The mission of the Munroe-Meyer Guild is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through fundraising for the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute. The major fundraiser for the Guild has been the annual garden walk held the second Sunday of June. The funds that are generated through the Garden Walk are used to help fund programs at the Institute that might otherwise go unfulfilled.

The Munroe-Meyer Guild supports innovative projects and training at the Institute including the following grants awarded in 2016:
•MMI Speech Language Pathology Department, for "Expanding Functional Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)." This proposal's aims are to increase opportunities for children who use AAC to communicate in meaningful activities across all environments, increase training and provide opportunities for parents to communicate using AAC with their children and provide coaching from MMI staff for parents, recreation therapy technicians, and speech language pathology graduate students on creating communication opportunities and modeling during naturally occurring activities.
•MMI University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, for "Family Care Enhancement Project Family Support Groups." This grant will initiate a support group to serve families of children with special health care needs and/or disabilities. The support group will serve as a medium in which families can connect to vital community resources, relate personal experiences, learn from others, provide sympathetic understanding and foster social networks.
•MMI University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, for "Seizure Log Android App Project." The project will foster an effective method of organization for seizure tracking, seizure type documentation, video recording, medication administration, seizure trigger documentation, rescue medication administration and recording vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) usage. By recording this information, effective epilepsy treatment can be determined.
•MMI University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, for "Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training - Developmental Disability Program." The program will pay for stipends for parents to be on a panel to train police officers for certification for CIT. This training will cover both mental illness and emotional disorder occurring at the same time as an intellectual disability.
•MMI Occupational Therapy Department, for "Hand-Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy Summer Day Camp." The goal of this intensive intervention experience for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy ability is to improve their ability to use their more affected arm and hand more spontaneously and effectively in all activities of daily living and to increase each child's independent dressing, grooming, food/utensil management and tool use.
•MMI Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders, for "Development of a Clinic Designed to Treat Food Selectivity in Children with ASD." The grant-funded clinic will be used to treat children with both autism spectrum disorder and feeding disorders by purchasing equipment, developing a website and hiring and training a new staff person. In the past children have been treated for autism or feeding disorders, but not both.
•MMI Physical Therapy Department, for "Go Baby Go! A Nebraska Partnership Optimizing Early Mobility." This project will build capacity for a community partnership between MMI, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Students of the University of Nebraska American Physical Therapy Association (SUNAPTA) and local engineering students in order to expand access to low-cost options for infants and toddlers with movement disorders or developmental delays.

The 2016 guild grant total of $80,397 is the largest dollar amount in its 48-year history.



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