In 2021, vulnerable adults in Minnesota were impacted by:
And these numbers don’t begin to include the many incidents unwitnessed or unreported.
As these figures reveal, abuse can take many forms. For a comprehensive look at how Minnesota’s state statutes define abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults, visit the report section of this website.
Getting It Right
What is the opposite of abuse? Dignity. Respecting the individuality and value of those you encounter, support and/or care for.
- listening to and respecting a person’s views and wishes.
- concerning for a person’s health, safety, and welfare.
- following laws, rules, and regulations.
- keeping a person educated and informed.
- showing compassion and understanding.
Vulnerable adults are real people with real emotions.
“I just want to be treated with respect.”LindaLiving with dissociative disorder
“I wish that the folks could just take the time.”SarahLiving with epilepsy
“Show you care.”CarolLiving with stroke paralysis
“You get the idea that this person really does care about what they're doing.”JohnLiving with brain injury
“It's important to wait for the person to communicate.”JadeLiving with severe PTSD and spinal injury
Together, We Can Stop Abuse
Having a disability often means trusting those who provide their support and care. Too often, that trust can be violated with words or actions. It’s a real problem, with a real solution. One that begins with each of us. Together, we can stop abuse. This site offers tools and resources for those providing care or support and to empower those with disabilities.
About This Project
The Treat People Like People campaign was designed to raise awareness of abuse and neglect of people with disabilities and to educate people with disabilities and their families and guardians, and the general public on how to identify, report and respond to abuse of people with disabilities. The campaign highlights the value and dignity of each person living with a disability. Materials were co-created with people with disabilities, their family members, advocates and professionals in policy and care provision. We thank them all for their generosity of time spent to make this campaign a reality.
The Olmstead Plan – From Idea to Reality
Putting the Promise into Practice: Minnesota’s 2015 Olmstead Plan was designed to move the state forward, towards greater integration and inclusion for people with disabilities so that “Minnesota will be a place where people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting.” Treat People Like People moves Minnesota closer to achieving the Olmstead Plan goal of preventing abuse and neglect of people with disabilities.
The resources and information contained on this website will continue to evolve over time.
In Minnesota, we know we are all better off together.
Our state must be a leader in ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to thrive. Disparities in Minnesota, including those based on race, geography and economic status keep our entire state from reaching its full potential. As long as inequities impact Minnesotans’ ability to be successful, we have work to do. Our state will recognize its full potential when all Minnesotans are provided the opportunity to lead healthy, fulfilled lives.
Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities