RIGHTS OF ALL PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
The rights described in subsection 393.13(3) shall apply to all persons with developmental
disabilities, whether or not such persons are clients of the agency.
(a) Persons with developmental disabilities shall have a right to dignity, privacy, and
humane care, including the right to be free from abuse, including sexual abuse, neglect, and
exploitation.
(b) Persons with developmental disabilities shall have the right to religious freedom and
practice. Nothing shall restrict or infringe on a person’s right to religious preference and
practice.
(c) Persons with developmental disabilities shall receive services, within available sources,
which protect the personal liberty of the individual and which are provided in the least
restrictive conditions necessary to achieve the purpose of treatment.
(d) Persons with developmental disabilities shall have a right to participate in an
appropriate program of quality education and training services, within available resources,
regardless of chronological age or degree of disability. Such persons may be provided with
instruction in sex education, marriage, and family planning.
(e) Persons with developmental disabilities shall have a right to social interaction and to
participate in community activities.
(f) Persons with developmental disabilities shall have a right to physical exercise and
recreational opportunities.
(g) Persons with developmental disabilities shall have a right to be free from harm,
including unnecessary physical, chemical, or mechanical restraint, isolation, excessive
medication, abuse, or neglect.
(h) Persons with developmental disabilities shall have a right to consent to or refuse
treatment, subject to the powers of a guardian advocate appointed pursuant to s. 393.12 or
a guardian appointed pursuant to chapter 744.
(i) No otherwise qualified person shall, by reason of having a developmental disability, be
excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination
under, any program or activity which receives public funds, and all prohibitions set forth
under any other statute shall be actionable under this statute.
(j) No otherwise qualified person shall, by reason of having a developmental disability, be
denied the right to vote in public elections

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