Are the individuals you serve exercising little c choices or big C choices? Without the ability to make informed choices, our lives are not our own. But, along with choice comes the possibility of risk. Freedom from harm at home, at work and in the community must be ensured. People with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities have historically suffered abuse in every form and for every reason. A well-formed and carefully led Human Rights Committee continually guards against such injustices. It balances the needs and rights of the person with disabilities with the realities and imperatives of an organization that provides services. This handbook will help keep your organization on course, following its mission of assisting people to reach their full potential. Discover methods to: - Select and retain skilled committee members - Ensure that the person served understands his or her rights - Create effective schedules and reviews - Maintain confidentiality, while addressing all issues - Keep the focus on the person served.
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Steve Baker is a leader at Trinity Services, Inc., serving as chairperson of the human rights committee and director of both High Tide Press and Cherry Hill Bookstore. Steve got into the human services field with a part-time college job. Since then he has worked in and managed many aspects of public and nonprofit service. For more than 30 years, he has continually worked to provide better lives for individuals with a disability or other major life challenge. You can Mr. Baker's columns and book reviews in Perdido: Leadership with a Conscience, a High Tide Press magazine. He also co-authored Scanning the Horizon: Using Organizational Data to Prevent Abuse and Neglect of People with Intellectual Disabilities. Amy Tabor started in the human services in the role of a direct contact staff member working in a group home for individuals with autism. Since then, she has held a variety of roles within human service agencies. Currently the president of Organizational Dimensions, Ms. Tabor leads the consulting firm in developing resources for nonprofits around the country, specializing in the areas of staff training, quality enhancement and organizational improvement. She also co-authored Scanning the Horizon: Using Organizational Data to Prevent Abuse and Neglect of People with Intellectual Disabilities.
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