Priority 3: Engaging People with Disabilities in Advocacy
Image of the Future: Empowering people who have been devalued strengthens communities and we commit ourselves to the call, “nothing about us without us.” We affirm our belief that people who experience disabilities are the experts when it comes to living with a disability. We seek justice and empowerment in partnership with people who experience disabilities. Visible action and the power of positive expectations enable us to collaborate with others to create meaningful results. Through compassion, really listening to others, and building trusting relationships, we share a common purpose to support people’s hopes, dreams, and things not yet imagined.Goal 3A: Provide people with disabilities opportunities to learn how to be effective advocates and support them in advocating on things that impact their lives.
Objective 3A.1: Work with Developmental Disabilities Network partners to provide advocacy leadership education to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their family members.
Objective 3A.2: Work with People First of Nebraska to develop and implement a self-advocacy education program for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Objective 3A.3: Work with 12 members of People First of Nebraska to learn how to become effective disability public policy advocates.
Objective 3A.4: Provide two (2) three-month public policy advocacy internships for post-secondary students who have disabilities.
Objective 3A.5: Conduct four (4) sessions to educate 32 people with mental illnesses about how to become effective self-advocates.
Objective 3A.6: Conduct two (2) workshops to educate 16 people with mental illnesses about how to provide self-advocacy education for their peers.
Objective 3A.7: Conduct outreach and inform at least 300 people with disabilities about their voting rights.