In Burlington, NC a Deaf man was repeatedly stabbed by a gang-banger who mistook American Sign Language for gang signs. The bonehead responsible has been charged with intent to kill as well as other crimes. (from the Crimesider)
In Denmark, deaf twin brothers committed suicide (assisted suicide, no less) because they were losing their vision and decided that their suffering was too great to bear. (Huffington Post)
Today I spent 5 hours with a Deaf-Blind consumer; a brilliant individual with a wonderfully quirky and
unique outlook on life (don’t we all?) and we discussed the suicides.
We were both profoundly saddened that Denmark – while offering assisted suicide – apparently does not offer therapy to help individuals adjust to loss and go on with happy and productive lives after losing a sense.
Imagine if Helen Keller had decided life was simply too great a burden to bear…
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