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For Immediate Release
September 18, 2014

Jen Rae Wang, Gov.’s Ofc., 402-471-1967
Kathie Osterman, DHHS, 402-471-9313

Gov. Heineman Encourages Participation in Developmental Disabilities Conference

Lincoln—Today, Gov. Dave Heineman is highlighting the “It’s My Life!” conference scheduled for Sept. 22-24, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The conference is for people with developmental disabilities, their families and those with whom they work. 

“The ‘It’s My Life’ conference having over 600 registered attendees so far speaks to the importance and enthusiasm of helping people with developmental disabilities be fulfilled, contributing members of our society,” said Gov. Heineman. “That interest shows the need for information and resources, as well as the respect earned in recent years by the health and Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities.”

Nearly 100 sessions are available over the three days and range from personal perspectives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, to sessions by national experts on topics including successful transitions from school to work, medical approaches, dementia, autism, mental health, e-learning, nutrition, person-centered services, assessments, behavior planning and much more.

“As you can see, the ‘It’s My Life’ conference offers a wide range of information and opportunities for attendees. It has something for everyone,” said Gov. Heineman.

“Presenters are coming from across the country and are experts in their fields,” said Jodi Fenner, DHHS Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities. “It’s exciting that some of our own state employees are in that category, too, having already presented at conferences in other states on Nebraska’s successes and experiences.”

“Our goal is to help people with developmental disabilities and those who work with them identify and use resources and systems to support all people in living an enviable life,” said Fenner. 

A variety of registration fees are available for one, two or three days. Evening sessions are also available free of charge.

The conference will be held at the LaVista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway, LaVista, NE.  More information about the conference and presenter bios can be found on the DHHS website at

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