Human Rights

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:

  • The restriction of a person’s rights at all levels across the lifespan.
  • The use of restrictive or intrusive medical or behavioral intervention without prior informed consent from an individual over the age of 18 or their parent or guardian.
  • Standing policies and practices that restrict individuals basic and human rights.

Detailed Policy:

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:

  • Abusing, neglecting, exploiting, or mistreating individuals
  • Violating a person’s rights
  • Emotional/verbal abuse including but not limited to communicating with words or actions in a person’s presence with intent to: Cause the individual to be placed in fear of retaliation, cause the individual to be placed in fear of confinement or restraint, cause the individual to experience emotional distress or humiliation, cause others to view the individual with hatred, contempt, disgrace, or ridicule, or cause the individual to react in a negative manner.
  • Contingent exercise
  • Contingent noxious stimulation
  • Corporal punishment (forced physical activity, hitting, pinching, the application of painful or noxious stimuli, use of electric shock, the infliction of pain and others as defined in 460 IAC6-93Ic)(1)
  • Negative practice
  • Overcorrection
  • Seclusion alone in an area from which exit is prohibited
  • Visual or facial screening
  • A practice which denies the individual of any of the following without a physician’s order
  • Sleep
  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Physical movement for prolonged periods of time
  • Medical care or treatment
  • Use of bathroom facilities

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:

  • incorporates the use of painful or noxious stimuli;
  • incorporates denial of any health related necessity; or
  • degrades the dignity of an Individual