Bill of Rights for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

(Ohio Revised Code Section 5123.62)

Sec. 5123.62 The Rights of Developmentally Disabled Persons include, but are not limited to:

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