Geraldo Rivera’s expose of Willow Brook mental hospital in the 1960s’ gave the public an inside look at how the disabled and mentally ill were being abused. Despite decades of education and training violation of personal rights remains an ongoing problem in residential care facilities. Students will learn how communication style or behavior may unknowingly violate the personal rights of individuals under their charge. Of all the personal rights treating people with dignity respect and the right to privacy are most easily taken for granted and violated. Students will be exposed to scenarios that depict common situations in which personal rights are violated.
Awareness of basic human rights
Comprehensive understanding of the rights of the developmentally disabled
Familiarity with the provisions of the Lanterman Act
Deeper knowledge of the right to be treated with dignity, respect right to privacy and the intimacy
Knowledge of potential rights issues and how to prevent them
Familiarity with the advocacy and denial of rights process