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Bill of Rights for People with Developmental Disabilities

• Be treated nicely at all times and as a person
• Have a clean safe place to live in and a place to be alone
• Have food that is good for you
• Be able to go, if you want, to any church, temple, mosque
• Be able to go to a doctor or dentist when you are sick
• Be able to have people help you with the way you walk, talk, do things with your hands, act or feel, if you need it
• Be able to have people help and teach you, if you want
• Be able to have time and a place to go to be by yourself
• Be able to call, write letters or talk to anyone you want about anything you want
• Be able to have your own things and be able to use them
• Be able to have men and women as friends
• Be able to join in activities and do things that will help you grow to be the best person you can be
• Be able to work and make money
• Be treated like everyone else
• Not be hit, yelled at, cursed at, or called names that hurt you
• Be able to learn new things, make friends, have activities to do, and go out in your community
• Be able to tell people what you want and be part of making plans or decisions about your life
• Be able to ask someone you want to help you, let others know how you feel or what you want
• Be able to use your money to pay for things you need and want with help, if you need it
• Be able to say yes or no before people talk about what you do at work or home or look at your file
• Be able to complain or ask for changes if you don’t like something without being afraid of getting in trouble
• Not be given medicine that you don't need, or be held down if you are not hurting yourself or others
• To vote and learn about laws and your community
• To say yes or no to being part of a study or experiment

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