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Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities


Request for Applications Announcement
The Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities has released a Request for Applications for Opportunity Subawards. The deadline for applications to be received in the Council office is 5:00 PM on Monday, January 14, 2019. Subawards will begin April 1, 2019 and end by March 31, 2020.

The month of March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Trisomy Awareness Month. The joint 2018 proclamation ceremony was held on March 5 in the Warner Chamber in the State Capitol.

Who We Are 

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 Council members to a three-year term; more than 60% of members are 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.  

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

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