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!
Ready to Roll: Registration now open for the 15th annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities
Make plans now to be at Oak View Mall on Sunday, March 3 for 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.
Click here to be taken right to our registration page to sign up yourself or your team!
As in the past, this year's event will feature face painting, a DJ, Star Wars characters, a continental breakfast and fun for people of all ages. Remember to register by Feb. 13 to receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt and to be eligible for registration prizes.
Last year, more than 400 participants and our generous sponsors helped the event raise nearly $45,000 to for MFD and the social and recreational programs for adults that we support.
MFD would like to thank this year’s Walk and Roll honorary family is Russell, Cheri, Connor, Cadie and Chase Albin.
The Albins have have worked tirelessly to improve lives for people in our area with disabilities. Russell and Cheri . have helped extend healthy lifestyles to all by starting a FIT-Ability Fitness Class for individuals of all ages with special needs. Cheri also serves on the Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc. Board, Autism Center Human and Legal Rights Committee and on the Executive Committee at the Ollie Webb Center Inc.
Connor is the oldest child, a University of Nebraska student who works part time at Munroe Meyer Recreational Therapy Camps as a Recreational Therapy Technician. Cadie is 18 years old, is outgoing and loves to try new things. Cadie is very involved in social activities including Sparkle Cheer at Burke High School, Munroe Meyer Recreational Therapy Camp, Arnold Stern, Girls Group Ollie Webb Center Inc. Book Club, and Hip Hop Dance. Chase, 7, has also attended Munroe Meyer Recreational Therapy Camps, and spends his time coloring, reading books, labeling his world, counting and learning other languages.
“Munroe Meyer has been a part of our family for nearly 13 years,” Cheri said. “All of my children have been involved at some point either attending or working. MMI continues in our life, with both Chase and Cadie having attended Winter and Theater Camp over the school break and now Saturday morning Recreational Therapy. The teen activities Cadie has participated in have provided an opportunity to go out into the community and have some awesome experiences such as attending a Katy Perry Concert and the Nutcracker. In the future, Cadie will be able to attend some new programs to her such as Cooking and Wheel Club. Both of these opportunities will provide Cadie with life skills she can use as she grows into adulthood. Our family looks forward to all the opportunities MMI has to offer our family for many years to come.”
MMI would also like to thank, Greg Bates who is proud to serve as the male advocate for the 15th Annual Walk and Roll.
Greg is 31 and attends Mosaic Day Services and also has several volunteer opportunities in the community, which he thoroughly enjoys. Along with Greg’s active participation with the Munroe Meyer Adult Recreational Program, Greg participates in Special Olympics Basketball and Volleyball, All Stars Basketball, Challenger Baseball and Next Chapter Reading Club. Greg enjoys attending Husker Football games, Creighton Basketball games, the College World Series and Broadway Musicals at the Orpheum Theater. Greg’s family includes his parents, Josh and Kelly, his brother Sam and sister-in-law Chelsea, and his youngest brother Scott. Josh is the Director of Technology for Union Pacific Railroad. Kelly is an Information Specialist at Century Link Communications. Sam is a Behavior Special Education teacher and Chelsea is a Speech Pathologist, both with the Lincoln Public School District and Scott lives in Chicago and works as a Logistics Manager.
MMI has been a significant part of the Bates Family’s life for over 25 years. Greg has been attending camps and special events since he was five. Sam and Scott both volunteered during middle- and high school and Sam worked at the youth summer camp for several years. Greg has built lasting relationships with the staff through his involvement with Munroe Meyer and his participation with Munroe Meyer has enhanced his life and the lives of the Bates Family in many ways. Greg is extremely social and the variety of programs designed to challenge and enhance Greg’s skills has allowed him to continue to progress and succeed. The evolvement of the Adult Recreational program and the various programs offered to young adults is rewarding. Greg is involved in the Adult evening camp, Cooking Club, Garden Club and Urban Adventure Club, just to name a few has changed Greg’s life in many positive ways with leisure and life skills. The Bates Family is blessed to be able to participate in this extraordinary event.
The Bates Famiy.
MMI would also like to thank this year's Walk and Roll sponsors: