Know Your Rights

We provide valuable information to help people with disabilities understand their rights. We offer guidance on how to exercise these rights and provide support to help you navigate reporting.


Your Rights and How to Use Them

If you have disabilities, this page is here to help you understand your special rights. Rights are like promises that keep you safe, respected, and happy. We believe in you and want to make sure you know all about these promises. Let's learn about your rights together, because you are important and deserve the best care!

At RGA, your team will spend a lot of time with you to help you learn about your rights, identify which rights are most important to you and what supports you may need to exercise those rights.

Resource Library

There are many resources available to help you understand your rights:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A special document that says everyone has rights, like the right to be treated fairly and with respect. It helps protect people all around the world.

“What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” video

A video that explains rules to make sure people with disabilities are treated well and have the same rights as everyone else. It helps make the world a better place for people with disabilities.

Rights of Individuals in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Developmental Disability Waivers

A guide that talks about the rights of people who get help from Medicaid in Illinois. It helps people know their rights and how to speak up if something isn’t right.

Human Rights Education

A free online course that teaches young people about their rights. It empowers you to stand up for your rights and treat others fairly.

“Supported Decision Making is a Human Right” video

A short video that says everyone has the right to make their own decisions, with help if needed. It reminds us to respect each other’s choices.

HCBS Guide: Your Right to A Community Life

A guide about the rights of people who get services to live in their community. It helps you know what you deserve and how to live a good life.

“Your Services Should Be All About You” video

A video that talks about how support should focus on what you need and want. It reminds us that services should be helpful and centered around you.

Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance

A group that supports people with disabilities to speak up for themselves. It helps you learn how to be strong and have a say in your life.

Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

A place that gives resources and help to people who want to speak up for their rights. It helps you learn how to stand up for what’s right.


If you feel your rights are being ignored, you can tell your QIDP, a trusted RGA team member, email the RGA Human Rights Committee, or contact any of these organizations:

DHS Office of Developmental Disabilities
  • ✉ 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601
  • ☎ 1-800-843-6154
  • ⌨ TTY: 1-866-376-8446

Equip for Equality

Office of Inspector General
  • ✉ 100 W. Randolph, #4-750, Chicago, IL 60601
  • ☎ 312-814-2718

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • ☎ 1-800-252-2873

Guardianship and Advocacy
  • ✉ 160 N. LaSalle, #S-500, Chicago, IL 60641
  • ☎ 312-793-5900
  • ⌨ TTY: 1-866-333-3362

Illinois Department of Aging Adult Protective Services
  • ☎ 1-866-800-1409

Illinois Department of Public Health
  • ☎ 1-800-252-4343
  • ⌨ TTY: 1-800-547-0466