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Everyone is afforded certain rights under the law

that guarantee certain personal freedoms.


Your freedoms include the right to:

• 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 or 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

For more information about rights:


To report a violation of rights:

Any person with a developmental disability who believes that his/her rights outlined above have been violated, or any other person, may bring the violation to the attention of the appropriate service provider or may report the violation to any of the following agencies:

Ashtabula County Board of DD

2505 South Ridge Road East

Ashtabula, Ohio 44004


Disability Rights Ohio
8 East Long Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
1-614- 466-7264 or 1-800- 282-9181


Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
30 E. Broad Street 13th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
1-800- 617-6733

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