The following letter was written to local Legislators, Health & Human Service Agencies, The Office for Civil Rights and selected members of the President’s Cabinet…
Dear President Obama:
Re: Epilepsy Abuse and Civil Rights
I’m sure you’re aware of the incident when Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s nephew was beaten by hospital security in La. while in the throes of a seizure.
Then there’s the Pennsylvania woman who was handcuffed, shackled and restrained during an epileptic seizure because the police suspected her of being on cocaine.
There are hundreds of stories like these in news reports and the media. That, I suppose is good for public awareness. But it’s horrific for the patients’ who are being abused and denied of their civil rights.
Is there no education program about how to recognize the signs of epilepsy for police, first responders and hospital security personnel?
Is there no protocol? It is not part of their job eligibility, training or internships. Not only is that a gross oversight, but it can prove fatal for those who suffer from epilepsy.
We do not need any more lawsuits…we do not want any deaths…all we want is a dose of humanity and our American civil rights.
To reach the Executive Office of the President and its officials click: http://efa.capwiz.com/efa/dbq/officials/agencies/?id=4866&dir=efa&command=depresult&submit.x=3&submit.y=14
For a Congressional Directory, go to: http://efa.capwiz.com/efa/directory/congdir.tt
And the Department of Health & Human Services, plus the Office for Civil Rights can be reached here: http://efa.capwiz.com/efa/dbq/officials/agencies/?id=4185&dir=efa&command=depresult&submit.x=17&submit.y=19
Do your part. Speak up…speak out!