The National Council on Disability (NCD) “is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Presidential appointees , an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and eleven, full-time professional staff.” [...](April 22, 2013). Read more.
This past week, the U.S. Senate voted to proceed with consideration of U.S.ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). With a two-thirds majority required to move to the next step, the cloture vote was 61 to 36, with 3 not voting. Not Dead Yet has not yet formally [...](November 30, 2012). Read more.
Editor’s note: Diane’s plenary remarks included the use of PowerPoint slides. I don’t have access to these, but have included links in cases where people might want more information and/or verification.) Plenary Remarks at ACPEL Conference – May 31, 2012 I’d like to begin by presenting a CASE STUDY. It’s a true story, as told [...](June 1, 2012). Read more.
On Sunday (May 8, 2011), the Austin American-Statesman published an update of sorts on the continuing stalemate over the Texas “futile care statute,” which translates as a “win” for supporters of the status quo. It’s a fascinating article – for many reasons. But perhaps the most fascinating are the many contradictions contained in the article [...](May 10, 2011). Read more.
I just received this in my news feed. Taunya English at WHYY aired a piece on the Appellate Court Ruling on Betancourt v. Trinitas. The case involved the effort of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in New Jersey to remove treatment from a patient over the objections of the family. Having lost in a trial court, [...](August 18, 2010). Read more.
A later story by Sue Epstein has been published in the New Jersey Star-Ledger. This article is a little more detailed than the first and includes a brief comment by Anne Studholme, who represented NDY and our co-amici. The Wall Street Journal also published an article about the decision, written by Suzanne Sataline.New Jersey Today [...](August 15, 2010). Read more.
The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court issued its ruling today in Betancourt v. Trinitas Hospital. The hospital had asked the Court to rule that it had the right to discontinue dialysis treatments for Ruben Betancourt, a patient with a hypoxic brain injury, based on doctors’ claims that prolonging his life was “futile” [...](August 13, 2010). Read more.
Today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal has a very good article on the Betancourt v. Trinitas case in New Jersey. (All of the previous posts on the case can be found by accessing this link) Suzanne Sataline provides the best summary of the issues in the case – as argued by stakeholders on both [...](June 4, 2010). Read more.
I wanted to give readers a followup on yesterday’s oral argument in Betancourt v. Trinitas. First of all, I talked to Nadina LaSpina and Danny Robert today about yesterday’s court proceeding. (this link goes to a 1998 interview with Nadina and Danny, who are activists and life partners.) Nadina and Danny told me that there [...](April 28, 2010). Read more.
Oral arguments are scheduled today (April 27, 2010) in front of the New Jersey Appellate Division. The case is Betancourt v. Trinitas. You can read more about the case here and here. It’s an important judicial hearing on one hospital’s claim regarding the extent of their “right” to summarily refuse life-sustaining medical treatment over the [...](April 27, 2010). Read more.