Dea Henke

  • signed Prioritize Disability Vaccine Access 2021-02-23 12:31:32 -0800
    Having people with disabilities dropped from the list and not being prioritized is absolutely unconscionable and will directly cause people’s deaths. It’s time to stop showing that Nebraska puts disabled people last and treats them as second class citizens.

    Prioritize Disability Vaccine Access

    Whereas, Governor Ricketts removed people with underlying conditions from the 1B Priority Group for the Covid Vaccine

    Whereas, If infected, people with Down Syndrome are five times more likely to be hospitalized and 10 times more likely to die than the general population,

    Whereas, 83% of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are not receiving state services and part of the groups of people with disabilities that have not yet received the Covid Vaccine.

    Whereas, Nebraska’s service system fails to recognize many people intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    993 signatures

    Therefore, we call on Governor Ricketts to add people with disabilities back to the Priority Group for Covid Vaccines. We must provide equitable access to testing for those in communities, in facilities, in services, and supported by their families.  In order to ensure this, we must eliminate barriers including but not limited to lack of access to transportation, limitations of vehicles, ensure quality testing in community services, provide testing in facilities, make the website accessible, create a comprehensive data set involving all people, and ensure equitable care for all Nebraskans.

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  • signed End The Waiting List Petition 2019-07-02 10:11:08 -0700
    No more waiting! End the delays!

    End The Waiting List Petition

    The Arc of Nebraska has been working for over 60 years to ensure that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities can live in the community.  Previously, the status quo was that people were forcefully segregated into isolation in institutions.  Now 2,332 people qualify for services under the developmental disabilities services waiver but are not receiving funding.  They instead have been forced onto a waiting list that could require them to wait for years to access vital services.

    Over a decade ago the LR 156 report said, “Nebraska is at a crossroads with its obligation to Nebraska citizens with developmental disabilities. Several Nebraska Senators have recognized the urgent need to develop a strategic plan to address the current and future needs of citizens with DD and their families.” It seems that we have still failed to take the sort of serious action needed to help people with disabilities.  It’s time to ensure that we fully fund the waiting list.

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    1,574 signatures

    We the people of Nebraska believe that it is our legal, ethical, and moral duty to ensure that people with disabilities are properly served.  Too long have our good neighbors struggled to care for their children, siblings, church members, employees, friends, and community members due to improper funding of the Developmental Disabilities Services Waiver.  We as Nebraskans want to ensure that people with disabilities receive the services that they need in a thoughtful and comprehensive approach that allows them to live full lives in the community.

    We must take action to provide full and proper funding to eliminate the waiting list.

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  • signed Protect Federal Disability Funding 2019-04-01 15:26:54 -0700

    Protect Federal Disability Funding

    We heard this week that the funds for Special Olympics will be protected but we are still concerned by the cuts to other federal disability programs.  These cuts listed below would be detrimental to Nebraskans with disabilities.  We urge you to oppose these cuts.  Please sign the petition below to express your disappointment in the proposed budget to your representatives.

    Amounts in $ millions   FY 19  FY 20 President's Budget % Change from 2019
    Department of Labor        
    Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs        
         Adult Employment   846 846 0.0%
         Youth Activities   903 903 0.0%
    Office of Disability Employment Policy   38 27 -29.3%
    Department of Health and Human Services      
    Health Resources & Services Administration        
    Maternal & Child Health Block Grant   678 661 -2.5%
    Autism and Other Developmental Disorders   51 0 -100.0%
    Administration for Community Living        
    Developmental Disabilities (DD) Act Programs:        
            Basic State Grant   76 56 -26.3%
            Protection & Advocacy Systems for DD   41 39 -4.9%
            University Centers for Excellence in DD   41 33 -19.5%
            Projects of National Significance   12 1 -91.7%
    Independent Living program   116 109 -6.0%
    Lifespan Respite Care Act   4 3 -25.0%
    National Family Caregiver Support Program   181 151 -16.6%
    State Grants to Remove Barriers to Voting   7 5 -28.6%
    State Assistive Technology Programs & TA   36 32 -11.1%
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention        
    Birth Defects, Dev. Disabilities, & Health   156 112 -28.2%
    Administration for Children and Families        
    Social Services Block Grant   1,700 487 -71.4%
    Department of Education        
    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)        
     State Grants Part B   12,364 12,364 0.0%
     Preschool Grants   391 391 0.0%
     Early Intervention Part C   470 470 0.0%
          State Personnel Development   39 39 0.0%
          Technical Assistance and Dissemination   62 44 -28.4%
          Personnel Preparation   87 87 0.0%
          Parent Information Centers   27 27 0.0%
          Technology and Media   28 28 0.0%
    Rehabilitation Services Administration        
    Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant   3,522 3,610 2.5%
    Client Assistance Programs   13 13 0.0%
    Rehabilitation Training   29 29 0.0%
    Demonstration and Training Programs   6 6 0.0%
    Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights   18 18 0.0%
    Supported Employment State Grant   23 0 -100.0%
    Higher Education        
    Postsecondary Programs for Students with ID (TPSID)   12 12 0.0%
    103 signatures

    We urge you to help protect disability services by protecting Nebraskans from the cuts in the proposed federal budget.  These cuts include:

    1 Drastic cuts to Medicaid that will endanger the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

    2 Cuts to our friends at Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities

    3 Removal of funding for independent living programs

    4 Lowering funds for respite care services

    5 Cutting a $51 million initiative to address autism and other developmental disorders.

    6 The lack of a cost of living adjustment for Special Education Funding which is basically a cut

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