Kendra Ely

  • signed Prioritize Disability Vaccine Access via 2021-02-27 19:48:50 -0800
    Our most vulnerable are once again being left behind.

    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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  • donated 2020-01-31 09:01:59 -0800

  • signed End The Waiting List Petition 2019-09-15 12:18:13 -0700

    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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  • wants to volunteer 2019-03-20 13:47:32 -0700

    Legislative Action Team

    As the Legislative Season approaches we need to ensure that we are ready to take action as quickly as possible.  In order to do this we need as many parents, self advocates, and allies ready to contact their Senator as possible.  If you are willing to step up and help ensure that we protect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities then please sign up to be a contact for your Senator! Become a volunteer