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Safe Space

Maintaining a Culture of Neurodiverse Safety at GGTS

Anti-Discrimination

GGTS is a safe space for the diverse range of human experiences and is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity and acceptance. All community members of GGTS, including employees, clients, clients' families, and visitors have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. 

GGTS has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination based upon a person's race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or marital status. Discrimination of this kind may also be strictly prohibited by a variety of federal, state and local laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

Anti-Violence

GGTS does not tolerate any type of violence committed by or against our community, which includes both employees and clients. The following acts are cause for immediate dismissal.

  • Causing physical injury to another person.

  • Making threatening remarks.

  • Displaying aggressive or hostile behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to another person or subjects another individual to emotional distress.

  • Intentionally damaging GGTS property or property of clients, employees, or community members.

  • Possessing a weapon while on GGTS property or participating in GGTS programs.

  • Committing acts motivated by, or related to, sexual harassment or domestic violence.

Anti-Harassment

GGTS prohibits harassment and bullying of any kind, including sexual harassment, and will take appropriate and immediate action in response to complaints or suspicion of harassment or bullying. Harassment and bullying include any verbal, written, or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate or coerce an any member of the GGTS community.

GGTS defines bullying as repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more people by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that includes:

  • Threatening, humiliating or intimidating behaviors.

  • Verbal or written abuse.

GGTS defines harassment by the following examples. This list is not exhaustive when determining whether harassment has been committed:

  • Verbal harassment includes comments that are offensive or unwelcome regarding a person's national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, appearance, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status or other protected status, including epithets, slurs and negative stereotyping.

  • Nonverbal harassment includes distribution, display or discussion of any written or graphic material that ridicules, denigrates, insults, belittles or shows hostility, aversion or disrespect toward an individual or group because of national origin, race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, appearance, disability, sexual identity, marital status or other protected status.

Anti-Retaliation

Anyone who is the victim of or witnesses a violation of the GGTS Safe Space Policy should report the incident to the management team. GGTS will investigate all reports and take corrective action as appropriate. 

Harassment or other inappropriate conduct may constitute serious misconduct, as may filing a false statement that harassment has occurred. Violations of this policy may result in discipline, up to and including termination of services or employment. Prohibited conduct may also subject the harasser to legal consequences. 

Retaliation against any individual who makes a report or participates in an investigation is prohibited. Any person who feels they have been retaliated against for making a report or participating in an investigation should promptly notify the leadership team. GGTS will investigate all reports and take corrective action as appropriate.

Any violation of GGTS Safe Space policies may result in consequences up to and including removal from the GGTS community.
GGTS may refuse services to anyone for violating Safe Space policies. 
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