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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Along the Way Guides

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 h​​​ave 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:

  • Independence
  • Productivity
  • Integration
  • Inclusion
  • Self-Determination


Person-Centered Planning

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) 471-0143
Rachel Ward, Program Specialist: (402) 471-0151
Nikki Krause, Administrative Support: (402) 471-2330

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-five Council members to a three-year term; more than 60% of members are people with developmental disabilities or family members.
  • How State Councils on Developmental Disabilities achieve the vision of the DD Act.

What we d​o

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: 

  • 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. 


Email List

Want to stay up to date? Sign up for our stakeholder email list! You will receive emails about upcoming educational opportunities, when Requests for Applications for subawards are released, Council funded activities, local and federal information affecting the DD community, and more. To sign up, send an email to: dhhs.ddcouncil@nebraska.gov​.

Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health and Human Services
Phone Number
(402) 471-2330
Telecommunications for the Deaf
(800) 833-7352
Mailing Address

301 Centennial Mall South

PO Box 95026

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026