Nebraska

Learn more about what Nebraska is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Learning Guidance for Students with Disabilities For Summer Learning and Beyond

Summary: The Nebraska Department of Education, as a part of its “Launch Nebraska” reopening plan, released guidance on the process by which students under an IEP may receive an extended school year or compensatory education services. Specifically, the document defines extended or compensatory education services, discusses how IEP teams will decide whether students on an IEP require extended or compensatory education services, and outlines school requirements for providing said services for qualifying students on an IEP. It also notes that school districts must provide compensatory education services in addition to, not in place of, previously offered IEP services.

Operated by: Nebraska Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Q and A for Providing Special Education and Early Intervention During Coronavirus School Closure

Summary: This is a document with guidance for parents and providers along with Q&A on special education during COVID-19. It includes links to webinars discussing best practices for virtual instruction of students with disabilities, a comprehensive list of all disability policy changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and resources for both schools and students to help adjust the virtual learning environment to a student’s disability needs.

Operated by: Nebraska Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

Summary: The Nebraska Department of Education utilizes this Q&A document to address school district specific concerns related to assisting students on an IEP during the COVID-19 outbreak. This document informs Nebraska school districts of existing Nebraska student-disability policy. The policy also requires students with disabilities to remain at home due to COVID-19 and emphasizes that schools must accommodate for IEP students via distance learning.

Operated by: Nebraska Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Transition Works

Summary: This monthly newsletter, produced by Nebraska’s Vocational Rehabilitation Office, provides information and resources to assist transition age individuals with disabilities, their families, and educators. Recent issues provide information on both in-person and online resources for transition age youth, including employment opportunities, online disability transition services, and advice from others living with a disability who have already transitioned into the workforce. Recent newsletter issues’ COVID-19-specific resources have included online transition resource materials and apps that assist disabled youth seeking to enter the workforce.

Operated by: Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation

Topic: Family Engagement, Transition

Wellness and Mental Health

Summary: This informational document provides a series of links and resources to both local and national mental health resources. These resources include advice for teachers, parents, and students, a list of best practices, and even games and activities to help mitigate mental health difficulties as they relate to COVID-19

Operated by: Nebraska Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Coronavirus FAQ

Summary: This web page informs parents and students about IEP requirements for Nebraska Public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. This involves meeting with IEP students, and has recently been updated to include the continuation of IEP services in the event that a school returns to online learning. It also discusses additional accommodations to be made during distance learning, such as the provision of additional assistance to create the least restrictive environment. Finally, the webpage emphasizes that, if a student in special education cannot receive healthcare services in-person, telehealth services must be made available for them via video-conferencing software

Operated by: Nebraska Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Distance Learning, Telehealth

COVID-19 SEL and Mental Health Resources All Audience Resource

Summary: This document lists links to various mental health resources, from both governmental and private entities. These resources specify best practices for helping students maintain good mental health practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as advice and resources for parents and educators regarding mental health.

Operated by: Nebraska Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Questions and Answers for K-12 Public Schools In the Current COVID-19 Environment

Summary: This document discusses a variety of issues regarding Nebraska public education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, it provides mid-year updates on IEP implementation. It specifies which aspects of Nebraska’s IEP plan have remained the same (with applicable links), and it further describes new practices for IEP meetings and the provision of IEP services to reflect a more diverse array of needs due to different school districts’ diverse policies relating to COVID-19

Operated by: Nebraska Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Rethinking Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accessibility in Post-COVID-19 Classrooms

Summary: This document provides information on assistive technology in Nebraska public schools for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Specifically, it discusses the need for captioning or sign language software for distance learning, as well as additional accommodations needed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in in-person classrooms. For example, additional captioning technology is encouraged or provided, as students can no longer lip-read while teachers wear masks

Operated by: Nebraska Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology