NORFOLK, NE — There are currently 230,000 people are living in Nebraska with disabilities who need specialized programs.
Leaders from the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) for Developmental Disabilities and Rehabilitation were in Norfolk on Thursday to learn about services that are available to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
MMI, which is an academic unit of UNMC, has a mission to transform the lives of people living with a disability through education, engagement and outreach of health care professionals.
Keith Allen, Director of Psychology and Academy Affairs at the Munroe-Meye Institute says they are looking for wants to connect with communities across Nebraska and enhance those services that are offered. In terms of available education, Allen says there are options in Omaha through distant learning and Telehealth connections.
“We provide support to communities through that and have recently been looking at establishing specialty clinics through Telehealth, like serving kids with A.D.H.D and doing diagnostic services for local schools, providers and families.”
Says that feedback is a crucial factor when it comes to meeting the needs and education of potential partners.
MMI has more than 18 recreational therapy programs and clubs that service more than 500 families.