The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities announces the release of updated Along the Way guides, a series of resource guides for individuals 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 individuals with disabilities by focusing on five major goals areas:
The Council contracted with national subject matter expert Dr. Lisa Mills, to conduct a comprehensive study of supported employment outcomes and services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Mills has expertise and knowledge as a national consultant on Employment First who has worked with over 30 states, including Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation, and workforce agencies. She has expertise in Medicaid waivers, Customized Employment, and value/outcome-based reimbursement models for supported employment services.
The Council is pleased to share the report, Necessity or Luxury? Supporting Nebraskans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Join the Workforce and Contribute to Nebraska's Economy, with our stakeholders and partners. The study was undertaken to identify strategic recommendations that the State of Nebraska and other key stakeholders can consider for implementation to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for Nebraskans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Mills also provided a Necessity or Luxury? Supporting Nebraskans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Join the Workforce and Contribute to Nebraska's Economy Executive Summary.
Both the report and the Executive Summary can be found under the Resources tab.
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) 471-0151Edith Titamoh, Program Specialist: (402) 471-6713Nikki Krause, Administrative Support: (402) 471-2330
Priorities identified in a five-year state plan focus on improving the system of supports for individuals with disabilities and their families. Goals concentrate on individuals who experience a severe disability that occurs before the age of twenty-two, including individuals with physical disabilities, mental/behavioral health conditions, and developmental disabilities. Support systems across the lifespan are examined.
The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities:
*The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $527,570 with 100% funding by ACL/HHS. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusion. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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