DD Council 5 Year Plan

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Fiscal Years 2017-2021

The Nebraska Council selected the following goals as their priorities over the next five years. Priorities were determined with input from self-advocates, family members, Regional Councils, and service providers.

Goal #1:  Lifespan Transition 
Improve transition across the lifespan of more individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) of diverse identities and their families.

  1. An increased number of individuals transitioning out of special education and their families will be provided with information to expand their knowledge of adult services and other community resources for adult living.
  2. An increased number of adults with I/DD and their aging families will be provided with information to expand their knowledge of adult services and other community resources.
  3. An increased number of individuals with I/DD and their families will be provided with information to expand their knowledge and acquire skills for developing self-directed, person-centered plans. 

Goal #2:  Advocacy and Self-Determination 
Improve advocacy, self-advocacy, and self-determination for more individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) of diverse identities and their families.

    1. Strengthen support for an increased number of self-advocates through leadership development and coalition participation by:
      1. Supplying direct funding to People First of Nebraska for advocacy activities.
      2. Supporting opportunities for individuals with I/DD who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with I/DD who may become leaders.
      3. Supporting participation of self-advocates in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership coalitions.
    2. Advocate for positive systems change impacting the lives and health of individuals with I/DD of diverse identities and their families through active participation in: statewide advisory committees and cross-disability workgroups; public policy advocacy; cross-systems dialogue; and DD Network collaboration.
    3. Collaborate among the Nebraska DD Network Partners (Disability Rights Nebraska, Munroe-Meyer Institute University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities [UCEDD], and the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities) to advocate for positive systems change impacting the lives and health of individuals with I/DD by:
      1. Conducting monthly planning meetings to discuss trends, concerns, and challenges with a goal of system changes and improvements for Nebraskans with developmental disabilities.
      2. Serving as cross-agency representatives on the Council and Advisory groups for the DD Network Partners.
      3. Working in conjunction with disability advocacy organizations to inform state senators about disability issues and assist in the development of policies and legislation favorable to this population.
      4. Participating in the Nebraska Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (NCCD), a cross-disability advocacy organization focused on advancing the rights of Nebraskans with disabilities through policy research and development, legislative testimony, and the development of educational materials for policy makers.
      5. Hosting training on a mutually selected topic for DD Network Partner members at the annual Tri-Board Meeting. 
    4. Address the targeted disparity issue with African-American male students with developmental disabilities who are incarcerated or enter the criminal justice system at higher statistical rates by: 
      1. Improving systemic collaboration in the areas of education, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, children and family services, and the judicial system. 
      2. Decreasing, through systems collaboration, the number of out of school suspensions resulting from zero tolerance policies.
      3. Conducting additional activities to reduce this disparity, including outreach, training, and education.  

Goal #3:  Employment
Influence systems change to provide increased opportunities for more individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) of diverse identities to pursue an employment path of their choice.

  1. Provide support to address barriers, advocate for, and expand opportunities for an increased number of individuals to participate in community integrated employment or entrepreneurship.
  2. Increase opportunities for self-advocates to share employment experiences and promote community integrated employment and entrepreneurship with peers and stakeholders.
  3. Provide access to benefits planning services for an increased number of service providers, individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families to support the person's employment choices.

Goal #4:  Community Inclusion
Increase community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) of diverse identities. 

  1. Increase opportunities for community inclusion for individuals with I/DD.
  2. Expand and enhance respite care services throughout the state.

Nebraska State Plan 2019