Community Access

MERIL is dedicated to the removal of barriers, be they physical or attitudinal, which prevent people with disabilities and people who are aging from fully taking part in all of the activities in their community that they choose.

To strive toward “A Barrier-Free Northwest Missouri,” these services are available:

  • training in the concept of Universal Design*
  • coordination of home modifications
  • accessibility surveys and follow-up for individuals, governmental offices, polling locations and businesses
  • educating the community on barrier removal and its importance
  • volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities to further barrier removal efforts
  • collaboration and community partnerships working toward accessibility
  • assistance with seeking durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and ramps
  • making donated items available to people in need

Organizations who make outstanding efforts toward barrier removal may apply for the MERIL Seal of Accessibility.  We are pleased to announce that in 2012 our first recipient of the MERIL Seal of Accessibility was Hy-Vee, St. Joseph, MO.

“Employees need to be trained and our employees need to have tact when it comes to dealing with people with disabilities.  I challenge all the businesses out there to get with MERIL and do the same thing Hy-Vee has done (Seal of Accessibility).  It’s been a great experience.”  Brad McAnally, Store Director, Hy-Vee


For further information or to schedule an appointment, contact our Director of Community Access at: 816.279.8558.