The organization that provides legal services, information and referrals for Nebraskans with mental and physical disabilities will hold its annual public meeting this coming weekend in Kearney.
Sharon Ohmberger, communications coordinator for Disability Rights Nebraska, says they publish a list of goals and objectives every year and the public meeting provides those with disabilities, their family members and caregivers a chance to offer input.
“It alerts us to things that we maybe haven’t seen that they’re aware of that they feel are pressing needs for people with disabilities in Nebraska,” Ohmberger says.
Ohmberger says the organization’s primary objectives are to address issues of abuse and neglect for people with disabilities in the state, though they also deal with access to community services, special education, employment, voting rights and other issues.
“We provide legal assistance when people call, if they are being abused or neglected or financially exploited in any way,” Ohmberger says. “We also do some investigation into institutions where people may be being abused, neglected or denied their rights in one way or another.”
The public meeting is scheduled for Saturday from 10 to 2 at the Archway in Kearney. Learn more at: DisabilityRightsNebraska.org.
By Paul Hughes, WJAG, Norfolk