Introduction: Today, I received an email from a person with disabilities concerning the spoon feeding case in British Columbia. This letter explains the problem with granting the family the right to withdraw spoon feeding from a person who is considered incompetent. Alex Schadenberg
From the email:
In regards to the spoon feeding case.
I find this to be quite terrifying.
When I needed life saving care my "family" did not want me to receive it, my friend fought for me and I lived. When I was released from the hospital my "family" fought to have me put in a nursing home, once again my friend fought for me. For over a year she fought for me while caring for me 24/7 part of that care was spoon feeding. We had to leave our home and ended up sleeping on the streets and then a homeless shelter and then a motel until we found an accessible apartment.
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