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Nebraska Planning Council on
Developmental Disabilities 

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2017 Proclamation Signing Group Shot 
The month of March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The 2017 proclamation ceremony with Lt. Governor Mike Foley was held on March 8 in the Warner Chamber.

2017 DD Awareness Proclamation

Who We Are   Learn more!

The Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities is located within the Division of Public Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Councils on Developmental Disabilities Formed in Federal Law
  • Created by the Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act) in 1970

  • Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - federal agency responsible for oversight

  • Funded in every State and Territory of the United States - represents a Federal-State partnership in developing futures for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families

  • Governor appoints twenty-four State Council members for three year term - more than 60% of members being people with developmental disabilities or family members

The intent of the Developmental Disabilities Act is to reverse the historical bias against people with disabilities by focusing on five major goals areas -
  • Independence
  • Productivity
  • Integration
  • Inclusion
  • Self-Determination
 What We Do
Priorities identified in a five-year state plan focus on improving the system of supports for persons with disabilities and their families. Goals concentrate on persons who experience a severe disability that occurs before the age of twenty-two, including persons with physical disabilities, mental/behavioral health conditions, and developmental disabilities. Support systems across the lifespan are examined.

The Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities:
Awards subawards to various agencies, organizations, and other entities to address gaps and barriers in the system.
  • Identifies legislation introduced and educates policymakers on the impact of these bills on persons with developmental disabilities.

  • Presents testimony at relevant hearings and follows applicable regulation development.

  • Serves on committees to ensure discussions include needs of persons with developmental disabilities.

  • Funds six Regional Councils to meet the State Council's goals at local levels and to assist with grant reviews, hosting public forums, and advocacy efforts.



For more information about the efforts and activities of the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, contact:


Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health and Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026
Phone: 402-471-2330
Telecommunications for the Deaf
Phone: 402-471-9570
Email:  dhhs.ddplanningcouncil@nebraska.gov




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