As children age, their entry into school allows them new opportunities to develop new friendships and widen their social skills and social circles.
- Parents may notice that their children move away from playing independently to developing friendships. School plays a critical role in the child’s development, as well.
- Since children spend a large majority of their day at school, the services and supports that they are provided influence their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
- For children with disabilities or special health care needs, having access to appropriate services and supports can impact their overall health and educational outcomes.
This is the central rationale behind children with disabilities’ need for special education rights within educational programs. Parents/guardians are legally required to be included in making certain that the child is receiving a free appropriate public education (FAPE) with the appropriate supports.
- When the school determines that a child has a disability, they are eligible for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan.
- The family is considered an equal partner in developing both of these plans, and each plan offers opportunities for due process if the family is not satisfied with either the plan or the child’s performance based on the plan.
- The information below provides specific information about school services and other programs that might be needed, but be sure to check out the tabs on the left to learn about other specific community resources that are available to your child and family.
Childcare and Respite
Program offers a comprehensive listing of licensed childcare providers in the state. The database is searchable by ZIP code and can be filtered to show providers who offer have staff able to work with children with complex health needs and who have accessible facilities. The site also provides information about childcare subsidies and other types of financial assistance.
Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network
Site provides a list of independent respite providers and agencies who have been screened by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide respite. The database is searchable by ZIP code and county. It offers a list of in-home, out-of-home and crisis respite providers.
Special Education and Accommodations in School
Resource provides an overview of special education, including general information, family rights and a list of advocacy and legal organizations available.
Provides an overview of programs available to help individuals and families pay for medical services and supplies. (Please note that when an individual reaches the age of majority, age 19 in Nebraska, they often become eligible for Medicaid because their parents’ income is no longer figured into eligibility).
Provides an overview of state programs available to help individuals and families with low incomes pay for basic needs such as food, housing and utilities. It can also assist with disability-related expenses.
Nebraska’s Home and Community Based Medicaid Waivers Programs
Provides information about Nebraska’s home and community based Medicaid waivers and residential services. It lists developmental disability provider agencies located across the state.