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What would you like to do?

What would you like to do?

What you need to know

What you need to know

​​​​​​​​​​​Happy 31st Anniversary of the ADA!

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. This landmark civil rights law affirmed the inherent dignity of every person, regardless of disability. The ADA prohibits discrimination by local and state governments, provides standards for privately owned businesses and commercial facilities, stands against discrimination in the workplace, and ensures equal access to healthcare, social services, transportation, and telecommunications. ​



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
Joni Dulaney, 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.

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. 

 

Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health and Human Services
Phone Number
(402) 471-2330
Telecommunications for the Deaf
(402) 471-9570
Mailing Address

301 Centennial Mall South

PO Box 95026

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026