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If you suspect abuse, its important to act immediately…

Unfortunately, too many people with developmental disabilities are being mistreated-or worse – at facilities run by, or funded by-New York State. Without strong oversight and strong reactions when this abuse occurs, sadly, nothing will change. That is why families of the developmentally disabled need to be vigilant-and the Disability Rights Project has been created to help you make sure that your loved ones receive the proper care that they deserve-under the law!

When abuse occurs, a disabled person’s personal health, safety and emotional well-being may be at risk, along with their ability to engage in daily life activities. In order to protect your family member here are some of the steps that you need to take to insure that abuse is stopped cold. Watch closely for the following signs, and if you see anything that might be suspicious, pick up the phone and call immediately:

Call us: 1-888-830-8182

Or Submit this form and you will be contacted immediately:


Physical Signs of Abuse

  • Bruises (old and new, clustered on one part of body, or on both upper arms)
  • Burns
  • Cuts or scars
  • Marks left by a gag (or some form of restraint)
  • Imprint injuries (eg., marks shaped like fingers, thumbs, hands, belts or sticks)
  • Missing teeth
  • Spotty balding (from pulled hair)
  • Eye injuries (black eyes or detached retinas)
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Abrasions or scrapes
  • Vaginal or rectal pain
  • Bleeding from the ears, nose or mouth
  • Frequent urinary tract infections or yeast infections
  • Painful urination
  • Abrasions, bleeding, or bruising in the genital area
  • Incontinence in someone who was previously toilet-trained
  • Frequent sore throats
  • Sudden onset of psychosomatic complaints (males most frequently complain of stomach aches
  • while females most frequently report headaches)
  • Sudden difficulty walking or sitting
  • Physical Signs of Neglect (in both the person and their home)
  • Dehydration
  • Poor or improper hygiene
  • Poor grooming (e.g., overgrown fingernails and toenails; uncut, matted, or unclean hair;
  • unshaven facial hair, body crevices caked with dirt)
  • Malnourishment/weight loss
  • A smell of urine or feces on the person
  • Clutter, filth, or bad smell in the home
  • Improper sleeping, cooking, or bathing arrangements
  • Infestations (e.g., fleas, lice, roaches, rodents)
  • Poor skin condition or skin breakdown (such as rashes, bedsores, or open wounds)
  • Lack of necessary adaptive aids such as glasses, hearing aids, leg braces walkers etc. or
  • improper medication management
  • Needed medical and dental care (including the administration of prescribed drugs) not provided
  • Lack of adequate or appropriate supervision

Remember that the Disability Rights Project is here to support your family and our experts know how to stop abusive behavior and get results. If you see something, say something.

Call us at 1-888-830-8182 and we will swing into action on your behalf.