Disability Rights Nebraska works to protect and advocate for the human and legal rights of persons with significant disabilities.
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS IN THE GIVE TO LINCOLN DAY 2013 CAMPAIGN! YOUR GENEROSITY PUT US OVER THE TOP OF OUR GOAL OF RAISING $3,000 FOR A TOTAL OF $3,700 IN DONATIONS. ADDED TO THAT WILL BE A PROPORTIONAL MATCH FROM THE LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF LCF AND YOU!!
Hey, dog lovers! Cats may be fine companions, but they don’t make very good service animals. And we here at Disability Rights Nebraska know that a good service animal and accessible services and environments can make all the difference for a person to be included in the community.
That’s our job: working with people with disabilities to break down those barriers to living the life of their choice.
Take, for instance, Sandy.
Sandy is blind and has a service animal, a dog, to be exact. Sandy and her friend Sheila wanted to go out to dinner and called for a cab. Sandy and her dog had used the same cab service before with no trouble. But this time, for some reason, the cab driver refused to allow Sandy’s service dog in the cab. So Sandy called us. We worked with the cab company and the Office of Civil Rights to mediate a solution. Now Sandy is able to move about in the community like anyone else. She has choices about where she can and wants to go.
We love dogs, and, yes, cats too, but we REALLY get a charge out of helping people who experience intellectual, physical, or mental disabilities move closer to their dreams by doing what needs to be done to give them a voice and allow them greater access to the community.
Helen found her passion by working with a Disability Rights Nebraska advocate to put her thoughts into words so she could fully express the necessity for change in state language and policies. Her confidence has grown and she has since become a respected presence whom policy makers look to for her valuable opinion.
Carl attended a training supported by Disability Rights Nebraska that opened his eyes to new possibilities. Here was a training led by people with disabilities who had had experiences similar to his, and he was excited to learn exactly what his rights were, and how to speak up for himself and encourage others to do the same.
Susan worked with a Disability Rights Nebraska advocate when her family began taking advantage of her. She and the advocate and other community partners helped her reclaim her home and her benefits so she could live a more independent life of her choice.
Disability or no disability, we all want the same things: a good place to live, good work to do, and good people around us. Disability Rights Nebraska is committed to leveling the playing field and making sure people with disabilities have access to these same good things. Join us! Support our work toward greater inclusion in Lincoln and Lancaster County with the donation of your choice.