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    William J. Peace

    • A Peaceful Death or a Risk to People with Disabilities?

      Posted on March 19, 2013

      Armond and Dorothy Rudolph of New Mexico were evicted from their assisted living facility in January 2011, after administrators called the police and rescue workers and informed them the couple, who were in their early 90s, were attempting suicide. A chaotic scene ensued and the Rudolphs were permitted to remain in their apartment for one… Read more

    • Euthanasia in Belgium: The Untold Story

      Posted on February 11, 2013

      Belgian twins, Eddie and Marc Verbessem, were euthanized by lethal injection at Brussels University Hospital in Jette in December. The Verbessem brothers, deaf since birth, were cobblers by trade who lived and worked together their entire lives. Several years ago they were diagnosed with a genetic form of glaucoma that would render them blind. The brothers feared… Read more

    • Disability Discrimination: The Author Responds

      Posted on July 27, 2012

      I suspect most people with a disability fear even the most routine hospitalization. We do not fear any of the commonplace indignities those without a disability worry about when hospitalized. Our fear is primal–will our lives be considered devoid of value? This concern was addressed by Diane Coleman and Stephen Drake, Anita Silvers,and Theresa Soriano… Read more

    • Ashley and Me

      Posted on June 22, 2010

      When I first read about the Ashley treatment in 2007 I was stunned and angry. How could parents and doctors implement such a radical intervention? Today my outrage has been replaced by a sense of discomfort and vulnerability. Beyond my personal feelings, I think the Ashley treatment is critically important because two extreme views exist… Read more