FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Edison McDonald, Executive Director, The Arc of Nebraska, 402-475-4407 or [email protected]
Disability Advocates Kick Off Grassroots Campaign to Ensure Access to Vital Services
Lincoln, Nebraska, July 2, 2019 – “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.” This is what the 2008 LR 156 report said over a decade ago. Yet we have instead allowed this waiting list to grow and vulnerable Nebraskans to go without vital services.
In reaction to this disability advocates are taking up a new grassroots drive to end the Developmental Disability Waiting List. “It is absolutely unacceptable that we have over 2,332 Nebraskans with disabilities who are not receiving these vital supports.” Said Edison McDonald Executive Director for The Arc of Nebraska. They have been forced onto a waiting list that could require them to wait for years to access vital services. This waiting list forces them to consider more expensive and segregated settings. This average cost per Nebraskan with a disability could be hundreds of thousands of dollars per citizen with disability. We must do better.
Launching off a petition drive, community conversations, and careful research of the issue advocates are ready to take on this significant issue for Nebraskans with Disabilities. The first community conversation will happen at the annual Disability Pride Event at The Nebraska State Capitol on July 12th at 1pm. For more information please refer to https://www.arc-nebraska.org/end_the_waiting_list
About The Arc of Nebraska
For over 60 years, The Arc of Nebraska has provided advocacy to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. A nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors, The Arc has more than 1,500 members across the state.