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Today is Human Rights Day!
Governor Tom Wolf recently signed a declaration that decrees December as Human Rights Month and December 10 as Human Rights Day. In the declaration, Governor Wolf praises the work of the Office of Developmental Programs and its partners, emphasizing the commitment to expanding civil liberties for individuals with disabilities and/or autism.
The declaration reads, "Whereas, as a result of the combined efforts of the Office of Developmental Programs families, parents, friends, advocates, and service providers, the numbers of individuals with an intellectual disability or autism who vote, who were offered a choice about where to live and who to live with, and who self-direct how their services and supports are provided has consistently increased over the past four years."
The declaration goes on to describe ODP's newly expanded regulations that push toward broader civil liberties to be included in service definitions, "to ensure that individuals with an intellectual disability or autism have the same freedom to exercise their rights as that of all citizens."