Mount Union College Convocation: "Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: The Ultimate Discrimination"

April 15, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - Diane Coleman will present a convocation, "Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: The Ultimate Discrimination," at the Mount Union Theatre on Thursday, October 11 at 10:35 a.m.

Coleman is the Executive Director of the Progress Center for Independent Living, a community-based non-profit service and advocacy group run by and for people with disabilities. An advocate for disabled persons and a disabled person herself, Coleman is also the founder and director of "Not Dead Yet," a political action group. The legalization of assisted suicide is often viewed as a progressive social cause, but many disability rights organizations view it as disability discrimination. Coleman will discuss factors influencing the disability rights movement's position, including legal issues, medical-social research, policy analysis and recent history.

"During the last two decades, as public attention has shifted from criteria for the withholding and withdrawal of life sustaining treatment to the legalization of active measures to cause death, the growing concerns of people with disabilities have been largely ignored," says Coleman.

The convocation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (330) 823-6063

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