News & Events

  • Potential Budget Cuts Cause Concern for CDS Participants Help us spread the word about the impact of these potential budget cuts for Missourians with disabilities. https://www.facebook.com/MERIL4U/videos/1350365918386319/   The original news video is available here: http://www.stjoechannel.com/story/35204434/meril-participants-worry-about-potential-state-budget-cuts.   https://www.facebook.com/MERIL4U/videos/1350274565062121/   April 11, 2017: Pam Schneeflock discusses CDS budget cuts on KQ2’s Live at Five. Interviewer: Welcome back. Our next guest tonight is Pam Schneeflock from Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living. We’re talking ...
  • Notice of Open Meeting – April 26 Notice is hereby given that Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living will conduct a meeting starting at 12:30 p.m. on April 26, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Saint Joseph Public Library, 502 North Woodbine Road, Saint Joseph, Missouri. The tentative agenda of this public meeting includes: * Legislative Update * CEO/Executive Director Report * Review ...
  • MERIL Receives Website Accessibility Award If you want to make your website more accessible to people with disabilities, you may want to use MERIL’s site as an example. The Missouri Governor’s Council on Disability awarded its first annual website/IT award to MERIL for having a website that strives to be accessible to all people. MERIL is a not-for-profit organization that provides ...
  • Welcome Rob Honan, our new CEO! New MERIL director hopes to prove organization’s importance By Alonzo Weston, News-Press Now Mar 16, 2017 After having three interim directors over the past several months, MERIL (the Midland Empire Resource for Independent Living) finally has a new executive director. Rob Honan, who previously served as executive director of the Missouri Governor’s Council on Disability, replaces J.C. Dollar, MERIL’s ...
  • Funding for DeafBlind Support Services Governor Nixon Signs HB 1696 for DeafBlind Support Services Jefferson City, MO (June 14, 2016) – This afternoon, Missouri Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon signed House Bill 1696, known as the SSP Bill. The passage of this law will initiate training and compensation for support service providers (SSPs) for individuals who are DeafBlind. The bill was Truly ...
  • Starkloff Disability Institute Seeks Advocates to Help Eliminate Work Disincentives The Starkloff Disability Institute is creating a grassroots advocacy group and are looking for motivated people with disabilities who want to work without the risk of losing vital health care coverage (including home and community based services). If you are interested in sharing your story, email Steve Foelsch (sfoelsch@starkloff.org) or Brigid McGuire (bmcguire@starkloff.org), or call them ...
  • MERIL To Be Recognized as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace        
  • Savannah Middle School Students Explore “Attitudes” Toward People With Disabilities Students in Susan Whitman’s 8th grade class at Savannah Middle School wrote essays exploring “Attitudes” toward people with disabilities. Their submissions included insight into what they’ve observed and experienced. The top three essays are available below for your reading pleasure! 1st Place – “Rise Above” by James Alberty 2nd Place – “Jayden” by Baylee Hoffman 3rd Place – ...
  • New Restaurant Technology Aids People With Disabilities Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015 6:00 am By Jena Sauber St. Joseph News-Press Previously, going through any restaurant drive-thru was a multi-step process for St. Joseph resident De Linda Kelly. “For myself, I am deaf, so when I went through the drive-thru at any restaurant, I always have to stop at the intercom and wait a few seconds,” ...
  • Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Computer Lab   MERIL is pleased to announce the opening of our new computer lab.  Through the generous donation of ABTU, four computers are now available for use by anyone who needs access to the internet! MERIL would like to extend a big “THANK YOU” to ABTU for their thoughtful gift, and for partnering with MERIL to help remove ...

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