Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ashley X Impact on Hospital Policy

Systems change from the Ashley X case rolls on! Please see the message from Jessica McDaneld below for an update on the work of Washington State's Protection and Advocacy Agency, Disability Rights Washington. The hospital that "treated" Ashley X set up new policies as described at the link below.

In solidarity for the protection of our human rights,

From: Jessica McDaneld
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 4:26 PM
To: Jessica McDaneld
Subject: Ashley Treatment Listserv Update: New information on

Hello all,

Disability Rights Washington has recently added some new information to its website about the Ashley Treatment Investigation. Visit to see the whole page, or read the updated information below.

We have received a number of requests for information about ways hospitals can help protect the rights of people with disabilities. For a general example, please review the following policies created by the hospital that performed the original procedure to see how they have incorporated the perspective of people with disabilities into their ethics committee, and what safeguards they have put in place to ensure court orders are obtained before sterilizing or limiting the growth of children with disabilities. For answers to specific questions or to get further information on how you can get involved, please contact DRW at 1-800-562-2702.