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:
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) 471-0151Nikki 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