A Family Home Agency, working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Rights of Individuals With Disabilities


  • You have the right to wear your own clothes. You should be able to pick the clothes you wear.
  • You have the right to be treated well and with respect.
  • You have the right to keep your own things in a private place that you can get into when you want.
  • You have the right to spend time alone or alone with a friend.
  • You have the right to go to school.
  • You have the right to see a doctor as soon as you need to.
  • You have the right to see your friends, family, girlfriends or boyfriends every day.
  • You have the right to use the telephone privately to make or get calls.
  • You have the right to have paper, stamps and envelopes for writing letters. You have the right to mail and get letters that are not opened.
  • You have the right to say “NO” to electric shock therapy.
  • You have the right to be involved in a religion if you want to be.
  • You have the right to say “NO” to anybody trying to change the way you act by hurting you, scaring you or upsetting you.
  • You have the right to say “NO” to brain surgery that people want to do because of the way you act.
  • You have the right to choose how you want to spend your free time and who you spend it with.
  • You have the right to services that help you live, work and play in the most normal way possible.
  • You have the right to keep and spend your own money on the things that you want and to keep and use your own things.
  • You have the right to say “NO” to drugs, being tied or held down, or being forced to be alone unless it is necessary to protect you or someone else.
  • You have the right to make choices about where you live, who you live with, the way you spend your time and who you spend your time with.
  • You have the right to exercise and have fun.
  • You may have other rights as provided by law or regulation.
  • You have the right to say “NO” to things that will put you in danger.


 

Click here for official , printable DDS rights poster.