70 Years of Rights

Each year Human Rights Month is recognized in December, honoring the month in which the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year honors the 70th anniversary of this milestone document.

We believe all people, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, should be afforded these rights. The St. Louis Arc works to ensure this occurs by:

  • training our staff on rights,
  • assessing each person’s priorities and goals,
  • providing due process when needed,
  • encouraging people to build their advocacy skills through the Social Justice Committee,
  • and providing education to the community.

Additionally, we have incorporated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into the agency’s daily practices.

Individual Rights and Responsibilities

If you have questions regarding an individual’s rights related to guardianship, voting, and legislative advocacy, contact Ann Mangelsdorf, Assistant Director of Family Support and Advocacy, at 314-817-2275. If you have questions about the rights afforded to individuals as someone who receives services from the St. Louis Arc, contact Stephanie Scott, Director of Quality Enhancement at 314-817-2274.

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