Who is Ollie Webb?
In 2005, upon the merger of the The Arc of Omaha and Career Solutions Inc., a supporting organization was formed called Ollie Webb Center Inc. to honor the memory of Ms. Ollie Webb. Ollie Webb was a woman with a national reputation as a spokesperson for self-advocacy. She was a former resident of the Beatrice State Home, a homeowner, a landlady, and a retiree from a career in food services at the Omaha Field Club. She was a founding member of Project II, a social, continuing education and self-advocacy program for adults with developmental disabilities. She was also a remarkable role model for anyone whose life is impacted by a developmental disability.
Ollie Webb overcome numerous emotional and physical adversities. She succeeded with the help of organizations like the Ollie Webb Center Inc. and her own indomitable spirit. Her life was an inspiring example of courage, strength and perseverance. The Ollie Webb Center Inc’s name honors a life well-lived in spite of unique challenges — and reminds us that people should be known by their names and accomplishments, not by their disabilities.