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Priority 2 - Leading Change within the Community

Image of the Future: We are a community-minded organization that partners with other like-minded organizations to help people learn and serve in order to create meaningful, authentic opportunities for all people with disabilities to be fully included in communities of their choice. We recognize that “community” has multiple meanings, but our understanding emphasizes:

  • Non-segregation

  • Having valued social roles

  • Accessing culturally valued opportunities, and

  • Honoring people’s individuality and meaningful choices based on their interests, desires, and wishes.

Advocate for 1) the elimination of segregated, congregated, and isolated programs, services, and facilities as well as 2) the development of socially inclusive programs and person-centered services that are based on an individual’s preferences, choices, and desires.

Objective 2..1: Monitor the implementation of the new Long-term Care and Home and Community-Based Services Waivers.

Objective 2.2: Monitor six (6) sheltered workshop facilities for violations of health, safety, and/or working conditions and compliance with requirements under the Home and Community-Based Waiver.

Objective 2.3: Advocate to increase: 1) the provision of inclusive services and supports in the most integrated community-based settings and 2) opportunities for employment of people with disabilities in competitive and integrated work settings.

Objective 2.4: Participate in the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to assist in the review and development of an Olmstead plan and create a workgroup of relevant stakeholders to assist in identifying specific goals and objectives to be included in an Olmstead plan to ensure individuals with disabilities obtain services in the most integrated community-based settings.

Objective 2.5: Advocate for changes to the definition of 'developmental disabilities,' including 'dual diagnosis' in the Developmental Disabilities Services Act.

Goal: Advocate for a guardianship and conservatorship process that honors people’s individuality and meaningful choices based upon their interests, desires, and wishes.

Objective 2.6: Analyze adult guardianship proceedings and work collaboratively to propose changes to ensure just and equitable guardianship procedures.

Objective 2.7: Continue to monitor the development and implementation of the Office of Public Guardian.

Objective 2.8: Conduct one (1) training session on guardianships/conservatorships from the perspective of a disability rights organization to existing guardians and conservators, people under guardianship/conservatorship, family members, and guardians ad litem in each of the six (6) Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Service Regions.

Objective 2.9: Conduct one (1) training for attorneys and judges to provide Continuing Legal Education credits on guardianships in Nebraska and one (1) educational presentation for law students.

Goal: Maintain a leadership role in the Nebraska Values-Based Training Coalition and increase opportunities for values-based coalition.

Objective 2.10: Work with Nebraska Wesleyan University and University of Nebraska at Kearney to provide advocacy and values-based education opportunities in the undergraduate and graduate curriculums.

Objective 2.11: Convene the Nebraska Values-Based Education Coalition three (3) times a year to plan, organize, and conduct one (1) Social Role Valorization (SRV) workshop and other related events.