Governor Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring that the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.
#DDawareness2021 can be used to share stories focusing on people with developmental disabilities and artwork created by people with developmental disabilities on media platforms.
The artwork for this year's logo was created by Eileen Schofield at the Arts Enables studio in Washington, D.C.
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) 471-0143Joni Dulaney, Program Specialist: (402) 471-0151Graceson Immanuel, Federal Aid Administrator (402) 471-6418Nikki 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:
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026