As Canadian citizens, we have human rights that are protected through a number of pieces of legislation. We expect our rights to be respected and are typically outraged when we perceive that our rights have been violated. Historically, people with disabilities have not had the same rights as other Canadians. However, as human rights legislation has evolved and been interpreted by the courts, there is evidence that the rights of people with disabilities are being recognized more than they were in the past.
As community rehabilitation workers, we are responsible for protecting and promoting the rights of individuals with disabilities so that we may achieve the goal of equality for all Canadian citizens. In support of this goal, this module explores the evolution of human rights legislation as it pertains to individuals with developmental disabilities on an international, national, and provincial level, and examines how such legislation affects the individuals you support.
After completing this module, you should be able to:
- Identify legal and human rights issues that pertain to people with disabilities.
- Describe the development of human rights legislation in Canada.
- Describe Alberta human rights legislation and administration (or similar legislation in jurisdictions outside of Alberta).
- Discuss the purpose and provisions of the following legislation (or similar legislation in jurisdictions outside of Alberta):
- Dependent Adults Act;
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
- Protection for Persons in Care Act;
- Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol.
- Discuss ways of responding appropriately when legal and human rights issues affect the people with disabilities you support.
Registered students: Go to F102: Legislation and Human Rights Protection.