Omaha’s Westroads Mall was packed Sunday morning with people going around in circles. More than 500 participants walked and rolled in wheelchairs and adaptive bikes around the upper level to support the eighth annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities.
Money raised goes to support the recreation therapy programs for adults with developmental disabilities at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.
Organizers said it was an opportunity for adults with disabilities to interact with others their own age. Beth Wakehouse said it was a good chance for her daughter to get out of the house.
“It gives her time to go out and be with people her age and experience things not necessarily with mom and dad, so it's very important.”
The event raised more than $15,000.
For almost 30 years, the Munroe-Meyer Institute's recreational therapy department has provided opportunities for both community and center-based recreation in a safe, supervised setting. In addition, the programs allow for much-needed respite for families and caregivers of those with developmental disabilities.
Without these critical programs, many individuals with disabilities would have no place to learn important life skills and develop friendships and their families would lose their only source of respite care.