Cavanaugh said initial reports about the Test Nebraska program also raised concern about access for some Nebraskans, particularly those who are blind or deaf, those with developmental disabilities, as well as those who do not speak English.
“Anytime the state is providing a service to its citizens, it should be providing it to all of its citizens,” she said.
Brad Meurrens, the public policy director at Disability Rights Nebraska, said individuals with developmental disabilities often won’t have access to internet where they live, leaving them unable to complete the online assessment required to get a test through Test Nebraska.
Those individuals also lack transportation to test sites, he added.
Meurrens said Test Nebraska should follow a model adopted by states such as West Virginia that mobilized the National Guard to conduct mandatory tests at long-term care facilities and should offer assessments and screening for those without internet access over the coming weeks and months.