This is a list of basic protections for all people with intelLectual uniqueness. For a more complete list ask your program manager, or visit:
1. treated humanely
All people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
2. to practice religion
Everyone is free to practice their religion based on their preference.
No one may delay, hold, or censor any outgoing or incoming messages of any person. You have the right to communication via Internet and telephone.
All people are entitled to fair compensation for labor they perform.
You may not be denied the right to vote.
6. Personal property
You are entitled to the possession and use of your own clothing, personal items and money.
You are entitled to nutritious food in adequate quantities and meals may not be withheld as punishment.
8. Medical care
You are entitled to receive prompt and adequate care for any physical or mental ailments, care should be compatible with your religous beliefs.
9. to have children
No one may render you unable to bear children by medical procedure.
10. Social activity
You are entitled to participate in leisure time activities including social interaction in the community.
11. Physical exercise
You are entitled to physical exercise and use of available indoor and outdoor facilities and equipment.
No one may use physical violence, inhumane treatment, or seclusion as a form of punishment towards you.
13. Behavior Modification
No one may use seclusion, physical punishment, language meant to hurt, unsafe restraint, enclosure, or pain to make you behave differently.
The use of physical restraints should only be used when approved by a medical professional and an advocate, they must be designed for maximum safety and comfort and reviwed quarterly by the team.
All records of services must be kept confidential. You (and your guardian, if applicable) are entitled to have access to your records.
Therapeutic devices and interventions must be designed by a qualified professional for safety and effectiveness.
17. Safety devices and practices.
A safety device or practice must be prescribed by a physician and take into account physical factors.
If you believe your rights have been violated, you can reach out to your case manager, program manager, or Disability Rights Maine at their hotline:
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