Bill of Rights

I have...

  • The right to be treated at all times with courtesy and respect and with full recognition of their dignity and individuality.
  • The right to an appropriate, safe and sanitary living environment that complies with local, state and federal standard and recognizes the person's need for privacy and independence.
  • The right to food adequate to meet accepted standards of nutrition.
  • The right to practice the religion of their choice or to abstain from the practice of religion.
  • The right to timely access to appropriate medical or dental treatment.
  • The right to access to necessary ancillary services including, but not limited to, occupational therapy, physical therapy and behavior modification and other psychological services.
  • The right to receive appropriate care and treatment in the least intrusive manner.
  • The right to privacy including both periods of privacy and places of privacy.
  • The right to communicate freely with persons of their choice in any reasonable manner they choose.
  • The right to ownership and use of personal possessions so as to maintain individuality and personal dignity.
  • The right to social interaction with members of either sex. 
  • The right of access to opportunities that enable individuals to develop their full human potential.
  • The right to pursue vocational opportunities that will promote and enhance economic independence.
  • The right to be treated equally as citizens under the law.
  • The right to be free from emotional, psychological and physical abuse.
  • The right to participate in the political process. 
  • The right to participate in appropriate programs of education, training, social development and habilitation and in programs of reasonable recreation.
  • The right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
  • The right to select a parent or advocate to act on their behalf.
  • The right to manage their personal financial affairs, based on individual ability to do so.
  • The right to confidential treatment of all information in their personal and medical records.
  • The right to voice grievances and recommend changes in policies and services without restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal.
  • The right to be free from unnecessary chemical or physical restraints.
  • The right to refuse to participate in medical, psychological or other research and experiments.