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, and service providers.
Goal #1: Employment By 2026, the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD) will collaborate with Nebraska DD Network Partners, state agencies, community programs, and other stakeholders to provide resources and improve competitive, integrated, and meaningful opportunities for employment, including self-employment with competitive wages, for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) from diverse locations and identities.
Goal #2: Informal and Formal Supports By 2026, increase and strengthen the knowledge of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to promote and encourage informed decision making about their choices leading to improved quality of life, increased independence, productivity, and full inclusion in their communities
Goal #3: Community Integration and Inclusion By 2026, the capacity of communities and systems to fully include individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) will be increased so individuals will have opportunities for greater independence and integration.
Goal #4: Advocacy and Self-Advocacy
Annually, the Council will collaborate with self-advocacy organizations, Nebraska Developmental Disabilities (DD) Network Partners, State Agencies, and other stakeholders to implement and expand the tenets of self-determination, increase the ability and opportunity for individuals to advocate for themselves and others, and increase the number of individuals who meaningfully participate in policymaking and leadership roles.
The October 2020 Nebraska Needs Assessment Report was funded by the Council to provide guidance and input for the development of the Council's 2022-2026 State Plan Goals and Objectives.