Residents Rights month started off as Residents Rights Week in 1981. Today it’s a national event organized by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-term Care. Honoring the month is a great way to keep the conversation and advocacy going in your local community, state, and the nation. It’s also a chance to recognize the advocates, professionals and residents who do so much important work around these rights.
Join the BPDD Living Well team to learn about the Let’s Talk About Rights Series. Learn about this new tool that can be used by self-advocates, families, and professionals to understand more about rights, how to assert your rights, and how to support people with disabilities to assert their rights. We will be joined by self-advocates who will talk about how they have learned to maintain and assert their rights and which rights have been most important in their lives.
Rights are things that people can have or do. People with disabilities should be allowed to have and do all the same things as people without disabilities. When people understand their rights, they have better lives. These guides help explain the rights you have and give you, and the people who support you, ideas on how to exercise and talk about those rights!