Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fed of Blind on Euthanized Deaf Twins

The National Federation of the Blind is speaking out about two deaf men who were put to death by lethal injection in Belgian after they began losing their sight. President Marc Maurer says:
"This disturbing news from Belgium is a stark example of the common, and in this case tragic, misunderstanding of disability and its consequences. Adjustment to any disability is difficult, and deaf-blind people face their own particular challenges, but from at least the time of Helen Keller it has been known that these challenges can be met, and the technology and services available today have vastly improved prospects for the deaf-blind and others with disabilities. That these men wanted to die is tragic; that the state sanctioned and aided their suicide is frightening."
Read more here.

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