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Nebraska Planning Council on
Developmental Disabilities
Nebraska State Plan for Developmental Disabilities

Fiscal Years 2012 - 2016 

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:  Community Inclusion 
To support increased communication and personal relationships between children and adults with and without developmental disabilities in order to increase inclusion in ten communities.

  • Support replication in at least 2 communities of activities that resulted in more opportunities for inclusion of children and adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Identify current recreation options for children and adults with developmental disabilities in the state by surveying a representative sample of at least 100.
  • Maintain a network of six regional councils to conduct local activities across the state in advocacy, capacity building and systemic change based on the Council's State Plan priorities.

Goal #2:  Employment 
To increase the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities working in integrated settings and earning at least minimum wage in projects funded by the Council. 

  • Improve two policies that impact transition services from school to work resulting in jobs after graduation.
  • Increase training and education on employment directed at service providers, individuals, families, employers, service coordinators, and community members.

Goal #3:  Quality Assurance
Influence at least five policies that support quality services across the lifespan based on the needs and decisions made by persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

  • Maintain legislative advocacy to insure continued support of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Increase education and training opportunities for those who support people with developmental disabilities in the community.
  • Increase practices of safety along with reasonable risk for people with developmental disabilities in the community.

Goal #4:  Quality Assurance - Self-Advocacy
To increase quality assurance by supporting self-advocacy to become a valuable resource and increasing its visibility to policymakers so that 20% of legislators know the People First of Nebraska organization.

  • Support self-advocacy groups to increase their participation at all levels of policy development.

Goal #5:  Health
To improve the health of individuals with developmental disabilities by expanding access to health care and insuring inclusive public health services by influencing policies in three areas.

  • Assess the health care concerns of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Expand in-service and pre-service training in two healthcare professions.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Promote the use of telehealth to all areas across Nebraska.