Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities



THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

I have the right to be treated nicely at all times and as an individual.

I have the right to a safe, clean home. If it is a licensed home, it will be checked every year by the state and by the local fire department.

I have a right to get meals that are healthful and good for me.

I have the right to go to a doctor or dentist when I need to as soon as I need to go.

I have the right to get people to help me with the way I talk, walk, or do things with my hands. I have the right to get people to help me with the way I act or the way I feel.

I have the right to accept help and training without it being forced on me.

I have the right to have some time to myself and a place to be by myself. I have the right to be alone with family and friends.

I have the right to use the telephone, write letters, or talk with anyone I want about any subject I want to discuss in a responsible way.

I have the right to keep things of my own that I choose to have.

I have the right to socialize and to be friends with both men and women.

I have the right to join in activities or do things that will help me grow to be the best person I can be.

I have the right to have a job and make money.

I have the right to be treated like everyone else under the law.

No one should hit me, hurt me, yell at me, or say terrible things to me.

I have the right to go to school or work setting and meet and work with other people. I have the right to programs that help me, and to go out on activities.

I have the right to help decide the things that will affect me.

I have the right to ask someone like my parents or an advocate or a friend to speak with me and/or for me and help me do things.

I have the right to have the facts in my file kept private.

I have the right to complain if I don’t agree with something, I also have the right to talk about my complaints without other people threatening me, making me change my mind, or getting me into trouble.

No one can give me medicine to control the way I act, tie me up, hold me down, or lock me up unless it is needed to keep me from hurting myself or others, or unless I have agreed and there is a written plan in place.

I have the right to learn about how laws are made, join in community decisions, vote for the people who make the laws, and be able to tell them how I feel about the laws.

I have the right to say no to being part of any study or experiment.

The purpose of Riverview Industries, Inc. is to provide a meaningful work experience and
quality of life for the benefit of adults with developmental disabilities.