Bill of rights for parents of disabled residents advances

TRENTON – Legislation that would create a bill of rights for parents of people with developmental disabilities cleared an Assembly panel Monday.

The legislation, A1134, would establish the Bill of Rights for Parents of Persons with Developmental Disabilities. The document would, among other things, decree that persons with disabilities be treated with consideration and respect, receive certain information in writing, be given clear information on the parent’s status with the service system and be permitted to have meaningful participation, according to the bill.

Lawmakers voted unanimously to release the bill from the Assembly Human Services Committee following little discussion.

The proposal was sponsored by Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, (D-5), and Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, (D-37), the committee’s chairwoman.

“I believe that this bill would help break barriers,” Fuentes said.

The bill was amended to also include guardians of people with developmental disabilities – not just parents – to the bill of rights.

 

Bill of rights for parents of disabled residents advances