INCREASE YOUR INDEPENDENCE
We can help you overcome the barriers in your personal life and in your community that may be interfering with your independence. When seeking a more independent lifestyle, most people find that the appropriate services or technology can make all the difference.
The League staff will help you examine your personal situation. We’ll work with you to utilize agency services, obtain funding, arrange for personal assistance with daily activities, or find the specialized equipment you need to enjoy a more independent lifestyle.
To help you reach your goals the League offers the following services:
- Information and Referral
- Systems Advocacy
- Individual Advocacy
- Peer Support
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Transition from nursing facilities and other institutions into community-based living
- Assistance aimed at avoiding institutionalization
- Making the transition from secondary education to adult life
- Assistance in Finding and Paying for Accessible Housing
- Financial Benefits Counseling
- Equipment loan and rental
- Assistance in Hiring Personal Assistants and/or Chore Providers
- Grants (Available in Some Communities) to Make Homes Wheelchair Accessible
- Services Coordination for Nebraska’s Medicaid Waiver Program
ADVOCATING YOUR RIGHTS
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.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990 it guaranteed equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state, and local government services and telecommunications.
We are protected by several other laws, including the Fair Housing Act, Air Carrier Access Act, Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Rehabilitation Act, and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).
If you feel you are being discriminated against because you experience a disability, contact the League of Human Dignity.
Public facilities should be accessible to everyone. Do you have difficulty getting in and out of certain buildings or finding adequate parking? Is it difficult to receive service once you are inside? The League can help you contact the right persons to get some changes made.
Check out your own house or apartment. Is it difficult for you to get around? Or to get things done? Home modification may be the solution. A ramp, porch lift, stair lift, grab bars, hand rails, wider doorways, accessible tubs and showers, or lowered sinks and counters could allow you to live independently while remaining in your own home.
Did you know you have the right to make reasonable requests of your landlord to make a rental house or apartment more accessible and safer for you? The landlord is not expected to pay for the modifications, but must make the accommodation possible.
If you live in Lincoln/Lancaster County, Omaha, or Council Bluffs, a Barrier Removal Grant may help you pay for eligible improvements. Contact the League’s Barrier Removal Information Centers (BRIC) in Lincoln, Omaha, and Council Bluffs for further information.
A variety of accessibility design features and adaptive aids are displayed in the Model Homes at the League locations in Lincoln and Norfolk.
Your are welcome to check out the possibilities for your home or office- including adjustable sinks with removable base cabinets, lever-type hardware, adjustable-height cook tops, portable storage units, grab bars, roll in shower stalls, and front-loading washers and dryers with easy-to-reach control panels.
Getting around is vital to your independence. Curb cuts and accessible buses were among the major issues facing the newly founded League in 1971. Though much has improved over the years, transportation will always be a key issue in the disability community.
The League can help you take advantage of the public transportation available in your community—including buses equipped with wheelchair lifts. If you live in Lincoln you can stop in the office to get your photo ID card for Handi-Van, Go-For-Less, and Senior Saver programs.
Technology can make a big difference in your home or office as well. Wheelchair ramps, porch lifts, automatic door-openers, and other specialized equipment make it possible for homeowners or renters to come and go as they please.
Standing tables, stair lifts, elevators, hospital-style beds, lift chairs, roll-in showers, lowered counter tops and sinks, and other modifications offer freedom of movement around the home.
Partnering with 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.
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.
Did you know you have the right to make reasonable requests of your landlord to make a rental house or apartment more accessible and safer for you? The landlord is not expected to pay for the modifications, but must make the accommodation possible. We can help! Contact us today.
Send Us A Message