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.
Reserve your seats now for the March 13
MFD/Film Streams night at movies
Once again, MFD will partner with Film Streams to bring Omaha a free movie examining life for disabled families. So join us on Tuesday March 13 for this year's film, Dina.
In Dina, released in 2017, an eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.
While the event is free tickets should be reserved online through the Filmstreams web site or through either of the Film Streams box offices.
Following the film at the theater at 13th and Mike Fahey in north downtown, there will be a panel discussion related to issues of disabilities. It will include Denise Gehringer, Program Coordinator for Ollie Webb Center, Inc.; Angela Ligtenberg, Area Director for Integrated Life Choices; and Amanda Zangrillo, PsYD, BCBA-D Director of Autism Diagnostic Clinics from the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Mary McHale, Board President of the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, will moderate.
For more information, questions or requests, please contact Patrick Kinney at (402) 933-0259 x 11 or email@example.com.
For a printable flyer of the event click here.
Gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield provides
aqua bike for use by MMI rec therapy
The Munroe-Meyer Institute has added an Aqua Bike to its array of recreational therapy options.
The bike, which will be used in the department’s pool at the MMI building in Omaha, was purchased with a grant received by the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.
“MFD is excited about having the Aqua Bike in the pool at MMI rec therapy,” said foundation President Mary McHale. “It is because of partnerships like this one with Blue Cross Blue Shield that adults with developmental disabilities have increased programming options, such as the improved aquatic program made possible by this new acquisition.”
“This bike provides us a much needed exercise option for our medically obese participants who have a difficult time finding a cardio activity they can do comfortably,” said Recreational Therapy Director Michael Crawford, Ph.D. “Many have given up on exercise on dry land because it is just too uncomfortable. With this bike, we can offer then another alternative toward the goal of trying to be heart healthy.”
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!
Walk and Roll rolls up big support for MFD and its mission
MFD would like to thank everyone who made the 14th annual Walk and Roll Disabilities another great success. More than 400 participants helped raise nearly $45,000 for MFD and the programming for adults with disabilities that we support.
Remember to give your support to the sponsors of this years event, including:
Family of Eleanor McHale