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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life – to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – the ADA is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities.

The ReFocus Human Rights Committee, (HRC) comprised of approximately 10 volunteers from various professional walks of life, is responsible for ensuring that each ReFocus client is afforded the rights to which he or she is entitled by law. In keeping with the ReFocus mission of supporting the whole person, the HRC monitors and reviews the following areas:

  • Promotion of rights
  • Agency policies
  • Behavior Support Plans
  • Grievances, incident reports and investigations
  • Individual teaching plans and behavior
  • Prescriptions for psychotropic medication.

The Committee makes appropriate recommendations designed to enhance continually the quality of life for each of our clients. At its bi-monthly meetings, the Committee is governed by applicable state and federal laws and regulations.