It is the policy of the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) that a Human Rights Committee (HRC) will sit within the ASI Quality Committee, and shall operate under the authorization of the executive director and the board of directors of ASI, or the director or designee for ASI established Human Rights Committees.
It is the policy of the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) that aversive techniques shall not be used to support individuals receiving any services by ASI, including those paid for through any Indiana Waiver.
The Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) is committed to the inclusion of people who have physical and cognitive disabilities and those who advocate and offer services on behalf of people with disabilities. This commitment extends from the design and implementation of ASI programming to advocacy for and outreach to people with disabilities. ASI’s policy on disability is as follows: To avoid discrimination against people with disabilities in programs which ASI participates in, supports, and funds and to stimulate an engagement of Indiana counterparts, governments, implementing organizations and other donors in promoting a climate of nondiscrimination against and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. ASI policy on disability is to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities both within ASI programs and in host countries where ASI has programs.
For purposes of this policy, a disability is defined as a physical or cognitive impairment that affects a major life function, including and specifically focusing on autism spectrum disorders as consistent with the definition of the Rehabilitation Act (section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act).
ASI is committed to training staff and contractors to recognize all people’s human and civil rights, especially related to autism spectrum disorders. Staff is encouraged to honor individual preferences related to individual rights, and are asked to act with integrity and openness when working with people with disabilities of all ages, races, and religions.
ASI expressly prohibits the following:
Aversive techniques intended to cause pain or other unpleasant sensation may not be used to support individuals receiving services through or by ASI. Examples of aversive techniques include but are not limited to:
Practice which denies the individual work or chores benefiting others without pay or pay below minimum wages unless ASI has obtained a certificate from the United States Department of Labor authorizing the employment of workers with a disability at special minimum wage rates.
Any other technique that: