MFD every time you search, shop
You can help MFD raise funds each time you search the Internet, shop at the grocery store, visit your favorite businesses or make on-line purchases. Every penny helps our effort to ultimately make the Thursday night adult rec program at Munroe Meyer self-sustainable. Check out our quick guide below, and pass on the word to your friends and family, too.
The Goodsearch Search Engine and Goodshop
Just go to www.goodsearch.com and click on the Join Now link. Put in your personal information and then click on Choose Your Cause, and enter Meyer Foundation for Disabilities.
It's that simple. Bookmark the page and make Goodsearch your primary search engine. Each November, MFD will receive a check based on the total registered searches.
And if you are registered for Goodsearch, you are automatically a member of Goodshop, too. Anytime you shop online via Goodsearch MFD will also receive credit, and as a bonus you will receive coups from Goodshop. Give it a try!
Bakers Community Rewards
Go to www.bakersplus.com/topic/community-rewards and register, selecting Meyer Foundation for Disabilities. MFD will receive a quarterly check!
Log in at www.smile.amazon.com and register with your regular Amazon username and password (if you haven't yet registered with Amazon, do that first at Amazon.com). Then select C. Louis Meyer Rehabilitation Foundation (don't worry, the money will get to MFD). We will receive a percentage based on your purchases.
Together a Great Good (TAGG)
Download the app on your cell phone. Look at the list of participating businesses. You may find some that you frequent on the list.
When you make purchases there, tell the cashier you want to TAGG your purchase. You will have the option of receiving a QR code from the cashier to scan on your phone or you can scan the receipt. If you've selected Meyer Foundation for Disabilites, MFD will receive 5 percent of the purchase price!
15th annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities rolls up more big numbers in support of MFD
Thanks to all who came out on a chilly Sunday morning to take part in the 15th annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities, the annual fundraiser that brings together and benefits the families of adults with disabilities in the Omaha metro.
This year's event featured more than 400 participants and our generous sponsors helped the event raise more than $30,000 for MFD and the social and recreational programs for adults that we support.
For more pictures of this year's event, click here.
You can find still more pictures here.
MFD would like to thank this year’s Walk and Roll honorary family is Russell, Cheri, Connor, Cadie and Chase Albin. MMI would also like to thank, Greg Bates who was proud to serve as the male advocate. And thanks to all the sponsors listed below: