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Priority 2: 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 will promote the community inclusion of people with disabilities by advocating for1) 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.

Goal 2A: Investigate and respond to allegations of rights violations that impede people with disabilities from living, working, and learning in the most inclusive settings.

Objective 2A.1: Investigate and respond to 20 allegations of rights violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Objective 2A.2: Investigate and respond to 5 requests to acquire assistive technology devices and services and educate 30 students and parents about rights to access assistive technology in IEPs.

Objective 2A.3: Investigate and respond to 16 cases involving beneficiaries of Social Security who face a barrier to obtaining work.

Goal 2B: Advocate for people with disabilities to learn, live and work in the most inclusive settings.

Objective 2B.1: Participate in the Olmstead Plan Steering Committee and engage in a range of advocacy efforts to support the development of an Olmstead Plan, including participation in the Assisted Facilities Oversight Committee (LR 104) to address the need for integrated housing and services for people with serious mental illness.

Objective 2B.2: Engage in four (4) public policy related activities that involve advocacy for services and supports that are provided in the most integrated setting.

Objective 2B.3: Conduct targeted outreach to raise awareness about the needs of the most vulnerable people with disabilities.

Objective 2B.4: Organize and educate ordinary citizens in Scottsbluff/Gering, Omaha, Kearney and Lincoln to become effective lay advocates for inclusive education opportunities for students with disabilities.

Goal 2C: Support and sustain a network of local, independent Citizen Advocacy programs so that vulnerable people can live, work, and learn in the most inclusive settings.

Objective 2C.1: Provide consultation, training and technical assistance to five Citizen Advocacy programs to support citizen advocates in their advocacy to secure the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities.