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What We Do

Goals and Objectives

Disability Rights Nebraska operates a combined program of legal advocacy, relationship-based advocacy, systems advocacy, public policy analysis, education and other support activities for people with disabilities. This program is designed to help secure their rights, enhance their dignity, and advocate for their full participation as citizens with respect to their individual cultures. Among the P&A programs in the nation , Disability Rights Nebraska is one of the few that has such a broad range of advocacy activities, as many others focus primarily on litigation.

For more information, view a fact sheet for fiscal year 2023. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.


Disability Rights Nebraska uses a collaborative planning process in establishing a five year plan and developing annual objectives that includes input from staff, advisory councils, consumers, families, providers, policy makers and the general public. Each year we set new objectives for our work and invite comments from all interested persons on our activities. Our priority areas under the current strategic plan (2018 - 2022) are:


Priority 1: Freedom from Harm

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. Learn more. 


Priority 2: Most Inclusive Settings

People with disabilities need access to authentic opportunities in order to be fully included in communities of their choice. We will promote the community inclusion of people with disabilities by advocating for 1) non-segregated, non-isolated, person-centered services and supports, 2) opportunities for people to have culturally valued social roles, and 3) meaningful choices based on a person's interests, desires, and wishes. Learn more.


Priority 3: Engaging People with Disabilities in Advocacy

People who experience disabilities are the experts when it comes to their lives. We believe in the philosophy of "nothing about us without us" and will stand with people who have disabilities to achieve their hopes, dreams, and things not yet imagined. Learn more.