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Our Vision and Framework for the Next Five Years

The process is underway to complete a new 5-Year Strategic Plan.  Our current 5-year planning cycle ends September 30, 2017.  The Strategic Planning Team is composed of representatives from the Board, Staff, and Mental Illness Advisory Council.  During the summer of 2016, Disability Rights Nebraska went through a Model Coherency Evaluation, based on a specific disability-values-based philosophy that came from the teachings of Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger.  The resulting report deeply informs our current planning process and we are working to align our work more closely to that philosophy. 

 

Three simple but powerful priority areas emerged that will provide a focus for our efforts during the next five years:

  • Freedom from Harm: 

    • Image of the Future:  People with disabilities have human and legal rights that protect their health, safety, personal integrity and self-determination.  We will protect and advocate for vulnerable people with disabilities, especially those living in segregated, isolated and congregated facilities, to ensure they are free from death, abuse, neglect and violations of their rights.

      • Goal 1: Identify where people with disabilities who are most in danger of harm live, work, or learn.

      • Goal 2: Investigate and respond to allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation using a range of remedies to ensure that the most vulnerable people with disabilities are free from harm.

      • Goal 3: Support and sustain a network of local, independent Citizen Advocacy programs.

  • Most Inclusive Settings:
    • Image of the Future:  People with disabilities need access to authentic opportunities in order to be fully included in communities of their choice.  We are a leader in promoting the community inclusion of people with disabilities by advocating for: non-segregated, non-isolated, person-centered services and supports; opportunities for people to have culturally valued social roles; and meaningful choices based on a person’s interests, desires, and wishes.
      • Goal 1: Advocate for people with disabilities to learn, live and work in the most inclusive settings.
  • Engaging People with Disabilities in Advocacy.
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