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.
The recommendations contained in the National Disability Rights Network’s (NDRN)report, “Devaluing People With Disabilities: Medical ProceduresThat Violate Civil Rights,” constitute nothing less than a call to conscience for health care providers who are withholding life-sustaining treatment without consent from people with disabilities who are not otherwise dying. Sometimes this is done at the request of [...](May 24, 2012). Read more.
Last month, there was an important legal victory for people under guardianship in Pennsylvania. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued its ruling in the matter of D.L.H. This appeal was made by the guardians of a man with developmental disabilities. As reported in this 2009 blog entry, a lower court severely limited a guardian’s power [...](September 7, 2010). Read more.
Last week, this blog reported about scheduled oral arguments in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding the limits on a guardian’s powers – specifically, whether or not guardians have the right to refuse life-preserving treatment – treatment needed to save the life of a person legally lacking decisionmaking capacity and who is neither dying [...](May 14, 2010). Read more.
Next week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case we reported on due to an earlier court ruling over a year ago(from the mailing sent out the the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania): Set forth below is a summary of an important new decision by the Pennsylvania Superior Court regarding [...](May 7, 2010). Read more.
As promised in yesterday’s blog posting, today I’m sharing the affidavit submitted by Nancy B. Alisberg, Managing Attorney at the Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA) in the OPA’s motion to intervene in Blick v. Division of Criminal Justice. Alisberg’s affidavit goes into detail about some of the actions she [...](April 14, 2010). Read more.
Earlier this month, I shared the story of the fight to save the life of Gary E. Harvey. His wife, Sara, has been in a battle with the Chemung County Attorney over guardianship and an imminent threat to have her husband’s feeding tube removed. There is some good news to report, although the fight is [...](July 28, 2009). Read more.
Unfortunately, there’s an all-too-familiar scene playing that’s been playing out in Chemung County in New York. In January 2006, Gary E. Harvey had a heart attack and fell down a flight of stairs. The injuries left him permanently and severely disabled. Gary Harvey was placed in Chemung County Nursing Facility – and a familiar battle [...](July 10, 2009). Read more.
Disability Rights Wisconsin(DRW) is suing the UW Hospital for allegedly violating the law in pushing for withholding of life-sustaining treatment in the cases of two individuals with developmental disabilities. The story about the case was published in the May 14th issue of the Wisconsin State Journal. Thanks to Tim Wheat (the first to send me [...](May 18, 2009). Read more.
About 3 weeks ago, this blog reported on the case of young David Coronado, a 6-month-old infant allegedly beaten severely by at least one of his parents. Initially, a court-appointed guardian planned to petition for removal of life-support. The scheduled hearing to hear the petition was cancelled due to unspecified “new information.” (We received detailed [...](February 14, 2009). Read more.