The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities announces the release of updated Along the Way guides, a series of resource guides for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families as they move through the stages of life. This series is based upon a core belief that all people should be given the opportunity to live, love, work, play, and pursue their chosen life.
Updates to the guides include verified website links, contact information, and phone numbers; reformatting for improved readability; and additional, new resources. Find these guides under the Resources tab.
NEW - The Along the Way guides have been translated into Spanish and can be found under the Resources tab.
The intent of the Developmental Disabilities Act and the Council is to reverse the historical bias against people with disabilities by focusing on five major goals areas:
DHHS and the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities are launching a new Person-Centered Planning Initiative to reinvigorate person-centered supports for all Nebraska's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers.
Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach empowering people to plan their life, find their voice, and work toward reaching their goals. The goal of person-centered planning is to support participants to be the center of planning their supports and goals.
For more information, please visit the Person-Centered Planning webpage.
The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities is located within the Division of Public Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
DD Council Staff
Kristen Larsen, Executive Director: (402) 471-0143Rachel Ward, Program Specialist: (402) 471-0151Nikki Krause, Administrative Support: (402) 471-2330
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 Council on Developmental Disabilities:
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