Annandale Village is an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated solely to providing progressive life assistance to adults with intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injuries so that they can maximize their abilities and maintain their independence in the least restrictive environment.

Rights & Responsibilities

Annandale Village respects the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries, and secures these rights through a human rights committee, self-advocacy, and grievance resolution training.

It is Annandale’s desire that all individuals served understand their rights and take responsibility for achieving a balance between obtaining their rights, respecting others, and choosing to take risks. It is Annandale’s hope that each resident will achieve this balance with self-determination in freedom, authority, and a vision of satisfying, independent life with dignity and respect for everyone.

People with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries have the following rights:

  • Receive adequate and appropriate care and services without discrimination.
  • Make choices about aspects of your life and receive services that help you live, work, and play in the most normal way possible.
  • Fully participate in the planning of your care, including the right to review your file. Be treated with kindness, consideration, and respect and to be given privacy when you are taking care of your personal needs.
  • Exercise your constitutional rights, including but not limited to, the right to vote.
  • Be free from mental, verbal, sexual, physical abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • Not be punished or harassed for efforts made to enforce your rights.
  • Not be tied or held down or be forced to be alone.
  • Say no to anyone who is trying to change the way you act by hurting you, scaring you or upsetting you.
  • Meet people and take part in community activities.
  • Socialize, have visitors and see your friends, family, girlfriends or boyfriends every day at mutually agreed upon hours.
  • Choose how and with whom you spend your free time; alone or alone with a friend.
  • Pick and wear your own clothes.
  • Exercise and have fun.
  • Choose activities and schedules consistent with your interests.
  • Send and receive mail that is unopened.
  • Have access to a telephone and the right to have private conversations receive and reject medical care, dental care, and other services. You have the right to choose and retain the services of a personal physician and see a doctor as soon as you need. Your medical record is confidential. You cannot be given medication without a doctor’s written order, as punishment, or for staff convenience.
  • Not be subjected to experimental research without your consent.
  • Have access to State Long-term Care Ombudsman Program.
  • Form a Villager Council and hold meetings.
  • Privacy and uncensored communication. Staff and Villagers will knock before entering your room.
  • Practice your religious beliefs as you choose.
  • Use, keep, and control your personal possessions in your room as long as it does not interfere with your safety or health of others. Your belongings cannot be searched unless you are present or good reasons for the search are given.
  • Manage your own financial affairs, including the right to keep and spend your own money. You will have access to a personal needs allowance.

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