standard: Home sharing providers and assistants respect each individual’s rights and act as an advocate for these rights.

rationale: Adults with a developmental disability have the same human rights as any adult citizen. These include the right to dignity, self-respect, and privacy. They also include freedom of choice in such areas as association with friends, use of money, and use of free time. Home sharing providers will respect each individual’s full range of rights at all times. They will assist each individual in asserting his / her rights and in learning that his / her rights are balanced by responsibilities.

For people to truly belong in a society, they must have the same rights, and be treated with the same respect and dignity as any other person.

The role of the home sharing provider is to support the individual to learn about their own rights and responsibilities, and the rights and responsibilities of others. For example, individuals have the freedom to choose their friends, how they will spend their money, and which leisure activities they will engage in.

The following are examples of promising practices:

  • Individuals are supported in exercising their rights and in being aware of their responsibilities.
  • Home sharing providers and assistants respect and protect the individual’s rights.
  • Information about the rights and responsibilities of adult citizens is available to all those working or living with the individual. This knowledge is applied in the daily support, and the day-to-day activities in the home and community.

The following video, which has also been made into a booklet, can assist with supporting individuals in understanding their rights and understanding that these rights come with responsibilities.

Now watch the video: Know Your Rights: A Guide for Self-Advocates