I strongly support Attorney General Holder’s response to the unnecessary and often insensitivity to individuals with disabilities in regards to confinement and isolation.
I recommend a Disability Advocate (operating independently of the stated facility) should be provided if requested to facilitate proper interpretation and thereby insuring that all patient medical and legal rights of the individual are respected.
This has happened all too often. A child or an adult with a disability has been improperly handled by mental health professionals,TSA or other law authorities. I support legislation that insures disability protocols and thereby the enforcement of those protocols. The ruile should always be the least intrusive environment. These protocols should be outlined procedures for any invasive act administered by TSA and other law enforcement authorities. including procedures for hospitals, mental health and medical care facilities as well.
Individuals who have diminished mobility, sensory or other profound disabilities often feel more vulnerable and less secure when their personal space is being invaded. One point to keep in mind: individuals with disabilities have faced feelings of inferiority and the effects of bullying all of their lives.
Trust must be established. Individuals who have profound disabilities such as being confined to a wheelchair etc. have special considerations as to the invasive approach to their person. Persons with sensory lose, for example will need security built into their environment for trust to be established.
The rule to follow is “physician do no harm”.
When appropriate steps are taken with the culture of disability in mind ; a more positive outcome will occur.
Protocols for individuals with disabilities are long called for and should be respected as diversity and cultural interpretation. Medical personnel as well as law enforcement authorities need to have special instruction as to the appropriate disability accommodations and procedures. Special accommodations and policies must include the use of devices necessary for communication, hearing, sight and mobility.
Approximately one out of every 68 children is diagnosed with an intellectual disability. These children will grow up into adulthood presenting with adult issues Smart phones continue to develop applications as assistive technology devices for people with disabilities. Future devices for low vision individuals will be eyewear with computer chips imbedded in then. Accommodations providing accessibility will need to be updated accordingly.
The time is come for best practice policies. These suggestions are not intended to impede law enforcement , psych or medical facilities but rather to greater assist these entities.
Let’s make it happen!”