People with developmental disabilities face similar safety concerns as anyone else related to: falling, cooking and kitchen use, fire, water, workplace, pets, poison prevention, seasonal safety, crime prevention, etc. Physical and educational needs must be assessed and met on an individual basis with thoughtful planning to keep everyone safe.
People with developmental disabilities deserve access to the same personal freedoms and responsibilities as anyone else. Providing for their safety should not diminish this access. It is important that those who provide support balance an individual's right to take risks with their own duty of care for that individual. Safety and personal growth nurture a whole life.