Getting Elected with a Disability and an Update on Emilio Gonzales
DN28: Sam Sullivan is Mayor of Vancouver British Columbia and has been involved in public life for a number of years. Sullivan was involved in a skiing accident resulting in a spinal cord injury. He is one of the most recognized people in Canadian government thanks to his efforts related to social and political reforms. Mayor Sullivan has worked hard to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and the broader public in Vancouver. Sullivan discusses how his disability impacted his campaign, how it effects his work now as Mayor and his efforts to improve access to boating, hiking and a number of activities for people with disabilities.
Next, we'll visit with Charis Austin of Grand Rapids Michigan. Charis, who is blind, ran a campaign to be elected to city council in the town of Wyoming. She discusses some of the challenges she faced and how she planned both for her campaign and holding office. Both Austin and Sullivan have practicle advice for anyone with a disability who has an interest in seeking public office.
Finally, We'll visit with Dianne Coleman of Not Dead Yet and discuss Emilio Gonzales and futility laws. Coleman highlights what is happening currently in the Gonzales case and discusses the types of futility laws in various states around the country. You can learn more about the case and futility laws by checking out the links below.
- Temporary Reprieve for Emilio Gonzales
- AAPD urges TX Gov. Perry to Protect Emilio Gonzales
- URGENT ACTION ALERT: Urge TX Gov. to Stop 10-day DeatH
- Learn more about end of life issues from a disability perspective by checking out articles featured by Not Dead Yet
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