Disability Rights Nebraska is the Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities in our state. We protect, support and promote the rights of people with disabilities. This includes people with just about any disability including intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical disabilities.
Our Vision: Nebraskans with disabilities, especially those who are most vulnerable, will be free from harm and able to exercise the same rights, opportunities and choices available to all citizens in order to live fully integrated and culturally valued lives.
Our Mission: Disability Rights Nebraska uses a combination of legal advocacy, public policy advocacy, citizen advocacy, self-advocacy and advocacy education to protect vulnerable people with disabilities, especially those who learn, live or work in isolated, segregated or congregated settings.
Disability Rights Nebraska was created to assist individuals with disabilities and their families in protecting and advocating for their rights. From its beginning, Disability Rights Nebraska has promoted the principles of equality, self-determination, and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Disability Rights Nebraska is independent of any public or private agency which provides treatment or services to people with disabilities. Our board of directors is composed of individuals with disabilities, family members and other people who are interested in the rights of people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Nebraska operates seven federally funded protection and advocacy (P&A) programs. The P&A system is a nationwide network of congressionally created, legally based disability rights agencies. P&A organizations within the system each have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to people with disabilities and, together, comprise the nation's largest provider of legal advocacy services for people with disabilities.