Saturday, September 29, 2007

More Support Against the "Ashley Treatment" in Delaware

Recently, the University of Delaware's Center for Disability Studies Advisory Panel voted to support a statement of solidarity against the Ashley Treatment. The snowball of support against the treatment continues to grow! This info comes from Daniese McMullin-Powell, who noted that the vote actually passed by a slim margin (8-7).

McMullin-Powell also notes that one of those who voted against the statement is a CIL director. She says, "Shame on the Director of Freedom CIL in Delaware who voted NO on the solidarity statement concerning Ashley X!!! She should be removed!!! She does not deserve to be a part of an organization that stands for people with disabilities in making choices in their own lives. Shame on that woman for voting that caregivers should be making those choices for us!"

The situation in Delaware is a call for a reality check. CIL staff everywhere should note that this past July, members of the National Council on Independent Living voted to support a statement of solidarity against the Ashley Treatment. The basic philosophy of independent living maintains that we, people with disabilities, are the ones who should be making decisions that affect our own lives. If that is not the viewpoint of your CIL, you aren't working for one.

In the case of those who cannot communicate for themselves, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology's recommended policy is not to interfere with a person's body unless they are in danger of grievous or mortal harm. In other words, don't fix it if it ain't broke or dying.