Waiting List and Unserved Individuals Stories

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 3,000 people qualify for services under the developmental disabilities services waiver but are not receiving funding. They instead have been relegated to a waiting list that could be years away.  We are also concerned about the nearly 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who fall in "the gaps" in our service system.

We want to gather first-hand data, stories, and develop a coalition to take on the waiting list.  We need you to add your story.  Tell us about your family, the issues that you deal with, why your loved one isn't eligible, what you need, and if possible a picture.  Together we can ensure that people with disabilities are appropriately supported.

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