We all have the same rights regardless of our race, gender, origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or family composition.

Having rights does not mean that we can do whatever we want, whenever we want. We all have responsibilities that go along with our rights. Someone at DCLS will review your rights with you every year.

Sometimes we need help sorting this out. We can do this with friend, family, staff and home sharing providers. Sometimes we learn through trial and error.

You have;

The right to food, clothing and shelter.

The right to medical and dental care.

The right to be protected against any form of abuse, neglect,
humiliation, exploitation, retaliation and or ridicule.

The right to be an active member of society.

The right to freedom of thought and expression.

The right to stand up for yourself.

The right to receive support to exercise rights.

The right to receive information about rights and responsibilities.

The right to access inclusive services and activities.

The right to make choices about your own life and have them honored.

The right to be informed of the consequences of choice.

The right to be treated with dignity and worth.

The right to be spoken to in a respectful manner.

The right to learn.

The right to make mistakes.

The right to pursue happiness.

The right to have and make friends.

The right to privacy.

The right to receive or refuse service.

The right to choose what happens to your body.

The right to receive information in a way that you can understand.

The right to access your own information.

The right to formally complain and have your complaint responded to in a reasonable time frame.

The right to your religious or spiritual beliefs.

Do you receive services from DCLS and have a complaint? Click here to learn how to make a complaint.