Election Accessibility

According to a 2016 election by Rutgers University. Voter participation among people with disabilities has gone down over the past two presidential elections – from 57.3 percent in 2008 to 56.8 percent in 2012 and 55.9 percent in 2016. This is disconcerting to many advocates who have worked tirelessly to increase civic engagement. There are not a lot of studies that have gone into why this might have happened. But one limited study done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), indicated that nearly two-thirds of the 137 polling places inspected on Election Day 2016 had at least one impediment to people with disabilities.

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Developments in Transition Services

Our interview with Dr. Stuart Stofferahn Executive Director for The Nebraska Transition College.

 

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LB 323 Employment Bill

LB 323

Purpose and Intent:  

  • To help individuals with disabilities who use Medicaid keep their job, take a raise, or go to work without losing their Medicaid benefits;
    • Allows individuals to earn up to 2.5 times the Federal Poverty Rate ($31,225 for a family of 1) without losing Medicaid;
    • Assess a small premium for those at the top tier of earnings
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LB 570 Olmstead

LB 570: Olmstead

Senator Lynne Walz

LB 570 aims to ensure proper implementation of an Olmstead Plan. This will help make sure that the state is inclusive and that the state avoid a potentially costly lawsuit.

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LB 540 Transition Funding


LB 540: Transition

Senator Lynne Walz

a. This bill looks to protect transition services for young people
b. Transition is one of the most difficult times in the life of a child with a disability. This bill helps to protect the services that are currently set to be cut.

 

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