What is the Rights Group?
Do you have questions? Here are some answers…
The Rights Group meets to discuss issues regarding living with a disability and the inherent rights that people with disabilities are entitled to.
– What does help for the group look like?
- We have 2 helpers in each meeting.
- Help to set up our meetings
- Help to support the elected positions
- Helpers help the rights group members in the meetings when they need help
– How is the Rights Group involved with VITA’s Board of Directors?
We have a member on the Board of Directors at VITA.
– How do we make sure everyone feels safe?
- We have group rules.
- We follow them each time we go to the Rights Group.
- We have these rules to make each person feel comfortable. Like if a person has trouble with food we have a rule about that.
– The Rights Group Guidelines:
- One person at a time will talk
- No side talking
- No interrupting each other
- Do your best to be on time at 6:45pm. Respect the Rights Group meetings. Come in quietly. If you can say sorry for being late.
- Respect other people’s rights
- What happens in the group stays in the group
- Don’t make it personal
- Stay focused on topics that are being discussed
- Help other people to follow the guidelines!
- No food or drink will be brought in to the meeting. There will be cookies and one can of diet pop. This is to help people who worry about food be a part of the meeting.
- Please do not use your cell phone unless it is an emergency.
- Please turn it on silent
– Where do we meet?
VITA’s Rights Group meets regularly to discuss issues regarding living with a disability and the inherent rights to which people with disabilities are entitled. The Group provides input and feedback to VITA, and reports directly through VITA’s Executive Director to the Board.
In 2018, we opened new, dedicated office space for VITA’s Rights Group in recognition of the Group’s many valuable contributions to VITA over the years.
VITA Head Office
4301 Weston Rd.
- A group, we get together a bunch of us and talk about rights.
- People that have an intellectual disability
- To teach people about our disabilities
- We want to teach people what we CAN DO. This makes us feel really excited!
- We are a loud group but we are a private group because what we talk about stays in the group.
- We would like the near future to change a little bit.
- We would like people with disabilities to have a chance to work, to get paid, to be loved, to be respected and to get out in the community and to have this be easier.