Providing suggestions and detailed consultation for specific homes or individuals on a case by case basis through the regional human rights specialist.
WHAT DO I DO NOW??
How can you as the Human Rights Officer approach the complex yet important endeavor of supporting individuals in exercising their human rights? Many “tried and true” approaches and suggestions are already well-known and utilized across the state, and are listed below. Providing rights training and opportunities can be approached from three perspectives: (1) individual, (2) group, and (3) organizational/community.
Assess the learning style, training needs, and preferences of the individuals who you serve. You can develop your own assessment tool or utilize and customize one that has already been developed
Work with the individual to identify a goal that is meaningful to them for exercising human rights.
Personal human rights scrapbooks which could have pictures of each individual exercising their rights in a way that is meaningful to them.
Try to engage the individual in developing a human rights goal to work on during the year. If this can be incorporated into the ISP, then you can be doing two things at once; helping to teach the exercise of human rights, and working on the ISP. Even the act of including the exercising of one’s human rights as a goal in the ISP with the input of the individual, is in itself an achievement of exercising rights.
Utilize teachable moments to problem solve with a human rights perspective.
If an individual is displeased with some agency procedures that they feel are restrictive such as a behavior plan which has been consented to by a guardian, you can help them to receive and explanation of the need for the plan and the criteria under which the need for the plan is being based, what they would need to demonstrate or achieve to have the plan modified or eliminated, and the process by which the ongoing need for the plan is evaluated.