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DISABILITY RIGHTS NEBRASKA URGES CLOSURE OF FACILITIES

Given the decreasing number of residents at Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC), its significant operational costs, and the continued reliance on institutional settings over community-based placement, Disability Rights Nebraska is urging closure of the institution and others like it. Our report The Most Integrated Setting outlines the rationale for closure and presents a series of eight clear recommendations to support the process.

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People with disabilities are at grave risk of losing assistance that allows them to not only live more independently, but to participate in the classroom and receive the medical care they need in President Trump’s proposed budget plan, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness”.

The human needs community is concerned about the massive attack the FY18 Trump Budget takes on low-income and vulnerable people. Read CHN’s Statement on the Trump Budget, “The Trump Budget: A Harsh Attack On Our Own People.”

One out of every 100 special education students was restrained by school personnel or secluded in school from his or her peers in the 2013-14 school year, presumably to quell behavior that teachers considered disruptive or dangerous.

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