Resources

Individual Rights & Responsibilities (adapted from DBHDD Rights Defined)

 

 

 

  • You have the RIGHT to choose and wear your own clothes.
  • You have the RIGHT to keep your belongings in a private place you can get to when you want.
  • You have the RIGHT to meet people and take part in community activities.
  • You have the RIGHT to socialize, to have visitors and see your friends, family, and partner every day.
  • You have the RIGHT to choose how and with whom you spend your free time: alone or with a friend.
  • You have the RIGHT to exercise and have fun.
  • You have the RIGHT to send and receive mail that is not opened.
  • You have the RIGHT to services that help you live, work, and play in the most normal way possible.
  • You have the RIGHT to worship and be involved in the religion you choose, or to choose not to go to religious services.
  • You have the RIGHT to training and education.
  • You have the RIGHT to vote.
  • You have the RIGHT to be treated well and with respect.
  • You have the RIGHT to only take medicine prescribed by a doctor for your benefit, not as punishment or for someone else’s convenience.
  • You have the RIGHT to refuse consent for experimental research.
  • You have the RESPONSIBIILITY to choose and wear clothes that fit and are appropriate to weather and activity.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to store and display your belongings neatly and not keep things that could harm others.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to follow the rules, participate in the activities you have chosen, and behave as expected by the community in which you live.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to limit visits to regular visiting hours and respect the same rights of others in your home/group.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to respect the same rights of others in your home/group and take turns choosing, when appropriate.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to follow directions to avoid injury.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to respect the same rights of others in your home and to give bills and such to the person who helps you pay them.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to help plan your services and fully participate in them on a regular basis or tell someone if you have changed your mind.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to respect the same rights of others in your home and express your voices in whatever way is effective for you.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to fully participate in the training and education opportunities you have chosen.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to make your own decisions and express your desire to vote.
  • You have the RIGHT to see a doctor as soon as you need and to receive adequate care.
  • You have the RIGHT to expect your records to be confidential.
  • You have the RIGHT to be free from physical restraints (being held down or forced to be alone) unless it is to protect you or someone else.
  • You have the RIGHT to be present or given good reason if your things are searched.
  • You have the RIGHT to say NO to anyone trying to hurt, scare, or upset you to change the way you act.
  • You have the RIGHT to make and receive private phone calls.
  • You have the RIGHT to make choices about where and with whom you live and how and with whom you spend your time.
  • You have the RIGHT to work in the community (if an appropriate job is available.)
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to learn about your medications, take them as prescribed, and report side effects.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to understand any proposed research prior to giving consent.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to report feeling ill or hurt as soon as possible in whatever way is effective for you.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to maintain confidentiality for yourself and your peers.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to manage your own behaviors and follow directions to keep yourself and others safe.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to keep only things that belong to you and are not potentially harmful.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to respect the same rights of others, control your own actions, and report anyone who tries to hurt, scare, or upset you.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to respect the same rights of others by limiting calls to the time limit specified in the rules for your home.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to express your choices in ways that are effective for you and respect the voices of others.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to respect the same rights of others and treat them well and with respect.
  • You have the RESPONSIBILITY to:

-Express your desire to work and name the jobs of interest to you.

-Demonstrated expected and appropriate work behaviors/ habits.

-Fully participate in job development and training activities.

 

Cultural Competency

 

Q: What is cultural competency?

A: Cultural competency is the process by which individuals and systems respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, abilities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and other diverse backgrounds in a manner that recognizes, affirms and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities, while protecting and preserving the dignity of each.  Operationally defined, it is the integration and transformation of knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes that create cultural settings in which quality of services produce better outcomes.

Q: What is diversity?

A: The mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, values, and beliefs as assets to the groups and organizations with which they interact.  Diversity also means recognizing the uniqueness of everyone and valuing the contribution that each of us can make.

 

ARC STAFF RESPONSBILITIES:

ENGAGE IN SELF-ASSESSMENT:

  • Identify personal cultural paradigms
  • Awareness & acceptance of differences

ADAPT TO DIVERSITY:

  • Embrace the dynamics of differences
  • Acquire cultural knowledge
  • Adapt skills and practices
  • Be inclusive and respectful in communication

-State intent

-Share impact

-Check assumptions

-Ask questions respectfully

 

ASSUME POSITIVE INTENT:

  • Allow each other to try, make mistakes learn, and grow.
  • Uphold continuous learning about diversity and cultural competency.

 

WELCOME AND ACTIVELY VALUE THE DIVERSITY OF STAFF, INDIVIDUALS, CAREGIVERS, AND VOLUNTEERS:

  • Provide culturally competent services.
  • Create and sustain welcoming environments that are inclusive and respectful.