People First of Nebraska Seeking Disability Policy Specialist!
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This is a contract position for a self-advocate to work with PFN and other disability organizations to educate elected officials and other policy makers about people with disabilities and the supports we need to live and work successfully in our communities and to be responsible, contributing community.
The Disability Policy Specialist will be located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The length of the contract will run from January through April, 2018 (the end of the 2018 Nebraska State Legislative Session). The hourly rate is $12.50 per hour, with the maximum contract payment of $3,250. Work hours will vary depending on the state legislative schedule, but will average about 14-15 hours per week. This is a short-term contracted position, not employment. The individual will be responsible for payment of all taxes. Contract payments will be made monthly for all hours worked the preceding month.
Positon Duties & Responsibilities of the Disability Policy Specialist will include the following, under the supervision of PFN and in partnership with other disability organizations:
- Work with People First and other disability groups to develop positions on current issues and proposed legislation
- Meet with state senators and their staff to promote the positions supported by PFN
- Provide testimony on legislation prioritized by PFN
- Assist other disability advocates in developing and delivering testimony
- Develop and post policy updates on social media
- Develop videos/ podcasts focusing on issues important to people with disabilities
- Assist in organizing and promoting the Disability Legislative Advocacy Day and Disability Pride Day event
Appropriate supports and accommodations will be provided to assist the individual in these duties.
- Must be/become and remain an active member of their local People First chapter.
- A person with any type of disability is eligible (physical, cognitive, intellectual, mental/behavioral)
- At least one year of experience advocating for disability rights and issues.
- Responsible for own transportation to and from the downtown Lincoln office location /capitol. Able to read, write, and speak or use other assistive communication device
- Ability to manage their time, use a calendar, be responsible for their schedule
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter stating why you think you would be a successful Disability Policy Specialist and your training and/or experiences as a disability advocate.
Submit your application now! Interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. Seeking to fill this position by January 1, 2018. E-mail application to PeopleFirstNebraska@outlook.com or Fax (402) 559-5737
If you have any questions, or wish to deliver your application in person, or if you need assistance or accommodations to fully participate in the interview process, please contact Kellie Ellerbusch, PFN Lead Support Staff, person at (402) 559-4892 or e-mail PeopleFirstNebraska@outlook.com
PFN is focused on Policy Advocacy this year! Click here to see our Goals and Activities for 2017-2018
People First Chapters
Self-Advocates across the state are organizing to learn and practice advocacy, serve our communities, and have some fun! Click here to find your local People First chapter.
Click here for information on advocacy, how to organize a chapter and run a meeting, self-determination, inclusion, person-centered planning, advisor training, and PFN documents and self-advocacy products.
Our annual convention is legendary! Click here for information about our next convention and pictures from past conventions.
News and Events
People First Co-Hosts the First Nebraska Disability Pride Day
Abut 80 Disability Advocates and Allies gathered at the steps of the state capitol and visited our state senators to let them know how important Medicaid is to our lives and how budget cuts will threaten our health. Several speakers talked about how Mediciad helps them live in the community and three Senators, including Senators Quick, Walz, and Krist spoke in support of keeping disability services funded. We made history in Nebraska !
Read about it in the Omaha World Herald!
Beatrice Chapter First Ever Mini-Conference a HUGE Success!
People First of Beatrice hosted a half-day mini-advocacy conference and a dance for self-advocates in March. "Many of our members can't make it to the state convention, so we are bringing the convention to them," said Lori Broady, chapter advisor. The conference will feature several sessions on different topics about self-advocacy, inclusion, and self-determination.
Newest People First Chapter Organizer Featured in Local Newspaper
Check out this great newspaper article about PF chapter founder, Hope Frey, and her journey to self-advocacy!
People First of SE Nebraska
had a GREAT 2015
The advocates of People First of Southeast Nebraska have been recognized twice by their peers in 2015 for outstanding advocacy and community service! Read more about these awesome leaders!
Beatrice People First Chapter Hits the Ground Running!
People First of Beatrice held a soup dinner to raise funds for activities of their new chapter. Click here to read more.
People First of Nebraska attended the Self-Advocate Coalition of Kansas Conference
With funds provided by the Nebraska Planning Council on DD and matching funds provided by PFN, 25 self-advocates and staff attended the SACK conference in Topeka, Kansas. We enjoyed learning about how our partners to the south run their state organization, their conference, and their officer elections. We met lots of new self-advocates and got great ideas for the future of People First of Nebraska!
Discovering Our Leadership Skills and Developing our Vision for the Future
EVERYONE HAS LEADERSHIP SKILLS!! Current and emerging leaders within People First of Nebraska attended a leadership development retreat on July 14. Erin Stoll and Alisa Hoffman from Special Olympics presented on the 10 types of leadership skills. Everyone took a survey that identified their three strongest leadership skills and learned how to use those skills to advocate and to build their local chapters and state People First organization.
In the afternoon, Stephanie Sanford from the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas helped the team envision what we would like Nebraska to look like in 5 years. We then voted on what we thought were the five most important issues and developed the following vision statement:
"We envision a Nebraska where self-advocates speak for themselves; where the public and educational systems are more aware of disability self advocacy; where no one uses the "R" word; and where accessible public transportation is readily available."
Once we had our vision developed, we broke into three teams to brainstorm about how to 1) Educate and Raise Awareness, Build new Chapters, and 3) Promote Advocacy through Leadership and Teamwork.
PFN Education & Awareness Workgroup
PFN Community Engagement Workgroup
PFN Advocacy Workgroup
Platte River Valley Chapter Hosts Nutrition Conference
On April 8, 2017, PF members from Fremont, Blair, Wahoo, and Omaha attended a one-day nutrition conference hosted by the Platte River Valley People First chapter. About 20 people learned about the importance of eating healthy, natural foods and how to plan our meals. Nutritionist Paula Sewell and Nancy Heller presented.
Nebraska Joins the Heartland
PFN and disability advocacy organizations in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri are working together to enhance self-advocacy across the region through a grant from the Administrator on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Each state has a steering committee made up of people with physical, intellectual, and/or behavioral health disabilities who are planning state activities for this 3-year grant. Each state also has co-leads that meet with leads from other states to build a regional network. Click here for more information on the activities of the Network.
This web site is developed and maintained through the generous support of the
Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities