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Disability Rights Nebraska is introducing the Lay Advocacy model for Inclusive Education in Nebraska. The program is rooted in the premise that, when students with disabilities are viewed through the same lens as those without, they are provided the same opportunities to make friends with classmates, participate in school activities, and thrive in their school communities.

Non-stop action in the legislature this session with senators introducing 469 new bills and 236 new legislative resolutions this session. Disability Rights Nebraska worked with allies and advocates to bring about legislative policy change for persons with disabilities in Nebraska and worked with senators to develop language on disability-related bills.

In an average week, nursing facilities in the United States administer antipsychotic drugs to over 179,000 people who do not have diagnoses for which the drugs are approved. The drugs are often given without free and informed consent. The drugs’ use as a chemical restraint—for staff convenience or to discipline or punish a resident—could constitute abuse under domestic law and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment under international law.

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