"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between 
a man and the life he leads?"


Albert Camus 

A person with a developmental disability shall have a right to: 
 

1 Dignity, privacy, and humane care 


2 Be free of sexual abuse in a residential setting 


3 Freedom and practice of religion 


4 Receive services that protect the personal liberty of the individual and are provided in the least restrictive conditions 


5 Participate in educational lessons and instructional programs 

(including training in sex education, marriage, and family planning), 

regardless of age or degree of disability 


6 Interact socially and participate in community activities 


7 Physical exercise and leisure opportunities 


8 Be free of harm, including unnecessary physical, chemical, or mechanical restraint, isolation, excessive medication, abuse, or neglect 


9 Consent to or refusal treatment, unless the individual has a legal guardian, then that person has the right to consent or refusal 


10 Be included in, a member of, or a receiver of benefits of any program or service that receives public funds (it is also stated that this statute has authority over other statutes that may set a prohibition on a program) 


11 Vote in public elections

"Children living with illness or disability do not need sympathy. 
They need Empowerment."


Dr. Phillip McGraw

Rights of All Persons with Developmental Disabilities F.S. 393.13(3) 

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"Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life- 
is the source from which self respect springs." 


Joan Didion

"Give a man a reputation to live up to and he will rise to it." 


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"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, 
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." 


Thich Nhat Hanh 

~NO ONE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL INFERIOR WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT~ 

Eleanor Roosevelt 

"You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." 


John Bunyan (1628-1688) 

"A person who is severely impaired 
never knows his hidden sources of strength 
until he is treated like a normal human being 
and encouraged to shape his own life."


Helen Keller, " Teacher" 1955 

"The power of effecting changes for the better is within ourselves, 
not in the favorableness of circumstances" 


 Helen Keller, "Rehabilitation"  Oct. 31,1923

"The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now."  


Dr. William (Bill) Cosby