WESTERN NEBRASKA OFFICE
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Scottsbluff, NE 69361
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Working for dignity, equality, empowerment
of all people with disabilities.
The Legislative session is over for the year and at least three of our High Priority bills were successful:
We were also successful in collaborating to stop the advance of LB 900, the annual attempt to repeal the law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. Although our federal funding is great at supporting our one-on-one advocacy work and even our legislative research efforts, we are prohibited from using these funds for any of our efforts to influence specific legislation directly, in short, lobbying. This is unfortunate because such work often results in the largest-scale positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities.
Our Public Policy work goes to the source of the matter— you can be a part of this large-scale change by making a donation to Disability Rights Nebraska to help support legislative advocacy. We hope you will join us!
Nebraska’s Office of Public Guardian (OPG) is the 50th of state public guardianship offices in the country and is one of only four public guardianship offices under the judicial branch. The OPG is directly responsible to the Supreme Court Administrator. The OPG is assisted by an Advisory Council, appointed by the Administrator of the Courts.
In researching best practices for serving Nebraska’s potentially incapacitated persons in a manner that balances the “two faces” of guardianship, and in accordance with the Legislative intent and requirements of the Public Guardian Act, the OPG researched multiple models of public guardianship. Click here to learn more about OPG's practices.
Congratulations to Senior Staff Attorney Dianne DeLair and our entire Public Policy Team! Their efforts, and those of Senator Kathy Campbell, were rewarded this week with the passing of LB 1033, the Olmstead Plan Bill. The bill passed on a unanimous vote of 49-0 with no abstentions. Disability Rights Nebraska congratulates the Legislature on their recognition of this bill and its importance to Nebraskans with disabilities. Click here for more information.
We are pleased to announce that Disability Rights Nebraska has received funding from several private sources to produce the 2016 Inclusive Education Advocacy Institute. A major underwriting grant from the Woods Charitable Fund ($20,000) will support the body of the Institute. A grant from the Nebraska Developmental Disabilities Planning Council ($9,930) will enable us to expand the reach of the Institute to participants from across the state, and funding from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska ($4,000) will allow us to create a video documentary of the Institute that can be re-broadcast. In addition, in-kind donations from our partners at Nebraska Wesleyan University have provided locations and logistics support for the event.
The Inclusive Education Advocacy Institute will focus on children with developmental disabilities in pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. The Institute will be held on June 24 & 25, 2016 at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. The Institute will feature parents, teachers and administrators discussing how inclusion benefits students with disabilities as well as the entire student population. For more information about the Institute, click here.
2016 Legislative Agenda
A quick look at the bills on our radar in this year's legislative session. The document includes links to the bills themselves.