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The METO Settlement

Self Advocates: What Do You Expect of Staff?

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Brian Jenson: I expect them to be kind, courteous, respectful. I expect them to greet me every morning, to pat me on the back when, and to have them tell me, "Hey, Brian, you're doing a good job. Keep... Keep it up." I'd... I'd rather come to a place where I'm wanted.

I want to be treated equally. I want to be treated with respect, with dignity. I want... I don't want anybody to make me feel bad and… Don't judge, and I want them to not make them judge me about... about who I am.

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The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.