We at the League of Human Dignity are concerned with the rights and quality of life of people with disabilities. We believe in emphasizing likeness not difference, ability not disability, normality not abnormality, and integration not segregation. We work with people who have disabilities to promote independent living and ensure social, economic, and political equality.


People with disabilities in Southeast Nebraska now have better access to the services they need to live independently.

The League of Human Dignity’s Lincoln Center for Independent Living expanded its service area late in 2018 to include five underserved Southeast Nebraska counties – Richardson, Pawnee, Nemaha, Johnson and Otoe. The center has been offering Independent Living services in Lincoln, Lancaster County and other Southeast Nebraska counties since 1971.

The League of Human Dignity  operates Centers for Independent Living in Lincoln, Norfolk, Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa. In addition, the League offers services coordination under Nebraska’s Medicaid Waiver for Adults with Disabilities Program in all 93 Nebraska Counties through Medicaid Waiver offices in Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff.

For more information, call the Lincoln Center for Independent Living at 402-441-7871 or email info@leagueofhumandignity.com.

The expansion follows a similar move in North Central Nebraska earlier in 2018. The League’s Norfolk Center for Independent Living expanded its service area to include Boyd, Brown Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha and Rock. The Norfolk center has offered Independent Living services in 14 Northeast Nebraska counties since 1982.

For more information, call the Norfolk Center for Independent Living at 402-371-4475 or email info@leagueofhumandignity.com.


A revolutionary idea — independent living.

As the civil rights movement swept the country in the late 1960s and early 70s, the independent living movement for people with disabilities was also gaining ground.

Spearheaded by Ed Roberts, a student at the University of California at Berkeley, the movement was based on a revolutionary idea — taking charge of your own life through self-empowerment and consumer control. It’s the founding aspiration for all the League of Human Dignity’s activities.

Midwesterners are known for taking their time accepting new ideas and concepts. But we are proud to say this was not the case with disability rights. Thanks to the vision of our founders, the League of Human Dignity was active in the early days of the disability rights revolution.

It all started with a newspaper ad . . .

Discontent with the barriers facing residents with disabilities in 1971, Jean Scanlon placed a classified ad in a Lincoln, Nebraska, newspaper hoping to find others with similar concerns.

She was pleasantly surprised when more than a dozen responded to her request to join forces. The group began working to remove barriers, coordinate community services, and improve public transportation — and eventually founded the League of Human Dignity.

This grassroots gradually expanded and today is active throughout Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. We serve thousands of consumers through our Centers for Independent Living in Lincoln, Norfolk, Omaha, and Council Bluffs, and our Medicaid Waiver Offices in Scottsbluff, Kearney and North Platte.

The League of Human Dignity is a nonprofit, consumer-controlled, nonresidential, community-based organization promoting a more independent lifestyle for people with disabilities.

We are Proud Partners of the Nebraska Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) goal is to assist Nebraskans in accessing services and support to help meet their long-term care needs. For more information, call toll free at 1-844-843-6364.

The ADRC will assist:
    • Persons age 60 and over.
    • Persons with disabilities of any age.
    • Family members, caregivers, advocates and providers for these groups.

What will the Nebraska ADRC provide?

Staff are available to help you with your questions and concerns about long term-care from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 402-441-7070.

We can help you with:
      • Living arrangements related to long-term care.
      • In-home services such as housekeeping, personal care, respite, equipment, care coordination.
      • Paying for long-term care services.
      • Health promotion and prevention.
      • Abuse, neglect, financial exploitation.
      • Mental health services.
      • Financial and other basic needs including food, shelter, Medicaid and Medicare.
      • Legal issues including consumer rights, advocacy, power of attorney and guardianship.
Information and Assistance

Information and assistance staff are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 402-441-7070.

Making decisions about long-term care services can be difficult. An options counselor can provide unbiased information that is relevant to your needs, preferences and goals. This person-centered service supports you in making informed choices about long term-care service options. We can meet with you, your family and caregivers to talk about what is available to meet your current and future care needs.

ADRC Website

You can also look at the ADRC website to learn about statewide information available to you, your family and caregivers. For more information, call toll free at 1-844-843-6364. The state website has information that includes:

  • A library with information on health, medications, symptom checker.
  • Legislation at the State and Federal level.
  • Assistive devices.
  • Prescription drug assistance.
  • Fall prevention.
  • Facts about Medicare.
  • My Personal Health Record (My PHR) to help organize and store your medical and healthcare information.

The ADRC is here to help you navigate through what can be a consuming and complicated maze of services and programs. We will collaborate and partner with multiple community providers to obtain and access information and services for you. All of our information and assistance is free and confidential.

Find Out Your Benefits

Throughout our history, members of the League of Human Dignity have influenced state legislation and city policy on accessibility and disability rights issues. We are also prepared to advocate with you on a personal level and to help you advocate for yourself. We want to be sure you receive the services, accommodation—and respect—you deserve. If you feel you are being discriminated against because you experience a disability, contact the League of Human Dignity.

Find Out Your Rights

The League of Human Dignity believes that all of us have the right to decide where we live, work, and play. At some point in our lives most of us will experience limitations that affect our personal independence. Whether these disabilities are temporary, progressive, or permanent, they should not prevent us from living the lives we choose.  In addition to physical, mental, or emotional disabilities, we may also be faced with external barriers.

Our Mission

We believe people who experience disability have the right to expect the same opportunity as anyone else to live, work and play in their communities. They have the same right to access benefits, services, resources and facilities. They have the same right to contribute freely, according to their potential, regardless of their disability. People with disabilities have the right to make their own decisions, to live independently and should never be forced to live in institutions.


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