UNMC offering free webinars to families, individuals with disabilities

Will cover broad spectrum of topics

The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) is launching a series of free webinars to provide assistance to families and individuals with disabilities across the state.

Geared to people across the lifespan, the webinars also an excellent learning tool for health professionals involved in the care of individuals with disabilities.

The Resources, Education and Disability Information (REDI) Project can be accessed from a standard computer or iPad.

To register or for more details about the REDI Project, please click the link below:


Upcoming webinars over the next three months include:

Caring for the Caregiver and Respite

Aug. 7 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (CDT)

If you have ever wished you could “take a break” or “get away” from your caregiving responsibilities, you need to listen. In this webinar, you will learn about specific programs, funding sources and provider resources that are available to support family caregivers across the state and across the lifespan.

Presenter: Sharon Johnson, statewide respite network program coordinator, Nebraska Department Health and Human Services

Social Opportunities

Aug. 26 – 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (CDT)

In this webinar, you will learn about specific programs that are available across the state that provide recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Special Olympics will present on their statewide programs. Participants will be presented a resource list of recreational opportunities available in their area.

Presenters: Alisa Hoffman, family resource manager; Hannah Ries, youth and schools program manager; and Katie Novicki, healthy athletes manager, Special Olympics Nebraska

Challenging Behaviors

Sept. 23 – 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (CDT)

How can families address challenging behavior? What resources are available in our state to help? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

Presenter:  Joe Evans, Ph.D., director of psychology, Munroe-Meyer Institute and associate clinical director of the UNMC Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska


Oct. 21 – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (CDT)

If you have a child with a disability or chronic health condition (age 12 or older), now is the time to start planning for transition. This webinar will provide an outline of steps to adulthood and discuss the role that Vocational Rehabilitation plays in the transition from school services into employment and post-secondary education.

Presenters: Mark Mason, transition coordinator at Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation; Susan Williams, transition coordinator; and Nina Baker, Family2Family health information coordinator, Parent Training and Information (PTI) Nebraska

For additional information regarding the REDI Project, contact, Kim Falk, coordinator of REDI at MMI, kim.falk@unmc.edu, 402-559-4951, or Sarah Swanson, community and family resource specialist at MMI, sarah.swanson@unmc.edu, 402-559-4573 or 1-800-656-3937 ext. 94573.

Munroe-Meyer Institute is committed to unlocking the potential of children and adults with developmental disabilities and genetic disorders through exceptional patient care, education and research. MMI health care providers annually diagnose and treat more than 10,000 children and adults with special needs.

Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more at unmc.edu and follow us on social media.

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