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 Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities is pleased to have played a part in investing federal funds to reignite the movement to establish Person-Centered Planning as the foundation of services for people receiving Home and Community Based Services in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to implementing the Charting the LifeCourse framework to continue the Person-Centered Planning initiative. This will help people celebrate their strengths and identify areas where supports and services can be used to help people achieve a good life.
The Council will be hosting several free virtual workshop sessions in February 2023 on how Charting the LifeCourse framework can help you plan, problem-solve, and make decisions when planning for a good life!
Sessions are open to all people but have different focuses and perspectives. We encourage you to register for the training which best suits you. For more information and to register for a workshop session(s), 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) 471-0151Edith 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 $539,580 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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