Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

  • To be treated at all times with courtesy and respect and with full recognition of the peoples dignity and individuality.
  • To live in a clean safe place that recognizes the person’s need for privacy and independence.
  • To have adequate and nutritional food.
  • To practice, or choose not to practice, any religion.
  • To go to a doctor or dentist when needed.
  • To receive necessary services such as therapies or behavior supports.
  • To receive appropriate care and treatment in the least intrusive manner.
  • To have periods and places of privacy in a manner chosen by the person.
  • To communicate with anyone the person wants to.
  • To own and use personal possessions.
  • To interact socially with both men and women.
  • To join in activities and do things that will help the person develop his/her fullest human potential.
  • To work and make money.
  • To be treated equally as a citizen under the law.
  • To be free from emotional, psychological and physical abuse, such as name calling, threats and hitting.
  • To learn new things, make friends, have activities to do and go out in the community.
  • To participate in making plans or decisions about his/her life.