Laying the Groundwork
Disability Rights Nebraska's philosophy is that everyone should have the opportunity to be included in the community, regardless of their disability. On this page you'll find resources that support and echo that vision, and show how different states and organizations are moving in that direction.
- Earlier in 2016, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 1033, the Olmstead Bill, which will be essential to creating a plan, and then a system and state where people with disabilities have the supports they need to live a life of choice in the community. Olmstead: Who, What, and Why
- LB895, a bill to "Require a report regarding the Beatrice State Developmental Center and the Bridges program" was also passed in the Nebraska Legislature in early 2016.
- Nationally, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) issued a joint position statement identifying issues and ideals for full participation.
"Community living and participation means being able to live where and with whom you choose; work and earn a living wage; participate in meaningful community activities based on personal interests; have relationships with friends, family and significant others; be physically and emotionally healthy; be able to worship where and with whom you choose (if desired); have opportunities to learn, grow and make informed choices; and carry out responsibilities of citizenship such as paying taxes and voting." - Joint Position Statement of AAIDD and AUCD
- Just recently the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit handed down a decision in Illinois Advocates for the Developmentally Disabled (ILADD) v. Quinn. The decision affirms the denial of a preliminary injunction sought by ILADD, an organization of parents and guardians of residents of state-operated developmental centers. The judge cites research on the beneficial outcomes of community placement of former institutional residents and seems to emphasize that there is hard evidence that people with disabilities are better off in the community and that institutions are no longer considered effective or appropriate placement.