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What We Do

Values-based Strategies


Disability Rights Nebraska provides the tools – information, education, and referral sources – for people with disabilities, their families, and their friends to advocate on their own behalf.  We support building strong, stable organizations that are controlled and directed by individuals with disabilities and that inspire people to set their own course.

Social Role Valorization

Disability Rights Nebraska is committed to operating in alignment with the principles of Social Role Valorization.  The basic premise of Social Role Valorization is that people are much more likely to experience the "good things in life" if they hold valued social roles than if they do not.  Some examples of the "good things" in life include:   

  • being accorded dignity, respect, and acceptance in your relationships with people
  • a sense of belonging
  • an education and opportunities to develop and use your abilities and talents
  • a voice in the affairs of your community and society and opportunities to participate in a typical way
  • a decent standard of living
  • a place to live that is typical of dominant society
  • opportunities for work and support.

If you would like to learn more about Social Role Valorization, check out this article.  If that sparks your interest, please contact our office at for Social Role Valorization training opportunities.

Our work is focused especially on people with disabilities who live, learn, or work in isolated, segregated or congregated settings using a combination of advocacy strategies in order to protect those who are most vulnerable.