CONGRESS OF DISABLE PERSONS AGAINST EXPLOITATION
3817 W. Granville * Chicago, IL 60659 * 708-344-9021
THE STORY OF BRUCE
PRESENTED TO THE
Chicago Continuum of Care
December 10, 2003
I am a member of Disabled Votes of Illinois and a member of CODPAE.
Here are 2 examples of human life being murdered by our society. President Bush has giving us an Executive Order that we can use to fight this inhuman act. For more information on our project, please click here. We are developing an Chicago Olmstead Project to allow disabled and elderly persons to live in their own home. We are asking the Mayor to support our project, and allow us to work with your group and others so that all elderly and disabled will be able to live where they choose — and not be forced into a nursing home.
The only reason some disabled persons are forced into a nursing home is that they can't be thrown out into the streets as "able bodied" persons are. Instead, our society allows disabled persons to be warehoused in nursing homes where they live useless lives. Nursing homes have a great responsibility in the U.S. The care for those of us that need 24/7 nursing care for those who are too sick to live in a community. Over the years, nursing homes have become big business (as did our entire health care system in the U.S.). Our nation, the most powerful in the world, has put a price on its human beings. Below is several cases of lives wasted away.
When Mayor Daley announced his 10 year plan to end homelessness, he said, "Every human being has a name and a face". Every human being was put on this earth for a reason. No one will ever have the same reason for living. How do we care for our own?
EXAMPLE 1: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BRUCE
• Bruce developed MS at the age of 30.
• His wife told him that she could not face being married to a “disabled man”. Therefore, she lift him, never to return.
• His mother and father tried to take care of him at home, but they did not like having his Personal Care Assistant around the house. They wanted to travel in their golden years, and were mad that they had to take care of their son.
• Upon hearing their cries, Bruce took many pills to end his life.
• Bruce was taken to a hospital where his life was saved.
• Bruce didn't want his parents to give-up their life plans just to take care of him.
• Bruce signed himself in a nursing home close to where his parents lived, and gave all his money to them.
• Bruce wasted away for 10 years in this nursing home to the point of not being able to move his body or cry for help.
• On a cold Sunday he was found in bed by a disabled person who was visiting. With a tube coming from his mouth, Bruce was throwing-up all over himself and could not call for help.
• The visitor looked all over the building for a nurse (Bruce’s room was 10 feet from the nurses station).
• Bruce was taken to the hospital for 2 weeks until his medicare was used up.
• Bruce’s mother wanted him back in a nursing home, and told the disabled visitor to; “Stay out of her business”.
• Bruce died 2 weeks later in the same nursing home.
• Bruce died along. His life was ended without dignity.
EXAMPLE 2: A CHANGE FOR SUE
• On her way to work, Sue (age 33 with 3 baby boys) was hit by a car.
• Sue recovered soon, but couldn't move her lower body.
• Sue was transferred to the Rehab Center of Chicago where she received the best training that money could buy.
• Sue’s husband told her; “I can’t live with a disabled woman”.
• Sue’s husband didn’t come one day with the babies, and a letter mailed to her said bye.
• After 3 months of work learning how to live in a wheelchair, she had to move from the rehab center.
• Sue was told that there were very few accessible homes and apartment in Chicago, and she was forced into a nursing home.
• One night she cried and gave up.
• At a prime time in her life, Sue ended her life.
What are we doing for these people who have nowhere to turn? There are many more examples, and stories are being written for our web site.
Find out what our elected leaders will do to allow the elderly and disabled persons to live where they choose --- instead of allowing others to decide our faith. For policy statements, click on http://www.universalc.com/vid .
For more on our Chicago Olmstead Project, please visit
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